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Motivational Interviewing

A collaborative conversation style to strengthen one’s personal motivation and resolve for change. 

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Course Description

You may have heard your loved ones or clients say “I know I need to change la, because… but then…”. Sometimes they may even seem to be stuck in their problems, repeating the same old “excuses” and “buts” despite you having already told them the solution.

Ironically, the more we try to persuade or confront someone, the more resistance happens. It’s like fighting a wrestling match that ultimately leaves both parties feeling tired, hurt and frustrated. 

So, how do we effectively facilitate change within someone and empower them to take positive action without entering into a deadlock? How do we navigate this constant “flip-flopping” between changing versus sustaining their behaviours?

Here’s where  Motivational Interviewing (MI) comes in. The MI approach teaches you how to explore and strengthen a person’s own reasons for change, while also demonstrating an appreciation of the challenges they face. It is a collaborative conversation style, much like a dance rather than a wrestling match. By adopting the MI approach, you can build supportive relationships with your loved ones/clients and evoke their intrinsic motivations for long lasting change.

Learning Outcomes

In the course of the 2.5 days workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop empathic conversations with clients 

  • Demonstrate tactfulness when handling resistance

  • Elicit change talk to move clients towards change

  • Develop client’s confidence following through their goals and action plans


19 hours Zoom learning, 4 hours self-directed e-learning, 1 hour assessment

Upcoming Schedule

Course Fees and Subsidies

Nett Fee after training grant subsidy: $240.00

Nett Fee after training grant subsidy: $400.00

Nett Fee after training grant subsidy: $240.00

Nett Fee after training grant subsidy: $400.00

Nett Fee after training grant subsidy: $240.00

Full fee: $800.00

Course support period: 17 Aug 2020 – 16 Aug 2021



Motivational interviewing Blended Concept Kesava Kumaran
Kesava Kumaran

Kesava is an experienced clinical supervisor, group work practitioner and therapist. Kesava has more than 30 years of experience in the social service sector. He is a certified clinical supervisor and has a wealth of experiences in psychotherapeutic interventions. He is trained in multiple techniques, approaches, and disciplines, such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Crisis Intervention and Reality Therapy. He is passionate about training and developing fellow practitioners to build a new generation of aspiring workers.

He holds a Master in Counselling from the University of South Australia and holds a trainer certification in Motivational Interviewing. His expertise in Motivational Interviewing comes from his years of experience working with offenders and their families, sharpened through his support of them towards change. 

Motivational Interviewing Blended Concept Reynard Lye
Reynard Lye

Reynard is an authentic social work leader that is deeply reflexive. He has 10 years of working experience in the social service sector. He has worked in the disability sector in a residential setting for 4 years and subsequently managed a team that ran programmes and services for inmates and their children and caregivers for 6 years.

He is passionate about connecting with people and facilitating growth in team members through supervision, growth in clients through therapeutic work and growth in communities through networking. He enjoys engaging stakeholders in collective solutioning and is committed to building relationships one step at a time. Congruence is something he upholds. He believes that the restoration of relationships at every level, be it with clients, staff or the community is vital to help any system to flourish.

Goh Wai Fu

With over 10 years with the social service sector, he has been involved with a variety of work including providing counselling and case management services to offenders and supporting families of inmates going through capital punishment. Aside from public policy work, he has also conceptualised, implemented, and evaluated a community-based job-support programme for vulnerable population. He is also a curriculum design and trainer and has delivered professional trainings to over 400 learners. 

Wai Fu is a registered social worker with the Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW) and holds a MSocWork. He has engaged and interacted with a wide range of beneficiaries, from offenders to low-income families. His philosophy towards social work practice is that social work necessitates the worker to learn beyond one’s disciplines to effect changes both at the individual and the system level.

Other Course Information

Target Audience

General public who wants to be equipped with skills to support someone in their change process.

Social service practitioners, educators and teachers supporting clients who are facing challenges and struggling to take action on their own change.

Corporate or community leaders who wished to be better prepared to help someone move forward with their changes pertaining to their personal of professional lives. 


Learners who have successfully completed and passed the assessment will receive a Statement of Attainment (SOA) in Interviewing issued by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) as well as an in-house certificate from the organisation.

Language of Instruction

This course is conducted in English 

This course is organised in collaboration with Environiche LLP, an approved training organisation under Singapore Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ).

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