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Applying Motivational Approaches to a Patient Group Setting Training

A 1 Day Applying Motivational Approaches to a Patient Group Setting Workshop

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Course Summary

The course is delivered in a relaxed yet focused style. It is very practical in nature and built on sound adult learning theory and principles. Participants will have opportunities to design and deliver a short training input and will receive individual constructive peer and trainer feedback. The course will allow participants to develop their skills in a safe and supportive environment thereby increasing confidence in their ability to lead a group. Participants will receive a course booklet that contains background reading and supportive activities to help the transfer of knowledge and skills back to the workplace.


The ability to deliver effective patient education in a group setting has never been more important than in the current climate. This course will equip you with the skills to use sound adult learning theory to plan and deliver courses which will harness ‘active’ rather than passive learning opportunities. The focus will be on helping you develop the skills of creating a comfortable learning environment that helps motivate clients to consider change. We examine group dynamics and how to handle more challenging group situations so that your confidence to both prevent and manage these positively will increase.


  • Adult learning theory and practice
  • Enhancing facilitation skills with motivational approaches
  • Learning styles
  • The group planning cycle –aims; objectives; methods and evaluation
  • Identifying the factors the affect the success of group work
  • Planning and delivering short sessions and obtaining valuable feedback
  • How to manage more challenging group situations

No Prerequisites

This course is suitable for all professionals working with groups to include doctors, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, physiotherapists, exercise specialist and non-clinical practitioners. You do not need to have completed any previous BCT training to enrol on this course.

Teaching Methods

The development of greater self-empowerment underlies the whole of the group work skills course; this calls for learning methods consistent with that philosophy. Self-empowered learning means that people take responsibility for their own learning; it is a shared activity where everyone has something to teach and something to learn; it focuses on building on existing strengths and on the experience of the learner. For these philosophical reasons, the activities in this course are all based on experiential learning methods.

Course Aim

To allow participants to develop their use of motivational skills and techniques to support patient change. To design creative and engaging group based learning experiences that will provide effective clinical outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course each participant will be able to:

  • Identify the factors that create a positive learning experience
  • Discuss how group dynamics can influence participants learning experience
  • Feel more confident when dealing with difficult group situations
  • Explore how to apply motivational skills to the group work setting
  • Reflect on their facilitation skills and be aware of their own personal style
  • Recognise their own strengths and areas for development
  • Transfer the learning from the training environment back into their working context
2 days

Behaviour Change Skills Part 1

Patient Centred Communication

A 2-day workshop presented to healthcare professionals, which will focus on the communication skills essential for effective conversations about health. These role-play workshops, supported by video playback, provide the opportunity for individual feedback to enhance development.

2 days

Behaviour Change Skills Part 2

Influencing Motivation

This training aims to enhance current practice, by exploring ways of building and strengthening motivation to change and maintaining that motivation throughout the change process. Motivational Interviewing (MI) has been used successfully in a wide range of health behaviours.

2 days

Behaviour Change Skills Part 3

Cognitive Behavioural Approaches

This course builds on Behaviour Change Skills Part 1 and 2 and is aimed to enhance your clinical effectiveness by learning to integrate some of the basic CBT techniques into everyday practice. It is a skills-based programme which is supported by a comprehensive 1 day pre-course.

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