1-day CPD course |  Back by popular demand |  ION CPD 5 hours

CPD course for professionals

Many health practitioners know that educating their clients and preparing a health programme is often not enough to motivate them to make changes in their diet and lifestyle.

The only way to help people change is for them to be motivated internally.

This one day course will show you how to use Motivational Interviewing (MI) - one of the most powerful behaviour change methods available today to health professionals. 

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What will I learn?

By the end of this course you will have gained:  

  • Theoretical understanding of motivational interviewing and its principles
  • Understanding what motivates your clients
  • A greater insight into some of your own drivers and behaviours
  • Questions to ask your client, how to hear your client’s story and understand their needs; build rapport;  gauge and support their motivation and help them articulate when they are ready to make change 
  • How to use non-verbal communication
  • How to develop commitment to change in your clients
  • How to manage setbacks
  • Additional training options in MI
Full course programme



Who is this course for?

  • Nutritional therapists, nutritionists, dietitians and naturopaths who wish to improve client compliance through improved therapeutic relationship
  • Complementary medicine practitioners (e.g., nutritional therapists, naturopaths, herbalists) 
  • Health care and complementary medicine students who have had hands on clinical experience within their training to date
  • Please note: This course is linked to ION’s ‘Understanding and Facilitating BehaviourChange in Clinical Practice’ course which provides an overview of key behavior change models.  This course goes into detail on MI specifically. Attendance on the Behaviour Change course is not a prerequisite for this course. There is only a very small amount of duplication between  two days.



What's included?

  • Presentation materials
  • Drinks and light refreshments
  • The chance to interact with a highly experienced speaker and gain answers and ideas pertinent to your work
  • An opportunity to network with other nutrition and complementary medicine practitioners



Who will teach?

Natascha Van Zyl is a Naturopath and Senior Lecturer in Health, Human Biology and Psychology. 

She specializes in Psychobiological Medicine and Behaviour Change, and has over twenty years’ experience of working in healthcare and education.



How will I be taught?

This is a highly practical day.  You will be invited to experience MI for yourself and have an opportunity to develop your skills.  The day will include short sessions of lectures to establish key concepts and scientific underpinnings followed by lots of practice through case study exercises, group work and discussions, personal reflection and discussion.

Space is limited to 35 participants. You will be provided with essential information, practical tips and take home resources to help quickly implement learning from the course into your work.

Materials will be provided electronically approximately two weeks before the course. If you book less than 5 working days before the course or on the day, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the link until after the course. ION will provide any materials needed for group work on the day, but not other materials.

PLEASE NOTE: Education research demonstrates that participants learn most when they focus on the speaker and write their own short personalized notes rather than writing on the materials provided. We therefore encourage participants to use them as reference materials when home and there is no need to print them all for the day. We encourage participants to think in advance about the key questions you would like answered by the day and for you to tailor your learning, questioning and note taking to address these.



Good to know

  • Registration starts at 9:30AM
  • Day finishes at 16:30
  • Please check you have read ION’s FAQs including our cancellation and refund policy before booking
  • If registering as a student, ID proof will be required on the day. Failure to bring proof will result in the full price of the event being invoiced
  • Price includes drink and light refreshments throughout the day. Lunch is not provided but there is a fantastic selection of cafes and restaurants within a 5 minute walk as well as a range of independent and high street shops and attractive outdoor spaces, including a section along the River Thames.
  • Use of public transport is advised. There is no free parking in the immediate area. For full parking details visit the Richmond Council website
  • An electronic link to course materials/handouts (if any) will be provided approximately two weeks in advance
  • If you have an issue making a booking please email us [email protected]


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Motivational 27 Feb '19 - Practitioner/Scientist

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Motivational 27 Feb '19 - Student

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Motivational 27 Feb '19 - ION Alumni

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