Motivational Interviewing at Telford and Wrekin Council - inspiring change

This week I met with an array of colourful characters and ‘by eck’ – they were cracking team of learners! Telford council has some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met. All of them were really creative and empowering members of staff, each aiming to make a real difference to people’s lives in Shropshire.

As always, a huge thank you goes out to Marie Hatton, Principal Social Worker for Children and Families. A wonderful woman with a clear vision of how she wants the services to assist people into lifestyle change.

It was a BIG group this time and the feedback was 100% positive, with the oft quoted, ‘inspirational’ getting batted around, and who am I to argue with just good press!

Here are a few examples:

“Such a fun, engaging, MOTIVATING, thought-provoking course!! Lots of examples of Steven’s experiences with young people, families and parents, which made it easier to relate to the situations and expand my learning. Thank you very much, such a great guy!” Faye

“Most engaging course I have ever been on. I would recommend to all colleagues. Fantastic trainer, made it fun, thanks.” Chloe

“Very engaging, it really made me think differently and I will be able to put what I have learned into practice. Thanks.” Harpreet

“I have really enjoyed the course, I feel empowered and confident. Steven is a brilliant trainer.” Joanne

“Great course. Great trainer. I really enjoyed this course, I will definitely put this into practice. I’ll do that by practising, practising, practising!” Samantha

“The time went by so quickly, the trainer was very entertaining, motivational and sensitive to all of our learning needs. Great. Thank you.” Loraine

“Trainer engaged everyone throughout, very knowledgeable and he made it a relaxed environment to learn. I will work towards using this in all of my work, thank you.” Sarah

“Highly engaging training, very useful for the job role, thought-provoking and use of genuine examples was very powerful. Thank you Steven.” Steph

“Really good course, have learnt practical approaches that I can use with customers. Really good trainer, very engaging. Thank you.” Emma

“The course was very engaging and this has increased my knowledge of interviewing families without being judgemental, criticizing them or blaming them for their actions.” Angela

“I feel more equipped to explore Motivational Interviewing with my customers and acknowledge the benefits of this approach. A very informative and fun course.” Niki

“What an inspirational course, Steven is a very good teacher. I really enjoyed the two days training.” Tshidzani

“Great course that is actually useful!” Amy

“Really enjoyed the course, really relatable to my role and will definitely use this with resistant service users.” Hannah

“Absolutely fantastic course, I got a lot out of it!” Davina

“Steve taught us a great pace, it was interactive, with plenty of anecdotes and references to both good and bad practice, good snacks too! Cheers!” Colette

“Steven is a very engaging trainer. His use of materials is various and he always maintains interest. His examples are from real life and that helps.” Kelly

“Really enjoyable, the variety of learning methods used during the two days meant that the time just flew by.” Retta

“The course has been great. Something that I can take away and use, not all course have this implication, so I’m very pleased!” Gemma

“Very engaging trainer.” Louise

“I enjoyed the course, Steven delivered the course well and it was interesting and helpful for me.” Nassim