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PACT - Trauma Informed Practice & Motivational Interviewing

We at Interface consulted with and designed a bespoke 3-day TIP & Motivational Interviewing aimed specifically for prison-based family engagement workers, in prison visitor support workers, community-based befrienders/mentors, supervisors and Managers.

The 3-day training aimed to further develop skills from any online e-learning training

The 1-day Trauma Informed Practice day aimed to further develop

  • Understanding of the principles of Trauma informed Practice
  • Recognising signs and behaviours as possible trauma.
  • Building skills and knowledge to respond in a trauma informed way
  • Confidence in sharing knowledge of TIP with colleagues and role modelling this approach and thinking to inform practice.

 This day was a practice skills day and included practical exercises aimed at expanding awareness and skills in recognising trauma behaviours and how to respond to and acknowledge hurt and harm in an empathic manner.

 Case studies personal to prison life and job roles were developed to further enhance relevant training, knowledge, and skills. This enabled practitioners to re-evaluate assessment and screening tools and take this learning back for further discussion and development.

 “it reminded me again of the reasons why some people are difficult – this helps to judge less – I learned some helpful phrases for open questions”


Day 2 & 3 was devoted to Motivational Interviewing.

 Our aims and objectives were to

 To understand the style and principles which underpin Motivational Interviewing

  • To develop an understanding and practice the core skills used in MI
  • To consider assessing Stages of Change and working in the most effective way with each, using MI
  • To understand and develop skills in working with resistance.
  • To plan for sessions and work with children and families using MI

 These two days introduced the foundations to Motivational Interviewing and we used a range of materials to showcase the theories and practice. The face to face group work sessions enabled a range of discussions and opportunities to embed the learning and practice motivational interviewing techniques in a safe space amongst colleagues.

 “This course has helped me to be more conscious about the way in which I lead conversations and try to encourage people to come to their own conclusions for change without any judgement at all”