Module 9: working with young people on AOD issues: facilitator's guide

Topic 5: Some motivational interviewing techniques for working with young people

Page last updated: 2004

Suggested time: 2-3 hours


This topic discusses some relevant motivational techniques and looks at the strategy known as 'decisional balancing'. The strategy will help the learner to explore ambivalence as well as building a rapport with a young person. A role-play exercise is used to assist learners in developing these particular skills.

Key issues

5.1 Introduction to some motivational techniques

5.2 Good things/less good things

5.3 Looking forward/future directions

5.4 Worst-case scenario/best-case scenario