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Motivational Interviewing to change your practice.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a recognised best-practice therapeutic approach in psychology to help people realize changes in their lives and has been the subject of over 1,000 peer-reviewed articles. It is a collaborative method of communication aimed at strengthening personal motivation for, and commitment to, a specific goal. This is done by eliciting and exploring an individual’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.

MI is useful with change goals such as choices about tobacco, alcohol or drug use; eating or exercise habits; adjusting your lifestyle after receiving a physical or mental health diagnosis; or just getting “unstuck.”


dancing gecko training offers accredited workshops for all helping professionals.

dancing gecko training offers accredited conferences and workshops in Motivational Interviewing for helping professionals at every level in English and in French: from a one-hour taste of MI, to accredited workshops for beginners through to advanced learners, as well as personalized clinical development sessions.

The founder and lead facilitator of dancing gecko training, Rachel Green, PhD, is a practicing psychologist and university professor who started her career as a neuropsychologist before becoming excited about, and a practitioner of, Motivational Interviewing in 2006. She has led Motivational Interviewing workshops in Canada, the United States and in Europe. Rachel is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and the Association francophone de diffusion de l’Entretien Motivationnel (AFDEM) and is an accredited facilitator by the OTSTCFQ (Order of Social Workers, Family, and Marriage Therapists of Quebec).

Our workshops are ideal for all:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Social workers
  • Community  workers

  • Teachers
  • Guidance counselors

  • Orientation counselors
  • Addiction workers
  • Nutritionists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Probation officers
  • All other helping professions
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Social workers

  • Community workers

  • Teachers

  • Guidance counselors

  • Orientation counselors

  • Addiction workers

  • Nutritionists

  • Occupational therapists

  • Probation officers

  • All other helping professions

  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Social workers

  • Community workers

  • Teachers

  • Guidance counselors

  • Orientation counselors

  • Addiction workers

  • Nutritionists

  • Occupational therapists

  • Probation officers

  • All other helping professions

In our workshops, participants learn and practice MI skills in small groups in a respectful, safe environment where their previous knowledge and experience is valued. All workshops are recognized by the Order of Psychologists of Quebec for continuing education credits for psychologists and psychotherapists except where otherwise noted.
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Why dancing gecko training is different from other programs:

Very well organized. Very dynamic. I have 25 years of service and this is definitely the training that has been the most useful and helpful to me on a personal and professional level. Thank you very much!

Nadia Beaudoin

Recent musings:

Emerging from confinement

Self-reflection|

But getting back to the release from confinement: how do we take these first steps? For some, it’s simply a matter of dropping these newly acquired habits (but don’t dump that mask just yet and don’t ever give up washing your hands, although that hand-sanitizer smells awful!). For others, it is relearning even the smallest things.

The River

Change of mindset|

I share with you a poem I wrote as an exercise for my spiritual group in which we were asked to express a challenge that we faced, represented by a valley, and how we overcame the obstacles. My valley became a river in a valley. How would you express a challenge you have overcome, starting with a valley?

The “What” and “How” of Loving Kindness

Change of mindset|

We hear a lot about self-care and loving-kindness, often used interchangeably, these days. Self-care has become big business as we are guided (or pushed) to purchase products and services that will offer us this nirvana of, dare I say it?, self-realisation. But is that what loving-kindness looks like when we direct it toward ourselves? I think not!

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