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June 2013

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Kylie McKenzie is bound for Krakow to lead a training course.

Psychologist on fast train to Poland

Ballarat Health Services psychology department clinical manager Kylie McKenzie will train some of the world’s newest motivational interviewing trainers – in Poland.

Ms McKenzie will lead the Training of New Trainers in Motivational Interviewing course in Krakow in October.

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a conversation style method of engaging with people and helping them identify their own reasons for making changes.

It focuses on collaboration, individual autonomy and an empathic and compassionate approach to working with people.

Ms McKenzie first became interested in MI while working at BHS in 2005.

‘It became really obvious to me how hard it is for health care patients to change their behaviour, even when faced with dire physical outcomes.

‘I pursued my interest further and began reading about the evidence base for helping people to change and started learning about MI.

‘I’m really excited about using my skills and knowledge to help train others and I look forward to coming back to BHS with some great ideas,’ Ms McKenzie said.

Participants in the program will be selected from around the world.

The training is auspiced by the international organisation Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

MINT trainers come from 35 countries and apply MI in a diverse range of settings.

‘This trip is the culmination of more than five years learning and researching about how to help people change their behaviour,’ Ms McKenzie said.

In 2008, Ms McKenzie and colleague Rochelle Cairns were selected to participate in the Training of New Trainers in Motivational Interviewing course in Ohio.

In 2009 and 2010, Ms McKenzie was the principal investigator for a research project and led a team of BHS staff, funded by the Department of Health and Ageing, that evaluated the effectiveness of a motivational interviewing training and coaching program for allied health professionals.

In 2010, Ms McKenzie and Ms Cairns presented the project findings in Christchurch, New Zealand and San Diego, USA.

In 2012, Ms McKenzie was selected and supported by BHS to fulfil the support trainer role for the Training of New Trainers in Motivational Interviewing in Fort Wayne, Indiana.