Courses & Units

Interviewing Skills for Change HGW418


This unit is designed for students/human service practitioners enrolled in BA Hons Professional Social Sciences [Human Services Practice] study program.

Note: Students can attend workshops at Sandy Bay or Newnham UTAS campuses.

The offering of this unit will be dependent on sufficient student enrolment numbers


Students will develop knowledge and applied interviewing skills for the human services context, with a specific focus on motivational interviewing. Practice knowledge and skill regarding collaborative, strengths-based and change-oriented ways of communicating, interviewing and working with individuals as clients are developed and applied to the practice context. The unit comprises online and intensive workshop-based study. Key modules involve: understanding theories of change, stages of change and the nature of motivation and ambivalence; skills and strategies for change-oriented practice including listening and communicating for change, developing change plans, consolidating commitment and working with ambivalence; and, applying change-oriented interviewing in practice. This unit is relevant to practitioners working in human service services where motivational interviewing is applicable including addictions, mental health, working with community youth justice and corrections, working in family violence contexts and working with child and family services. The unit is delivered with specific application to practice in these workplace settings.


Unit name Interviewing Skills for Change
Unit code HGW418
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Teaching staff


Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • HGW201 Interviewing Skills for Change


Teaching Pattern

Online attendance (approx. 15 hours); compulsory workshop attendance (approx. 15 hours). Dates and venues TBA


Online activities (approx. 1000 words or equivalent; 30%); skills workshop participation (25%); practice-based portfolio (approx. 1800 words or equivalent; 45%).

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