This course is for anyone supporting individuals who are looking to make positive improvements to their health and well-being. It aims to provide the skills and confidence to support realistic and sustainable positive changes. 

Participants will gain practice and understanding of the key communication skills needed to support positive health improvement, with a focus on improving motivation, building confidence, overcoming barriers, and identifying strengths. On completion of the training learners have an opportunity to sit an online multiple choice exam to gain the qualification, RSPH Level 2 Supporting Behaviour Change.

Trainer: Arron Ring - SCVS

Taking place on 17th & 24th October, 9.30am - 5pm and an online examination on 25th October which will take approximately an hour to complete (see below for more details).

Cost: £25 for SCVS Members. Please note that if you fail to attend or you provide less than 2 weeks' cancellation notice, you will be charged the full amount of £25 and also the £38 registration fee.

Learning Outcomes:

1 Understand key skills to enable effective communication and build rapport with an individual, with reference to:

1.1 key elements of listening skills and their application to effective

communication and rapport building

1.2 ways of checking whether an individual has understood a communication and

how to address any misunderstandings.

1.3 ways of agreeing an agenda for a health behaviour change conversation.

1.4 the importance or respecting and acknowledging an individual’s priorities in

relation to their health and wellbeing and their right to refuse support and


1.5 what should be avoided in health behaviour change conversations.

2 Understand what can impact on health behaviour and how to explore these factors with an individual, with reference to:

2.1 models of behaviour change

2.2 ways in which models of behaviour change can be used to support health

improvement conversations.

2.3 reflective and automatic motivation

2.4 barriers which can prevent health behaviour change.

3 Understand how an individual can be supported in thinking about making a lifestyle or health behaviour change, with reference to:

3.1 the key components of very brief interventions or brief interventions (such as

Making Every Contact Count, MECC)

3.2 how to present information about what you or your service can provide and

in ways appropriate to an individual’s needs.

3.3 what self-efficacy is and how to support a client to build their self-efficacy.

3.4 how Importance and Confidence scales can support behaviour change conversations.

4 Understand how to support an individual to plan for a behaviourchange, with reference to:
4.1 the components of a SMART goal and how to ensure that the goal is effective.
4.2 the ways of evaluating a SMART goal.
4.3 the methods of assessing and monitoring an individual’s current health 
4.4 why it is important to record information and review it before and after
Assessment is via a multiple choice e-examination. The e-exam will take place on the 25th October following the training. Participants can sit the exam in their own home or office at anytime between 09:00 and 17:00 and should allow up to 1 hour to complete it. Access to a computer with a webcam is required to sit the exam and photo id will need to be shown.

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