FAQs

We've put together a handy guide featuring our frequently asked questions.  If you still have unanswered queries, please email activeconversations@movingmedicine.ac.uk

When is the next course starting?

The next course is starting on 6 January 2020

Do I need to start the course on the same day and time each week?

No, the beauty of Active Conversations is that you can fit your studying in to suit you. Modules will be released on a Thursday, and we recommend that you schedule some time in that week to study and practice the techniques learnt.  It doesn’t matter if you start on a different day each week.

How will I fit the time commitment around my work

We understand the demands of working in busy jobs whilst learning new skills. We have designed the course to be flexible with new modules released every two weeks that can be fitted in and around your work schedule.

A huge part of the learning in this course is through deliberate practise of new skills whilst undertaking your day to day work, making a significant amount of the time commitment fit into your normal working hours.

What are the entry requirements?

Active Conversations is for anyone who wants to study motivational interviewing in the context of physical activity.  The course has previously attracted consultants, physiotherapists, midwives, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, dermatologists, dieticians, GPs, nursing assistants, community exercise officers, medical students, orthotists, paediatricians and administrators.

We suggest that you speak with patients/clients on a regular basis as this will enable you to put the techniques learnt into practice.

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer.  You will also need regular access to the Internet.

Can I do the course with colleagues?

Yes! The course content and feedback is online, however you can choose to study and practice with a friend. We offer group discounts for 10 or more people.  Email activeconversations@movingmedicine.ac.uk for group bookings.

I’m due to be on holiday for 2 weeks during the course, can I still enrol?

Yes!  We would advise that you plan your studying and practice sessions to ensure that you are able to keep up with the learning.  A 2 week break should not impact on your ability to complete the course.

Is this different to courses I've done before?

Active Conversations are grounded in motivational interviewing theory, but the format of this course is very different to many MI courses encouraging sustained deliberate practise of new skills.  Previous learners who have done MI courses prior to active conversations have found this course an important way to develop and consolidate their skills:

“It has been a fantastic way of learning.  Having done two other MI weekend courses, this has given much more chance to reflect, practice, and move things forwards”

I’m on rotation so will be changing departments during the duration of the course, will this have an impact on my learning?

No, you will still be able to learn and put into practice techniques learnt in the course.  If your rotation cuts down on the number of patient facing hours that you have, we would suggest you practice techniques with friends, family or colleagues.

What happens if I do not complete the course?

Upon sign up you will be sent through the course schedule.  We advise you to plan time into your weekly timetable to enable you to complete each module.  You can see your progress online.  It is necessary to complete the full course, and the mandatory online feedback in order to receive your certificate.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations received within 14 days of booking your place on the course will receive a full refund.
Cancellations received after the 14-day cancellation period and earlier than 14 days before the start date of the course will receive a refund of any fees paid minus an admin fee.
Cancellations received after the 14-day cancellation period and less than 14 days before the start date of the course will not be eligible for a refund.

Whilst every effort is made to avoid changes to our programme, we reserve the right to withdraw or cancel any course. If for any reason we cancel a course, all course fees will be returned in full.

How long do I have to finish the course?

The course runs for 12 weeks.  You will receive a confirmation email that has the breakdown of modules and release dates upon registration to allow you to plan your learning efficiently.

Are there any face to face training sessions?

We do not currently offer any face to face training sessions

Can I enrol on the course if I do not live in the UK?

Yes, you can enrol in the course if you do not live in the UK.

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes!   If you are looking to bulk purchase on behalf of a group or a company, we are able to offer a discount on bookings of 10 or more places, when purchased at the same time for the same course. Contact activeconversations@movingmedicine.ac.uk to apply.

The next course is starting on 6 January 2020

No, the beauty of Active Conversations is that you can fit your studying in to suit you. Modules will be released on a Thursday, and we recommend that you schedule some time in that week to study and practice the techniques learnt.  It doesn’t matter if you start on a different day each week.

We understand the demands of working in busy jobs whilst learning new skills. We have designed the course to be flexible with new modules released every two weeks that can be fitted in and around your work schedule.

A huge part of the learning in this course is through deliberate practise of new skills whilst undertaking your day to day work, making a significant amount of the time commitment fit into your normal working hours.

Active Conversations is for anyone who wants to study motivational interviewing in the context of physical activity.  The course has previously attracted consultants, physiotherapists, midwives, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, dermatologists, dieticians, GPs, nursing assistants, community exercise officers, medical students, orthotists, paediatricians and administrators.

We suggest that you speak with patients/clients on a regular basis as this will enable you to put the techniques learnt into practice.

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer.  You will also need regular access to the Internet.

Yes! The course content and feedback is online, however you can choose to study and practice with a friend. We offer group discounts for 10 or more people.  Email activeconversations@movingmedicine.ac.uk for group bookings.

Yes!  We would advise that you plan your studying and practice sessions to ensure that you are able to keep up with the learning.  A 2 week break should not impact on your ability to complete the course.

Active Conversations are grounded in motivational interviewing theory, but the format of this course is very different to many MI courses encouraging sustained deliberate practise of new skills.  Previous learners who have done MI courses prior to active conversations have found this course an important way to develop and consolidate their skills:

“It has been a fantastic way of learning.  Having done two other MI weekend courses, this has given much more chance to reflect, practice, and move things forwards”

No, you will still be able to learn and put into practice techniques learnt in the course.  If your rotation cuts down on the number of patient facing hours that you have, we would suggest you practice techniques with friends, family or colleagues.

Upon sign up you will be sent through the course schedule.  We advise you to plan time into your weekly timetable to enable you to complete each module.  You can see your progress online.  It is necessary to complete the full course, and the mandatory online feedback in order to receive your certificate.

Cancellations received within 14 days of booking your place on the course will receive a full refund.
Cancellations received after the 14-day cancellation period and earlier than 14 days before the start date of the course will receive a refund of any fees paid minus an admin fee.
Cancellations received after the 14-day cancellation period and less than 14 days before the start date of the course will not be eligible for a refund.

Whilst every effort is made to avoid changes to our programme, we reserve the right to withdraw or cancel any course. If for any reason we cancel a course, all course fees will be returned in full.

The course runs for 12 weeks.  You will receive a confirmation email that has the breakdown of modules and release dates upon registration to allow you to plan your learning efficiently.

We do not currently offer any face to face training sessions

Yes, you can enrol in the course if you do not live in the UK.

Yes!   If you are looking to bulk purchase on behalf of a group or a company, we are able to offer a discount on bookings of 10 or more places, when purchased at the same time for the same course. Contact activeconversations@movingmedicine.ac.uk to apply.

This course can help you:

Raise the topic in an engaging, non-threatening way

Increase their internal motivation to become more active

Increase their confidence about becoming and staying more active

Talk about what matters to people