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Basic Facts


MOVE – Brief Motivational Intervention for Young People at Risk


The Office for Combating Narcotic Drug Abuse in cooperation with other institutions (Croatian Public Health Institute, Ministry of Social Policy and Youth and Ministry of Health) organised a course on „MOVE – Brief Motivational Intervention for Young People at Risk” (3-day workshops) with the purpose to improve communication skills of experts who work as counsellors to young people at risk and to teach them some new counselling techniques. Workshops are carried out by two licensed trainers who work together and a guest trainer – a police officer. The three-day workshop is divided in 12 modules based on experiences from different therapeutic concepts and theories that seek to diversify short counselling conversations. Every module consists of a theoretical and a practical part. The Office for Combating Narcotic Drug Abuse has provided this kind of training since 2008.


  • National/regional/local government


  • National
  • Regional
  • Local


The main aim is to provide an intervention which improves counselling skills with the aim to promote and support young people's willingness to change problematic drug use or risk behaviour through counselling based on motivational interviewing. The aim of MOVE is to help reduce risk patterns of consumption among young people as a strategy of selective prevention. The goal is also to improve and encourage cross-sector cooperation, which is achieved by the multidisciplinary group of participants.


Stakeholder Involvement

  • Target group(s)
  • Intermediate target group
  • Government
  • Civil society (NGOs)

Logic Model

Scientific evidence: "MOVE" education is based on Motivational interview (Miller, W.R. and Rollnick, S., 1991), Transtheoretical model of change (Prochaska and Di Clemente), The salutogenic model - A. Antonovsky, brief motivational interventions (handling ambivalence; empathy; detecting and integrating discrepancies; entering into dialogue; handling resistance; setting objectives; making agreements).

Elements Of Plan

  • Literature review and/or formative research
  • Needs assessment
  • Financial plan
  • Human resource management plan
  • Time schedule
  • Partners' agreement
  • Evaluation plan


Time Frame

  • Continuous

It is carried out continuously from 2015 to 2017 in the "Croatian Action plan on drugs". We carry out 2-4 courses per year since 2013.

Target Group

  • Adolescents
  • Young adults
  • Adults
  • Vulnerable population(s)
  • Other
  • persons struggling with substance abuse

Communication Channel

  • Direct communication

Course on counselling based on "MOVE" Manual for trainers (original Publisher: ginko Landeskoordinierungsstelle für Suchtvorbeugung, Federal State of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Mulheim a.d. Ruhr 2002).

Core Activities

Training sessions (three-day workshops) and providing a Manual for participants.

Supportive activities

  • Supervision





  • Process
  • Impact
  • Outcome


Since the beginning of the implementation of the "MOVE" training (2008), process evaluation is conducted continuously. At the end of every workshop, participants complete a questionnaire about their satisfaction with the training, assessing trainers’ work, the group and the process.

The questionnaire includes questions on participants’ satisfaction with the theoretical part, the practical part, the organisation, the possibilities of using parts of the training in their everyday work, and the participants can also add observations and suggestions for improvement.

In 2013, we developed an additional evaluation questionnaire aimed at testing the effectiveness of the transmission of content of education and testing the effect of the acquired knowledge on dynamics and frequency of arriving in treatment/counselling.

This questionnaire consists of:

A) a part, which relates to the way the content of the training is delivered, and

B) a part, which refers to the number of clients in treatment, counsellors and the frequency of visiting clients in treatment.

The questionnaire is distributed at the beginning and at the end of the three-day training.


In generally, the participants are

a) Completely satisfied with the training, (Zagreb, 29-31.10.2014 (44 %); Valbandon, 19-21.11.2015. (31 %))

b) Partly satisfied with the training, (Zagreb, 29-31.10.2014 (56 %); Valbandon, 19-21.11.2015. (69 %))

In both courses no one was: c) partly unsatisfied, or d) completely unsatisfied. The majority will recommend this training to their colleague.

The results about how training is delivered are differing from one workshop to another, depending on trainers and participants. However, in two different courses, which were conducted in 2014, the majority of participants show better knowledge of the content of "MOVE" training in the end in comparison to the beginning of the education. As most interesting content, they mention "resistance", "ambivalence" and "detection of discrepancies".

Furthermore, it is very difficult to determine how the participation of counsellors in "MOVE" training influences the number of clients who start and stayi in treatment, because their clients usually choose counselling on demand and during a predefined period. Their use of the new knowledge in their everyday work should be further and repeatedly tested. Considering that counsellors who are participants in "MOVE" training cannot influence clients to start and stay in the counselling process with their work methods, we will have to redesign the evaluation questionnaire and leave out part B of the questionnaire mentioned above.

Follow Up

For all 12 licensed trainers, The Office for Combating Narcotic Drug Abuse organised a supervision course in 2010. Supervision trainers are coming from Germany - ginko Stiftung für Prävention, Kaiserstraße 90, 45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr.  

Additional Information


Contact person: Josipa-Lovorka Andreić, Head of the Department for Programs and Strategies

Organization: Government of the Republic of Croatia, The Office for Combating Narcotic Drug Abuse

Address: Preobraženska 4/II, Zagreb

Country: Croatia

Telephone number: +385 14 8781 23

E-mail address:

Additional remarks

Last change: 31. 08. 2016 - 15:10, created: 11. 04. 2016
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