First Thursdays

A monthly, free 3-hour workshop open to all, with Alasdair Cant and Amrik Panaser: It’s time to talk about racism – but how?

Alasdair Cant & Associates is delighted to offer a free 3-hour workshop on the first Thursday morning of every month called It’s time to talk about racism – but how?

We offer the choice of either a morning or afternoon half day session on the following First Thursdays:

Thursday 1st December: 9.30-12.30pm OR 1.30-4.30pm
Thursday 5th January 2023: 9.30-12.30pm OR 1.30-4.30pm
Thursday 2nd February 2023: 9.30-12.30pm OR 1.30-4.30pm

To register for your free place to receive the Zoom link invitation, please contact Lydia Marriott on

Black Lives Matter and the Covid-19 pandemic have once more shed light on structural and individual inequalities in wider society and at work. Many individuals and organisations want to find real, positive and constructive ways to engage in:

  • Difficult or uncomfortable conversations about race
  • Developing better connections with and to each other
  • Supporting dialogue rather than competing monologues

Using a Motivational Interviewing approach, we believe these conversations can change the dynamic to make a significant impact leading to real and positive change. Devised and developed over several months, this workshop is for anyone who is impatient with circular conversations around race and wants to influence positive action in the

Aim of the Workshop

To explore key MI skills to be able to have more constructive conversations around racism


  • To explore a brief history of racism in the UK
  • To outline key Motivational Interviewing approaches and how these can change difficult conversations
  • To reflect on our own individual and corporate biases
  • To provide an opportunity for skills practice in a safe learning space

Alasdair Cant and Amrik Panaser are highly experienced MI practitioners and facilitators. They have devised and developed a workshop with a unique MI approach to move conversations beyond circular discussions to lead to structural and personal change. Within a safe online learning environment (online or in person), they will create a safe space to allow time to think, a chance to look afresh and to explore new approaches for you to have real conversations that will make a difference.

To register for your free place to receive the Zoom link invitation, contact Lydia Marriott on


Fantastic course [Motivational Interviewing]! Totally relevant, understandable, practical and interesting. I look forward to using the skills and tools I learned. I was particularly impressed with Alasdair Cant. He is a brilliant trainer, knowledgeable, patient, engaging and clearly skilled at facilitating groups ensuring fun and learning.

Youth Justice Worker