Behavior Change Practicum: Sharpening Your Skills

Audience: Cardiac therapists, PT/PTA, OTR./L, COTA, ATC
Date: Oct. 2, 2010
Check-in time: 8:00-8:30 a.m.
Class time): 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: University of Minnesota Medical Center - Riverside East building, Dining Room A

Contact hours: 5.5


Kristen McWilliams, OTR/L, CES is the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program supervisor at Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, Minnesota, which offers both inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services. Her career has included working more than 30 years in cardiac rehabilitation, as well as in physical disabilities and mental health. She believes that behavior change counseling is the most effective and satisfying framework for the rehabilitation of the whole individual, for both the patient and the practitioner.

Kris has served as editor and contributing author to two patient education publications: Perspectives in Cardiac Rehabilitation (Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association) and Understanding Artery Disease (Fairview Press). Her contributions also include a poster presentation at the American Association of Cardiopulmonary and Vascular Rehabilitation national conference, speaker at state occupational therapy and cardiac rehabilitation conferences and frequent informal speaking within the community on heart health and exercise.

Course description:
Getting patients to stop or change behaviors can challenge the best of clinicians. There are tools and strategies that can make you more effective than ever before in motivating patients to change. This class goes beyond introducing clinicians to behavior change counseling. It is about actually changing your behavior. The course will introduce skills from various frameworks and provide opportunities for practicing those skills with both group and individual feedback.

Course objectives:

  • Participant will be able to describe the meaning/scope of "well-being" for different health-related groups: hospital, home care or clinic patient.
  • Participant will be able to identify several theoretical or research-based approaches for promoting a specific health behavior change in a client.
  • Participant will be able to identify a range of interventional skills/strategies for promoting change.
  • Participant will engage in practice/feedback of these interventions during the class for the purpose of increasing opportunity awareness, personal comfort, type selection and actual skill.

Course agenda:
8:00-8:30 a.m.             Check in
8:30-9:00 a.m.             Introduction to Behavior Change Counseling and Motivational Interviewing
9:00-10:00 a.m.           Skills and Practice
10:00-10:15 a.m.        Break
10:15-11:15 a.m.        Skills and Practice
11:15 a.m.-Noon         Group Practice and Feedback
Noon-12:45 p.m.         Lunch
12:45 -1:45 p.m.          Introduction to Wellness Coaching
1:45– 2:45 p.m.           Skills and Practice
2:45 – 3:00 p.m.          Feedback and Summary

This course is eligible for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider credit. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course has been approved for Category 1 credit from the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy fro 5.5 contact hours. Course approval number 4339

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