Behavior Change Practicum: Sharpening Your Skills

Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP, CRB,
Course Level: Beginner
Date: February 22, 2014
Check in time: 8-8:30 a.m.
Class time: 8:30-3 p.m.
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital. International Rooms A and B
6401 France Ave. S. Edina, MN 55435

Course Fee: $100.00

Contact Hours: 5.5

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Kris McWilliams OTR/L, CES who has int he past, served as a Supervisor of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Fairview Southdale Hospital, which offers both in patient and outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Services. As a licensed OT and a certified exercise specialist, her career has included working over 30 years in cardiac rehabilitation, as well as in physical disabilities and mental health. Her belief is 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.
She has served as editor and contributing author to two patient education publications: Perspectives in Cardiac Rehabilitation (MOTA) 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 National Conferences, and frequent informal speaker within the community on heart health and exercise.

Course Description
Most clinicians begin their careers believing that in some way they are responsible for getting their patients to stop or change behaviors that are harmful or to start behaviors that would help them improve their health. At times, this can feel like the patient is not really engaged and is just giving lip service. Worse, it can feel like butting heads with the patient or treating them in a a parent: child type of relationship. Clinicians want to help. What a discovery it can be to find that there are tools and strategies that can make you more effective than ever before in motivating patients to change themselves!
How satisfying it can be to realize you just assisted in a real change, and not just what the patient thinks you want to hear! This class is about going one step beyond introducing clinicians to the world of behavior change counseling. It is about actually changing your behavior. Knowing the basics of these skills is not the same as having enough exposure and supervised experience to actually feel comfortable with it, and ready to use it on the spur of the moment. The course will be a format of introduction to skills from various frameworks alternating with actual practice, with both group and individual feedback.

Upon completion of this course:

•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.

8-8:30 a.m. Check in/Registration
8:30-9 a.m. Introduction to Behavior Change Counseling and Motivational Interviewing
9-10 a.m. Skills and Practice
10-10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:15-11:15 a.m. Skills and Practice
11:15-12 p.m. Group practice and feedback
12-12:45 p.m. LUNCH
12:45-1:45 p.m. Introduction to Wellness Coaching
1:45-3:00 p.m. Skills and Practice/Feedback and Summary

This course has been approved for MN PT Category I credits.  Course approval number: 6453

This course is eligible for AOTA approved provider credit. Fairview is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

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