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Doctor of Physical Therapy


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The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at St. Ambrose University offers a number of continuing education opportunities in collaboration with the Quad City Consortium for Continuing Education, which includes Genesis Health System and UnityPoint Health.

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Facilitating Healthy Lifestyle Change: Evidence and Strategies for Healthcare Professionals
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Almost all Americans understand the importance of physical activity, proper diet, weight control, and avoiding tobacco products. However only 3% of the population maintains a normal body weight, eat adequate daily servings of fruits and vegetables, exercises regularly, and do not smoke. There is a discord between what people know they should do and what they actually do. Healthcare providers typically take on the expert role and tell their patients what decisions to make. This technique does not challenge the patient to take charge of his or her health and shows little regard for the individual’s personal situation. Using behavioral intervention techniques and coaching strategies can empower the patient to take charge of their own health and find their own solutions to barriers to health in their lives.

This course will introduce attendees to behavioral intervention techniques and coaching strategies that can be easily incorporated into clinical practice with groups and individuals. Background literature and several behavioral theories will be examined to establish evidence for effective coaching programs. Optimal coaching skills, the transtheoretical model of change and motivational interviewing will be discussed along with ways to implement these techniques into clinical practice with various patient populations and settings.  Attendees will have the opportunity to practice the techniques during simulated individual coaching sessions.

This course may be taken for continuing education credit (6 contact hours) and is intended for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, speech language pathologists, physician assistants, and nurses.  

Registration will be available until August 14 – click here to register. Click here for course brochure. All revenue from this course will be used to fund the St. Ambrose University Interprofessional Health Clinic.