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Transform your Clinical Practice: Integrating Cognitive Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing Skills into
Physical Therapy​

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 8:00am-5:30pm
Check-in begins at 7:30am​​

 Course Description

Psychosocial risk factors, such as fear of movement and pain catastrophizing, have a negative influence on rehabilitation outcomes and often result in higher levels of pain and disability. Evidence-based cognitive behavioral skills, such as graded activity, goal setting, problem solving, cognitive restructuring, and relaxation training, and motivation interviewing can address psychosocial risk factors and improve patient outcomes. This 1-day highly interactive session will introduce a targeted psychologically informed  approach to rehabilitation. Training will include a mix of brief presentations, practice, group discussion, case scenarios, demonstration, and short videos. Clinicians and researchers will learn cognitive behavioral strategies and motivational interviewing skills to help patients manage their pain and increase their activity level, replace negative thinking with positive thoughts, find the right balance between rest and activity, and decrease setbacks by recognizing high-risk situations. This workshop will provide a program for addressing psychosocial risk factors and improving outcomes in patients with acute, sub-acute, and chronic musculoskeletal pain, including those recovering from surgery.1

 Course Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe a targeted psychologically informed approach to rehabilitation for patients at-risk for poor rehabilitation outcomes.
  2. Demonstrate evidence-based cognitive and behavioral strategies that can be integrated into clinical care.
  3. Demonstrate the basic skills of motivational interviewing that can be used to facilitate behavior change within a clinical setting.

 Course Outline

Cognitive Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing Skills

  1. Overview
  2. Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  3. Case Scenarios
  4. Cognitive and Behavioral Skills
  5. Fear Hierarchy and Graded Activity: Skills Practice with MI
  6. Goal Setting and Problem Solving: Skills Practice with MI
  7. Deep Breathing and Distraction: Skills Practice with MI
  8. Cognitive Restructuring: Skills Practice with MI
  9. Managing Setbacks: Skills Practice with MI
  10. Relevance to Clinical Practice

 Instruction Methods

Lecture, Videos, Demonstration, Group Discussion (8:00am-11:15am)
Skills Practice, Group Discussion (11:15am-5:00pm)


 Course Schedule

Introduction (8-8:30am)
Motivational Interviewing (8:30-9:30am)
Case Scenarios (9:30-10:00am)
Morning Break (10:00-10:15am)
Cognitive and Behavioral Skills (10:15-11:15am)
Skills Practice 1 (11:15am-12:00pm)
Lunch Break (12:00-1:00pm)
Skills Practice 2 (1:00-1:45pm)
Group Discussion (1:45-2:00pm)
Skills Practice 3 (2:00-2:45pm)
Group Discussion (2:45-3:00pm)
Afternoon Break (3:00-3:15pm)
Skills Practice 4 (3:15-4:00pm)
Group Discussion (4:00-4:15pm)
Skills Practice 5 (4:15-4:45pm)
Group Discussion (4:45-5:00pm)
Quiz for Category 1 Continuing Education Credit (5:00-5:30pm)

 List and Qualifications of Course Presenter

Kristin R. Archer, PhD, DPT, is Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Vice Chair of Orthopaedic research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She conducts independent research into pain-related outcomes after orthopaedic surgery and her program focuses on the implementation of rehabilitation interventions through comparative effectiveness research. Research interests also include the development of tools to assess postoperative pain, assessing pain management from a patient and payer perspective, and understanding clinician referral patterns. She has received funding as a primary investigator from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Department of Defense (DoD), and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). She is also a site primary investigator on studies, for the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), which is funded by the DoD. Recently, Dr. Archer became the Director for the Quality and Outcomes Database (QOD), which is a national clinical registry for neurosurgical procedures and practice patterns. Dr. Archer is a research fellow of the NIH Summer Institute and a Visiting Scientist for CoHSTAR at the University of Pittsburgh. She has received awards from the North American Spine Society and American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Archer holds a doctoral degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management and a masters and doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Colorado.

Stephen T. Wegener, Ph.D., ABPP is Director, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has a joint appointment as Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health Johns Hopkins University. He is a Fullbright Scholar serving as Visiting Academic at Trinity College, Dublin Ireland. Dr. Wegener is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. His clinical activity is focused on providing psychological services to persons with traumatic injuries including orthopaedic trauma, amputations and spinal cord injury. His research focuses on theories and projects that have the potential to improve function and reduce disability following traumatic injury. These projects emphasize the importance of patient-centered care models, self-management by patients and the use of motivational interviewing by providers. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Defense, PCORI and several foundations.​​​​


 Contact Hours or Continuing Education Units

This course qualifies for 8 Category 1 contact hours under the Colorado Physical Therapy Board Standards for Continuing Education Activities.​

 Target Audience and Instructional Level

  • ​Future and Current Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Beginner Instructional Level - This level assumes that the participants have a general familiarity with Physical Therapy practice so it provides foundational understanding and application.

 Requirements for Successful Completion and Prerequisites

  • Full attendance and completion of competency quiz at end of lecture. 
  • No Prerequisites

 Fee, Payment, and Cancellation Policies

Registration Type  Early Bird - Before March 17, 2017 Regular - After March 17, 2017
Professionals $185 $199
Group (3 or more) $165 per person $179 per person
Students $55 $75

Refunds must be requested by March 31st, 2017. No refunds will be given after this time. To request a refund, please email​​​

 Registration and Teleconferencing

Due to the interactive design of this course, teleconferencing will not be available for this event.11