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Health Behavior Coaching Skills for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants (NTD)
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North Texas District course with 2 CCUs.

When: April 17, 2018
6:30pm-9:00pm CT
Where: Therapy 2000 or Satellite Location
2535 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, Texas  75212
United States
Contact: Seth Watson, PT, DPT

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Epidemiological data clearly reflect the association between chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, etc.) and modifiable lifestyle risk factors (lack of adequate physical activity, smoking, inadequate sleep, unhealthy eating, etc.). PTs and PTAs are uniquely qualified and positioned within the health care system to assess, address and monitor these and other lifestyle behaviors in their patients/clients. While PTs and PTAs have the knowledge and skills to support patients/clients to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors, they are not consistently capitalizing on the opportunities afforded to them in their daily clinical practices. Some of the barriers cited as to why there is a discrepancy between what physical therapists are capable of doing and what they are actually doing include low self-efficacy in how to advise/coach patients on behavior modification and having low outcome expectations that the behavior changes made by their patients/clients will persist. The improvement and practice of counseling skills by physical therapists and assistants in health behavior change and lifestyle coaching is paramount to successful adoption and maintenance of healthy behaviors in their patients/clients. The primary goals of this session will be to introduce selective theories of behavior change and contemporary counseling principles. Specific elements of these theories will be explained and demonstrated. Participants will be able to practice these skills using patient case scenarios and receive feedback from the course facilitator and participants. 


At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to:
1. Recognize and be able to assess various personal and environmental factors that impact behavior change (self-efficacy, values, barriers, knowledge, etc.) in the context of a health coaching encounter.
2. Describe the principles and key constructs of motivational interviewing.
3. Initiate and engage the patient/client in discussions about health behavior change.
4. Practice health behavior coaching using case examples. 


Janet Bezner, PT, DPT, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Texas State University. Bezner teaches, conducts research on physical activity and provides service to the university community,including serving as a Faculty Senator. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch, her master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University, degree PhD in health education from the University of Texas and a DPT degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Prior to joining Texas State in August 2014, she was Vice President of Education, Governance and Administration at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and prior to that, senior vice president for PeakCare, Inc., a health care technology firm, where she managed the development of a wellness and prevention software and video library aimed at employers to assist in decreasing health care costs associated with illness and injury at work. Bezner spent 7 years teaching physical therapy at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas, and has practiced in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, home health, long-term care and corporate wellness. Bezner served on APTA’s Board of Directors prior to joining its staff, she is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA, and a recipient of the Lucy Blair Service Award. She currently serves as the Chief Delegate of the Texas Chapter and coordinates the key contact network for the chapter. Bezner is a graduate of the 2009 Leadership Alexandria program, is a licensed Franklin
Covey facilitator, and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She is an experienced speaker and facilitator on topics related to leadership, personal development, strategic planning, and health promotion and wellness



6:00-7:00 PM Networking
6:40-7:00 PM Business Meeting
7:00-9:00 PM Panel Discussion/Q & A


Registration Fees:

Student $15.00

PT/PTA Member $20.00 
PT/PTA Non-Member $30.00 


No refunds will be provided following registration. In the event of event cancellation, vouchers for future event attendance will be provided.

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