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Communication, motivational interviewing and behavior change for clinicians

  • Entropy Physiotherapy and Wellness 1925 N Clybourn Ave, Suite 302 Chicago, IL 60614 (map)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Alison Sim

·       What are they and how do they differ?

·       What does the evidence tell us about their efficacy in the field of pain ?

·       Why should manual therapists be looking towards these approaches to improve their communication skills when dealing with patients?

·       What are some of the ways that we can start to implement some of these approaches (some practical demonstrations and workshop activities)

·       How do we deal with scope of practice and why is this important?

·       What are some resources that we can look to at to further our skills in this area?

Motivational Interviewing and behaviour change

Bronnie Lennox Thompson

·       Motivational Interviewing

·       What is resistance and motivation and how can you recognise it?

·       What happens when you meet force with force (persuasion, try to convince, argue with)?

·       Why might manual therapists want to understand motivational interviewing?

·       What are some of the simple strategies manual therapists can implement to help people begin to do things they may not be confident to do? (practical strategies)

·       What creates a sense of collaboration when giving pain education? (practical strategies) How can motivational approaches fit within a manual therapists’ scope of practice?

·       What resources can we use to further develop skills in using language to promote behaviour change





·       To review the basic principles of both ACT and CBT as used by psychologists in the treatment of pain conditions

·       To understand the efficacy of these approaches when used in the pain setting with reference to the current literature

·       To look at techniques designed to improve communication for clinicians with reference to the underlying principles of CBT and ACT 

·       To review our understanding of scope of practice and how it relates to the use of these communication approaches in the clinic

·       To review the principles of motivational interviewing

·       To look at techniques that use these underpinning principles to improve communication in the clinic


·       Both lecturers will provide lecture material that includes an overview of the modalities presented, a literature review of the modalities and structured teaching about elements of the modality that are relevant to the clinicians

·       Workshop activities designed to allow clinicians to practice implementing communications techniques

·       Time for discussion and case studies will follow practical demonstrations 

This course has been approved for 7 CE hours by the Illinois Physical Therapy Association - Approval 647-6553

This course content is not intended for use by participants outside the scope of their license or regulation