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Winter Conference 2018: Course 1 of 2: An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Skills for helping patients make healthy choices

  • 27-Jan-2018
  • 7:15 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Fairmont Hot Springs, Montana


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Winter Conference 2018: Two Courses 

course 1: An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Skills for helping patients make healthy choices

One day course

Dave levison, pt, mhs

6 Contact Hours

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below.

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Provisions include a light continental breakfast both days including coffee, lunch at the business meeting. 

Parking and Map:

The Conference will be held at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Anaconda, MT. 


  • Fairmont Hot Springs Resort has a room block for MAPTA at a rate of $135. This block ends January 6.
  • Reservations made after expiration dates are subject to standard rates and availability.

Board Meeting

There will be a board meeting at 6pm on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online). Please send agenda items to the office or President Jay Shaver by January 6, 2018. Final agenda will be posted by January 17, 2018.

Cancellation Policy

MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

  • Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, email, or mail.
  • A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.

Group Discounts:

10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date.

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members can take any non-limited seating, MAPTA sponsored CE at 50% discount.



7:15-8:00 Professional Issues Forum - MAPTA
8:00-12:00 Course, with short break
12:00-2:00 MAPTA Membership Business Meeting & Lunch
2:00-6:30 Course, with short break
7:00 Post-CE Reception


8:00-12:00 Course, with break
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00-5:30 Course, with break

About the courses:

course 1: An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Skills for helping patients make healthy choices

Course Description:

The demands of the current health care system include the delivery of high quality, patient-centered care. And, more and more, payment from third parties for care of patients is tied to demonstrated achievement of clinical and patient satisfaction outcomes. These expectations are especially challenging given that many of our patients are complex, with multiple co-morbidities that compromise their health and often lead to disability. Chronic diseases account for seven out of the ten leading causes of death and 75% of the total health care costs in the U.S. In Montana, fifty-eight percent of adults have at least one chronic condition and 33% have two or more. Particularly troublesome is that most of these conditions are due to or exacerbated by life-style choices that people make.

The purpose of the presentation is to introduce the audience to Motivational Interviewing (MI), an empirically supported, patient-centered counseling style. A case will be made that physical therapists are well positioned to have a productive impact on the choices patients make through strategic communications that can lead to changed patient behavior and improved health outcomes The course will include an overview of MI principles, and provide the participant a chance to practice key elements of the MI approach. The participant will also be provided various resources that will allow for developing improved patient rapport and psychologically informed physical therapy. Links between MI and other widely used models and philosophies in PT practice and education will also be explored.

Course Objectives

Participants will:

1. Describe the spirit, principles and application strategies of Motivational Interviewing

2. Understand how MI is philosophically consistent with modern physical therapy education and practice expectations.

3. Examine opportunities for integrating MI and other psychologically informed strategies into their practice.

4. Appreciate the need for advanced training in MI

Course Outline

Saturday ONLY

7:15-8:00 Professional Issues Forum - MAPTA
8:00-12:00 Course, with short break
12:00-2:00 MAPTA Membership Business Meeting & Lunch
2:00-5:00 Course, with short break
7:00 Post-CE Reception

About the Instructor

Dave Levison, PT, MHS

Dave Levison, PT, MHS, is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education at the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Montana (UM). He is also Director of Curriculum and Interprofessional Education for the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. Dave has been a faculty member at UM since 1990 where he has taught content related to professionalism, teaching and learning, patient – provider communication, prevention and wellness, clinical reasoning, and practice management and administration. Mr. Levison has been a co-presenter at regional and national conferences on MI in PT practice and education and has taught MI principles to PT students at the University of Montana. Mr. Levison has sought to improve his knowledge and skills in MI though formal training and mentoring including attending the standard 2-day training workshop in Motivational Interviewing.

 This next course is offered at the same conference. To register for the 2 day course, please click on the next "event" in this series of events.

COURSE 2: Comprehensive Stabilization Strategies for the Low Back, Pelvis & Hips -Teaching Postural Control & Optimal Movement Skills

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