Professional Development Opportunities

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Please Note: Speech-language pathologists or audiologists from outside of Alberta, and not registered with ACSLPA, conducting a speech-language pathology or audiology training course or clinical presentation in Alberta must be registered with ACSLPA with Courtesy Registration before providing professional services. Please contact ACSLPA for more information.

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Event Details

Location: Percy Page Center, Room #1
Address: 11759 Groat Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6

Date/Time: November 23 & 24, 2019 from 9:00am – 3:00pm both days
Registration can be found here.

Instructions upon arrival: Park and enter the building from the South entrance. The north entrance will be locked. Upon entry, inform security that the room booking is under the “Sport Medicine Council of Alberta” to gain entry. Follow signs to Room #1 is located on the 1st Floor down the hall on your left.

If you have any concerns, please contact Nick @ 778-868-3444.

What is Motivational Interviewing?
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, client-centred directive therapeutic approach that elicits behavioural change by assisting clients identify and resolve ambivalence about attitudes and ideas. MI has been used in a variety of clinical settings and has been applied to various health conditions. MI is effective in reducing maladaptive behaviours such as alcohol abuse, drug addiction, and smoking and in promoting healthy behaviour change such as weight loss, medication adherence, increasing physical activity, and return to work. The applicability of MI across a variety of issues, its brief and specific interactions, and practical use in combination with other active treatment methods has intrigued many health care practitioners and led to explorations of the utility of MI in other areas of health care practice.

Motivational Interviewing Course Description
This two-day workshop uses a combination of active learning, group work, and practice activities to develop basic skills in how to identify and address ambivalence and reduce discord with clients using the fundamental processes of MI. This workshop will encourage participants to consider how the evidence-based client-centred approach of MI can be applied in their practice.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be provided with a Level 1 certificate in Motivational Interviewing. The costs of the workshop are:

AKA members – $300
Non-members – $400
*Students* – $200

*To receive a student discount, please provide current course enrollment when registering at the event.*

Note: Refunds will face a $50 administration fee.

About the MI Workshop Instructor
Joanne Pawluk (PhD, BScOT) has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the area of
occupational rehabilitation for over 14 years. Joanne is also a sessional instructor for the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. Joanne’s research primarily focuses on individuals with musculoskeletal conditions and Motivational Interviewing. Her current research involves developing a program theory for Motivational Interviewing in work rehabilitation.

Please Note: Lunch will not be provided however there are many options that are a short drive away, including:

– Dang Good – Vietnamese Cuisine
– Awash – African cuisine
– KILIMANJARO BBQ
– Zembaba 2 Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar
– Mr. Sub
– Tim Hortons