“Clinicians can improve medical adherence and outcomes for patients by improving how well they facilitate the mental and emotional aspects of the change process.”

AACT Now’s unique seminars for health professionals focus on the reality that understanding stress, depression, and the applicable aspects of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) can help us establish stronger rapport and retain patients long enough for them to get more positive clinical outcomes.

Our training seminars are especially relevant to clinicians involved in helping patients successfully facilitate important lifestyle and behavioral changes as a goal of treatment.

“Our goal is to enhance clinicians’ fact-to-face abilities to effectively introduce and reinforce relevant therapeutic, wellness, and lifestyle behaviors to a broad range of clients.”

Read the following seminar analysis from a recent participant in New Zealand …

“For patients to get maximum benefit from physiotherapy they often need support in changing behaviour. Edmond Otis built on our undergraduate psychology knowledge and life skills in working with patients, and provided an approach that is soundly based in psychology and sports psychology. In an entertaining and absorbing day he reminded us that ” thoughts generate behaviour”. If patients thoughts are irrational on a health issue, therapists need ways to challenge their thinking and provide reasonable alternatives. Edmond’s approach fits well with physiotherapy and chronic disease management, a field we are facing more and more.”

Dawn Birrell, Professional Adviser Physiotherapy, Hawke’s Bay DHB

Main Themes of AACT Now’s Therapeutic Communication Training

Although each presentation is individually tailored a particular groups specific set of concerns – presentations always address three major, interrelated themes:

Stress, Depression and Adjustment Challenges – identification, education, and training skills.

The Change Process – assisting and motivating patients to successfully make lasting lifestyle changes.This, of course, is crucial in all effective therapeutic relationships. As we know, anyone can change. The question is whether the change sticks. Can it last long enough to do good? Establish a new course of action? Have a lasting effect?

The CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) Paradigm – developing specific; strategic, listening, and communicating skills to help improve the client’s capacity to control their own behaviors and change mal- adaptive patterns.This module emphasizes building the essential fundamentals of actually developing interpersonal skills for achieving rapport, building trust, and gaining influence.

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