Professional Development Workshop



Professional Development Workshop

Illness to Wellness: Health Behavior Change and Coaching for Healthcare Professionals

September 19, 2015

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The number of people who practice healthy behaviors regularly is alarmingly low, leading to chronic diseases across the lifespan that have become a primary cause of death and disability in the U.S.

Combining lecture, small group discussions and case studies, this workshop will prepare you to address health behavior change with your patients and clients and develop a wellness approach in all your practice settings.

This is a 6.5 contact hour continuing education program that meets the Category 1 requirements for the MN Board of Physical Therapy.


  • Understand key components of wellness versus illness and the relevance of health promotion and wellness initiatives
  • Identify and target key health behaviors that can be addressed in your care plans
  • Explore the foundations of health behavior change theory
  • Recognize and assess internal and external factors that impact behavior change 
  • Learn tools and techniques of motivational interviewing to help you frame crucial conversations with your clients and patients
  • Recognize when you may need to refer a patient or client to another provider


Saturday, September 19, 2015
8 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Workshop

Rauenhorst Hall, Coeur de Catherine (campus map)
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, Minn., 55105


Includes all materials and lunch. Early bird rate* through September 1.

  • $119*/149 — St. Catherine University alumnae/i 
  • $139*/169 — Healthcare professionals 
  • $40 — Students

Proceeds from this event benefit the Marilyn Woods Scholarship Fund. 

Sponsored By

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Henrietta Schmoll School of Health
St. Catherine University


Janet R Bezner, PT, DPT, PhD

Janet R Bezner, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Bezner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Texas State University where she teaches, conducts research on physical activity and provides service to the university community. Prior to joining Texas State, she was Vice President of Education, Governance and Administration at the American Physical Therapy Association, and Senior Vice President for PeakCare, Inc, a healthcare technology firm that assisted employers in decreasing healthcare costs. 

Bezner taught physical therapy at Texas State University, San Marcos, and has practiced in a variety of healthcare settings. She served on APTA’s Board of Directors prior to joining its staff and is a recipient of the Association's Lucy Blair Service Award. She is an experienced speaker and facilitator on topics related to leadership, personal development, strategic planning, and health promotion and wellness. 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, a PhD in health education from the University of Texas and a DPT degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

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