Motivational Interviewing 1: Beats & Breaths


This course examines the evidence for motivational interviewing in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congenital heart disease are emphasized. Upon completion, participants will know whether motivational interviewing is right for their practice. Time saving techniques for retrieving and evaluating research evidence will also be covered. 

Instructional methods include lecture, participation, and Q&A. 

The instructor, Sheila Schindler-Ivens, PT, PhD, has nearly 20 years of experience helping students and clinicians make sense of research. Sample her approachable, step-by-step style


Upon course completion, participants will:

  1. Get answers to clinical questions.
    • Know how well motivational interviewing works in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy, with emphasis on COPD and congenital heart disease. Insights will be sufficient for pursuing motivational interviewing in clinical practice.

    • Understand the research examining motivational interviewing for cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy.
  2. Save time.
    • Have a time saving process for starting and completing literature searches.
    • Have a time saving process for triaging and reviewing clinically relevant research.
    • Have an efficient and defensible process for applying research evidence to frontline practice

How to Host

This course is available in-person or remote. If you or your institution is interested in hosting, contact us here


75 minutes, with 60 minutes of lecture and 15 minutes of Q&A. Longer seminars can be arranged for a richer, more interactive experience. Lunch-n-learn opportunities (<60 minutes) are also available.


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Lancaster KJ, Schoenthaler AM, Midberry SA, Watts SO, Nulty MR, Cole HV, Ige E, Chaplin W, Ogedegbe G. Rationale and design of Faith-based Approaches in the Treatment of Hypertension (FAITH), a lifestyle intervention targeting blood pressure control among black church members. Am Heart J. 2014 Mar;167(3):301-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2013.10.026. Epub 2013 Nov 6. PubMed PMID: 24576512. 

Morrison ML, Sands AJ, McCusker CG, McKeown PP, McMahon M, Gordon J, Grant B, Craig BG, Casey FA. Exercise training improves activity in adolescents with congenital heart disease. Heart. 2013 Aug;99(15):1122-8. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2013-303849. Epub 2013 Jun 7. PubMed PMID: 23749780. 

Obling KH, Overgaard K, Juul L, Maindal HT. The MILE study: a motivational, individual and locally anchored exercise intervention among 30-49 year-olds with low levels of cardiorespiratory fitness: a randomised controlled study in primary care. BMC Public Health. 2013 Dec 23;13:1224. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-1224. PubMed PMID: 24365174; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3908679. 

Stenman E, Leijon ME, Calling S, Bergmark C, Arvidsson D, Gerdtham UG, Sundquist K, Ekesbo R. Study protocol: a multi-professional team intervention of physical activity referrals in primary care patients with cardiovascular risk factors--the Dalby lifestyle intervention cohort (DALICO) study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2012 Jn 22;12:173. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-12-173. PubMed PMID: 22726659; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3523973. 

Zuckoff A. "Why won't my patients do what's good for them?" Motivational interviewing and treatment adherence. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2012 Sep-Oct;8(5):514-21. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2012.05.002. Epub 2012 May 4. PubMed PMID: 22704048.