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*Encore Opportunity*
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Presented by
The Ontario Lung Association
Friday, June 16th — 9:30am-3:30pm
Toronto, ON  

Registration for this event is now closed.
We look forward to seeing you at the next OSHF professional development opportunity. 

Ontario Society for Health and Fitness is happy to share that their Winter 2017 professional development opportunity is back by member request.  On behalf of the Lung Association of Ontario, OSHF is again hosting a special one-day workshop introducing the technique(s) of Motivational Interviewing for health behaviour change. 

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a “collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change” (Miller and Rollnick, 2009). MI has a robust evidence base across a range of health behaviours, including exercise, nutrition, respiratory care and smoking. This workshop addresses the foundation skills of MI using broad, case-based learning and interactive exercises in a small group environment.


The session will also include a brief overview of the Association's "Quit & Get Fit" program, designed to help fitness practitioners permanently stop their clients and peers from smoking. Visit http://www.quitandgetfit.ca/.  

CSEP 5 PDC  ·  CALA 5 CEC  ·  canfitpro 3 PTS, 3 FIS  ·  OFC 5 CEC  ·  CATA 2.2 CEU


 Ontario Lung Association Office


18 Wynford Drive
(Don Mills & Eglinton Ave E)
4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M3C 0K8


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Add 13% HST.  Please note that space is limited. Registration closes June 12.


About the Workshop

This session will cover the fundamental skills and underlying philosophy of Motivational Interviewing (MI).  It combines case-based learning, hands-on practice and take-away resources to help participants recognize and integrate MI techniques.  An overview of the Quit & Get Fit (Q&GF) program is provided as an example of applying MI to day-to-day interactions with clients.  A key focus of the session will be on promoting change. For individuals seeking help with addictions and/or other health-related behaviours, two of the most common obstacles are ambivalence and the fear of change; MI assists in overcoming these barriers.

Benefits for the Fitness Professional:
•  Increase your confidence, knowing you have the right tools to help clients reach their goals and maintain behaviour change.
•  Improve client engagement, retention and outcomes.

Benefits for Clients:
•  Empower the client to express and provide confidence for moving ahead in their behaviour change journey.
•  Encourage the client to consider their own self-management and options when it comes to reaching health-related goals.

About the Workshop Leaders

Lana Biro (BSc, RRT, CRE) is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and a Certified Respiratory Educator. Lana is a trainer for RESPTREC®, facilitating workshops for health-care professionals on asthma, COPD, Spirometry and Education for Chronic Disease. She is also a CAMH/TEACH-trained facilitator for Motivational Interviewing workshops. Lana is involved with various lung health advocacy initiatives, including the Lung Health Ambassadors, Breathworks®/COPD newsletters and Lung Health/COPD support groups in Ontario.

Diane Feldman (RRT, CRE, CTE)
 is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and a Certified Respiratory and Tobacco Educator. She is a facilitator for RESPTREC™, the Lung Association program that trains health professionals in asthma, COPD and education for chronic disease management. Diane is also a trainer in Motivational Interviewing in Respiratory Health Care, a partnered program between the Ontario Lung Association and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). For many years, she has been a volunteer on the executive of the Respiratory Health Educators Interest Group of the Ontario Respiratory Care Society, the allied health care professional arm of The Ontario Lung Association.

About the Lung Association – Ontario 

The Lung Association is among Canada’s longest standing, most respected not-for-profit health promotion organizations. It is a leader in the prevention and control of chronic lung disease, asthma, smoking cessation and prevention, and air quality and its effects on lung health. The Lung Association has invested more than $27 million into lung health research in Ontario and provides education and support to people living with lung disease as well as the allied health practitioners who support them.

For a complete list of the Lung Association's programs and initiatives, visit http://onlung.ca/

General Information 

Cancellations are subject to a $25 administration fee.  Cancellation requests will be accepted in writing until 7 days prior to the event.  No refunds are available following the cut-off.

Parking is available on site.  See more details HERE.

Morning sign-in
 opens at 9:15am.  

Lunch will be served at 12:30pm.  Please indicate on your registration form any food allergies or special dietary needs. 

Accommodation options for out-of-town participants include the Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites and Westin Prince Hotel.  Both are located just a short drive from the venue.  


Contact OSHF Membership and Event Services at (888) 990-9404 or membership@oshf.ca