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E.M.A. TOOLS FOR SUCCESSFUL BEHAVIOR CHANGE: EMPOWERMENT, MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING AND ADULT LEARNING
"How can I get my patients to change their behavior?" The answer: by incorporating patient empowerment, motivational interviewing and adult learning tools! PE and MI are patient-centered, evidence-based counseling methods that replace the ineffective but much used 'compliance' approach. Twenty-five easy, practical PE-MI tools are reviewed (summarized in acronym A.D.O.P.T.E.E.S.). These tools include an easy way to identify a patient's stage of readiness to change for each main diabetes intervention, and how exactly educators can use stage-based counseling strategies to reduce the patient's resistance to change and ambivalence. Principles of adult learning are also summarized.

Adults learn best when fun, 3D teaching aids are used. These principles are often overlooked or forgotten in clinical practices, and yet they are key to enhancing patients' knowledge and skill outcomes (remember, a knowledge outcome triggers a behavior change outcome); so you will see actual pictures of many of my homemade aids in the slide deck...and how to make them yourselves. Attendees will also receive several of my PE-MI counseling forms, such as a "MNT Intervention Checklist" and my "MNT-DSME Conversation C.A.R.D."
Upon successful completion of this 2-hour course, the participant will be able to:
  • List 8 of the 24 E.M.A. tools for helping patients change their lifestyle behaviors (tools summarized in word A.D.O.P.T.E.E.S.).


  • Name the one MOST important tool for changing behavior.


  • Name the 6 "stages of readiness" to change a behavior.


  • Name 3 questions of the 8 to prompt patient to persuade himself to change (questions summarized in word B.I.G.G.E.S.T.).
Live Event Date: Aug 30, 2016
Learning Need Codes (LNC): 1000, 1070, 1130, 6000
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 9.1.1, 9.1.5
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 2.0
Level(s): 1
Total Cost: $36 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenter: Mary Ann Hodorowicz, RD, CDE, MBA, Certified Endocrinology Coder

Mary Ann Hodorowicz, RD, CDE, MBA, Certified Endocrinology Coder owns a practice in Palos Heights, IL, (Mary Ann Hodorowicz Consulting, LLC) that specializes in customized consulting, training, writing and professional presentation services for the healthcare and food industry in these areas:

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)
  • Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME)
  • Diabetes Care Services: Shared Medical Appointments, CGM, CSII, SMBG, Etc.
  • Business Management Components (Clinical, Marketing, Operational, Financial, Quality Management)
  • Medicare and Private Payer Insurance Reimbursement for the above
  • Evidence-Based Standards of Diabetes Care
  • Achieving AADE Accreditation for DSME Programs (turn-key materials and Policy and Procedure Manual)
  • Motivational Interviewing/Patient Empowerment Counseling for HCPs
  • Nutrition Education and Health/Wellness Promotion Programs for Consumers
Her clients include healthcare entities, professional membership associations, pharmacies, medical CEU education and training firms, government agencies, food and pharmaceutical companies, academia, and employer groups. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators from 2013 – 2015, and was the Chair of AADE’s Advanced Practice Community of Interest in 2016.



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