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Our mission is to facilitate the pursuit of professional excellence and innovative practice by providing the highest quality clinical, academic and evidence-based educational programs to our clinical instructors and physical therapists to meet the health and wellness needs of the communities in which they work.

Virtual - Level Up Your Psychosocial Approach: Combining Motivational Interviewing, Value-Based Goals, and Communication Skills for Behavior Change in Clinical Practice

Featuring Jeff Houck, PT, PhD, Dan Kang, PT, DPT, Breanna Becker, PT, DPT & Patrick McMahon, PT, DPT


This event is virtual. A Zoom link will be emailed prior to the course.


$225 ($200 early bird special if registered before March 22nd)

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Contact Linda Dallof at 503-554-2450 or with any questions.

Event Details

Physical therapy providers using behavior change approaches will notice greater influence on patient beliefs, compliance with HEP, adoption of physical activity regimens and resilience when coping with pain. Many short-term behavior-change courses simply touch on basic components of motivational interviewing. Critical skills such as reflective listening and evoking discrepancy, however, are rarely mastered. This course will illustrate the benefits of combining specific motivational interviewing techniques with value-based discussions elicited from psychological theories (i.e. social cognitive theory). Through the integration of audio clips, participants will be challenged to apply and practice skills in response to actual patient dialogue. The skills and theoretical approaches covered in this course can be utilized to enhance therapeutic alliance, assist with psychologically informed care and improve patient commitment to care plans.  

Hours of CE: 
11 hours (complete the pre-course work, pass the quiz, and attend the course)
or 7 hours (attend the course only)

How to Prepare: (Qualifies for 4 additional hours of CEUs)*
-Pre-course videos, module, and quiz will be sent to you after registration
*To receive 4 additional CEUs, take and pass the online quiz by April 16th

Jeff Houck
Jeff Houck, PT, PhD
Dr. Houck completed his physical therapy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University after which he completed a manual therapy residency. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Iowa in 1999. Dr. Houck is presently the Director of Research at George Fox University and is a research scientist at University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Houck has given several international, national and local presentations/seminars related to clinical biomechanics, patient reported outcomes, primary care PT and person-centered care. His NIH funded research includes foot and ankle problems and hip fractures. His current research focuses on primary care physical therapy, foot and ankle care and the integration of person-centered patient reported outcomes in clinical care. Dr. Houck earned a certification in motivational interviewing and launched the Beyond Bio*Psycho*Social training platform Dr. Houck continues to develop his clinical skills and is especially interested in advancing psychosocial aspects of care.

Dan Kang
Dan Kang, PT, DPT
Dr. Kang is an associate professor of physical therapy at George Fox University, where he teaches in the area of pathophysiology, cardiopulmonary therapeutics, orthopedics, and persistent pain rehabilitation. Dr. Kang was awarded Teacher of the Year for the graduate programs at George Fox University in 2019 and speaks locally and nationally on primary care, PROMIS in clinical practice and the biopsychosocial model of care. Dr. Kang serves as a commissioner for the Oregon Pain Management Commission, director of the YCC/GFU Persistent Pain Program, co-director of the Interdisciplinary Primary Care Institute, and Oregon Physical Therapy Association liaison for population health. Dr. Kang received his doctor of physical therapy degree (2004) and a master's degree in physical therapy (2002) from Loma Linda University. He currently practices at George Fox University's Community Clinic and serves as a consultant for regional health systems integrating PROMIS and primary care into clinical practice.

Breanna Becker Patrick McMahon
Breanna Becker, PT, DPT & Patrick McMahon, PT, DPT
Both Dr. Becker and Dr. McMahon earned their Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2020) at George Fox University.  Early on, Dr. Becker and Dr. McMahon embraced person-centered care and psychosocial approaches to care.  Their skills in motivational interviewing, brief action planning and value-based discussions with patients evolved through a variety of mentorship and teaching activities.  They were directly mentored by Dr. Kang, working with patients suffering from high impact chronic pain.  They were also directly mentored by Dr. Houck, conducting physical activity counseling (i.e. behavior change) in patients after total ankle replacement and elderly people confined by the pandemic.  Recently, they have taught motivational interviewing within the George Fox Physical Therapy program and to experienced clinicians.  Both Dr. Becker and McMahon bring the perspective of someone who has recently learned psychosocial skills--the concepts are fresh and learning struggles real. 


Saturday, April 17


What is a good psychological frame for clinical problem solving?  Social Cognitive Theory – Why are PTs using this?

Dr. Houck


Building Self-Efficacy:  What works and how do you know?

Dr. Houck/Dr. Kang


Motivational Interviewing (MI): Basics

Dr. Becker/Dr. McMahon




Motivational Interviewing (MI): Practice responding to audio clips - All participants together

Dr. Becker/Dr. McMahon


Breakout rooms: Practice MI responses in real-time to patient audio clips



Reflections on practicing; Day 1 wrap-up


Sunday, April 18


Discussing Values: Goal setting 100% based on patient values

Dr. Kang/Dr. Becker


Value-based Goals: Group problem solving 





Reflective listening & evoking discrepancy when discussions are challenging

Dr. Houck/Dr. Kang


Guided group problem solving 



Self-assessment and wrap-up

Evidence that MI and value-based goal setting works in clinical care


In-Person - Beyond Bio◦Psycho◦Social: Optimizing Health Across Communities - POSTPONED

Featuring Dan Kang, PT, DPT & Ryan Jacobson, PT, DPT, PCS


George Fox University
Roberts Center - Room 203
501 Villa Road
Newberg, Oregon

Parking is available in the Roberts Center parking lot. A parking pass will be issued to you prior to the event.


$350 - General Registration
$300 - GFU Physical Therapy Alumni and Clinical Instructors
$99 - GFU Physical Therapy Students

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Please contact Linda Dallof at or 503-554-2451 with any questions.

Event Details

New patient-reported outcome measures empower clinicians to efficiently capture biomedical, psychological, and social variables of health during routine care.  These new measures are person-centered and population-based, enhancing the focus on the individual and community.  This course reviews interpretation and application of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) to routine clinical care.  Specific measures that span a biopsychosocial model of care include Physical Function, Fatigue, Self-efficacy of Symptom Management, and Satisfaction with Social Roles and Activities.  We will cover basic clinical interpretation of each measure, available data from physical therapy clinics, case studies, and interviews with providers and patients where these scales were used to augment care.  Participants can expect to be exposed to concrete ways of using PROMIS measures to target treatments for specific patients, document patient care, and identify new psychosocial areas of practice that may enhance patient outcomes.

  • This course will be hands-on using iPad PROMIS, videos, case vignettes, and live case study.
  • We will demonstrate the power of PROMIS to enhance your clinical decision making.
  • Lunchtime Idea Session with Dan & Ryan - LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED!
  • Online modules will also be made available to you to enhance your learning after the course.
  • 8 CE contact hours will be issued upon completion of the course.


  1. Interpret and apply the Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Measures to assess and track health for patients attending physical therapy.
  2. Understand and apply strategies to improve patient self-efficacy in physical therapy care and to encourage increased physical activity.
  3. Understand and apply strategies to assess and treat high fatigue symptoms that occur in patients attending physical therapy.
  4. Understand and apply strategies to identify social participation goals and use these goals to enhance commitment to rehabilitation programs and satisfaction social roles and life activities.


Dr. Kang is an associate professor of physical therapy at George Fox University, where he teaches in the area of pathophysiology, cardiopulmonary therapeutics, orthopedics, and persistent pain rehabilitation and in 2019 was awarded Teacher of the Year for the graduate programs. Dan received his doctor of physical therapy degree (2004) and a master's degree in physical therapy (2002) from Loma Linda University. He serves as a commissioner for the Oregon Pain Management Commission and as the Oregon Physical Therapy Association liaison for population health. Dan enjoys speaking about clinical practice and person centered care and he currently practices at George Fox University's Community Clinic and Providence Primary Care Clinic in Oregon.

Ryan Jacobson

Dr. Jacobson is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy and currently serves as full-time faculty at George Fox University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, teaching courses in pediatrics, orthotics, and patient care.  His current research endeavors are around leveraging meaningful outcomes in Physical Therapy to affect improved models of care across the lifespan.  He also enjoys speaking on child and family empowerment toward better health and wellness outcomes.  Ryan plays jazz saxophone and volleyball, loves creative endeavors with his daughter Alex and wife Stephanie, and eats way too much dark chocolate.




Coffee & Tea Provided

Motivation for the Bio◦Psycho◦Social Model


Dr. Jacobson

Why use PROMIS?


Dr. Jacobson

Review of Interpretation – Clinical Decision Making


Dr. Jacobson & Dr. Kang

  • Physical Function



  • Video & Vignettes






  • Fatigue



  • Self-Efficacy of Symptom Management



  • Satisfaction with Participation in Social Roles & Activities



  • Video & Vignettes



LunchIdea Sharing with Dr. Kang and Dr. Jacobson


Lunch Provided

Case 1: Orthopedic Live Case


Dr. Kang

Case 2: Health and Wellness Case


Dr. Kang

             Video & Data






Case 3: Chronic Pain


Dr. Kang

Building a Biopsychosocial Program


Dr. Jacobson & Dr. Kang

Question and Answers


Dr. Jacobson & Dr. Kang




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