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Supporting a Habit Change: Most Obstacles to our Therapies are Habits!

Supporting a Habit Change

Most Obstacles to our Therapies are Habits!

IMPORTANT!! Please check the Board Approval Information below to ensure the course is approved by your professional board and will provide the CE credits you need.

Course Description

This course is a companion course to Stuck In A Rut. This first course focuses on how habits work in our brain. We suggest that you study that course first. However, Supporting A Habit Change has been created to stand alone, if you prefer. The focus of this course is application. How do we build our understanding of the nature of habits, into our approaches to help a patient/client make significant and difficult changes that stick?

Purpose and Objectives

Bad habits, by their very nature, are difficult to change. But as the result of recent research that is generating improved approaches, greater patient/client preparation, and more cultural support, the rates of success increase, and more people can enjoy the quality of life they work so hard to achieve. Each of us, in our various professions, can be instrumental in the process. This course offers specific approaches that assist patients/clients through the five stages of habit change. It offers examples from common scenarios encountered by each profession taking this course. It emphasizes that mobility, speech, activities of daily living, dietary choices, thought patterns and more, are all automatic habitual patterns.


  • Identify how the habitual brain functions automatically, rapidly, and unconsciously to carry us through our daily tasks.
  • Recognize that there are stages to the process of change.
  • Assess and intervene effectively with a patient in the Pre-Contemplation Stage.
  • Assess and intervene effectively with a patient in the Contemplation Stage.
  • Assess and intervene effectively with a patient in the Preparation Stage.
  • Assess and intervene effectively with a patient in the Action Stage.
  • Assess and intervene effectively with a patient in the Maintenance Stage.
  • Consider the possibility and brain processes necessary to reach the Termination Stage.
  • Consider the impact of bad health habits on our society, and the need for growing attention to the development of healthy habits.


About the Author

Linda S. Greenfield, RN, PhD

Linda is the educational administrator, author and instructor for Consultants for the Future. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and Columbia Pacific University and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities as a doctorial student. She has taught hundreds of seminars and authored home study courses for over thirty five years in healthcare continuing education.

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Her clinical experiences include acute and long term care, including experience as a flight nurse in the US Air Force and as an educator in a college based nursing program. Linda has a passion for life-long learning and is always on the breaking edge of the latest information in health and healing, integrating both conventional and alternative approaches. She has a knack for breaking down complex topics into easy to understand concepts with practical applications for everyday needs. Linda has been honored as a keynote speaker at several conferences and conventions, including the Spring 2005 conference of the Iowa Department of Health where she spoke about energy healing.

Board Approval Information

Supporting a Habit Change
Most Obstacles to our Therapies are Habits!

The Florida Boards (Provider No. 50-435) Nursing, Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Audiology, (clinical). It is accepted through complementary board approval by the Board of Dietetics and Nutrition. The Ohio Board of Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology (Provider No. 40-435). The District of Columbia Board of Nursing (Provider No. 50-435). The Alabama Board of Occupational Therapy (Provider No. 50-435). The Georgia Board of Nursing (Provider No. 50-435). Accepted by the Iowa Boards of Nursing, Behavioral Science Examiners for Mental Health Counselors and Marital & Family Therapists, Sponsor No. 1-05, Social Work Examiners, Sponsor No. 334; The California Board of Nursing, Provider No. 04422. The Course meets the requirements of the Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, and Kentucky Boards of Nursing, and other states by reciprocity.

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