Behaviour Change Strategies in Mental Health

ESSA’s first ASK professional development has been developed to build applied skills and knowledge to work in the field of mental health. This suite of PD is designed to be accessible to all our accreditation streams and external parties, this includes AEPs who may work with those who have mental illness, as well as AES and ASpS who work with those who may be experiencing poor mental health, or those who display some symptoms of mental illness but do not have a diagnosis

ESSA Mental Health ASK: Part 2 - The Role of the Exercise Professional as an Accidental Counsellor: Behaviour Change Strategies in Mental Health

This unit will explore behaviour change strategies in mental health. The unit will cover:
The theory of behaviour change as it applies to exercise in mental health 
Behaviour change strategies e.g. motivational interviewing and CBT. What they are, the principles, and how they can be used by exercise professionals
Practical application of behaviour change strategies; how to apply strategies in the exercise setting

Completion of this unit will result in the following learning outcomes: 
Understanding behaviour change theory and strategies used by exercise professionals within the context of mental health

This is a pre-record professional development. 

Presented by Lisa Simmons, AES, AEP

Lisa is an Accredited Exercise Physiology with over 15 years’ experience working in the areas of musculoskeletal rehabilitation, cardiovascular rehabilitation, occupational and vocational rehabilitation, mental health, substance abuse and clinical education. Lisa also completed a Masters in Health and Human Services Management through Deakin University in 2015 and has a keen interest in public health, health promotion, health economics and health service management.

Lisa is the Course Coordinator for the Clinical Exercise Physiology program at James Cook University (JCU) and the Clinic Lead of the JCU Exercise Physiology Clinic and has been successful in the development of key research and placement relationships with surrounding hospitals. These collaborations have led to the successful development of student-led services designed to promote the benefits of exercise interventions in cancer treatment, exercise as an effective therapy in mental health and the importance of exercise in end stage kidney disease. Lisa is currently completing her PHD on evaluating student-led healthcare services.

Rates per person

ESSA Member   $33.00 
Non-Member       $55.00
ESSA Student Member            $16.50
Student Non-Member    $27.50 
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Non-Member PD+   Complimentary
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Target Audience

Any Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2  and/or Accredited High Performance Manager.

This unit is suitable for anyone with an interest in understanding how behavioural change strategies work and how these strategies can impact clients/consumers/athletes


Successful completion of an assessment, within 60 days is required to earn applicable CPD Points


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    1/01/2023 - 31/08/2024 11:59 PM
    E. Australia Standard Time
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