Pre and Post-meeting Events


 Hotel & Travel 



Virtual Event


Vendor Sessions

 Exhibits & Support 

Keynote Speakers | Education Sessions | Pre and Post-meeting Events | Hands-on Sessions  
Advance Program | Speaker Index | Scientific & Clinical Abstracts

Pre-meeting Events: Wednesday, September 3

Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP) Exam

9:00am - 12:00pm

Awarded by the AACVPR Professional Certification Commission, the CCRP is the only comprehensive certification exclusively for cardiac rehabilitation professionals of all disciplines. Additional information about the CCRP
certification, including preparation materials, can be found at

Session 100: Motivational Interviewing Intensive Workshop

8:30am - 5:30pm

Lucy Rathier, PhD; Maria Buckley, PhD 

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an effective evidence-based approach to overcoming the ambivalence that
prevents many people from making desired behavioral changes first developed by Miller and Rollnick. MI has
been successfully used with ethnically and culturally diverse populations. MI skills are practical and accessible while being grounded in theory and research. The addition of MI to a practitioner’s repertoire can help him or her better address the challenges of perceived resistance from patients and more successfully provide support and strategies to engage the patient in achieving their goals. This workshop involves eight hours of training in Motivational Interviewing tenets, spirit and specific strategies. Class size will
be strictly limited to maximize learning.

Early Registration (by August 7) - $149              Regular Registration (after August 7) - $165

Session 102: Detailed Review of Cardiac Rehabilitation Core Competencies 4, 5, 6 & 7. Importance for Professional Enhancement, Quality Services and Certifications

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Larry F. Hamm, PhD, MAACVPR; Mark Williams, PhD, MAACVPR; Vera Bittner, MD, FAACVPR; Ray Squires, PhD, FAACVPR; Ana Mola, MA, RN, ANP, FAACVPR

Professional enhancement is an important issue for all health care professionals, both those new to the field and those with years of experience. Ensuring that clinical personnel demonstrate the recommended core competencies is important for the delivery of high-quality services. This workshop will also discuss the relationship
between core competencies and both program and the new AACVPR professional certifications. Presenters will review in detail four of the core competencies including suggestions for assessing them.

Early Registration (by August 7) - $99                     Regular Registration (after August 7) - $115

Session 103: Stress - The Neglected Risk Factor

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Ann Knocke, MS, PT; Aggie Casey, MS, RN; Gisele Bousquet, MS, RN 

This pre-conference workshop will enable participants to incorporate stress management skills necessary in their
cardiac rehabilitation programs to reduce their participants’ risk of coronary heart disease. Participants will be provided with scientific evidence of the efficacy of teaching stress management skills and concrete suggestions for incorporating these offerings in a variety of cardiac rehabilitation settings. A variety of tools will be introduced for participants to use in their own clinical practices. The session will include a one-hour formal presentation
with several skills for practicing first hand. This will be followed by breakout sessions including gentle yoga, meditation and effective communication skills. The session will conclude with a roundtable discussion where the presenters will share experiences implementing these techniques in three different Partners Hospital rehabilitation programs, take questions and share strategies around barriers and facilitators.

Early Registration (by August 7) - $99                    Regular Registration (after August 7) - $115

Session: Community COPD Education Workshop

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Scott Cerreta, BS, RRT; Alexander Benson, MD; James D. Crapo, MD; Robert A. Sandhaus, MD, PhD

Discuss effective methods for educating and treating your patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the professional education track of this workshop. Meanwhile, a patient education track will provide “COPD 101” to local patients to help them better manage their lung disease. The course will include a joint session with patients and professionals led by keynote speaker, Robert Sandhaus, MD, PhD. Lunch will be provided.

Presented in partnership with


Early Registration (by August 7) - $99                     Regular Registration (after August 7) - $115

Post-meeting Event: Saturday, September 6

Session 104: Heart and Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Robert Allan, PhD 

Dr. Allan will describe seminal research from the world’s foremost authorities on the major psychosocial risk factors linked with CHD, including depression, social isolation, and anger, as well as several emerging factors, such as “Type D” (distressed) personality, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and work stress. Dr. Allan is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Professional Associate at New York- Presbyterian Hospital.

Early Registration (by August 7) - $99              Regular Registration (after August 7) - $115

Account Login

Reset My Password