Format: Remote Course
Experience Level: Intermediate
Contact Hours: 13
This course is a two-part series intended to be completed in order. Participants should register for Part 1 and Part 2 at the same time, or complete Part 1 and wait to complete Part 2 at a later date. This course was developed by Nari Clemons, PT, PRPC and Jennafer Vande Vegte, PT, PRPC and was "born out of our own personal and professional struggles and our journey to having a life and a practice that we love and can sustain." The intention of this class is deep, personal and professional transformation through evidence- based information and practices.
The instructors recommend completing this series in two parts to allow time to process and implement one leg of the journey before undertaking the next. Both Part One and Part Two have a significant amount of pre-work to digest and practice before meeting via Zoom. Per the instrutoirs "This sets the stage for you to find your path to experiencing more joy, energy and balance."
Part Two continues the focus on personal and professional growth for the participant, with a deeper dive into meditation and self-care practices. Yoga is introduced as a means of mindful movement and energy balance. Participants will learn to identify unhealthy relational patterns in patients and others, and skills on how to use language and boundaries to create shifts that keep the clinician grounded and prevent excessive energic and emotional disruptions. There is a lecture on using essential oils for self- care and possibly patient care. Learning new strategies to preserve energy, wellness and passion while practicing appropriate self-care and boundaries will lead to helpful relationships with complex patients. This course also includes a discussion of energetic relationships with others as well as the concept of a "Higher Power". Discussion will also include refining life purpose, mission, and joy potential, unique to the individual participant. The goal is that the participating clinician will walk away from this experience equipped with strategies to address both oneself and one's patients with a mind, body, and spirit approach.
You must have completed Boundaries, Self-Care, and Meditation - Part 1 prior to attending this course.
This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.
Please order Self Care for the Self Aware by David Markowitz. It is around $9 from online retailers. Please read pages 3- 40. We will use this pre-reading as a jumping point for conversations and discussions. As you read, please take a few notes on whose stuff you are owning and what comes up when you think of giving it back to them. Again, please enjoy the experience and read slowly enough to process the information and let it work through you, rather than doing it all the night before. Let the transformation process begin now!
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
NOTICE: This schedule starts each day at 0:00. The course does not start at mid-night! This schedule is meant to show the duration of each component of the course, not the actual start-time of each lecture. Course start times are reflected in the title above.
Pre-course work: (6.5 CEU’s)Pre-Recorded lectures sent out prior to the course (6 hours 30 min)
Practices and Inventories: (3 hours 45 minutes)
Relative Day of Course Schedule
Pre-Recorded lectures sent out prior to the course (3 hours 30 min)
This course couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time because I was in a major burn out. I was becoming an unhappy person not only my professional life but personal life and know I needed to make a change. Now I’m learning this course more empowered to care for myself better so I can help my patients in a healthy way and enjoy my job again! I am walking away from this course with so many valuable strategies and also feel so much more relaxed and hopeful!
- Carrie Schofield, PT, DPT, PRPC - Scottsdale, AZ
This was the perfect course for me as I am at my burn-out phase at home and at work. I appreciate the self-care tools (meditation, cognitive reframing etc.) that I can immediately apply for myself because “I am worth it”.
- Arlene Silveyra, PT - Orange, CA
Fantastic Course. Very valuable for any practitioner to prevent bum out and learn strategies to exemplify self-core and self-worth.
- Taflyn Wilschinsky, PT, DPT - Santa Cruz, CA
The discussion stemming from our higher power homework was amazing and so thought provoking. I felt this was a very beneficial part of the course. This course is one I think any empathic or burned out therapist / healthcare professional / really anyone can benefit greatly from. These are tools we all need but so rarely taught using these tools will help me maintain work – life boundaries and my energy so that I have longevity as a PT.
- Mary Panushka, PT, DPT - Santa Rosa, CA
Thank you for realizing the need for this course having the manual and your concrete examples are exactly what I needed to make the changes my body told me I needed.
- Diana O'Brien,PT, MPT - Wilson, WY
Jen and Nari created this beautiful course to empower us to lead long – lasting, fulfilling careers and lives by teaching us not only how to care for our patients, but also ourselves!
- Justine Payne, PT, DPT, RYT - Miami, FL
Jen and Nari are the nicest people ever! This course was much appreciated and had a plenty of evidence-based information to substantiate patient care approaches. The instructors demonstrate authenticity get the evidence and hope of change (due to applying the principles taught in the class) Highly recommended this class! Thank you!
- Karen Vande Vegte PT, PRPC - San Diego, CA
Thank you, Thank you, thank you for teaching this course. This has changed the way I think about my life and my practice. I already have less anxiety about work this week. I am so appreciative of all the things I have learned.
- Vanessa Tipon Figuero, DPT - San Diego, CA
A fantastic course to gain personal introspection, create boundaries, and gain tools to help your patients help themselves. All while learning to help yourself too!
-Devin DeGreif, DPT, CSCS - Eugene, OR
It was a weekend filled with empowerment, positive affirmations, instantly applicable strategies! Excellent!
-Megan Horeis PT, DPT, WCS - Peckville, PA
This course was different from any I have ever taken. Not only did I learn clinical skills - but I learned it is so worth it to take care of me. Let the self work begin.
-Kara Infante, PT, DPT, CLT-UE - Norfolk, VA
Thank you for opening my eyes to a healtheir way of living my life first & working secondly. Thank you for what I think will change the trajectory of my career!
-Emily Wilson, PT, DPT - Cheyenne, WY
Nari Clemons, PT, PRPC
Nari has been teaching with the institute since 2004. She has written the following courses: Lumbar Nerve Manual Assessment /Treatment, as well as Sacral Nerve Manual Assessment/Treatment. She has co-authored the PF Series Capstone course with Allison Ariail and Jen Vande Vegte, and the Boundaries, Self Care, and Meditation Course (the burnout course) with Jen Vandevegte. In addition to teaching the classes she has authored, Nari also teaches all the other classes in the PF series: PF1, PF2A, PF2B, and Capstone. She was one of the question authors for the PRPC, and she has presented at many conferences, including CSM.
Nari’s passions include teaching students how to use their hands more receptively and precisely for advanced manual therapy skills while keeping it simple enough to feel successful. She also is an advocate for therapists learning how to feel well and thrive as they care for others, which is a skill that can be developed. “Basically, I love helping therapists learn to help themselves and others more while having a lot of fun doing it”. Nari lives in Portland Oregon, where she runs a local study/mentoring group and has a private practice, Portland Pelvic Therapy. Her interests include meditation, working out, nature, and being constantly humbled from raising her three amazing teenagers!
Nari's practice website is www.portlandpelvictherapy.com
Jennafer Vande Vegte, MSPT, BCB-PMD, PRPC
After graduating from Ithaca College, Jennafer began her career as a physical therapist at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI. Since 2002 Jen has focused her professional attention on treating women, men and children with pelvic health disorders. She is energized through education and enjoys her position as adjunct faculty at Grand Valley University, speaking at community events, organizing a regional pelvic floor mentorship and study group, and didn’t necessarily enjoy but survived part time home schooling her two daughters. She has been faculty for Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute since 2009 and loves to inspire other rehab professionals treating pelvic floor dysfunction. She is an author of the chapter, “Manual Therapy for the Pelvic Floor” which was published in the book, “Healing in Urology.” Jen was a contributing writer for the Pelvic Floor Capstone curriculum and also co-authored the continuing education course, “Boundaries, Self-Care and Meditation” with Nari Clemons. She is certified in pelvic floor rehabilitation and biofeedback for pelvic floor disorders. Outside of teaching and treating patients, Jen loves to spend time with family and friends, run, cook, travel, do yoga and snuggle with her doggo.