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Boundaries, Self-Care, and Meditation - Part 1 - Remote Course - April 24, 2022

Pacific Time 7:30am - 1:30pm

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Price: $400
Format: Remote Course
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 12.5

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."

In Part One. participants begin their process of study, meditation, and self-reflection in the weeks prior to the start of the class. Pre-work includes focus on neuroscience of pain, trauma, PTSD and meditation. Participants will learn about the powerful influence both negative and positive experiences have on our nervous system’s structure and function. Personal meditation practice and instruction will create changes in the participant's own nervous system. Participants will also learn how to prescribe meditation for various patient personalities and needs, as well as analyze yourself through inventories on coping, self-care, empathy, burnout, values as well as track how you spend your time. Commitment to pre-work will facilitate rich discussion as we put what you have learned into practice around building a shared responsibility model of patient care, language to support difficult patients, and both visualizing and planning steps to create new, healthier patterns in your life and in your practice.



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 begin your meditation practice.  You will need to download the CD, “Meditations for Pelvic Health” from google play or itunes.  You can also search “Nari Clemons”. The CD is also available at Amazon, Current Tech, or Current Medical Technologies.  The downloaded form makes it easier to catch your 10 minute daily meditation during lunch at work, or wherever you have your phone.  Using earbuds will enhance the experience, as the music has binary beats that balance the two sides of the brain.  Please find the self practice logs at this link.   We would like you to use tracks 1-7 each three times before the course.  This way, at the course, we can dive deeper and work more on application into your practice, as you will have familiarity with each technique and how it affects you.  Please start sooner than later, trying to get a sitting in each day. 


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. List and describe several meditation techniques and which techniques are effective with different patient types
  2. Describe basic concepts of the neuroscience of pain and the effects of meditation on the brain
  3. Discuss the contributing role of trauma and stress to persistent pain
  4. Discuss the evidence for the cognitive and emotional modulation of pain
  5. Explain pain and stress-induced hyperalgesia to patients in simple language
  6. Define helpful vs. dysfunctional patterns of care
  7. Practice techniques to center and stay grounded at work with detached compassion
  8. Describe the steps for setting up a shared responsibility model of patient care
  9. Instruct a patient in the basic qualities of meditation

Pre-Recorded lectures sent out prior to the course (6 hours 30 min)

  1. Introduction
  2. Meditation Neuroscience
  3. Brain and Pain Part 1 and 2
  4. Meditation Types and Tips
  5. Burnout and Empathy
  6. Boundaries with Patients 

Practices and Inventories: (to get the most out of the course, please allow roughly three hours to complete the following independent exercises, which will be discussed during the Zoom meeting portion). 

  1. Meditation Practice
  2. Coping Styles Self-Test
  3. Self-Care Test
  4. Empath Quiz
  5. Visualization Exploration
  6. Values and Time Tracker
  7. Read pages 3-40 of Self Care for the Self Aware by David Markowitz (e book)
  8. Is your Workplace a Source of Burnout Assessment
  9. Mediation Affirmation: Practice and Reflection Work
      a) Pranayama
      b) Body scan

Live Zoom Component - Day 1

Times listed in Pacific Time

0:00 Log on, Zoom Basics, H and W intro slides
0:30 Welcome/Objectives/Personal Introductions/Goals for class
1:30 Brain Pain Review and Lab
2:30 Longer Meditation: Overcoming Pain with Mindfulness Practice
3:00 Break
3:15 Not owning others: Discussion
4:00 Visualization Exploration: Bring on your dreams
5:00 Daily Intention Practice: Sculpting your life
6:00 Adjourn

Attending a remote course is easy and safe, and you can do it entirely from the security and comfort of your own home or clinic without having to find a lab partner.


Important thing to note:

- Our policy for applying for continuing education credit for remote courses differs from that of our in-person and satellite lab courses. Read the specific language of the policy here. Depending on the state in which you practice, you may need to submit your own application to your state board or approving body should you wish that it be approved for continuing education credit in your state.

- To attend a remote Herman & Wallace course, registrants will need Zoom video conferencing software. This is a requirement. One can create an account and download the software to their computer at https://zoom.us/

- We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our remote course start and end times (this is not the case for in-person and satellite lab locations). Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.

- A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.

- Still have questions about Remote Courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on Remote Courses

Nari Clemons, PT, PRPC

Nari Clemons

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

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.

Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code Student2022. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course.