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. Please plan for up to 12 hours of pre-course work. 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:
Pre-Recorded lectures sent out prior to the course (6 hours 30 min)
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).
Live Zoom Component - Day 1
Times listed in Pacific Time
0:00 Log on, Zoom Basics, H and W intro slides
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.