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Boundaries, Self-Care, and Meditation - September 12 8:00am - 1:00 pm Pacific, September 13 8:00am - 2:00 pm Pacific, October 10 8:00am - 1:30 pm Pacific, and October 11 8:00am - 1:30 am Pacific, 2020


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Price: $625 ($650 within one month of the course)
Format: Remote Course
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 24.75

This live remote course will be split up over four days and will address research- based holistic approaches for practitioners wishing to broaden their approach to wellness and pain management in their practice, while maintaining good boundaries and mental/emotional health for themselves. The course also includes prerecorded lectures and activities to do before circling up with the group in order to discuss. Participants will begin their process of study, meditation, and self reflection in the week prior to the start of the class. This class is designed to help therapist develop a shared responsibility model in their practice, but also to feel more joy, energy and balance in their own lives. Lectures will focus on research based holistic approaches for the practitioner wishing to broaden their approach to wellness and pain management in their practice. Learning new strategies to preserve their own energy, wellness and passion while practicing appropriate self-care and boundaries will lead to helpful relationships with complex patients. This course will decipher what is anecdotal and what the research supports. This course will focus on: mind-body techniques, multiple therapeutic meditation techniques, neural down regulation, increasing patient’s perceived locus of control, essential oils, yoga, pain theory, cognitive reframing and how to talk to patients about pain, provider boundaries and self-care. Providers will learn techniques to address the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit. Instruction will include decision making strategies to decide which intervention is most likely to be received well with different types of patients. The course will be a balance of lecture and labs. Lab activities will include meditation and mindfulness activities, self introspection (empathic tendencies, self care assessments, coping skills inventories, burnout assessments), dialogue practice, manual techniques and practice instructing and integrating techniques effectively within a treatment session, in a timely manner.



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. 


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!

Day One:

Pre-Recorded lectures and activities (3 hours 30 min of learning, plus meditation and self assessments)
Meditation Practice Neuroscience: Meditation as Modulator of Stress Lecture, Dave Reading, coping styles self test, Brain Pain Lectures, Burnout Assessment, Self Care, Questions, Empath quiz and score sheet, Jen's New burnout assessment, Time Chart Homework, "Is Work a Source of Burnout?" quiz

8:00 Log in, Zoom, HW Slides, Objectives
8:30 Welcome, Personal Intros
9:45 Brain Pain part two
10:45 Break
11:00 Zumba
12:00 Longer Meditaiton: Overcoming Pain
12:45 Brain Pain (Pain Neuroscience) Lab
1:30 Adjourn

Day Two:

8:00 Discussion, "We thought it was them"
8:30 Meditation: Body scan and Affirmations
9:00 Daily Intention Practice: Sculpting your life (Interactive Lecture/Lab)
9:30 Book Discussion: Not owning others
11:00 Break and Exercise
12:00 Burnout and Empathy (Lecture)
1:00 Boundaries with Patients (Discussion-ish Lecture)
1:30 Visualization Exploration: Bring on your dreams
2:00 Adjourn

Day Three:

Pre-Recorded lectures sent out prior to the course 
Daily Meditation, Daily Intention-Setting, Spiritual Inventory, Essential Oils lecture, Visualization Homework, Time Chart Homework
8:00 Questions and Chakra Meditation
8:45 Prior week share, drama triangle, daily intentions
9:30 Gratitude
10:15 Managing You: part one
10:45 Break (20) and Chakra Yoga (40)
11:45 Managing You: Self Care Lecture
12:15 Visualization for life and work
12:45 Relaxation Meditation
1:00 Adjourn


Day Four:

8:00 Log in, Questions
8:15 Spirit Discussion
9:15 Morning meditation for caregivers (break)
9:145 Return to sender exercise
10:15 Break and restorative yoga. (30 yoga, 30 break)
11:15 Self care Lab
11:45 Action Plan (small groups)
11:45 Action Plan (small groups)
12:30 Case Studies
1:15 Wrap up and Closing Circle
1:30 Adjourn

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/li>
  2. Discuss neuroscience of pain and the effects of meditation
  3. Describe the current concepts of chronic pain neurophysiology
  4. Discuss the contributing role of trauma and stress to persistent pain
  5. Discuss the evidence for the cognitive and emotional modulation of pain
  6. Explain pain and stress-induced hyperalgesia to patients with simple language.
  7. Practice techniques to center and stay grounded at work with detached compassion
  8. Discuss and develop strategies to prevent burnout
  9. Instruct a patient in the basic qualities of meditation
  10. Describe and implement healthy boundary setting
  11. Experience the benefits of breath, exercise and movement on mood
  12. Experience essential oils and their potential role in self-care and patient care
  13. Incorporate these techniques into their current model of treatment and reimbursement

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: 

- 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 Clemons was born and raised in the midwest before recently moving to Portland, Oregon. At Herman Wallace, Nari teaches the pelvic series (PF1, 2A, 2B, and PF Capstone) as well as the MPP (Meditation for Patients and Providers Course). She was one of three co-authors for the new final course in the pelvic series, PF Capstone, as well as the author for the meditation course. Her passion is taking difficult concepts and techniques and simplifying them, so that participants can leave courses with confidence, enthusiasm, and feeling empowered in their clinical practice.

Nari graduated from the Medical College of Ohio in consortium with the University of Toledo , with a degree in physical therapy. She owns a private practice, Portland Pelvic Therapy, where she focuses on pelvic, abdominal, and neural issues. Nari has studied visceral and neural manipulation extensively, traveling as far as France to take courses from Jean Pierre Barral. She is also a registered yoga teacher, having trained at the Yoga Center of Seattle and It’s Yoga. Additionally, she has accumulated months of time at intensive meditation retreats. Nari’s approach to the body is holistic and eclectic, while being well rooted in research.

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.