Current Course Offerings

Physical Therapy Ethics VII: Making Sense of It All

Presented by: Beth Sarfaty, PT, MBA

Physical therapists and physical therapist’s assistants are required to make ethical decisions every day while treating patients. This course is designed to provide PTs and PTAs guidance in ethical decision making and provide resources to help guide through the decision-making process. This course will include facilitated discussion among participants. Discussions will center around ethics regarding how challenges present themselves in the realm of everyday practice in a variety of settings. Learning about different methods and principles in how to handle ethical cases will also be discussed and applied to a variety of case scenarios.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the development of one’s ethical character
  • Recognize an ethical situation and demonstrate how to manage it
  • Apply the principles of ethical decision making to actual ethical situations presented
  • Evaluate & appreciate the effect of unethical practice on the patient
  • Articulate the importance of ethical practice on the profession
  • Utilize the APTA Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Conduct for the PTA in resolving ethical decisions

This 2.5 credit Ethics course is offered as a live webinar to Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants. Multiple case studies spanning different practice settings will be problem-solved, shared and discussed in a participatory forum. This course will be provided live, therefore your participation throughout the full 2.5 hours is expected.

NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Approval #2005-08.
Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy Approval #PTPR014908.

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New in 2020 – IASTM Home Instruction Course

by Pinnacle Training and Consulting Systems
Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sportsphysio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM
Founder and CEO

What is IASTM?
IASTM uses a bevel edge instrument, which adds shearing stress to soft tissue to facilitate and enhance the body’s healing response. The ability to focus a technical force along a small contact surface to your patient’s target tissue, and do so with a relatively high level of comfort for both the patient and treating therapist is one of the best features of this technique.

Because your time is precious, you can study this material at your convenience and learn how to integrate IASTM with your current manual therapy techniques to compliment and enhance your results even more! A manual therapist has a toolbox of manual techniques. Every clinician shoulder learn the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind IASTM, but learn how this will compliment myofascial release, soft tissue massage, joint mobilizations and other effective manual interventions while saving your hands. IASTM is a simple, yet effective, manual therapy technique that will help you achieve better results with your patients.

Course Objectives
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Interpret and list two sources on the foundation and origin of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM) and the latest research as it applies clinically.
  • Apply the fanning stroke with a patient who has active or latent trigger points in their upper trapezius muscle.
  • Independently defend selection of one IASTM tool and treatment plan for a specified clinical condition.
  • Correctly compare mechanical and physiologic responses of IASTM when provided with a case study.
  • Explain three key differences between a fascial resriction and muscle tightness.
  • Identify two indications and two contraindications of IASTM for an instructor named clinical condition.
  • Explain the rationale behind IASTM by comparing mechanical vs.neurological responses using the most current research.
  • Understand what fascia is, how to identify common fascial restrictions using the IASTM and latest research.
  • Based on instructor specified example indicating evaluation findings, will accurately choose the IASTM technique to manage the condition.
  • Compare the difference between the clinical patterns of spinal stenosis, spondylosis and lumbar radiculopathy in terms of each diagnoses behavior of symptoms, clinical findings, and common muscle imbalances.
  • Compare an active trigger point vs.a latent trigger point for patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
  • Justify the IASTM tool selected based on the presence of trigger points in a therapy evaluation.
  • Design a plan of care, including the IASTM, for a patient diagnosed with either a rotator cuff repair, subacromial decompression, shoulder impingement or similar diagnoses

PTCS has created a dynamic home study and live seminar entitled “Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM).” A course designed for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants teaching the foundational material that most PTAs and PTs did not learn while in school. The program is relevant for PT’s and OT’s, as IASTM can save your hands and based on the research, is another evidenced based intervention that can address soft tissue dysfunctions.

Contact hours: 12 CEU hrs as per FSBPT Pro Certification and has been approved for 4 CEUs – Approved By The NCTMB

Using Social Psychology to Improve PT Patient Satisfaction

Presented by Ari Ginsberg, PT, DPT, MSIOP, COS-C

Patient Satisfaction is vital in the current medical environment. Aside from patient satisfaction contributing to an increase in revenue, it is also essential to achieving positive health outcomes. As such, it is crucial that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants focus not only on a patients’ physical impairments, but on their satisfaction levels as well. This course will teach physical therapists and physical therapist assistants’ evidence based practical techniques to improve the patient experience. This course benefit clinicians and their patients, as well as managers and administrators who can use this information to achieve improved patient satisfaction scores in their organizations with the strategies presented.

Course Objectives
By the end of this course PTs and PTAs will be able to:

  • Develop their empathy skills to improve bedside manner as measured by patient surveys
  • Identify the link between patient satisfaction and healthcare outcomes
  • Measure patient satisfaction using objective tools that are both valid and reliable
  • Apply social psychology techniques to improve patient satisfaction as measured by patient satisfaction surveys
  • Integrate organizational strategies to improve patient satisfaction in order to optimize care.

Ari Ginsberg, PT, DPT, MSIOP, COS-C is a licensed physical therapist with a passion for teaching PTs/PTAs the value of integrating psychology into clinical practice in order to improve patient outcomes. In addition to his role as a PT and an educator, Ari is a consultant to healthcare organizations on improving bedside manner, patient satisfaction, and employee satisfaction. He is the founder and CEO of the consulting company Psychology for the Body which can be found at Ari received his doctorate in physical therapy and has a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology. He looks forward to sharing his insights with you.

This course is a live interactive webinar for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. Attendees must be present for the entire 2-hour course in order to receive credit.

This course is approved for 2 CEUs by the NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Approval # 2009-009

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