As a physical therapist, there’s always so much to learn. Post school and once you’ve joined a clinic, much of what you’re gaining is real world experience. However, attending continuing education courses and conferences can help you nurture your knowledge and help connect you with mentors in your field. If you’re looking to attend some physical therapy conferences for your continuing education (and to further your career) here are some things to keep in mind.
Here’s what to look for in a Physical Therapy Conference.
Who is the conference for?
There are so many conferences to attend it can be tough to choose the right one for you. So, make sure to do a little research on who the conference is actually meant for. You’ll ensure that you gain the most from the experience if you know that you’re going to a conference meant for your particular interest, patient type or area of expertise.
Where is it located?
Also, depending on your budget, and the amount of time you can take off work, you should check out physical therapy conferences in your area. Not only will it be easier to attend, but you’ll have a better opportunity of connecting with others in your field who are local. Finding a local mentor can be a fantastic boost for your career, especially if you’re new to physical therapy.
How much does it cost? And will my company pay for it?
As with all continuing education, it’s important to price-check and look for discount codes when possible. Additionally, many employers will cover the cost of courses and conferences because it helps to make their employees more knowledgeable – which, in turn, furthers the overall success of the clinic. Be sure to inquire about reimbursement prior to choosing a physical therapy conference to attend.
Here are some Physical Therapy Conferences to check out!
Ready to take the next step and sign up? Well then, here are some physical therapy conferences you don’t want to miss in 2018 and 2019:
Introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Tapping – September 8, 2018: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Tapping is a form of psychological acupressure that works with the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments. This technique has been in use for over 5,000 years-harnessing the power of acupuncture without the invasiveness of needles-and it could transform your patients’ lives.
2018 American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Annual Conference: This CME Conference has been approved for a maximum of 2.2 CEUs and will be held September 13-16, 2018
American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) Hand Therapy Review Course: Using classroom and cadaver lab prosection projected into a lecture hall, this pre‐course will review the anatomy and biomechanics of each joint, examine the brachial plexus and innervation patterns of the arm and hand, and allow for guided prosection using upper quarter cadaveric specimens. Additionally, the prosection will have a live feed into the lecture hall. Plus, it will have a facilitator to allow attendees to have interaction with instructors. Held October 5-7, 2018.
APTA Conferences to Check Out
Additionally, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) hosts three national conferences each year. These include:
- National Student Conclave (NSC): This is APTA’s premier meeting for students of physical therapy. October 11-13, 2018
- Combined Sections Meeting (CSM): A collaborative effort between APTA and their 18 specialty sections. January 23-26, 2019
- NEXT Conference & Exposition: NEXT (formerly APTA Conference & Exposition), which features the spirited Oxford Debate, the prestigious McMillan Lecture, the House of Delegates, and more. Occurs every June.
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