PTs and PTAs need to inspire their patients and clients. Fortunately, that's 1 of the things they do best.
But helping the people you work with find and hang on to their motivation, helping them to see possibilities that sometimes seem far away, helping them to look past inevitable setbacks and toward long-term gains—that takes energy. The fact is, being inspirational requires … inspiration.
The final chapter of the Transformation series focuses on inspiration—the inspiration PTs and PTAs give to their patients and clients, and the inspiration they get in return. We also look at where some APTA members look for inspiration, and how a few of the profession's innovators have turned an inspired idea into action that transforms lives. In every instance, the emphasis is on real people talking about inspiration in their own words.
The Power of Transformation
APTA has been collecting stories of patient transformation through physical therapy. Great individual testimonies, and an even more powerful common thread.
If you think about it, you've probably had a defining moment that reminded you of why you're in the physical therapy profession. Ever wonder about what those moments were for other PTs and PTAs?
Where the Inspirational Go (for Inspiration)
Inspiration is a renewable resource, but even the profession's powerhouses need to restock sometimes.
Inspiration Into Action
You have a great idea. The lightbulb turns on. But you have to shine it somewhere.