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When I was in undergrad, people constantly asked me why I studied psychology if I wanted to be a physical therapist. The assumption seemed to be that there was no connection between the two.  

Cura personalis, which from Latin translates to “care for the entire person,” is an established guiding principle of our profession. However, while we are taught to “treat the whole person,” many of us act as if “the whole person” stops at the physical aspects. That disconnect puts us at risk of burnout in school and leaves us unprepared to truly embrace cura personalis as PTs and PTAs.

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