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Postpandemic life has presented us both challenges and opportunities. Take time to fortify your practice health with education and resources designed to support your professional development and healthy practice management, including topics such as mid-career mentorship, non-traditional clinical pathways, building a sustainable practice, incorporating pro-bono work into your practice, and managing personal finances. 

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This week's content is brought to you by our wellness sponsor Select Medical.

An Unconventional Path Away From Burnout

Article (5 min.)

John Wehrer, PT, DPT, almost left the profession eight months after starting to practice, having "serious doubts about my career choice. The options were clear: I could change nothing about my situation; I could stay in physical therapy but change my surroundings; or I could leave the profession. As I'm writing this article today, you can assume my decision, but I hope that sharing how I went about this process is helps others struggling with the same decision."

Enrich APTA: Your Financial Wellness

Career Resources

Are you thinking about buying a car? Have you considered a 529 account? Are you interested in living more sustainably? Is there a difference between a resume and CV? Find information and resources here and take control of your financial well being.

This week's content is brought to you by our wellness sponsor Net Health.

Understanding Microaggressions in the Workplace

Video (65 min.)

Join Molree Williams-Lendor, JD, LMSW, as she defines microaggressions and discusses both their powerful impact on the working environment and ways that an organization can address microaggressions to foster an inclusive work environment.

Boundaries

Article (4 min.)

Setting healthy boundaries at work can keep you feeling fulfilled and productive doing what you love to do. Setting strong boundaries is difficult- but don't fear. Here are some solid tips on how to be more assertive in the workplace.

Coming Out Made Me a Better PT

Article (5 min.)

The bottom line up front, or BLUF, as we say in the Army, is this: We are all more the same than we are different. We all have challenges and defining moments. We all go through transitions. It's what we do with those experiences that matters.

Building a Kinder Kind of Practice

Webinar (60 min.)

In this presentation, David Shar will use the power of story and interactivity to highlight the latest research in industrial and organizational psychology, social psychology, and positive psychology to explore tactics and benefits of creating a workplace culture of kindness. David will have you rethinking how you view workplace conflict, empathy, and burnout.

Confirming and Reaffirming

Article (5 min.)

Marsh Naidoo, PT, owner of Teletherapy Services LLC, a hybrid physical therapy practice in Dyersburg, Tennessee, share's her story. From her pursuit of the American Dream to her struggle with COVID-19, learn how March overcame and persevered.

How Do You Know When You Are Providing High-Quality Care?

Article (7 min.)

Zach Walston, PT, DPT, explains how to eliminate biases and fallacies to improve your quality of care.

This week’s content is brought to you by our wellness sponsor HPSO.

The Causes of and Solutions to Stress, Change, Fatigue, and Burnout

Video (74 min.)

Join Brent Proulx, MS, Society for Human Resources Management senior certified professional, as he explores the impact of stress, fatigue, and burnout on rehab professionals in the clinical setting, and what you can do to help yourself and your team overcome these burdens and return to well-being and engagement.

More Than a Physical Therapy Business

 

Video (63 min.)

 

Myodetox has disrupted the physical therapy industry in many ways. With a focus on education, manual therapy, and movement, Myodetox aims to use these facets beyond just treating pain. Their goal: to make “self-care” a lifestyle by FutureProofing Your Body. From mentorship to leadership, tune in to hear our clinic leaders' stories and how they plan to use physical therapy to change the world.

Simple Tips To Help PTs and PTAs Achieve Financial Wellness

Podcast (58 min.)
The pandemic has affected physical therapy professionals in many ways, including mentally and financially. Hear from Joe Reinke, CFA, founder and CEO at FitBUX, on the unique challenges facing PTs and PTAs, how to be prepared for the federal loan repayment to start up again, and how to give yourself permission to spend on the fun stuff.

Pro Bono Physical Therapy – Essential to Physical Therapy Education

Article (5 min.)

Pro bono clinics offer the opportunity for physical therapistsnd students of physical therapy to participate in population health, increasing access to care, and eliminating financial barriers. This gesture uplifts our most in-need community members and serves as an opportunity for physical therapists and students to get creative in a unique practice setting.

No One Way To Be a PT

Article (7 min.)

Becoming a physical therapist gave Vicki Landers, PT, DPT, certified professional coach, energy leadership index master practitioner a skill set that was much broader than she realized at the time. The problem-solving abilities she developed have benefited her both personally and professionally, but it was recognizing what energizes her that has guided her less-than-conventional path as a physical therapist, from clinic to classroom and beyond. Listen to Vicki's podcast here.

The Power of Mentoring

Webinar (38 min.)

Join Beth Sarfaty, PT, MBA, as she explores mentorship related to personal and professional growth. What is it, why would you benefit from it, how might it enhance your practice, and how can you be a good mentor or mentee? Contact Beth at BSarfaty@selectmedical.com with questions.

Mike Reinold: The Pros and Cons of Working in Professional Sports

Podcast (30 mins.)

Many physical therapy professionals dream of working in professional sports. Mike Reinold has been fortunate to work with professional athletes his entire career. From his perspective, it is great to have highly motivated athletes who you can see throughout the entire spectrum of rehabilitation and performance. But there are long hours, a lack of autonomy, and other increased demands. In this podcast episode, Mike is joined by his team of physical therapists with the Chicago White Sox. Here are some of the pros and cons of working in professional sports so you understand what you're getting yourself into.

This week's content is brought to you by our wellness sponsor HPSO.

Building a Physical Therapy Practice With a Human Performance Focus

Video (68 min.)

After years of helping professional athletes return from injury, enhance their performance, and excel at their sport, Mike Reinold, PT, DPT, ATC, and Lenny Macrina, PT, MSPT, were determined to create a similar environment for the general public. Disappointed with the traditional physical therapy clinic and fitness environments, they sought to recreate the integrated sports medicine model used to enhance performance by creating a hybrid model of physical therapy, biomechanical assessment, sports performance training, sports science, and adult fitness. Join Mike, Lenny, and their team as they discuss the ins and outs of building a physical therapy practice with a focus on performance.

Evidence Summary Around Implicit Bias and Cultural Competence in Health Care

Video (26 min.)

Check out these five short videos to learn about implicit bias and cultural competence in health care, and get recommendations for mindfulness, empathy, and self-reflection.

Cultural Considerations for Clinical Decision Making in Diverse Patient and Client Populations

Course (2 hrs.)

Cultural competence in health care describes the ability of providers and systems to provide services to patients and clients with diverse values, beliefs, and behaviors. This course will consider the clinical decision-making process and clinical reasoning strategies for incorporating the needs of a diverse patient population. Enter this coupon at the shopping cart to access the course for free: WB2021. Details: Some states place time limits on completion of CEU courses; check with your state’s CEU requirements.

Preparing for the Return of Federal Student Loan Payments

Article (5 min.)

If you've had financial hardship during the pandemic, having zero required student loan payments for nearly two years has been a welcome break. However, monthly payments are set to resume in February 2022, leaving some borrowers stressed about restarting repayment. Get steps you can take before the February start date that may help reduce some of your financial stress. 

Crafting Your Dream Job Starts With Knowing Your Crystal Balls

Article (5 min.)

Your crystal balls: the important things that if fumbled would shatter and leave your world vastly different. In addition to identifying your personal crystal balls, you may also consider identifying your professional crystal balls. Before you begin to negotiate your contract, or even consider signing on with a company, you need to know your must-haves.

Creating a Positive Workplace Culture With Authentic Appreciation

Article (4 min.)

Not everyone feels appreciated in the same ways. Learn five core conditions that have been identified to help employees feel truly valued, from Brian Gilbert, PT, MSPT, and psychologist Paul White, PhD, as they explore authentic appreciation in the workplace.

Creating a Positive Workplace Culture

Podcast (32 min.)

Join Brian Gilbert, PT, MSPT, and Paul White, PhD, psychologist and co-author of the book "The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace," as they discuss the value of expressing appreciation in ways that tell employees and colleagues you really mean it. They'll also explain how this can change the culture of a clinic and how you, as a leader or as an employee, can find and convey appreciation for the people you work with.  

This week's content is brought to you by our wellness sponsor Performance Physical Therapy of Rhode Island.

Why Does Mentorship Matter?

APTA Live (Nov. 9, 8 p.m- 9 p.m. ET)

Just how important is it to have a mentor? Should you be proactive or wait for a mentor to come along? Join us Nov., 9 at 8 p.m. ET to hear from Eric Fernandez, director of Hyperice's PT and Chiropractic Division; Sue Falsone, PT, ATC, MS, board-certified sports clinical specialist; Jennifer Allen, PT, DPT, board-certified sports clinical specialist and chief clinical officer at Golden Bear Physical Therapy; Ashley Campbell, PT, DPT, board-certified sports clinical specialist and director of rehabilitation for Nashville Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center; and Lewis Lupowitz, PT, DPT. They will discuss what role mentorship has played in their careers, how mentorship affects burnout, what advice they have for a mid-career clinician, and how to find and keep a mentor.

Unwind Your Thoughts and Get Stuff Done

Webinar (16 min.)

How do you keep your brain functioning efficiently so that you can process, recall, and use information effectively to fulfill your purpose? Learn two simple steps to reducing your stress while being more efficient and productive.

Should You Ask for a Raise?

Infographic (2 min.)

Knowing when to advocate for yourself can be challenging. Use this infographic to help you determine if you should consider asking for a raise, how to ask, and when is the best time.

Editorial: The Sports Physical Therapist's Pursuit of Happiness

Article (4 min.)

How does Ashley Campbell, PT, DPT, a board-certified sports physical therapist and director of rehabilitation for Nashville Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, manage physical and mental stressors? Read about her two anchors here. Access the whole journal here.

Course: Be the Boss of Your Career: Secrets To Building a Sustainable Practice You Love

CEU Course ( 2 hrs/ 0.2 CEU)

A growing body of evidence suggests that physical therapists are at a moderate to high risk for burnout, compassion fatigue, and career dropout. In this course, you will learn how to cultivate an environment of healing and sustainable practice not only for your patients, but also for yourself. Use coupon code WB2021 at check out to access this course at no cost.

Where Do We Start? Improving Diversity in Physical Therapy

Podcast (59 min.)

In this PT Pintcast, Jimmy McKay, PT, DPT, speaks with Mark Milligan, PT, DPT, a physical therapist who wants to challenge our profession by revolutionizing it through technology, empathy, connection, love, and donuts. Mark describes and explains the systemic barriers that exist in his community and asks how PTs and PTAs can play a role in communicating to other health care providers about breaking these barriers.

Resolving Patient Dissatisfaction

Article (5 min.)

As a clinician, you take pride in your connection with patients and strive to ensure that they are satisfied with their care. However, despite your best intentions, patients may complain about a variety of issues, ranging from delayed appointment times to billing amounts to treatment progress.

How To Define and Prioritize Financial Goals

Video (3 min.)

Try something new! When it comes to goal setting, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Luckily, there's one smart method that can help guide your approach. In this video, we'll discuss how you can define and prioritize your goals so you can break them down into an actionable plan.

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