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Spring 2018: Classes

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American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Training Institute

INSTRUCTIONAL COURSE: How Alexander Technique Can Complement Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Interdisciplinary Care Practice.

April 13, 2018, 9 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Andrew McCann will be joining Monika Gross, executive director of the Poise Project, and Rachelle P. Tsachor, professor of movement at University of Illinois-Chicago, for a morning instructional course at the Spring Meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) in Chicago.

To enroll: https://acrm.org/meetings/2019-spring-meeting/agenda/ic18/

Who Should Attend: Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants, Speech Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Massage Therapists, Exercise & Fitness Specialists, Community Leaders and Health Program Administrators, Home Health Agency Administrators, Rehabilitation Medicine Researchers, Nurses, Physicians, including Neurologists and Movement Disorder Specialists, and other Medical and Allied Health Professionals

Course Description: Alexander technique (AT) is an educational cognitive approach to improving functional patterns of posture and movement during everyday activities. Adaptive Alexander-based programs show clients how to choose functional patterns that are thought to result in more efficient and optimal use of postural muscles. Clients learn ways to transform stressful reactions into responses that create conditions to increase potential for positive rehabilitation outcomes and long-term recovery and prevention. This helps them increase motor self-management and enhances independence, confidence, emotional resilience and overall quality of life. Training in AT principles develops and strengthens the individual’s ability to make mindful choices about how to respond to the stressors of life, whether they are psychological or physiological in origin. Research on AT training indicates high potential for long-term retention of benefits, with additional potential for an actual increase of gains over time.

This instructional course will introduce Alexander technique as a tool for patient self-management that enhances the ability of patients to be more active and skilled partners in their own care and recovery. Additionally, this course will give an overview of the research on the clinical impact of AT training on target populations, including the elderly, Parkinson’s disease, caregivers, back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis. It will give an overview of AT principles and explore the research on the mechanisms that may be linked to positive clinical outcomes.

The goal of this course is to clarify the role of the AT specialist in enhancing a patient’s ability to be a more active, skilled partner in both preventative and rehabilitative care while increasing the potential for an increase of benefits from all their care team interventions. It will identify the training of the AT specialist and their role on a rehabilitation interdisciplinary care team.