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Toni Talks about PT Today

My Latest Continuing Education Course

Published July 8, 2014 3:33 PM by Toni Patt

Last month I went to an onsite CEU course. Back in the day, I was a CEU junkie. I'd go not just for CEUs but if the topic sounded interesting. More recently I've had to cut back and limit myself to CSM. This year I got burned by the stroke course at CSM. Needless to say, I was a little nervous about this one.

The topic was motor learning. It was taught by someone I'd heard speak previously. He was interesting a few years ago. More importantly I was positive he knew more about the topic than I did. I was correct. It wasn't so much that I learned new information. I learned better application of what I knew and gained some insight into why I see some of what I do.

It was nice to sit in the class for a change. I didn't have to watch the clock. I didn't have to be on for 6 straight hours. I could go to the bathroom whenever I wanted. People attending a class don't realize this. They can get up and run to the bathroom whenever they want. The instructor can only go on the breaks.

I realize the more I know about a topic, the less there is for others to teach me. I'm trying to pick things that are newer or unfamiliar. Having written course descriptions and the like, I'm getting better at reading between the lines.

It was a nice experience to sit back and listen to someone else for a change. Not once did I have to sit on my hands to keep from correcting him. Nor did I have the urge to cite literature contradicting what was being said. More importantly, I actually received useful treatment suggestions for application in the clinical setting. I didn't agree with everything he said, but he supported what he said with research so I understood how he drew those conclusions.

When I attend courses, I try to be considerate. I keep quiet if I disagree or have evidence otherwise. If I want to discuss something, I wait until the break. It was nice to actually get more than my money's worth this time.

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