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Holiday Discount Coupon From Education Resources

Joy, Peace & LoveWe would like to offer a $50 discount toward any conference fee
Register now through December 30th 2016
Apply code: Holidays2016

Let Education Resources help you fulfill your professional development and continuing education requirements with our comprehensive selection of dynamic courses in 2017.

Including many NEW courses and distinguished faculty members 

Not to be used in combination with other discounts or course credits. Non-Transferable. Only one discount may be used per conference. Must be applied at time of registration, not for conferences previously registered for. Not for online courses

You can register online, call the office or fax in your registration.
Just mention the code! 

Please call, email or visit our website with any questions 

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 Mandy 508-359-6533 ● 800-487-6530

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EXCITING NEWS! Internationally Renowned Mary Massery Joins the Education Resources Faculty

We are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring you Mary Massery’s course: If you Can’t Breath, You Can’t Function. 

This course will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift: connecting breathing mechanics and postural control with management of trunk pressures. 

Mary Massery

Mary Massery PT, DPT, DSc

As a new graduate, Mary noticed that her colleagues perceived the cardiopulmonary system as primarily a “medical” problem area. She embarked on what has become a career-long mission to change the way that therapists look at respiration.

Through her extensive treating, teaching, writing, consulting, and mentoring, she has challenged therapists internationally to recognize that every muscle of the trunk has a dual role in respiration and the postural control of movement.

Thus, Mary has insisted that the cardiopulmonary system cannot be evaluated and treated separately from issues pertaining to motor performance; that breathing must be viewed as part of the natural interactions that occur between the sensory-motor system and the cardiopulmonary system, rather than as separate occurrences.

Through her model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model), Mary links breathing mechanics with motor and physiologic behaviors (a multi-system perspective). Research demonstrating the role of vocal folds as postural stabilizers, extending the concept of “core stability” from the vocal folds on the top of the trunk to the pelvic floor on the bottom will be presented. Numerous interventions will be presented that use positioning and ventilatory strategies to optimize motor performance. Neuromotor breathing retraining techniques and manual assistive cough techniques will be the focus of treatment labs. Multiple patient cases will be presented throughout the course. The emphasis of the course will be on developing practical, quick clinical solutions for pediatric and adult patients in all practice settings.

Dr. Massery has been invited to give over 800 professional presentations in 49 US states, 9 Canadian provinces, and 15 countries worldwide, including more than 100 presentations for the American Physical Therapy Association, and a full-day post-conference program at the World Congress of Physical Therapy in Singapore.  

Dr. Massery has received the American Physical Therapy Association’s highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, honoring one’s “outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy” and the honorary Linda Crane Memorial Lecture. She has been honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by each of her 3 alma maters. And in 2016, she was awarded Northwestern University’s Alumnae Research Achievement Award.  Mary continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago, specializing in breathing and postural dysfunction.

Nechama Karmen MSPT

Nechama Karmen MSPT

Mary Massery has developed all of the courses that she teaches. She is currently developing faculty to be primary instructors and we are thrilled to welcome her prodigy; Nechama Karman, 

Mary and Nechama are offering a one day Introductory Breathing and Postural Control course or a three day course to include the one day introductory course and two days of intensive lab work.

Limited Engagements:
March 10-12, 2017 – Chicago, IL
March 24-26, 2017 – St. Louis, MO
July 27-29, 2017 – Mountainside, NJ

Please Click here for detailed course information, a schedule, CEU information, to request/download a brochure or to register.

And always feel free to contact us with any questions: ♦ 508-359-6533 ♦ 800-487-6530

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CEUs for the Neurologic Therapist

Brain Reconstruction


Hone your skills with our array of Neurology Continuing Education Courses for physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with  problems due to disease or injury of the nervous system.

Our courses offer evidence based, clinically relevant content taught by experts in their field, that can immediately be applied to your Neuro Rehab patients



Topics include: 

Geriatric Neurology
Balance and Falls
Home Care
Brain Injury and Post Concussion
Postural Control
Degenerative Diseases
Vestibular Rehabilitation
Neurological Rehabilitation

Please Click Here For a Listing of Our Dynamic Courses  – Live and Online

Call or email to discuss bringing one of these courses to your facility:
508-359-6533 ♦

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NEW ICU and Acute Care Course Added for 2016 and 2017

We are excited to announce a new course added to our offerings:

ICU and Acute Care: From Early Mobilization to Discharge Decisions

Chris Wells, PT, PhD, CCS, ATC

Chris Wells, PT, PhD, CCS, ATC

Presented by Chris L. Wells, PT, PhD, CCS, ATC, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.

In this course the speaker will first discuss the multisystem adverse effects of critical illness and the impact the sequelae have on the rehabilitation process. The current philosophy is for early mobilization to decrease the rate of functional deficits and disability. In this medical model the therapist needs to have a sharp set of skills in assessment and optimal interventions given the activity tolerance of the patient.  This discussion will establish the framework for the remainder of the course by addressing pertinent evaluation skills and intervention plans with the goal to restore function across the continuum of care. This course will discuss the interpretation of vital signs beyond the basics and system review as it relates to critical illness. The participants will gain a clinical decision framework to determine medical stability and exercise tolerance that will improve the exercise prescription of patients recovering from critical illness.

Another section of this course will focus on understanding dyspnea and fatigue which are two common barriers to activity tolerance.  The participants will learn how to examine chest wall mechanics, breathing pattern, cough effectiveness and incorporate interventions to improve function. This course will explore the evidence for advanced intervention for patients on advanced medical support devices and who are suffering from the common iatrogenic effects of hospitalization.

Finally the participants will be engaged in a case study to discuss integration of clinical information and problem solving for a successful patient encounter.

Please click here for full course details, a schedule, CEU information, venue details and to download a brochure

December 2-3, 2016 Indianapolis, IN  
January 28-29, 2017 Hollywood, FL
April 7-8, 2017 Burlington, WI
May 19-20, 2017 Washington, DC
July 22-23, 2017 West Columbia, SC
September 16-17, 2017 Freehold, NJ
October 21-22, 2017 Visalia, CA
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2017 CEU Courses Now Open for Registration

We are pleased to announce our 2017 schedule of continuing education courses.

We listened to your suggestions and requests and we are excited to offer many new speakers, with new titles and content.

Please click here to search for courses that are relevant and of interest to you

You will be able to search by field of interest,  by date and by location.

We will continue to post venues as they become confirmed, and new titles and speakers are in the works. So please check back regularly

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3 Tips to Keep Your Colleagues Interested and Engaged When Presenting an In-Service.

Carol Loria, President ERI:

There is nothing worse than speaking in front of a group of people and having them look bored to tears.

What keeps your interest when attending a presentation? 

Here are just a few pointers I’ve learned over the years:

  1. Highlight only 2-4 key points that you hope to make in each 90 minutes of presentation and for each point present research and/or, theoretical framework followed up with clinically relevant examples.  Use case examples and anecdotes.
  2. Put the audience in an active listening mode occasionally throughout your presentation. You can do this by posing some thought-provoking questions.  While you won’t have time to entertain answers, it is often helpful to present some questions for them to mull over. 

    For example, as you begin to present a new technique, you might say, “Can you think of a patient that this technique would work for?  Can you think of a case where it would be a challenge due to co-morbidity?”

  3. Use audio-visuals if…….They support what you will be discussing and offer further clarification.

Do not use AV’s if they complicate the material by presenting more material than you are planning to cover.

Remember to be prepared to go ahead without the AV’s should there be a glitch! The show must go on! 

What are your tips to keep engaged when presenting an in-service? 

Stay tuned; next time we’ll be talking about 10 words you can use in your in-service.

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The Most Important Question to Ask Yourself When Planning your In-Service

Carol Loria, President ERI:

Education Resources CEUsOnce you have defined your audience (see Blog #2) and planned for your time-frame, it is critical to identify the 2-4 points you want to make. What are the 2-4 key issues, ideas or skills that you want the group to walk away with. It is far more effective to highlight a few key points well than to inundate them with more information than they can digest and apply in such a short time.

Remember:  Less is More

  • Start with an introductory statement telling the audience what the objectives or key points are that you will be covering
  • Tell them your plan for the 90 minutes and what you hope they will get out of the session
  • Engage them by letting them know that your information has relevance to them by acknowledging their challenges, their ideal outcomes and their interests. Perhaps give an example of how your new learning has helped you with a particular clinical issue.
  • Use humor, anecdotes or an interesting fact to gain attention and interest throughout your presentation.

Let us know what has worked for you when planning how to focus an effective in-service?

Stay tuned; next time we will be discussing hints on developing content that really grab your colleagues.

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What Matters Most – Evidence Based School Practice


I have a pet peeve. Okay, I have many, but one of my biggest ones is when people justify actions with the excuse of, “That’s what we’ve always done.” You know you’ve heard it. Maybe you’ve even said it. Next time those words leave your mouth, I want you to stop and think.

Just like with our students, we have to analyze task. We need to look at the overall end goal, as well as individual task components. If you’ve been doing something the same way for more than a decade, maybe it’s time to stop and perform some task analysis. This goes not only for our paperwork, but for our treatments as well.

This means we have homework.

As clinicians, it is our responsibility to stay abreast of research and breakthroughs. I don’t know about you, but my school days were a long time ago. Certainly not in this century. I would hope that in the past few decades, we’ve learned more. We’ve proven what works, or what doesn’t. Certainly the foundations of function remain the same—or do they? What have researchers proved? And then, how does it impact your treatment theories? How does new technology impact what you are doing? What new technology is even out there and how does it work?

Understanding the building blocks of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems is key in applying the new, evidenced-based techniques out there. One of the biggest problems in the motor therapy field is the lack of evidenced-based research out there (take Sensory Integration, for example). As clinicians, we must do our homework so that we can educate not only the teachers, but the parents and students as well. Explaining to a teacher why a child with a slumped posture will have difficulty with attending. Telling a parent that his or her child may not be defiant but in a heightened state of arousal and engaging the fight or flight reflex are examples of how as clinicians we need to understand current motor and learning theories.

In the schools, we’re looking to maximize our effectiveness in a minimal amount of time. This means truly understanding how to influence a child’s brain and system for longer than 30 minutes, twice a week. To learn more about how to effectively do this, check out Bobby Nabeyama’s presentation: Evidence Based School Practice: Therapeutic Implications of Current Knowledge on How the Brain Works, Motor Control, and Motor Learning at the Seventeenth Annual Therapies in the School Conference.

~Kathryn Biel, PT, DPT


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Education Resources Continuing Education courses for therapistsDon’t miss these great CEU courses coming to Massachusetts 2016-2017

EDUCATION RESOURCES is committed to ensuring class participants learn effective techniques and critical problem solving skills that can be immediately applied to the work setting.

Education Resources provides continuing education that can truly make a difference for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapists assistants, and Speech Language Pathologists and their patients.

Our distinguished and world renowned faculty are leaders in their field, and provide clinically relevant, evidence based, dynamic and engaging CEU courses. 

Contemporary NDT Treatment of the Baby and Young Child October 21-23, 2016 Weymouth, MA Suzanne Davis
The AEIOU Systematic Approach to Pediatric Feeding October 21-22, 2016 Canton, MA Nina Johanson
Evidence Based Cancer Rehabilitation and Its Role in Cancer Survivorship October 28-29, 2016 Framingham, MA Lisa VanHoose
Yoga Therapy for the Child with Developmental Challenges October 28-29, 2016 Weymouth, MA Anne Buckley-Reen
The Zones of Regulation A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control® November 16, 2016 Framingham, MA Leah Kuypers
Annual Therapies in the School  November 17-18, 2016 Framingham, MA Multi Faculty
Early Intervention for Infants and Young Children (0-5): Sensory, Feeding, Behavior December 2-3, 2016 Framingham, MA Randy Fedoruk
Vestibular Rehabilitation March 4-5, 2017 Braintree, MA Jeffrey Walter
Positive Functional Outcomes through Strength Training in Children with Developmental Disabilities March 24-25, 2017 Canton, MA Bobby Nabeyama
Linking Play and Self-Regulation to Mealtime Success October 27-28, 2017 Canton, MA Susan Roberts
Treating Balance, Preventing Falls, in Neuro, Vestibular, Geriatric and Medically Complex Clients December 8-9, 2017 Framingham, MA Kim Fox

More Dates Coming Soon!

Education Resources is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  
Approved by BOC to offer CEUs for Athletic Trainers.
Education Resources, Inc. is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology.
Application is made to the Commission on Dietetic Registration for appropriate courses.

Check our website for newly added courses in 2017
or to bring a course to your facility

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Announcing NEW ONLINE Acute and Critical Care Therapy Series

NEW e-Learning Program

Acute and Critical Care Therapy Online Series for Therapists

Acute and Critical Care Therapy Online Courses

We are excited to share with you these new sessions just added to our growing library of online CEU courses.

Supplement your learning with these evidence-based online courses from expert  Steven Sadowsky, PT, RRT, MS, CCS Recorded live at his “Treating Patients in Acute Care and Critical-Care Settings” Course

  • Improve Functional Outcomes
  • Assess Stability
  • Prevent Readmission
  • Early Mobilization and Progression

Facilitate team collaboration, reduce length of stay, navigate reimbursement and 
improve patient satisfaction

(Click on each title for full description, CEU information and registration details)

Clinical Decision Making in Acute Care
Focus on Cardiopulmonary Issues

Lines, Tubes, Ventilators and Diagnostic Screening for Stability vs Instability:
Cardiopulmonary Examination and Monitoring

Auscultation LAB:
Heart and Breath Sounds: Practicum

Clinical Physiological Monitoring:
Lab Values, Case Study, Tests

Acute Care and ICU Pharmacology:
Implications for Early Mobilization and Functional Outcomes

Register for the complete online series for $309 
(a saving of $86)– 12hrs, 1.2 CEUs
Register for individual sessions
Includes downloadable handouts & access for an entire year

This series is recommended for physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapist assistants who treat patients in acute care settings, home health settings, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient settings, and outpatient settings. Course participants can hone their skills and sharpen their decision-making at their convenience. 

  • Engaging CEUs on demand
  • Learn at your convenience
  • Advance and hone your skills
  • Expand your knowledge
  • Learn from leading experts

Each individual session meets the criteria for 1.5-3.5 contact hours (0.15-0.35 CEUs)
CEU certificates will be downloadable following successful completion of a post test.

We know that for some of you, it may not be possible to attend every conference you would like, and for others, supplemental materials will enhance your learning when attending our highly regarded live programs. Still others have told us that they want to share the material they have learned at one of our live courses with their colleagues, administrators and the families they serve. That is why we have enhanced our new e-Learning program taught by leading experts in their fields.

Please visit our FAQ Page  and CEU Page   for more information.


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