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Play Your Cards Right- Become a trauma-informed care “ACE” Therapist!

Guest Blogger: Emily Zeman

We need to presume the clients we serve have a history of traumatic stress and exercise “universal precautions” by creating systems of care that are trauma-informed.” (Hodas, 2005).

Did you know:

47.9% of children report one or more adverse childhood experience (ACE), or a traumatic event, at some point in their lifetime, as well as over 60% of adults seeking health care services!

If we are to fully serve children or adult clients, using a trauma-informed care (TIC) approach should be our default. This is not (as commonly thought) a socioeconomic issue as it can and does affect people at every economic level/race/religion, etc.

First, what is trauma?

Trauma includes a sense of fear, helplessness, or horror after exposure to a psychologically distressing event where the person has inadequate internal or external resources to cope with an external threat. There are many adverse experiences that could lead to trauma such as:

  • abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
  • neglect (physical, emotional)
  • parent substance abuse or mental illness
  • socioeconomic hardship
  • family member incarceration, divorce, the death of a loved one
  • witnessing domestic violence or a natural disaster.

To utilize our holistic skill set in delivering client-centered care, therapists want to consider a full client history, and upon finding out about traumatic event(s), engage in these following actions from a trauma-informed approach:

  • Realize the prevalence of trauma (develop screening measures, form community partnerships, and take a good client history!)
  • Recognize how trauma affects all individuals involved with the client, program, organization or system
  • Respond by putting this knowledge into everyday practice, including developing thorough outcome measurement management systems

Core Principles of a Trauma-Informed System of Care:

  • Safety – ensuring physical and emotional safety, by conducting yourself with non-threatening body presentation and calm voice
  • Trustworthiness – maintaining appropriate boundaries while building rapport, and making tasks clear
  • Choice – prioritizing client’s meaningful choices and control (people want choices and options; for people who have had control taken away, having small choices makes a big difference)
  • Collaboration– maximizing collaboration by encouraging clients to connect with their friends and family for support while providing evidence-based (EBP) interventions
  • Stay curious
  • Offer hope

Health professionals are considered mandated reporters. Always report suspected abuse and follow the protocols at your site.   

How do you assess trauma and/or modify your treatments as you become informed about a trauma? Please offer us your thoughts!


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017, April 4). Essentials for childhood framework: Steps to create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children. Retrieved from: /essentials.html

  1. SAMHSA.for definitions of trauma and trauma-informed care; (n.d.) SAMHSAfor prevalence figures.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (n.d.) Types of traumatic stress. Retrieved from:

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New Online CEU Course for Athletic Trainers


Announcing our new Online Course:

Course Speaker:Christina Finn 

This dynamic series will help clinicians apply the latest research on diagnosis and management of concussion and post concussion syndrome. Focus is on the latest relevant assessment and treatment strategies for adults and children with prolonged visual, vestibular and sensory complaints as a result of concussion. Clinicians will learn effective treatment strategies to improve visual skills, balance and sensory integration for optimal return to school, work, and sports. Participants will engage in lab and interactive clinical problem solving via group case analysis and discussion.
The new online series, will help athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, assistants, neuropsychologists, and vocational rehab specialists improve functional outcomes for their patients and clients, of all ages, who suffer from post-concussion syndrome.

Four Dynamic Online Sessions Recorded live:
Recorded live, this online series includes advanced, in-depth training, case discussion, and lab practice.

The team at Education Resources is also excited to announce the launch of our 

Post Concussion Syndrome – Therapeutic Strategies
Discussion Group

Education Resources offers Category A CEUs for Athletic Trainers for both live and online programs. This continued participation in the BOC Approved Provider Program means that athletic trainers can participate in our courses and receive CEUs.

We offer live courses on concussion management, vestibular and balance issues, taping, TBI, and other outpatient and rehab diagnoses.
Please click here for a listing of our relevant courses

If you are an athletic trainer we want to hear from you!

Please call or e-mail us to request a particular topic and/or location for a course.

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NEW NDT Course from Renowned Speaker Jackie Grimenstein

Jackie Grimenstein has been one of ERI’s long time respected Faculty Members, and we are thrilled to be able to offer you her NEW course:

Jackie Grimenstein - ERIUtilizing NDT in Pediatric Practice

April 14-15, 2018 – Coon Rapids, MN
September 29-30, 2018 – Pueblo, CO

Begin your journey into the world of NDT or expand your current knowledge with this course that will enhance your knowledge to the benefits of using NDT to treat the child with neurologic impairments and other pediatric disorders across the lifespan.  We will discuss the importance of practice of movement patterns and importance of integrating into daily activities utilizing fun and practical activities.  Facilitation strategies for improved movement patterns and how to look at all aspects of the child to assess the primary area to address in treatment will be presented utilizing didactic, video and hands on lab format.  Comfortable clothing for movement labs is recommended.  This course is designed for the physical therapist, occupational therapist or speech & language pathologist. This course is very attractive to clinicians who seek a better understanding of the NDT practice model and the use of handling and facilitation to enhance function. Course material will focus on basic concepts of theory, assessment and treatment of the child with cerebral palsy and disorders of the neuro-motor system. The course will include extensive lab sessions and case studies to reinforce didactic information.

The continuing education hours obtained at this course qualify toward NDTA re-certification.

Jackie  is a member of NDTA where she is a PT instructor. She has spent her career treating children with neurological impairments with an emphasis on children
with severe disabilities. She has practiced in a wide variety of settings including rehab, the NICU and over 30 years within school settings. She was a founding steering committee member of the International Pediatric Rehab Collaborative (IPRC) that assisted with the re-standardization the WeeFim and a member of their Outcomes and Best Practices committee. She is on the Board of Directors for NDTA as well as the conference planning committee, the Centers of Excellence committee, the Instructor Group Executive Committee and writes for the NDTA Network. 

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NEW course for Pediatric Therapists – Ataxia, Autism and NDT

ERI is happy to announce that we are adding a new course to our extensive library of courses for the pediatric therapist. Designed and presented by our distinguished faculty member Gail Ritchie with new Faculty member Brenda Lindsay.

Ataxia, Autism, NDTAtaxia, Autism and NDT

This 2-day intensive workshop focuses on treating the child diagnosed with ataxia, or autism spectrum disorders. This course is relevant to Physical and Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists and their assistants, working with children of all ages that are diagnosed with neuromuscular movement disorders or autism spectrum disorders. Current research is finding that pediatric cerebellar dysfunction presents as complex involvement affecting sensory-motor, affective, communicative and cognitive function.  Course content will cover various examples of how children with these impairments might present during familial, academic or community participation.

Treatment principles will focus on the posture and movement system impairments and contextual factors that affect balance, posture and mobility of children with cerebellar involvement.  Video presentations will be used to identify subtle motoric qualities that are indicative of cerebellar dysfunction.  It is recommended that participants have knowledge of contemporary NDT terminology and treatment principles to maximize potential benefit from this course.

Don’t miss this opportunity:

April 7-8, 2018 – Hartford, CT
Please click here for full course information, to download a brochure or to register.

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SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT – Michelle Anderson Haas

ERI Faculty - Miki Anderson Haas

We are so thrilled to welcome Miki Anderson Haas PT, DPT as a new ERI faculty member. She has a passion for treating and educating others on her approach to treating the all-encompassing multi-trauma patient population, and we are excited to share this passion with our ERI community of therapists working in acute care, the ICU and with critically ill patients.

She received her Masters and subsequent Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is a practicing physical therapist in Acute Care with over 10+ years experience at a Level I Trauma Center with the majority of her time spent in the ICU setting.  Serving as the Lead Therapist of Critical Care Medicine for 8 years, she has dedicated her career to program development and education of not only therapists, but also the entire multi-professional team involved with patients who are or have been critically ill.  She assisted in the development and implementation of two specialized hospital teams with a strong focus on coordination and optimization of care that have achieved improved outcomes for patients who are critically ill.  She has experience teaching about the role of PT and OT in the intensive care units to audiences at the national, state, and local levels, while also assisted in teaching the acute care curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 10+ years. 

ERI is excited to bring you to Miki’s dynamic course – NEW for 2018: 

Critically Thinking Through the Critically Ill 
April 7-8, 2018 – CentraState Medical Center , Monroe, NJ
June 15-16, 2018 – Osceola Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee, FL
September 28-29, 2018 – Summa Health, Akron, OH
November 2-3, 2108 – TBA

Please click on the link above for detailed course information, to download a brochure and to register.

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ERI Offers New Post-Concussion Syndrome Online CEU Course

Post Concussion Syndrome Online CEU Course


We are extremely thrilled to bring you the latest in our series of online courses.

The new online series, launching in January 2018, will help physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, assistants, athletic trainers, neuropsychologists, and vocational rehab specialists improve functional outcomes for their patients and clients, of all ages, who suffer from post-concussion syndrome.

For more information and CEU details or to register please visit:
Post Concussion Online Series
or call the office at 800-487-6530.

Researcher, post-concussion syndrome expert, and clinician Christina Finn MS, OTR/L teaches the series through case studies, demonstrations, extensive directed lab practice, and lecture.

“This was an excellent course based on current research and evidence based practice. Great information presented in a clear, concise manner. I would definitely recommend this course for anyone working with concussion patients/clients.”-A. Crawford, SLP

Course topics include:

  • The Concussion Crisis: Diagnosis and Management
  • Concussion: Impact on Visual/Vestibular/Sensory Systems and Overview of Treatment
  • Strategies and Techniques for Transitioning back to School, Work and Sports
  • Visual and Vestibular Impairments: Evaluation and Intervention Tools

There is a national awareness about the growing number of people suffering from post-concussion syndrome and the growing impact it has on function. This online series provides an in-depth collaborative approach for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, their assistants, and athletic trainers to support clients and patients diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. In addition to learning tools and strategies for their respective discipline, all course participants will learn how to intervene in unique circumstances, learn how to support return to school, play and work in accordance with national guidelines, and learn how to guide parents.

Healthcare professionals may access the series for an entire year to hone their skills and sharpen their decision-making at their convenience. Participants will receive downloadable handouts and may earn seven continuing education hours upon completing the series.

Christina Finn - ERI Faculty MemberChristina Finn MS, OTR/L graduated from the University of Scranton in 2004 with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and is currently an assistant professor of occupational therapy at the New York Institute of Technology in Westbury, NY where she teaches classes in physical rehabilitation and motor learning. Prior to attaining a full-time faculty position, Christina worked at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Medical Center in New York City for 10 years. She has advanced training in vision therapy and holds a certification in adult vestibular rehabilitation. Christina has experience in all areas of rehabilitation across the spectrum of care, including acute care, inpatient, and outpatient rehabilitation. She lectures nationally and has developed competencies for training staff in management of concussion/mild traumatic brain injury and for management of visual perceptual deficits.

Celebrating 30 years of life-changing learning, ERI provides courses that remind you why you became a therapist. And why you love what you do. Learn skills you’ll use right away, through hands-on learning, both live and online, it’s about improving outcomes – by improving patient care. We strive to be your Preferred Provider – your go-to source for all of your continuing education needs.

Any questions:

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Looking for CEU Courses in Texas in 2018? ERI offers Quality Education by Renowned Faculty

Let Us Help You Education Resources inc CEU courses in Texas
Grow Professionally!

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.

Improve Outcomes by Improving Patient Care

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.

Please click here for a listing of evidence based courses coming to Texas in 2018

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How Physical Therapists Select Continuing Competency Activities

Post submitted by Barbara Goldfarb, MS, PT Vice President ERI

Yes, that is the question we wanted to find out from you! What topics do you want to learn more about? How do you choose what courses and the type of courses you go to?

Do you prefer live or on-line courses?

As luck would have it, the fsbpt (Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy) recently did a survey which they just published, giving us some answers.

Most participants in this study preferred live (weekend) courses to gain either minimal or advanced competencies, followed closely by online or on-demand courses. They rated both as being very effective in maintaining minimal or achieving advance competence.

That made us very pleased as we try to give you the choice of learning via either modality. Our live courses give you the chance to network, share treatment ideas with colleagues, and talk directly to the instructor. Many are designed to be small, with hands-on learning and clinical problem solving.

Our on-line courses are very different from the “cookie cutter” one or two-hour courses you typically see. They are filmed “live” and give you the feeling of being in the room, which is a far cry from the “death by PowerPoint” courses offered elsewhere.  From gaining acute care skills, to learning the latest guidelines for concussion, these online courses can be viewed conveniently from your home or at work (lunchtime popcorn anyone?)

The fsbpt survey also asked PTs and PTAs how they choose topics. No surprises here…people choose to pursue topics that they are personally interested in or that help them gain a professional or personal goal, rather than a licensure requirement or employer mandated topic.

This is a wonderful confirmation that PTs and PTAs are professionally motivated to pursue continuing competencies whether or not their particular state requires CEUs for re-licensure. We suspected as much, but now we know it for sure!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – Holiday Coupon Extended to January 3rd 2018

2018 CEUs

From Education Resources

To give you a little more time in choosing those valuable CEUs we have extended our deadline for our Holiday Coupon

Wishing our Community of Therapists
Peace Happiness and Joy for the upcoming year
We would like to offer a $50 discount toward any conference fee
Register now through January 3rd 2018
Apply code: HOLIDAYS2017

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 

Please click here for our full listing of courses

Thank you

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Plan Ahead – CEU Courses in New England for PT’s, OT’s and SLP’s in 2018

As you are beginning to think about your CEU requirements for 2018 and are looking to advance your skills, please take a look at these evidence based courses that are immediately applicable to your practice.

Please click on a link for a full course description, faculty bio, course brochure including a schedule and registration information

Further courses may be added as venues become confirmed – So please do check back and  SEARCH HERE for courses by state, Discipline and topic.

Treating Falls and Balance Problems 
Jennifer Bottomley
February 2-3, 2018 – Wallingford, CT

Torticollis and Plagiocephaly: Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children 
Cindy Miles
March 2-3, 2018 – Boston, MA
October 26-27, 2018 – Stamford, CT

Treating Complex Feeding Problems: Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers 
Amber Valentine
March 9-10, 2018 – Canton, MA

Improving Function: Tools to Enhance Motor Learning, Motor Control and Strength 
Paula Cox
March 16-17, 2018 – Framingham, MA

Visual Processing, Visual Perception and Visual-Motor Skills
Melissa Gerber
March 23-24, 2018 – Hamden, CT

Ataxia, Autism and NDT
Gail Ritchie and Brenda Lindsay
April 7-8, 2018 – Hartford, CT

Assessment and Treatment of Children with Oral Motor, Feeding/Swallowing and Respiratory Function Challenges: Children with Neuromuscular Involvement 
Rona Alexander
April 13-15, 2018 – Derry, NH

Vestibular Therapy for the School-Aged Child and Adolescent
Inger Brueckner
May 4-5, 2018 – Portsmouth, NH

Treatment of the Child with Severe Involvement: An NDT Approach
Linda Kliebhan
June 8-9, 2018 – Canton, MA

Effectively Treat Behavior in Children: Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing, Cognitive Limitations, PTSD and Other Challenges
John Pagano
June 15-16, 2018 – Danbury, CT

The SOFFI Method: Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants
Erin Sundseth Ross
June 22-23, 2018 – Manchester, NH

Infants Born Preterm: Identifying and Addressing Their Special Needs in Early Infancy to Support Development
Jan McElroy
June 22-24, 2018 – Derry, NH

Therapeutic Interventions in the NICU
Tracilyn Urruela
September 15-16, 2018 – Hartford, CT

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Advanced
Richard Clendaniel
September 22-23, 2018 – Wallingford, CT

Practical Strategies for Treating Complex Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Treating the Whole Child
Mary Tarbell Bickley
September 28-29, 2018 – Weymouth, MA

Therapeutic Evaluation and Treatment of Toe Walking (Pediatric Equinus Gait) from a PT and OT Perspective
Liesa Persaud
October 12-13, 2018 – Danbury, CT

Praxis: Evaluation and Treatment of the Clumsy Child 
Barbara Connolly
October 12-13, 2018 – Derry, NH

Treating Balance, Preventing Falls, in Neuro, Vestibular, Geriatric and Medically Complex Clients
Kim Fox
October 19-20, 2018 – Manchester, NH

Vision, Ocular-Motor and Movement Strategies for Integrated Learning
June Smith
October 20-21, 2018 – Hartford, CT

Treatment of Children with Sensory, Emotional and Motor Challenges: Getting the Beat with Music, Rhythm and Sequencing
Lise Gerard-Faulise
November 2-3, 2018 – Canton, MA

Post Concussion Syndrome 
Christina Finn
November 10-11, 2018 – Framingham, MA

Play with your food: An Integrative Approach to the Most Difficult Feeding Challenges
Susan Roberts
November 30-December 1, 2018 – Hamden, CT

  • Education Resources meets accepted standards for continuing competence for Physical Therapists in CT and MA and NH
  • Education Resources is an approved provider by the New York State Board of Physical Therapy.
  • 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.

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