Attention Therapists Working in the NICU, Register For “Tools and Strategies for Developmental Care of Special Populations in the NICU” – ERI’s New Live Webinar

Therapists working in the NICU will not want to miss the new LIVE webinar “Tools and Strategies for Developmental Care of Special Populations in the NICU”. This exceptional, problem-based course is taught by Lisa Kleinz, MA, SLP/L who has worked in level 3 NICUs for over 20 years and served as a Developmental Care Specialist working with staff and families to create change. This beginner-intermediate course will focus on developmental care and therapeutic interventions in the NICU, the infant’s experience in the NICU, and how the neonatal therapist can best support these infants from the beginning. Participants will learn how to provide developmental support, optimize outcomes, reduce parental stress, provide cue-based feeding, and provide collaborative developmental care through implementing best practices on their unit. Special populations will include the very low birth weight infant, the late preterm, the long term NICU infant, and the infant with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

 Participants will learn to:

  • Incorporate developmental core measures and therapeutic strategies into the therapist’s role, in the areas of handling, positioning, feeding, the environment, pain, and sleep from the earliest gestational age
  • Develop strategies for implementing cue-based feeding in the NICU – learn how to choose a program that is best for your unit. Will include video learning.
  • Identify key elements that the feeding specialist needs to know about breastfeeding in the NICU
  • Develop strategies for increased involvement and support in your NICU
  • Apply developmental care and neuroprotection into your practice with the very low birth weight infant, the late preterm, and infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

The webinar will take place over four sessions:

Monday, July 13, 2020 6:00pm-9:30pm  EST
Monday, July 20, 2020 6:00pm-9:30pm EST
Monday, July 27, 2020 6:00pm-9:30pm EST
Monday, August 3, 2020 6:00pm-9:30pm EST

Complete all 4 Sessions for 14 Contact Hours (1.4 CEUs). Space is limited. Register today for “Tools and Strategies for Developmental Care of Special Populations in the NICU.”

Join ERI’s NEW Live Webinar “Post- Acute Rehabilitation of the Complex Patient in the Skilled Nursing Facility and Home Care Settings: Updates to Practice Including COVID Recovery”

Therapists working in post-acute settings are treating frail, multi-system involved patients, some with a COVID-19 diagnosis. ERI’s new LIVE webinar led by Robyn Ligotti, PT, DPT, RAC-CT, CDP, QCP will teach therapists the most recent evidence- based tests and measures to use for evaluations, review frameworks for effective care planning to reduce re-hospitalizations and provide interventions for optimal outcomes. With more than 35 years of experience, Ms. Ligotti is a dynamic instructor who will share her wealth of knowledge from working with the older adult population in skilled nursing facilities, home health, outpatient rehab, wellness and prevention and inpatient rehabs.

Participants will learn to:

  • Describe the most common Coronavirus effects on the body & after-effects of long-term ICU treatment
  • Utilize three outcome measures specific to post-COVID, frail, and/or cognitively impaired patients
  • Identify the signs of ICUAW and PICS to use as a screening tool with your post-acute patients
  • Develop a working knowledge of best practices while utilizing presented frameworks/processes to prevent re-hospitalization for the complex frail patient
  • Implement 4 treatment interventions appropriate for the post-acute treatment of a patient s/p coronavirus, heart failure or frailty
  • Apply dementia specific tests & interventions to assist in obtaining optimal outcomes for any patient with reduced cognition or delirium

This four-session course will take place on:

Wednesday July 15 6:00pm– 9:00pm EST 

Wednesday July 22 6:00pm– 9:00pm EST

Wednesday July 29 6:00pm– 9:00pm EST

Wednesday August 5 6:00pm – 9:00pm EST

The course meets the criteria for 12 contact hours (1.2 CEUs), Intermediate Level. Registration is limited so register early for “Post- Acute Rehabilitation of the Complex Patient in the Skilled Nursing Facility and Home Care Settings: Updates to Practice Including COVID Recovery.”


We’re Hiring! ERI Webinar Host 

We’re hiring a Webinar Host!

ERI, a small business that provides dynamic, evidence-based continuing education courses for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and assistants is hiring several part-time webinar hosts to help host its new live webinars. We are seeking hosts that are available to facilitate at least two webinars each month (through the end of this year, December 2020). This is a wonderful opportunity for PTs, OTs, SLPs, assistants, and therapy students to connect with presenters and learn new strategies and tools, while earning CEUs.  

Fee: In addition to receiving CEUs and additional opportunities for professional development, hosts will also receive an hourly rate commensurate with experience for each live webinar. 

Job responsibilities include: 

  • Participate in a one-hour orientation training to learn the online platform and the process for hosting 
  • Participate in a 45-minute practice session with each new course instructor 
  • Host 2-3 webinars per month between now and December 2020: 
  • It is required that hosts be available for: 
    • At least one weekend webinar each month AND either a second weekend webinar or a weeknight series webinar  
  • Time commitment: On average, the total number of hours for each webinar is between 10-14 hours  
    • Weekend webinars: 
      • Scheduled on Sat & Sun and average between 6-8 hours each day  (i.e. Sat & Sun from 10 am – 6 pm EST)
    • Weeknight series webinars:   
      • Course is spread out over several weeks in the evenings (i.e. every Monday night from 6-9 pm EST for 4 weeks)
  • Courses are scheduled 3 months in advance 
  • Provide the following services at each webinar: 
    • Manage chats with attendees
    • Launch polls and results of polls 
    • Help problem solve participant technological problems (i.e. audio/video issues) as they arise 
    • Read participant questions to instructor during the course 
    • Email handout links to participants if needed
    • Start/stop timers for breaks 
    • Check/change settings as needed 
    • Provide time/schedule checks as requested by speaker 
    • Monitor and check in on anyone “raising their hand” 
    • Remind presenter to repeat the question if answering directly from chat 
    • Download chat log prior to signing off 
    • Remind instructor to download their chat log before signing off 

      The ideal candidates will have these skills: 

      • Strong communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to build a rapport with course instructors and course participants 
      • Basic knowledge of technology and willingness to learn new technology. Experience with the online platforms such as Zoom or GoToTraining is a benefit but not required. We will train you!  
      • Ability to be flexible and trouble-shoot 
      • A positive attitude and an appreciation of the important role therapists serve in improving the lives of patients 
      • Technology Requirements 
        • Operating system: Windows 7 – Windows 10 Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) – macOS Mojave 10.14 
        • High speed internet connection – Internet connection1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended) 
        • Webcam 
        • Headset/microphone 
        • Quiet space to host, uninterrupted  

      To apply for this role, please submit your resume and cover letter to with the subject line: Webinar Host Application.  

       We look forward to hearing from you! 

      Join Miki Anderson Haas for ERI’s New Live One-day Webinar “Critically Thinking through the Critically Ill”

      As an acute care therapist you need the latest tools and techniques to effectively treat your patients. ERI is pleased to offer a NEW LIVE webinar for acute care therapists, “Critically Thinking Through the Critically Ill,” with Miki Anderson Haas PT, DPT.

      Join Miki Anderson Haas who is a practicing physical therapist in acute care with more than 10 years’ experience at a Level I trauma center in the ICU setting. The one-day LIVE session will focus on adult patients 18 years and older in the intensive care unit acute care setting and specifically when they are critically ill.  

      This course will go beyond the basic knowledge of evaluation and treatment of patients in the Critical Care Environment.  It will focus on expanding the role of the therapist in the ICU setting and establish a knowledge base and treatment approach beyond mobility and exercise.  The importance of utilizing a multi-professional team approach will be highlighted along with the value a therapist brings to this team.  Current research and case examples will be utilized throughout.   This course is applicable however to a large patient population of those who are or have been critically ill in their course.  

      At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

      • Discuss the importance of a multi-professional approach with complex patients in the ICU and identify early predictors and indicators to assist the medical team in determining a patient’s projected course
      • Perform treatments for the critically ill beyond mobility and exercise prescription and create a plan for timing of treatment to illicit maximal function with patients who are medically complex
      • Utilize outcome measures and an evidence based approach to guide treatment and problem solving through patient cases
      • Justify their own “gut instincts” regarding projecting a patient course and how to assist the multi-professional team in higher level clinical decision making

      This one-day LIVE webinar will take place Saturday June 20, 2020 from 10 am to 6:15 pm EST, and meets the criteria for 7 contact hours (.7 CEUs), Intermediate Level. Registration is limited so register early for “Critically Thinking through the Critically Ill”

      Join Mary (Polly) Tarbell-Bickley for ERI’s New Webinar “Assessment and Treatment of Complex Feeding Disorders: Assessing and Treating the Whole Child”

      “Assessment and Treatment of Complex Feeding Disorders: Assessing and Treating the Whole Child”

      Practical Strategies for Treating Complex Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Treating the Whole ChildWith her dynamic presentation style and deep expertise gained over 20 years as a speech-language pathologist specializing in pediatric feeding disorders, Mary (Polly) Tarbell-Bickley CCC-SLP, M.Ed’s continuing education courses are extremely popular with OTs and SLPs across the nation. Now is your chance to learn from Polly directly  from the comfort of your home with ERI’s new LIVE Webinar “Assessment and Treatment of Complex Feeding Disorders: Assessing and Treating the Whole Child.” The course will take place Saturday, July 25 from 10:00 am – 6:15 pm EST, and Sunday, July 26 from 10:00 am – 5:45 pm EST.

      Polly will teach clinicians the necessary components of a comprehensive evaluation of feeding problems including those encountered by children with oral motor dysfunction, oral motor inexperience, oral hypersensitivity, behavioral rigidity and anxiety as seen in children with cardiac issues, prematurity, ASD, syndromes and SPD. Focus will be on a holistic treatment approach for challenging feeding disorders that are characteristically seen with tube dependency, oral inexperience, severe oral hypersensitivity, rigid eating patterns, and difficulty transitioning to table foods.

      Participants will gain a comprehensive therapy toolbox including suggestions for reducing mealtime stress and anxiety and ensuring family carryover. Video case analysis will enhance problem-solving in hospital, school, home, and private practice settings.

      • After completing this course, participants will be able to:
      • Identify children who are appropriate for oral functional therapy.
      • Perform a holistic evaluation for complex feeding problems.
      • Identify the barriers to normal eating patterns and reasonable treatment goals.
      • Develop a holistic treatment approach, including determining treatment priorities and the appropriate intensity of therapy (including issues of timing as to when to use resources differently).

      The two-day live webinar takes place July 25-26, 2020 and meets the criteria for 13.5 contact hours (1.35 CEUs). Please know that registration is limited so register today for: “Assessment and Treatment of Complex Feeding Disorders: Assessing and Treating the Whole Child”.