Meditation, once a practice for spiritual seekers only, has become mainstream. What is meditation, what are the benefits, and how can it be used in the rehab setting? Extensive medical research shows significant benefits of a regular meditation practice, including pain reduction and improved quality of life in patients with chronic pain, better coping and improved self-efficacy for people with difficult diagnoses such as cancer, improved immune function, and reduced health care provider burnout. Therapists are in a unique position to implement meditation and mindfulness techniques not only in our personal lives but also in the care of our patients. In this course, attendees will learn the scientific rationale for meditation and mindfulness, several easy techniques to practice and to teach to patients, and resources to share with patients and coworkers. Participants will create a personal practice and leave with the tools to confidently use basic meditation and mindfulness skills in their practice.
This course is open to PT’s and OT’s and will address problems that interfere with the client’s ability to ambulate and stand for functional activities. The course will include both lecture and hands-on practical lab work designed to help the clinician improve handling skills and understand facilitation. Perceptual difficulties that may occur with brain injury will also be addressed.