Life Transformed Through Movement

A photograph, a memory of the sound of wind in the trees, of a chill in the air, invoke a personal reflection of a life focused on movement and care. In her delicate poem, Kathryn Zalewski, PT, PhD, MPA,uses Gregg Fuhrman, MPT, OCS, CFMT, CMTPT’s image to guide her description of life as a physical therapist, a mother, and a teacher — in whispers.

Profiles in Professionalism

November 8, 2018 . by Melissa McCune, SPT
Profiles in Professionalism: Interview with Dolly Swisher, PT, MDiv, PhD Download the article (pdf) “Profiles in Professionalism”, an [...]

Eye Spy for Physical Therapy Graduate Education

Cindy B. Dodds, PT, PhD, PCS and colleagues describe how their successful pilot program took physical therapy students out of the university setting and into a local art museum for a unique experience of observation using visual thinking strategies.

Three Voices at the Table

In a fascinating, creative account, Tania Riske, MS/CCC-SLP, and CeCelia Zorn, PhD, RN let the voices of a patient, his wife, and his speech/language pathologist describe the challenges, small triumphs, and human connections involved in the treatment of primary progressive aphasia—a rare neurological disease that causes the total loss of speech.

Re-Imagining Humanism in Rehabilitation

What does it mean to be a professional? What is professionalism? How do we help to develop professional formation in students and clinicians? How do we develop ethically-engaged clinicians? Is professionalism part of best practice, and why?

Pitfalls and Pearls of Persistent Pain

As the subject of chronic pain and its treatment has become crucially important in today’s healthcare and rehabilitation environments, we offer the accounts of three physical therapists who have encountered patients with persistent pain and learned valuable lessons in the process. The article shows how a humanistic approach—involving factors such as trust, shared decision-making, and empathy—can add a psychosocial dimension to the treatment of chronic pain, and work to achieve more lasting results.

Use of a Patient-Educator to Train Doctor of Physical Therapy Students Regarding Sexuality and Disability

In this thought-provoking article, Cara Felter, PT, DPT, MPH describes a paired approach between a faculty member and an individual with a spinal cord injury to teach physical therapy students about sexuality and disability, and offer guidance for speaking with patients about this sensitive subject.

Call for Submissions: Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation Physical Therapy Student Essay Contest

November 8, 2018 . by ACAPT-CHEP

The Consortium for Humanities, Ethics and Professionalism (CHEP) of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) advocates for the importance of the humanities, ethics, and professionalism in physical therapy education practice because excellent clinical practice requires the ability to make meaningful connections with patients and to make decisions in unclear or vulnerable circumstances.

Commonality in Communication

November 8, 2018 . by Becky Mercuro, SPT

ACAPT Consortium for the Humanities, Ethics, and Professionalism (CHEP) and JHR student essay contest finalist: Becky Mercuro, SPT shares her experience changing a patient’s outlook, and recovery, by speaking to her in her native tongue—not just about her condition and treatment, but also about her life and her “hope of healing.”

Unlocking Inner Joy

November 8, 2018 . by Mercedes Aguirre, SPT

ACAPT Consortium for the Humanities, Ethics, and Professionalism (CHEP) and JHR student essay contest finalist: In this light-hearted account of meeting a former gymnast in the rehabilitation room of a nursing home, Mercedes Aguirre shows how listening to a patient’s story and finding common ground can boost results exponentially.

Resources: Fall 2018

Speechless: For two seasons, Speechless looks at the struggles and triumphs of an American family with a son with a disability. One of four kids, JJ DiMeo—played by Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy himself—is a teen growing up with a physical disability who uses a communication device to speak.

Call for Papers and Instructions to Submit

Call for Papers and Instructions The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation is an online journal that aims to [...]

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