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Rehabilitating for Resilience With Self-Care Practices Informed by Yoga

Engage with your patients/clients to intentionally strengthen resilience as an essential facet of rehabilitation services, and experience a boost in your personal resilience.

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About this Certificate Program

Participants in this course series will examine self-care practices informed by yoga and integrate them based on the science of resilience. Self-compassion supports resilience, a key facet of well-being. Participants will benefit via up-leveling the home instruction component of clinical practice while also discovering opportunities to also enhance personal resilience. Both patients and professionals become more deeply engaged in the rehabilitation process when we collaboratively design it to address all aspects of our human experience

Target Audience

This program will benefit all health and fitness professionals who enjoy participating in experiential learning. This can include but is not limited to those practicing physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, nursing, social work, personal training, and health coaching. Practices learned can be applied to personal development of resilience and creating resilient teams in all types of healthcare, wellness, and fitness settings.

Goals & Objectives

  • For each course, formulate one personal and one professional goal to enhance resilience using either SMART or WISE goal setting formats
  • Relate relevant science on resilience so the physiological benefits can be translated to patients/clients in meaningful language that aligns with their rehabilitation goals
  • Implement the five-part yogic model of the human as a format for creating holistic self-care plans
  • Compose a written reflection for each course on how to consistently incorporate the domain of resilience presented into clinical practice
  • Devise acts of self-compassion to reduce risk of burnout and remain engaged in service of health and well-being for all people
  • Become an upstander by promoting an inclusive, humanitarian, and planetary perspective of resilience in your workplace

What's Included in the Certificate Program

Accredited Online Courses*

8 hours of online video lectures and patient demonstrations.

Interactive Learning Assessments

Case-based quizzes to evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.

Case Study Interviews

Recorded Q&A sessions between instructors and practice managers.

Section 1: Pre-Course Reading Assignment

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Section 2: Physical Body

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Mindfully Moving Toward Resiliencekeyboard_arrow_down

  • Moving Into ResilienceChapter 1

    Movement is a great gift. Its scope of contribution to human resilience goes far beyond its benefit to fitness. Yogic action is defined, and its purposes are described. Impairment of movement perception and quality with chronic illness, particularly chronic low back pain, is discussed, offering additional important facets to be included in rehabilitation.

  • The Science of Resilience Relevant to MovementChapter 2

    Resilience refers to positive adaptation to stressors in ways that extend to the impact of physical activity at the cellular level. Mindfulness in our movement shifts our attention to more deeply sensing our movement experience. Yoga has informed much of what we now refer to as mindful movement. While mindfulness directs our attention, it is different than developing body awareness and interoception. Whether health professionals are applying these skills in personal self-care or in clinical practice, they are helpful in training to increase physical activity and deepen our mind-body relationship in ways that build resilience and well-being.

  • Experiencing and Facilitating Mindful MovementChapter 3

    Mindfulness enhances our sense of embodiment and enriches our mind-body relationship. We can train our attention to experience the qualitative aspects of movement in our ADLs and fitness activities as a pathway to developing better interoceptive skills. As we practice this ourselves, we can help patients become curious about the qualitative experience of their physical activities and perhaps gain insight in identifying barriers to physical activity.

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Section 3: Subtle and Gross Domains of the Energy Body

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Considerations for Fueling Resiliencekeyboard_arrow_down

  • The Gift of SleepChapter 1

    It is unsurprising that those with chronic illness and chronic pain often experience poor-quality sleep. Taking time to discuss evening rituals with patients to look for ways they might be interested in to improve their sleep is imperative for all aspects of health. The quality of sleep is reflected in attention, mood, and available energy for engaged rehabilitation. Health professionals will be encouraged to also apply what is learned to their self-care.

  • Food Is MedicineChapter 2

    Exploring patient relationships with food not only as fuel but also as that which impacts the quality and function of the body tissue is an essential conversation in rehabilitation or health coaching. Food is presented as a sacred resource with medicinal qualities that can be proinflammatory or anti-inflammatory, can have significant impact on the function of the gut microbiome, and can influence many of our most common chronic illnesses and chronic pain.

  • Breath as VitalityChapter 3

    People tend to take breath for granted, so we seldom pay attention to how we breathe. In the yoga tradition, breath is a metaphor for vitality. Science is demonstrating that breath is a powerful tool for self-regulation of the ANS and for assisting circulation of cerebrospinal fluid flow in ways that may help in the treatment of inflammatory neurodegenerative conditions. Humans get better at whatever we practice the most, so a case is made in this chapter to practice mindfully engaging breath as a touchstone throughout the day.

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Section 4: Mind and Emotional Body

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Emotional Resiliencekeyboard_arrow_down

  • ParadigmsChapter 1

    Humans are inherently social beings. The social changes experienced during the ongoing pandemic have challenged our resilience. Society would benefit from cultivating pro-social behaviors more widely and embracing posttraumatic growth. Emotional well-being contributes to resilience and can be cultivated with practice.

  • Skill SetsChapter 2

    The domain of inner-body sensing is covered via interoception and thoroughly articulated using the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA) tool. Useful language for introducing conversations with patients on interoception is provided.

  • CompassionChapter 3

    Developing compassion for others starts with practicing self-compassion, yet many in this culture feel challenged to do so. Self-compassion is a key to building all facets of resilience and reduces burnout in health professionals. Self-compassion can be particularly compromised in the presence of chronic pain and chronic illness, so having conversations with our patients on this topic is vulnerable, but necessary, ground to cover. Thankfully, compassion is a skill that can be cultivated. In this chapter, we will discuss cultivating compassion through the practice of GRACE.

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Section 5: Wisdom Body

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Societal Resilience: Shifting Perspective From Me to Wekeyboard_arrow_down

  • Resilience in CommunityChapter 1

    Community environments can positively and negatively impact resilience across the five human treasures described by the teachings of yoga. Research on compassionate recognition of the collective health impact of adverse community experiences (ACEs) is presented, and principles of trauma-informed care are introduced.

  • We Are Living SystemsChapter 2

    A cursory overview of yoga philosophy is presented to inform our understanding of ecosystem relationality. The impact of environment on health status should be considered, and pathways to human-nature connectedness should be included when creating self-care plans.

  • Global Social WitnessingChapter 3

    To say that the human race is living through challenging times is an understatement. Seeing our challenges in a clear light is crucial to innovation in solutions to long-standing social disparities on many levels that impact human resilience. A method of witnessing one another is introduced. Structural competency in medical education is explored with encouragement to reflect upon its presence or absence within the participant’s healthcare workplace.

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Section 6: Individual and Universal Consciousness

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Self-Care Practices Inspired by Contemplative Neuroscience and Yoga (Recorded Webinar)keyboard_arrow_down

  • The Interrelationship of Movement and StillnessChapter 1

    Language common to contemplative neuroscience and contemplative practices is defined, and conditions of movement and stillness are explored individually and interdependently, then used as objects for experiential practice. Eastern methods of inquiry using beginner’s mind, not knowing, and mindfulness are introduced.

  • Embodiment, Selfhood, and ConsciousnessChapter 2

    Body awareness, self-regulation, and conscious experience are discussed through Western neuroscience and Eastern contemplative perspectives. Mindfulness practice with the five senses is presented, along with guided meditation for inquiry into the source of self.

  • Qualitative Evaluation of Gross and Subtle MovementChapter 3

    Suggestions for prompting evaluation of movement using interoceptive cues are presented. Appreciating qualitative aspects of movement using the five-part yogic model of the human being is introduced. The interaction of the body, mind, and environment on shaping movement and hypotheses involving preparatory sets and somatic markers are discussed.

  • Building Resilience Via Contemplative PracticeChapter 4

    Perspectives on the value of embodied contemplative practices for training body awareness and interoception in ways that promote self-regulation are discussed in the context of factors that promote resilience.

  • Insights to Inform RehabilitationChapter 5

    Review the possibilities for rehabilitation that arise when we shift our appreciation of movement from a means to an end to a qualitative expression of how the rehabilitation experience has impacted our well-being. Highlight how improved self-regulation using contemplative movement and stillness practices might increase patient engagement in self-care to support health care.

  • Question and Answer SessionChapter 6

    This segment is a viewer-submitted question and answer session, facilitated by Cheryl Van Demark.

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Section 7: Supplemental Materials

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Cheryl Van Demark


CEU Approved

8 total hours* of accredited coursework.
MedBridge accredits each course individually so you can earn CEUs as you progress.

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Amy Lee, MPT, OCS
Physical Therapy Central

       MedBridge has allowed us to create a culture of learning that we were previously unable to attain with traditional coursework.

Zach Steele, PT, DPT, OCS
Outpatient Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services

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Grant R. Koster, PT, ATC, FACHE
Vice President of Clinical Operations, Athletico Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get CEU credit?
Each course is individually accredited. Please check each course for your state and discipline. You can receive CEU credit after each course is completed.

When do I get my certificate?
You will receive accredited certificates of completion for each course as you complete them. Once you have completed the entire Certificate Program you will receive your certificate for the program.

*Accreditation Hours
Each course is individually accredited and exact hours will vary by state and discipline. Check each course for specific accreditation for your license.

Do I have to complete the courses in order?
It is not required that you complete the courses in order. Each Certificate Program's content is built to be completed sequentially but it is not forced to be completed this way.

How long do I have access to the Certificate Program?
You will have access to this Certificate Program for as long as you are a subscriber. Your initial subscription will last for one year from the date you purchase.

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