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Integrating Mindful Principles and Practices Into Patient Care

presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

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Financial: Carolyn McManus provides individual and small group mentoring, offers continuing educational programming, and produces online, guided relaxation and meditation products. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Carolyn McManus has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 90 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 40 Minutes

Prerequisite: previous knowledge of and experience with the principles and practices of mindfulness are required to benefit from this course.

Mindfulness training offers an evidence-based treatment approach for promoting patient well-being, stress self-regulation, and symptom relief and management. Applicable to a wide range of clinical conditions and beneficial to patients of any functional level, mindfulness training offers broad therapeutic applications to patient-centered care. This course provides you with basic strategies to introduce mindful awareness to patients. Research on the role of mindfulness training in the treatment of a range of medical conditions is reviewed. Guidelines for introducing the calm observation of sensations, thoughts, and emotions are presented, and the practice of self-regulation is introduced. Instructing a patient in mindful breathing, body scan, movement, and walking is demonstrated. The role of your own mindfulness practice in successfully teaching these skills to patients is highlighted. Combining lecture, demonstration, and a patient interview, this course is applicable to healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, athletic trainers, and registered nurses, serving patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings who would benefit from sensible, effective stress and symptom self-management strategies.

Meet Your Instructor

Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

Carolyn McManus is a highly skilled clinician, researcher, and professional trainer and is a national leader in the integration of mindfulness into healthcare. She is the past president of the APTA Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Pain Special Interest Group. She holds master's degrees in physical therapy and in psychology. Since 1985, she has integrated…

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1. Mindfulness and Clinical Conditions Research

This chapter reviews research evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness training in the treatment of a range of medical conditions.

2. Introducing Symptom and Stress Self-Regulation

This chapter discusses how to get a patient’s buy-in. Introducing a patient to mindfully observing and self-regulating their physical, cognitive, and emotional reactions is presented.

3. Introducing Mindfulness and Mindful Breathing to a Patient

This chapter provides alternative language for patients who may not be comfortable with the term “mindfulness.” Pertinent research on breathing is highlighted. Instructing a patient in mindful breathing is demonstrated.

4. Introducing Mindful Body Scan to a Patient

This chapter discusses how to introduce the mindful body scan and progressive muscle relaxation to a patient. Instructing a patient in mindful progressive relaxation and body scan is demonstrated. Components of a home program are introduced. A patient interview is included.

5. Introducing Mindful Movement

This chapter identifies elements of mindful movement. Instructing a patient in mindful movement is demonstrated.

6. Introducing Mindful Walking

This chapter introduces key elements of mindful walking. Instructing a patient in mindful walking is demonstrated.

7. Informal Mindful Awareness Practice

This chapter provides examples of informal practices. Introducing mindfulness of pleasant activities is included.

8. Mindfulness and You

This chapter highlights the importance of your practice in successfully teaching mindfulness principles and practices to patients. Ideas for additional training are suggested along with several texts to promote your mindfulness practice.

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