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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 mindful awareness principles and practices into the care of patients with chronic conditions. In 1998, she joined the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, where she established their popular mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course. She has more than 30 years of experience in the practice of mindfulness meditation and has completed an advanced MBSR teacher training program offered at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Center for Mindfulness. In addition to providing individual patient care, she served on a research team at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle from 2008 to 2019, providing MBSR and kindness meditation courses based on research examining the effects of these practices in veteran populations with a wide range of medical conditions. Carolyn is passionate about sharing her experience and expertise with colleagues, and she provides individual and small group mentoring to clinicians. In addition, she presents regularly at state and national conferences, including APTA's NEXT Conference and Combined Sections Meeting. You can learn more about Carolyn at her website, carolynmcmanus.com.

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Managing Impostor Syndrome: Have Confidence in Your Competency (Recorded Webinar)

Presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

Managing Impostor Syndrome: Have Confidence in Your Competency (Recorded Webinar)

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Video Runtime: 118 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from standard MedBridge courses.

Have you ever felt unqualified for your job title or worried that your colleagues will find out you're not so smart after all? Do you discount your successes or attribute accomplishments to luck? If these habits are familiar to you, you may be experiencing the impostor phenomenon, a behavior often observed in high-achieving healthcare students and professionals.

This webinar is designed for you! The information provided will enable you to name your experience and recognize you are not alone, and empower you to engage in strategies to reduce impostor attributes. You will learn common imposter misperceptions and factors that give rise to impostor thoughts and feelings. You will gauge your imposter tendencies by completing a simple impostor phenomenon assessment tool and gain insight into how impostor misperceptions can impact your career. Eight practical strategies are offered that empower you to acknowledge your accomplishments, curtail imposter thinking habits, reduce self-doubt, accept that no one is perfect, and adopt a realistic attitude toward your professional competencies.

Combining lecture and experiential exercises, this webinar is applicable to healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, registered nurses, and athletic trainers who want to say goodbye to feeling like an impostor.

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Kindness and Compassion Self-Care Practices for You and Your Patients

Presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

Kindness and Compassion Self-Care Practices for You and Your Patients

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Video Runtime: 51 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

Healthcare providers require a broad range of effective stress management strategies to maintain well-being and respond skillfully to the multiple stressors we face daily. Kindness and compassion practices are evidence-based tools that can be added to your self-care toolbox to reduce stress and support your well-being. In addition, once familiar with these contemplative practices and their benefits, you can share them with patients. This course introduces you to specific contemplative practices that help you cultivate kindness and compassion, promote positive emotions, and reduce stress. Kindness and compassion research is reviewed, phrases evoking these states are introduced, and meditation practices to develop them are guided. Combining lecture and experiential exercises, this course is applicable to healthcare professionals in both inpatient and outpatient settings who would benefit from learning self-care practices to promote their own well-being and to share with patients.

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Positive Affect and Activities in the Treatment of Persistent Pain

Presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

Positive Affect and Activities in the Treatment of Persistent Pain

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Video Runtime: 41 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

Considerable research has historically addressed the impact of negative cognitions and emotions on the persistent pain experience. The adverse roles of catastrophic thinking, fear, anxiety, and depression, as well as the interventions directed at reducing these negative factors, have been extensively examined. More recently, pioneering research is examining the role of positive affect and positive activity interventions on the experience of persistent pain. Evidence is accumulating that documents how positive activity treatment strategies reduce pain, increase positive affect, and promote well-being in individuals with persistent pain. This course introduces current research and positive activity treatment strategies to promote positive affect, reduce pain, and improve quality of life in patients with persistent pain. Combining lecture and an experiential exercise, this introductory course is applicable to healthcare professionals working in both inpatient and outpatient settings that serve patients with persistent pain conditions. Clinicians who wish to expand their toolbox of treatment strategies to offer this often complex and challenging patient population will benefit.

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Integrating Mindful Awareness Into Movement Instruction

Presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

Integrating Mindful Awareness Into Movement Instruction

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Video Runtime: 47 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

When patients lack movement awareness, they can undermine their progress and/or incur an injury by overdoing or performing exercises improperly. They can also fail to pace themselves and persist in activities or postures that result in symptom flares. In addition, clinicians may adopt a rigorous approach to teaching movement and lack appreciation for how simple, slow movements performed with awareness can promote symptom relief and treatment progress. This course addresses the need for professionals to both have an appreciation for the power of moving slowly with a therapeutic awareness and have skills to teach awareness to patients. Mindful movement is the practice of bringing open, friendly attention to the experience of the body and breath while engaged in movement. This course introduces the practice of mindful movement and highlights formal movement awareness practices and evidence for their application to patient care. A model for integrating mindful, therapeutic awareness into movement instruction is identified. An experiential exercise in moving with mindful awareness is offered to promote the direct experience of the power of moving slowly with friendly, present moment attention. Combining lecture and an experiential exercise, this course is applicable to healthcare professionals in both inpatient and outpatient settings serving patients who may lack body awareness and/or have been unsuccessful with traditional movement instruction.

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An Introduction to Mindfulness for Pain Treatment

Presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

An Introduction to Mindfulness for Pain Treatment

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Video Runtime: 71 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 36 Minutes

As pain perception results from the complex interaction of sensory, cognitive, and emotional factors, clinicians need evidence-based treatment strategies that address these three components. Mindfulness training uniquely meets this challenge. Mindfulness training has been shown to reduce pain intensity and unpleasantness, decrease depression and anxiety, and improve function and quality of life in patients with persistent pain. This course introduces you to the practical application of mindfulness training to the treatment of pain. The Two Arrows metaphor is discussed to support a patient's insight into the sensation of pain, the first arrow, and their reactions to the sensation, the second arrow. How to get a patient's buy-in when introducing mindfulness, as well as research on the role of diaphragmatic breathing in reducing pain and stress, is presented. Initial strategies to address challenges patients experience when first introduced to mindfulness, and approaches to teaching mindful progressive muscle relaxation, body scan, and movement are offered. Combining lecture and demonstration, 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 pain self-management strategies.

Prerequisite: Previous knowledge of and experience with the principles and practices of mindfulness and experience in their clinical applications to patient care are required to benefit from this course. It is highly recommended to watch the courses below in this order:
1. Fundamental Mindfulness Principles and Practices
2. Integrating Mindful Principles and Practices into Patient Care

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive and Emotional Strategies for Pain Treatment

Presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive and Emotional Strategies for Pain Treatment

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Video Runtime: 74 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 36 Minutes

As evidence has definitively established a role for cognitive and emotional factors in the modulation of pain, the effective treatment of pain requires evidence-based methods to address these factors. This course introduces you to mindfulness-based treatment strategies for the active self-regulation of cognitive and emotional factors impacting pain. Mindfulness training has been shown to reduce catastrophic thinking, anxiety, and depression and improve positive affect in patients experiencing persistent pain. Strategies to support patients to broaden their attention beyond the sensation of pain and address worry, catastrophic thinking, and threat are introduced. The mindful investigation of pain is highlighted. Guidelines and handouts to introduce positive activities and mindful savoring of pleasant experiences are provided. Self-compassion and kindness meditation training are introduced, and a brief kindness meditation is demonstrated. Combining lecture, demonstration, and an experiential exercise, this course is applicable to healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, athletic trainers, and registered nurses, serving patients in both in- and outpatient settings who would benefit from sensible, effective pain self-management strategies.

Prerequisite: Previous knowledge of and experience with the principles and practices of mindfulness and their clinical applications to patient care are required to benefit from this course. It is highly recommended to watch the courses below in this order:
1. Fundamental Mindfulness Principles and Practices
2. Integrating Mindful Principles and Practices into Patient Care
3. An Introduction to Mindfulness for Pain Treatment

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Fundamental Mindfulness Principles and Practices

Presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

Fundamental Mindfulness Principles and Practices

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Video Runtime: 85 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 40 Minutes

Mindfulness training offers an evidence-based, innovative, therapeutic strategy for promoting patient well-being, stress self-regulation, and symptom relief and management. Pertinent to a wide range of patient populations and beneficial to patients of any ability, basic principles and practices of mindfulness training offer broad clinical applications to patient-centered care. As your personal experience of mindfulness impacts your ability to effectively teach these practices, this course provides you with an introduction to mindfulness and guidance in formal mindfulness practices including mindful breathing, body scan, and movement. Informal mindfulness practices that can be integrated into a daily routine are also introduced. Proposed mechanisms for supporting the effectiveness of mindfulness training are highlighted along with research examining the role of mindfulness training in managing stress.

This course is for those who are new to mindfulness. Combining lecture and experiential exercises, this introductory course is applicable to healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, athletic trainers, and registered nurses in both inpatient and outpatient settings, serving patients who would benefit from sensible, effective stress and symptom self-management strategies.

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Integrating Mindful Principles and Practices Into Patient Care

Presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

Integrating Mindful Principles and Practices Into Patient Care

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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.

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Strategic Mindfulness Training for Stress Management (Recorded Webinar)

Presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA

Strategic Mindfulness Training for Stress Management (Recorded Webinar)

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Video Runtime: 167 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from standard MedBridge courses.

Health care professionals face multiple stressors on a daily basis. Whether dealing with time-consuming medical record keeping, feeling pressure to improve outcomes in less time and at lower costs, or managing patients with complex physical and psychological problems, it's easy to feel stressed in today's health care environment. This course provides you with sensible, evidence-based mindfulness principles and practices that can help you respond effectively to stress and promote your happiness and well-being. Health care providers who receive training in mindfulness show decreases in stress and burnout, increases in feelings of personal accomplishment, and an improved ability to communicate effectively with patients. Combining lecture with experiential exercises, this fun, informative, and practical course offers powerful strategies you can use immediately to manage your stress with greater skill and wisdom.

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Feb 9, 2023

Managing Imposter Syndrome: Have Confidence in Your Competency

Presented by Carolyn McManus

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Nov 19, 2020

Strategic Mindfulness Training for Stress Management

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