An increasing body of medical research shows mindful awareness training can improve both physical and mental health measures in a range of clinical populations, including in older adults. Physical therapists have an opportunity to integrate mindful awareness principles and practices into therapeutic treatment strategies in order to improve patient outcomes. In addition, healthcare providers who receive mindful awareness training show decreases in stress and burnout, increases in feelings of personal accomplishment and an improved ability to listen and respond to patients effectively. This course provides you with an introduction to mindful awareness principles and practices and their practical application to patient care and self-care.
Presenter: Carolyn McManus, PT, MPT, MA
Carolyn McManus is a highly skilled clinician, researcher and professional trainer and a national leader in the integration of mindfulness into healthcare. Carolyn is President of the American Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Section 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) program for people with persistent pain and stress-related illness. She has over 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 Center for Mindfulness.
In addition to providing individual patient care at Swedish Medical Center, since 2008 she has served on a research team at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, providing MBSR and Kindness Meditation courses in research examining the effects of these practices in veteran populations suffering a wide range of medical conditions. Carolyn is a regular presenter at state and national conferences, including APTA’s NEXT and Combined Sections Conferences.
You can learn more about Carolyn at her website: carolynmcmanus.com.