Integrating Feldenkrais® Concepts into Rehabilitation: A Systems Based Approach #300216

SAT 28 OCT

PART 1  MORNING // 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

PART 2 AFTERNOON // 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Primary Content Focus: Complementary Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine

Secondary Content Focus: Cross-Cutting

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe basic concepts of the Feldenkrais Method®
  2. Analyze available neurophysiologic movement, alignment, motion through the adjacent segments and through the skeleton
  3. Discuss relationships between environment, task, and organismic constraints to movement and functional abilities
  4. Apply Feldenkrais® concepts to enhance movement and posture of the health care practitioner and various patient populations
  5. Discuss direct and related evidence for the Feldenkrais Method®

PRESENTERS

Teresa Miller, PT, PhD, GCFP
State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center

BIO

Teresa Miller, PT, PhD, GCFP, Associate Professor, is an alumna of the program (Class of '81), and has been a full time faculty member in the Physical Therapy Program at Downstate since 1993. Dr. Miller brings to the program more than 30 years of clinical practice experience in acute care, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, industrial PT and pain management. She integrates mindfulness and complementary and alternative therapies into her teaching and patient care. She currently runs a small private practice on Long Island. Dr. Miller completed requirements for her Master's degree in School Psychology from St. John's University in 1993, with emphasis in psychosocial and behavioral underpinnings of disability. She received her PhD from the Physical Therapy Program at Temple University in 2007 and has been a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (R) since 1999. Dr. Miller has served the Physical Therapy profession as a book reviewer for the Physical Therapy journal, an examiner for the New York State Physical Therapy Practical Boards from 1987-1990, and as a delegate and member of the nominating committee for the Long Island District of the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA). She has presented lectures, posters and platform presentations at national conferences and professional meetings and has lectured to community groups and hospital employees. Dr. Miller has co-authored articles published in peer referenced journals and three chapters on Feldenkrais in Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Rehabilitation, (2004, 2008, 2015 in print) edited by Carol Davies. She has also reviewed several books and chapters on physical therapy topics for various publishers. Dr. Miller's research interests include decision making processes of PTs, outcome and theoretical evidence for integrating various complementary and alternative therapies into PT practice. Dr. Miller is currently investigating evidence for the use of "manual guidance" to improve motor learning and motor control and the use of motor and visual imagery.  Her teaching responsibilities in the program are in the following content areas: Patient/Client Management I, Motor Control and Motor Learning I and II, and Neuromuscular Physical Therapy.

 


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