Why this course?

Alleviating burnout and stress in the student physical therapist is a priority. This cutting-edge 5-hour virtual training will teach educators, ACCE's, DCE's, SCCE's, and clinicians how to use mindfulness-based interventions to decrease stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma commonly encountered in PT education and practice. 

Mindful clinical practice is a way of being with stress that prevents the cascade of autonomic, metabolic, and neurologic events that can harm us. Learn evidence-based practices that are simple to employ in any situation and have lasting effects on student burnout, mental health, and emotional well-being.

By the end of this course, you will walk away with a toolkit of mindfulness-based interventions that reduce burnout and build psychological resilience in today's student physical therapist.

Course Description

MODULE 1: How to Support the Mental Wellbeing of Today's Student Physical Therapist

Identify characteristics of today’s student learner, the stress axes of the mind-body, how stress influences the student, and the three biggest problems that students present with as they transition from student to student-clinician.

MODULE 2: Mindfulness for the Student Physical Therapist 

Explore the neuroscience and research supporting mindfulness, mindfulness-based interventions for burnout, stress, resilience, and personality styles; discover ten simple tools that can be easily-implemented in clinical trainings.

MODULE 3: Clinical Teaching and Application

Adopt a problem-based approach to understanding teaching stressors, and learn to propose solutions, including the affective domain “diagnosis,” for effective and impactful conversations with students and peers. Four case studies will be presented.

Benefits of this programme

  • Decrease burnout

    Take control, and actively manage time and wellbeing

  • Decrease fatigue

    Tools and techniques to increase energy levels

  • Decrease secondary trauma

    Make self-care a non-negotiable priority

"I've structured the course to keep things sequential and straightforward to assimilate"
[Dr Joe Tatta]

#1: Define today’s student learner in the context of how they approach life, stress, and conflict.

#2: Define the three stress axes of the body and their research base.

#3: Identify the thee main types of students (within the context of stress-related teaching and learning).

#4: Define mindfulness, and to learn ten tools that take less than five minutes to employ with the student-clinician.

#5: Understand the neuroscience associated with mindfulness, including the brain regions associated with mind-wandering, default mode, and resilience.

#6: Explore the various ways that individuals experience conflict, based on personality profiles.

#7: Explore the various ways that individuals experience conflict, based on personality profiles.

Course Detail

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    1. 👉 Begin Here

    2. Who Is Today's Student?

    3. The “Storied" Mind: Don’t believe everything you think!

    4. Feedback Toolbox

    5. Module 1 slides

    1. Mindfulness: Science & Practice

    2. Mindful Physical Therapy Practice for the Student Practitioner: Terminology & Definitions

    3. Relation Between Resting Amygdalar Activity & Cardiovascular Events: A Longitudinal and Cohort Study

    4. Mindfulness & Physical Disease: A Concise Review

    5. Module 2 slides

    1. Clinical Teaching & Application

    2. Homework for the Student Clinician with an Affective “Diagnosis”

    3. Module 3 slides

    1. Multiple choice questions #1-9

    2. Open text question #1

    1. A Mindfulness Workshop for Health Science Graduate Students: Preliminary Evidence for Lasting Impact on Clinical Performance

    2. Physical Therapists’ Perceptions of Mindfulness for Stress Reduction: An Exploratory Study

    3. Failure in Clinical Education: Using Mindfulness as a Conceptual Framework to Explore the Lived Experiences of 8 Physical Therapists

    4. Uncovering a Curricular Model of Self-Care in Pediatric Physical Therapist Education

About this course

  • $139.00
  • 19 lessons
  • 4 hours of video content


Meet your instructors

Annette M. Willgens, PT, MA, EdD, RYT

Annette M. Willgens is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Willgens earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Ithaca College in 1989, a Master of Education from New York University in 1993, and a Doctor of Education from Northcentral University in 2012. She was board certified as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist from 2009-2019 and continues clinical practice at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds a certificate from NovaSoutheastern University in Qualitative Research Methods and she is a Registered Yoga and Reiki Practitioner.

Rebecca Operacz, PT, DPT, NCS

Dr. Rebecca Operacz is an associate professor in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center and her neurologic clinical specialist certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2015.

Jane Fagan, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT

Dr. Jane Fagan is an assistant professor and Associate Director of Clinical Education and Physical Therapy at Arcadia University. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Simmons College in 2003 and her Orthopedic Clinical Specialty through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Fagan also completed her certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy through the McKenzie Institute. She has been involved in development, delivery, and assessment of the clinical education component of physical therapy curricula for the past seven years.

What professionals are saying...

Erica Sherman PT, DPT, MBA

Co-Associate Director of Clinical Education & Clinical Assistant Professor University of Michigan- Flint Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

"In a time of significant burnout throughout the healthcare community, among students, clinical instructors, and faculty members, this educational session provided great content with tools and strategies that all of us can start using tomorrow!"

Chris Wilson, PT, DPT, DScPT

Associate Professor Oakland University- Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

"This was a perfect course for enhancing our clinical education partnerships. The recommendations were easily applicable and founded by the recent evidence. This course helped with improving the mentoring abilities of everyone and is very applicable during these uncertain times."


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  • Is this program approved for CEUs?

    Yes! This course is approved for 5 CEUs for PTs and OTs.

    The Integrative Pain Science Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course is approved in New York as well as more than 34 states through reciprocity (see below for a list of states).


    Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida (Rule 64B17-9), Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

    ​​This course is also approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

    NOTE: Some states still do not require continuing education for re-licensure. In addition, some states do not perform verification of continuing education material, which means they do not approve courses for CEU credit and usually accept any material. Please check with your state physical therapy association or state PT board for more details.

    For participants outside of the United States or those who do not require a formal CEU certificate, we will be happy to provide a Letter of Participation form that you may keep for your records. Upon completion of the course, please contact us at [email protected] to request the form. Please check with your industry governing body to confirm whether this is required for your continuing education.

  • How long do I have to access or complete the program?

    Registration includes unlimited access. You have as long as you need to complete the program and you can come back to the training as many times as needed.

  • Can I work on the program at my own pace?

    This is an on-demand program. Each week you will receive new content. The program can be accessed in real-time, anywhere, and at any time. If you fall behind you can catch up at your own pace.

  • How many hours per week do I have to dedicate to learning?

    This program requires approximately 3 hours to complete.

  • How is the information presented?

    Lessons are available in a variety of formats to make learning easy and fun, including video, audio, transcripts, study guides, PDF handouts and quizzes.

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You will also receive FREE exclusive access to …

  • Coaching and Mentorship Call

    One-on-one calls with Dr Joe Tatta for personalised support and guidance

  • Networking Forum

    Our digital community incorporates an online forum where you can share best practice, research interests, and benefit from peer-to-peer support

  • Free Updates

    Receive free updates on all courses to keep your practice consistent with the latest research and knowledge exchange