2016 Educational Opportunities

Posted by Rachel Pigott, OTR/L, CHT on 11/23/2015

In 2016, ASHT’s Education Division will be putting forward a variety of exciting evidence-based offerings. We have large and small regional courses, as well as our very convenient online webinars.
The large regional course the division facilitates is the Hand Therapy Review Course. This is in a three- or two-day format, and reviews a variety of key topics in hand therapy. In the three-day format, the first day is a comprehensive review of the anatomy of the upper extremity, and we all know how critical anatomical knowledge is to our craft. The second and third days are the same in the three- and two-day format, and focus on assessment and treatment of a variety of conditions. Despite the fact that these courses are larger, the faculty at all courses is very accessible to the attendees. This creates a wonderful learning environment. Many attendees at past courses utilize this comprehensive course as means to identify their own strengths and weaknesses when studying for the Hand Therapy Certification Exam.
ASHT will have three Hand Therapy Review Courses in 2016:

Irvine, California in February 2016

St. Louis, Missouri in April 2016

Baltimore, Maryland in October 2016

ASHT’s smaller, regional course is Hands On Orthotics (HOO). This course is initiated when a host site requests a course. This course can be in a one- or two-day format. The host site has the opportunity to choose the orthoses they would like to focus on in these courses, so it really can be catered to meet the needs of the host site. Our instructors then conduct an all hands-on course, in which you focus on the fabrication of the chosen orthoses. This course is nearly all lab. HOO courses can be open or closed. Open courses are those that appear on the ASHT website in the education section. A closed course is one in which a host site limits attendance to participants they identify, and there will be no advertising of this course on the website. If you are interested in hosting an open or closed HOO course, please apply here.
Our last category of educational offerings is our webinar series. We have both live and recorded webinars. All webinars are reviewed and vetted by the Education Division. This is a very convenient format to attend a course for continuing education hours. Often we have very well-known instructors who, thanks to technology, can teach you in the comfort of your own home. The webinar team is currently working to place upcoming live webinars for 2016. Keep your eyes peeled as we post our 2016 webinar schedule throughout the year.