Plan Your 2019 Continuing Education

Posted by Stephanie Strouse, OTD, OTR/L, CHT on 12/17/2018

2019 will be another exciting year of educational offerings from ASHT!

In 2018, we were pleased to be able to bring you several new continuing education opportunities that will continue in 2019, including our Education on Tour traveling courses and UE Institute for the newer therapist. We will continue to provide online education with our exceptional live webinars and recorded webinar library. In addition to our traveling courses, other on-site educational courses will include the ASHT Hand Therapy Review Courses and Hands On Orthotics Courses.

Register early – many of these courses fill up quickly!

2019 Hand Therapy Review Course

The Hand Therapy Review Course provides a comprehensive, in-depth look at evaluation and intervention processes typically seen in upper extremity rehabilitation. This is an excellent precursor for anyone who plans on taking the Hand Therapy Certification Exam. 

Comments from past attendees:

“Very comprehensive. Good review of anatomy and more specific conditions. I like whenever they give clinical examples because it makes me remember things more, especially for things I don’t see. Made me feel more confident taking the CHT Exam than I did before the course.”
Melissa Mara, OTR/L- 2018 St. Louis Course

“I felt like a received an extra benefit or this particular course because these presenters were so knowledgeable. I was on the edge of my seat trying to write down a lot of what Hannah told me – what a wealth of knowledge she has to share! The cadaver lab was amazing!”
Kaiti Marinangeli, PT, DPT, CHT- 2018 St. Louis Course

“All instructors were well prepared with clear and comprehensive content. Very clear that they had invested considerable time into reviewing content. Lectures were engaging and provided meaningful information.”
Adele Ouegnin, OTD- 2018 St Louis Course

“Very informative and relevant information. Great review; covered so much information.”
Bonnie Chilton, OTR/L- 2018 St Louis Course

“Very good material presented with good presenters who made the material interesting. Also, good recommendations to improve our treatment in the clinic!  The cadaver course is also very helpful to make everything "click!”
Melissa Stevens, OTR, CHT- 2018 St Louis Course


  • Irvine, CA
    February 8-10, 2019
  • St Louis, MO
    April, 12-14, 2019
  • Atlanta, GA
    June 2019
  • Baltimore, MD
    October 2019

Hands On Orthotics 

Want to learn more about fabricating custom-designed orthosis from experienced clinicians? Do you want to have ample “hands-on” time to be able to practice these orthoses? Our Hands On Orthotics course is just for you. We have flexible course designs with one- and two-day formats. Visit the ASHT website for information on how to request a course at your facility. We are currently planning our 2019 lineup. Please keep an eye on the ASHT website and member e-blasts for announcements about new courses.

Here are a few of the comments made by attendees of the Hands On Orthotics course:

“Wow, there are so many pearls of wisdom, materials experience, hands-on practice, small class size allowing instructor attention, location was great.”

“The ability to perform hands-on splint making and having the instructors easily accessible to critique our splints regarding if any changes needed made.”

Education on Tour Traveling Courses

ASHT’s newest offering is our Education on Tour traveling course. Get on board with these informational, evidence-based topics presented by highly experienced instructors. Visit the ASHT website for information on how to request a course in your facility.

  • “Foundations in Hand Therapy: Elbow to Finger Topics”
    Instructor:  Mary Barnes, MOT, CHT
    Fargo, ND – January 12, 2019
  • “Beating Pain”
    Instructor:  Tara Packham
    Portland, OR – February 2019

In 2019, the ASHT Education Division will introduce a new proprioception course developed by past president Kristin Valdes, and presented by an experienced ASHT Education Division member. We are currently seeking a host site in the mid-west for this course. If your facility is interested in hosting this course, please contact


ASHT webinars have been growing in popularity as they allow you to learn from the comfort of your own home. The webinars offer a wide range of evidence-based topics and are presented by a variety of national and international experts in both hand therapy and hand surgery. Can’t attend live? The webinars are also recorded and are available to be purchased from the library and viewed at your convenience.

Check out the 2019 line up so far!

  • January 3, 2019 - 2019 Medicare Update – Marsha Lawrence, PT, DPT, CHT (free for members)
  • January 24, 2019 - Hand Therapy Perspective on Scapholunate Ligament Injuries - Olga Hincapie, PT, DPT, CHT
  • February 6, 2019 - Smart Rehabilitation Through Virtual Reality and Gamification – Becky Alter, MS, OTR/L; Lauren Sheehan, OTD, OTR/L; and Ashley Gatwood, MOT, OTR/L - Content provided by Neofect (free for members and nonmembers)
  • February 11, 2019 - Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Injuries in the Upper Extremity: Surgeons' and Therapists' Perspectives – Joshua Abzug, MD; Heta Parikh, OTR/L: Ritu Goel, OT/L; and Heather Weesner, OTR/L, CHT
  • March 7, 2019Facilitating Patient Outcomes by Maximizing Product Performance - Perry Mervar, MS, OT – Content provided by Lantz Medical (free for members and nonmembers)
  • May 9, 2019 – Pediatric Congenital Trigger Finger – Hilton Gottschalk, MD, and Karen Ayala, OT, CHT

UE Institute Online Study Group

The UE Institute is one ASHT’s newer education platforms, launched in late 2018. This program is free to ASHT members and is an excellent resource for therapists with 0-3 years of experience or those looking for possible career changes to practice in the specialty area of hand/upper extremity rehabilitation. The program was developed to provide monthly assignments, online educational webinars and follow-up discussions on the e-Community. This program can also offer a framework of study for mentoring pairs.

Member comments:

“The structure of the online courses assists me with the study process. The volume of information is much more easily approached with a plan provided by experienced practitioners and augmented with their clinical pearls.”
Jan Milstead, OTR

“The combination of required resources, slides for the course and the live webinar is perfect; really helps me to focus and organize the way that I'm learning about hand therapy.”
Lee Ann Sanchez, MS, OTR/L

Do you need a mentor? Request one on the e-Community? Are you interested in being a mentor? Let us know by emailing