Education & Wellness

Continuing Education



We value and promote education to further professional development and maintain treatment excellence among physical therapists. Our Continuing Education series offers timely subject matter taught by leading instructors to help our own therapists and those outside our organization to achieve these goals.

For More Information:

clinical_educationContact Dorothy Klemetson if you have any questions regarding the TAI Continuing Education classes.

Contact Susan Heath if you have any questions regarding the internal TAI Leadership Development program.

TAI Therapists:

To access the TAI Leadership Development program courses, log onto the TAI Learning Center via the Employee Portal at:

Course Schedule

Upcoming continuing education classes are listed below.

  • Get more details on the class by clicking on the class name
  • Click on [Register] to download a registration form, unless otherwise indicated
  • TAI therapists should use the Intranet to register
  • Keep in mind that TAI therapists should get the approval of their director before signing up for a course

Forms are in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and will require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader Software to read.

Current Classes


ASTYM™ from Performance Dynamics

TAI therapists should use the TAI Learning Center for on-line registration. [Register]

Non-TAI Therapists – please contact Performance Dynamics to register 800.333.0244


Spring Course Dates: February 5-7, 2016


TAI James B. McKillip Center
7100 Fort Dent Way, Ste 222Seattle (Tukwila), WA 98188

Course Description:

ASTYM® treatment is regenerative soft tissue therapy which successfully resolves many difficult conditions, including chronic tendinopathies and movement restrictions/pain resulting from scar tissue. The ASTYM® process is non-invasive, has a short treatment course, and it is reliable and safe. The effectiveness and quality of ASTYM® treatment has been achieved through its groundbreaking scientific and clinical research, and the dedication of the ASTYM® researchers, clinical partners, and staff.

ASTYM® treatment safely, effectively and efficiently stimulates scar tissue to be resorbed by the body and regenerates damaged soft tissues. It is clearly superior in chronic conditions such as plantar fasciopathy, lateral epicondylopathy, chronic hamstring or groin injuries, tendinopathies and post-traumatic/post-surgical scarring — even when nothing else seems to work. It is also very effective on sprains, strains, and other acute and sub-acute soft tissue injuries.



TAI therapists should use the TAI Learning Center for on-line registration. [Register]

Date: March 19, 2016 [Registration]

Times: 7:30 AM Registration; Class: 8AM-5PM


Pacific University, Hillsboro
222 SE 8th Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Instructor:  Erin E. Jobst, PT, PhD

Total Hours: 15
8 hours Pre- and Post-assignments
7 class hours March 19, 2016

Cost: $160 TAI; $200 non-TAI


Pacific University, Hillsboro
222 SE 8th Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Course Description:
Patients are frequently taking drugs for medical conditions that may or may not relate to the reason they are in physical therapy. Many drugs have the potential to influence therapeutic functional outcomes. Understanding basic clinical pharmacology allows physical therapists to identify common adverse drug reactions (ADRs), when to refer to other healthcare professionals, and potential ways to mitigate common ADRs during physical therapy. This course includes pharmacodynamics (how the drug affects the body) for major drug classes and pharmacokinetics (how the body responds to a drug). Emphasis will be on how physical therapy interventions – especially exercise – can affect drug absorption and distribution. The course covers drugs that affect the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems, which an emphasis on those drug classes more like to be taken by outpatient orthopedic patients. Common ADRs, important drug-drug interactions, and potential therapy solutions to limit ADRs are discussed.

APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing Course

TAI therapists should use the TAI Learning Center for on-line registration. [Register]

Seattle Metro:

Date: April 30-May 1, 2016 [Register]
7:30 AM Registration
Class: 8AM-5PM
Registration Deadline: April 4, 2016

  • Registrations may be after after deadline for additional fees – contact Course Coordinator

TAI James B McKillip Center
7100 Fort Dent Way, Ste 222
Seattle, WA 98188

Instructor: Cynthia Robinson, PT, Ph.D.

Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) Overview

This voluntary program is designed primarily for people interested in or involved with clinical education (clinical instructors [CIs], center coordinators of clinical education [CCCEs], academic coordinators of clinical education [ACCEs]) and is recognized by APTA as a Clinical Instructor (CI) Education and Credentialing Program.

The program was developed through a grant funded by APTA under the direction of principal investigator Michael J Emery, PT, EdD, with co-investigators Nancy Peatman, PT, MEd, and Lynn Foord, PT, MS, MEd, and with materials used by the New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education.

The program addresses issues of:
• planning and preparing for physical therapy students during their clinical education experiences
• developing learning experiences
• supporting ongoing learning through questioning and effective feedback
• developing skills of performance evaluation
• identifying and managing students with exceptional situations
• identifying legal implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA legislation

The Assessment Center provides each physical therapist and physical therapist assistant learner with the opportunity to apply information from the education program in simulated situations. Successful completion of each station in the Assessment Center results in the awarding of APTA CI credentialing. The six stations of the Assessment Center have been integrated into the program schedule. Therefore, it is essential for each participant to attend all sessions of the Course and Assessment Center in its entirety to be eligible for credentialing. It takes a total of 15 hours to complete the entire CI Education and Credentialing Program, which may be offered in several different configurations depending on the accessibility and needs of learners. Successful completion of this entire program (didactic and Assessment Center) earn physical therapists and physical therapist assistants APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing.

The Course and Assessment Center will be useful for both new and experienced physical therapist and physical therapist assistant educators involved with clinical education. Although the information presented covers the basic skills for CIs, the interactive tasks and large- and small-group discussions will be of benefit even to experienced educators. APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program (CIECP)


Portland Metro:

Date: to be determined


The Sports Thorax: Connect the Whole Body & Optimize Performance with the Thoracic Ring Approach™ & ConnectTherapy™

TAI therapists should use the TAI Learning Center for on-line registration. [Register]

Non-TAI Therapist [Registration]

Date: Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, 2016

Time: 8:00 am registration; 8:30 am to 5:00 pm course


TAI James B. McKillip Center
7100 Fort Dent Way, Ste 222
Seattle, WA 98188

Instructor: Dr. Linda-Joy (LJ) Lee

Total Hours: 21

Cost: $900

Based on her clinical ideas and research work on the thorax over the past 15 years, LJ has proposed multiple mechanisms by which a dysfunctional thorax can be the “Primary Driver” for pain and problems as diverse as pelvic girdle pain, low back pain, groin pain / hip impingement, incontinence, disc injuries, lower extremity overuse syndromes such as Achilles tendinopathy, head and neck pain, and shoulder girdle dysfunction. Thus, a patient with a dysfunctional thorax can present with a wide variety of symptoms and functional problems.

The innovative Thoracic Ring Approach explains these connections and provides a clinical reasoning approach and new manual assessment techniques to determine when the thorax is the primary driver and essential to treat in order to alleviate problems elsewhere in the kinetic chain. On this 3-day course, you will learn the manual skills and clinical reasoning framework of the Thoracic Ring Approach and ConnectTherapy to determine when the thorax is or is not the primary driver for pain or reduced performance during whole body movements. These skills provide the base to examine the thoracic rings across a wide variety of meaningful tasks. Specific thoracic ring treatment techniques developed by LJ will be practiced, and an introduction to the 3 phases of specific exercise training and program design for optimal neuromuscular control and loading of the thoracic rings will be discussed.

This course is the pre-requisite for the course Advanced Thoracic Ring Control – Exercise Prescription & Program Design in The Thoracic Ring Approach™ and ConnectTherapy™


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