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


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

Date: March 21, 2015  [Register]

Time: 7:30 AM Registration, Class: 8AM-5PM


Pacific University, Hillsboro
222 SE 8th Ave. HPC2 #430
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Instructor:  Erin E. Jobst, PT, PhD

Total Hours: 15

8 hours Pre- and Post-assignments
7 class hours March 21, 2015

Cost:  $160 TAI, $200 non-TAI


Pacific University, Hillsboro
222 SE 8th Ave.  HPC2 #430
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.

Seattle Metro Registration

Date: April 18-19, 2015

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

Registration Deadline: March 20, 2015*

Instructor: Cynthia Robinson, PT, PhD


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

Cost: $140 APTA members/$230 APTA non-members/$280 Other Providers

CEUs: 1.5 (15 contact hours, 12 to non-PTs who do not complete the assessment centers.)

TAI is pursuing this course for the purpose of assisting clinicians in becoming valuable clinical instructors, knowing that in the end, it makes the student and the clinical instructor better clinicians.

APTA writes:

This voluntary program is designed primarily for persons interested in or involved with clinical education (clinical instructors [CIs], center coordinators of clinical education [CCCEs], and academic coordinators/directors of clinical education [ACCEs/DCEs]), and is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Clinical Instructor (CI) Education and Credentialing Program. The program is divided into two distinct parts: 1) CI education via an interactive course format and 2) assessment of curricular outcomes through a six-station Assessment Center. These components are designed to be used together to first provide and then assess, the knowledge and skill identified as essential for CIs of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students. All APTA CI Education and Credentialing Programs must be provided by APTA-recognized Credentialed Clinical Trainers.

 * Registration deadline is set in order to meet APTA designated timeframe for material order. Registrations received after that deadline may be added with an additional fee to cover expedited mailing of materials.


Connect the Whole Body & Optimize Performance with the Thoracic Ring Approach™ & ConnectTherapy™

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

Download  [Registration Form]

Date: Friday-Sunday, June 12-14, 2015

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


Pacific University
222 SE 8th Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Instructor: Dr. Linda-Joy (LJ) Lee PhD, BSc, BSc(PT), FCAMPT, MCPA

Total Hours:

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™



ASTYM™ from Performance Dynamics

TAI therapists should use the TAI Learning Center for on-line registration for tracking TAI guaranteed spaces.

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


Course Dates: being finalized


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