1:1 Clinician Assessment with Instructor
This program includes two individual meetings with the instructor. The initial assessment occurs prior to starting the program and is to determine the needs of the clinician and clinic and create an action plan. The second 1:1 will help determine if the program has met the needs of the clinician and update goals for the remainder of the program.
Vestibular Rehab Certificate for Clinicians: Foundation and Clinical Application
Clinicians will walk away from this course series with knowledge, confidence in their technical skills, experience in differential diagnosis and a plan in place to evaluate and treat patients with dizziness upon returning to the clinic on Monday.
Part 1 of this course is online, self-study of concepts and principles of vestibular function and the effects of vestibular dysfunction in patients presenting with dizziness, imbalance, and falls. Principles of assessment and differential diagnosis will improve the clinician’s efficiency in examination. The evidence reviewed in this course will aid in translation of exam findings into the development of an effective, evidence-based treatment plan.
Part 2 is a live weekend course designed help transition didactic learning into clinical practice. Some features of this course include skills labs with instructor feedback, large and small group activities applying the principles of differential diagnosis, and clinical application to real patient cases. Clinicians will develop personalized assessment and treatment templates to incorporate the evidence-based strategies to patient care.
Virtual Small Group Mentoring
The cohort will meet bi-monthly, virtually for question and answer and case study presentations. Content will depend upon the needs of the participants, and the content being covered. Although educational material will follow a path of development, complex patients may present to the clinic at any time. These complex cases may be discussed during virtual meetings to assist in patient care and develop clinical decision-making skills for all members of the group.
Instructor Messaging with Colleen Sleik PT, DPT, NCS
Participants will have instructor contact information and opportunity to contact with any specific learning or clinical questions throughout the duration of the program. The purpose of this program is to develop skilled clinicians to improve access for individuals within their home community. If learning and patient care are not fully supported, this program will not successfully accomplish the goals it is developed to achieve.
Vestibular Rehab Online Community
Participants will joinour online community consisting of clinicians across the country. They will be asked to actively participate by posting questions and responding to posts. This is a great place to develop your professional network, learn, and help others along the way. Participation is not required, but is strongly encouraged.
Who can participate in this group and how will participants be selected?
Physical and Occupational Therapists of all skill and experience levels are welcome to apply. Each applicant will fill out a questionnaire with questions about their interest, motivation, ability to commit to this program, and clinic support. The mission of this organization is to bring skilled vestibular rehab therapists to rural communities. If selection comes down to a few final applications, preference will be given to those serving rural communities. A cohort will consist of 10-15 therapists.
What is the time committment?
This is a 12-month program. The first couple months consist of education. You can expect 1-2 hours per week in the beginning as you work through the initial online coursework, read articles, and participate in the virtual meetings. You will also participate in a weekend course. Once the foundational learning is complete, the course focus will shift to treatment of the complex patient, program development, and marketing.
Do I need to have video goggles to participate in this group?
Yes, having video goggles in your clinic is a pre-requesite to being accepted into the cohort. Nearly anyone can treat a textbook posterior canal BPPV with an obvious nystagmus. As a specialist, you are training to treat what others cannot. Visual suppression can occur with many conditions. Goggles allow for testing with vision denied, so that if nystagmus is present, it will be observed. Goggles also allow for recording so that you can go back and review the videos to improve your skills in diagnosis. They also offer the opportunity (with patient and clinic approval) to share your findings with the instructor and/or group for assistance with the case.
Where can I purchase video goggles?
There are many companies that sell video goggles, including Otometrics, MicroMedical Technologies, and Vestibular First. We have partnered with Vestibular First to offer this cohort a group discount on purchase of their goggles.
Will I need any other tools?
All other tools used in vestibular rehab are easily accessible in a typical physical therapy practice or can be purchased in a store. Additional tools may include a reflex hammer, tuning fork, occluder, table cloth or other material with checkered or other patterns.
When are small group virtual meetings held?
The cohort will be polled to determine the best time to meet collectively. Options may include mornings, lunch, Saturday morning, or evenings. We use Google Meet for small group, virtual mentoring meetings. You do not need to have a google account to use Google Meet. Prior to the meeting date, a link will be posted along with the meeting time and topic.