To do or not to do workshops in physiotherapy? I have been asked this question by many students and physiotherapists. Answer is yes, you need to do the workshops. It helps in developing your therapeutic skills.
Workshops enhance the development of physiotherapy as a profession and producing more and more skillful therapists.
But my strong belief is that, workshop are meant for teaching and training skills of assessment and treatment not just sharing information. Now a days there are multiple workshop happening throughout the year. Every month at least minimum two to three workshop are happening throughout India. There are two perspective about it, both good and bad.
What is good about it?
It is good that so many workshop are being conducted by experts in their field. It is good opportunity for budding therapists to learn the specialised skill training from experts throughout the world. During my graduation there were very few workshops being conducted so we had less exposure. The only source of information and skill training were our teachers in college.
But now many things have changed. You can get a lot of information from other experts outside your college.
What is bad about it?
Day by day workshops are becoming more commercialised instead of a method of training budding therapists. Due to this commercialisation, workshops are getting bad name & fame. There are too many workshops conducted throughout the year. So students are getting confused and misguided which workshops to do. Also since there are workshops available in almost all major topics of the syllabus, students are not concentrating or giving importance to college training. They are more inclined to attend workshops.
Earlier we used to attend workshops to learn and improve our therapeutic skills. But now it is observed that some people are attending workshops just because they want to conduct workshops on their own. Everyone want to be a resource person for workshop. Conducting workshops is slowly becoming a business. It is commonly been observed that candidates who completed some specialized workshop start conducting workshop in their respective regions or institute. In a way it is good that people are spreading knowledge they gained through the training in the workshop. But, if they conduct workshop without practice and improving their own handling and therapeutic skills, it will be just transfer of information and not the therapeutic skills per say.
It is my personal opinion that Candidates should first practice the training and skill they learned. Refine and improve their skills and then teach. This will only make sense if there is training skills transfer through their own experience instead of sharing information they acquired from someone else .
I have no intention to hurt anyone or criticize present work and practices. I am just sharing my own thoughts on this sensitive topic.
Which workshop to do ?
Students/therapist need to be more selective & cautious during selecting the workshops they are doing. They should note the following points while they select the workshop.
A. Course instructor :
- Check the credibility and experience in the field they are going to train in the workshop.
- Are they certified in specialized skill training?
- Are they certified instructor in the respective field? if not at least they should be trained and experienced enough in the specialty.
- Oration skills
- Practical training skills
- Evidence based practice
- Who is giving the certificate: Specialized institute, academic institute, specialized clinic, Individual certificate. Specialized institute, academic institute will have higher credibility
- What is the credibility of the certificate?
- Does the institute who is giving the certificate registered with any government body/ society/ trust?
C. Cost of the workshop
- What is the cost of the workshop? Can you afford it?
- Is it worth to pay for the provided training?
- What is all included in the cost of the workshop? Tuition fees, Certificate, Breakfast and lunch, accommodation, stationery material etc.
D. Course duration
- This is one critical point. most of the students prefer 2 days workshops, specially Saturday Sunday workshop. But we need to ask ourselves, is two days of training sufficient to learn the skill training? do you need to spend more days in training and practical hands on.
E. Hands on training
- Workshops means skill training. Skill training means hands on training.
- Most of the workshop advertise it as a hands on workshop but it may or may not be a hands on workshop.
- How to find out if it is proper hands on or skill training workshop.? for that you will need to find out following things. a. Check there program schedule. Try to find out how many hours of lab training is mentioned in the schedule how many hours of theory or didactic training is mentioned. b. Check the patient to students ratio in the workshop. Best ratio is 2 therapists : 1 patient. Even 4-5 therapists : 1 patient is acceptable. c. content of lecture/training. Based on topic you can understand if it is practical training or theory d. On an average 70-80% of lab/practical training is good workshop
- What is your interest? just do the workshops which you are more interested such as Musculoskeletal / neuro/cardio etc.
- Do not try to do all types of workshops and just collect certificates.
G. U G students
- Do not hurry/run to do the workshops. Workshop is meant only for those who have background of the literature/ theory and little bit practical knowledge. In workshop you will specialized handling skills. So U G students attending workshop without prior knowledge is not beneficial.
I am highly pro for doing workshops. During my post graduation and after being a teacher also i am continuously attending workshop to improve my knowledge and therapeutic skill. Sometime workshop are too expensive and lengthy. I suggest don’t think of the cost of the workshop. if you are interested and you want to learn it go for it.
” Investing in education always pays you best interest !”
Because i have attended multiple workshop in neuro rehabilitation, my neuro therapeutic skills, teaching skills and planning problem solving skills are improved. Money should never come in your or stop your education. Even today i am spending lakhs of Rupees on attending workshops. Sometime i had to take loan to do the workshops. But i never compromised and not missed a good workshop/ Course.
PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS ATTENDED.
Neuro Rehab workshop
- Workshop on NDT theoretical framework & clinical applications. Dr. Asha chitins M. Sc. PT, NDT Instructor, Dr. Asha chitins M. Sc. PT, NDT Instructor. 40 Hrs. March-April 2005
- Workshop on Motor Control Problems.Asha chitins M. Sc. PT, NDT Instructor Dr. Asha chitins M. Sc. PT, NDT Instructor 40 Hrs June –July 2005
- Workshop on Rehabilitation of Adult Hemiplegia, incorporating holistic approach of Bobath, Petricia Davies Affolter concept. Dr. Roshan Vania (PT) Dr. Preeti Shah (PT). C.M.F.’s College of Physiotherapy, Nigdi, Pune. 25 Hrs 15/10/05 to 17/10/05
- Workshop on Enhancement of upper extremity function in pediatrics. Kimberley Barthel Gail Ritchi Asia-Pacific Childhood Disability Update 2005, Mumbai. Pre Conference Workshop. 17 Hrs 30/11/05 to 01/12/05
- Advance Workshop Sensory Modalities in the Treatment of Childhood Disabilities. Kimberley Barthel Asia-Pacific Childhood Disability Update 2005, BOMBAY. 8 & ½ Hrs 02/12/05 to 03/12/05
- Practice management. Sandra Moor (PT) President of world conference of physical therapy (WCPT) 43rd Annual conference of The Indian Association of Physiotherapy, at Hydrabad. 4 Hrs 22/01/05
- Neurogenic dysphasia – assessment & therapeutic management. DR. Sunita Kavrie, CCC/SLP, speech path association, inc. Indian Speech & Hearing Association, Maharashtra Branch. & Ruby Hospital, Pune. 6 Hrs. 12th December 2004
- NDT theoretical framework & clinical applications. Asha chitins M. Sc. PT, NDT Instructor Snacheti institute college of physiotherapy, shivajinagar, pune. 32Hrs October – november2005
- Motor Control, theoretical framework & clinical applications. Asha chitins M. Sc. PT, NDT Instructor Bombay 48 Hrs December2005- January 2006
- NDT Facilitation-advanced course. Asha chitins M. Sc. PT, NDT Instructor Bombay 40hrs April -June2006
- Upper limb control (NDT).Monica Diamond AWP WCPT IAP 2009 Mumbai 24hours (2Days) Jan 2009
- NDT/Bobath certificate course in the management and treatment of adults with hemiplegia and head injury. Cathy Hazzard, B.Sc, MBA, PT,C/NDT19 January –06 February 2015. A Neuro Developmental Treatment Association Approved Course.Course ID no. 14A101. Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Sancheti Health Academy Thube Park 11/12 Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra, India, 41105
- NDTA Advanced Handling and Problem Solving Course.Cathy Hazzard, B.Sc, MBA, PT, C/NDT 01-12-2015 – 01-16-2015. A Neuro Developmental Treatment Association Approved Course. Course ID no. 15A101. Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Sancheti Health Academy Thube Park 11/12 Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra, India, 41105
- Three days 2D and 3D gait analysis workshop by Dr. Abhay Khote (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Royal Children’s Hospital Australia) and Jill Rodha (Physiotherapist Australia) from Hugh Williamson Gait Analysis Laboratory gait lab team organised by Rehab department of Kokilaben Ambani hospital at 3D Gait lab of Kokilaben Ambani hospital Mumbai in 2011.
Three day Basic Course in Clinical Biomechanics at MGM Centre of Human Movements Sciences, on 1st, 2nd and 3rd April 2016 .
- Three day Course in Clinical Biomechanics at MGM Centre of Human Movements Sciences, on 1st, 2nd and 3rd April 2016 .
- Four day workshop on Aquatic therapy in neuro rehabilitation by Dr. C. G. Prashant, Organised by Sancheti college of physiotherapy, pune April 2016.
- Therteen days course : 16th Post-Bachelor Aquatic Therapy Modular Course Package in Valens (Bad Ragaz), Switzerland. : Internal Aquatic Physical Therapy Faculty, Valens (CH). Kliniken Valens, CH-7317 Valens.
- Water Specific Therapy (WST) + halliwick therapy
- The Bad Ragaz Ring Method®
- AquaT-Relax, passive relaxation including (spinal) joint mobilisation
- Clinical Ai Chi: addressing postural control and connective tissue (e.g. neurodynamics) + http://www.clinicalaichi.org
- Aquatic Fitness (AT-Fit) introduction: focus on music, measuring endurance and falls prevention
- Seven days advacne work on rsearch methodalogy for Pre Phd training.16thApril to 22nd April 2014, organised by MUHS Nashik at MUHS nashik.
- Workshop on Manuscript writing for publication at YASHADA Baner, PUNE, Jan 2013
- Research methodology workshop by MUHS Nashik at Regional centre Medical education technology (MET) cell Pune 2012.
- Clinical Research & Research methodology workshop by Dr. Mohit Bhandari (Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Trauma) , organised by Sancheti Hospital at Sancheti hospital 2008
- Research methodology workshop by Dr. Dhara Kapoor Nuero therapist USA, organised by TEAM physiotherapy centre Pune at Band garden Hotel Pune l 2010
- Workshop on Grant writing for Research organised MUHS Nashik at Regional centre Medical education technology (MET) cell Pune at Sancheti Hospital at Sancheti hospital 2013
- Three days Basicworkshop on Medical education technology by Maharashtra university of health sciences MUHS Nashik at Regional center Medical education technology (MET) cell Pune 2012.
- Seven days advance workshop on Medical education technology by Maharashtra university of health sciences MUHS Nashik at Regional center Medical education technology (MET) cell Pune 2013.
Social Media and Networking
- Workshop of social media and networking organised by Sancheti healthcare academy. This workshop was training of how to use social media and blog.
- I am trained in Salsa dance by Rocky Poonawala dance academy Pune