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Burnout Coaching for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists

Ari Ginsberg, PT, DPT, MSIOP

Burnout is a huge issue in physical and occupational therapy. When physical therapists hear the term burnout, physical therapists know exactly what it means. When occupational therapists hear the term burnout, occupational therapists know exactly what it means. That is why Psychology for the Body offers online continuing education for occupational therapists and physical therapists, to address burnout and many other psychology-focused topics.

Clinicians are abandoning the profession due to increased productivity demands
and decreasing compensation. According to a Physical Therapy Journal article
from 2019, the debt-to-income ratio in PT is one of the worst in the whole
medical field. The average salary for a PT in the US in 2019 was $69,000 and
the average debt was $120,000. Also, the trajectory of salaries was either flat
or decreasing. There are many other causes of burnout for physical therapists
and occupational therapists which I discuss in the CEU webinar Preventing
Burnout in Rehab: For Administrators and Clinicians. The course is approved for
CEUs by the NJ Board of PT, Ohio Physical Therapy Association, and the NY Board
of PT. It is also qualified as AOTA-approved online continuing education for
occupational therapists.

What is mind-boggling to me is that many healthcare organizations don’t invest in burnout reduction techniques. Many healthcare companies don’t like to lose money short-term for long-term gains. However, it doesn’t make much sense financially. As a healthcare company, you hire clinicians and invest a lot of money to onboard and train them. It would seem to be logical to protect your investment by addressing burnout and preventing employees from leaving your organization. A simple solution would be to hire a burnout coach that could work one on one with employees to help reduce their burnout.

A burnout coach could help prevent burnout for rehab clinicians using various methods. For instance, rehab clinicians experience emotional drain due to emotional dissonance and compassion fatigue. Ventilation is one way to release that emotional stress. A burnout coach can be a sounding board for clinicians’ frustrations. Another helpful technique would be CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This strategy assists clients in seeing how a situation can be viewed in multiple ways. A great example would be if your boss assigned you a difficult patient. A clinician might perceive that as a slight and that their boss hates them. Another perspective is that the boss respects the client and that is why they assigned them the difficult patient. A burnout coach could help a client see that less aggressive perspective. Let’s change the narrative so that when physical therapists hear the term burnout, physical therapists laugh. You can also change the narrative that when occupational therapists hear the term burnout, occupational therapists smile and think, not me.

Burnout Coaching for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists

Coaching is not the only option to reduce burnout in your healthcare organization.
Sponsor a burnout seminar for your company. Preventing Burnout in Rehab: For
Administrators and Clinicians is a great way to teach both managers and clinicians
how to address burnout. It is also approved for live or online continuing
education for occupational therapists and physical therapists by many different
accreditation organizations.

Even if your organization won’t sponsor coaching, individual clinicians should also consider burnout coaching. You have invested so much time and energy into your professions, before you leave and get another job, try out a coaching session with an experienced burnout coach. Think about all the schooling and energy you have put in thus far. Maybe your burnout is not irreversible and you just need insight and techniques to reduce burnout from a burnout coach. The first step would be to set up a free coaching session. If you are interested let’s talk: https://calendly.com/psychologyforthebody/office-hours.

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Let's Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs

A 2.5 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – # 02517 

NY Board of Physical Therapy

The Ohio Physical Therapy Association # 21S2571

The NJ Board of PT # 2110-14

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition of approval from another state chapter of the APTA (Ohio PTA)

or another state board of PT (NY, NJ)

Objectives to facilitate clinician ethical practice

 

1. Define ethics and the Code of Ethics of the APTA/AOTA to practice in an ethical manner

2. Analyze the boundaries of ethical priniciples for PTs/OTs to solve ethical dilemmas

3. Apply APTA ethical principles to professional practice through case studies

4. Apply AOTA ethical principles to professional practice through case studies

A posttest/survey will be give after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Optimizing the Patient Experience

A 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02034

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Pending Approval by the NJ Board of PT – 2022 – 2024

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, WA, WI

Objectives related to professional development

1) Identify the components of bedside manner/ patient satisfaction and their link to healthcare outcomes

2) Apply strategies using social psychology to optimize the patient experience

3) Implement an organizational approach to improve patient satisfaction scores

A posttest/survey will be given following live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing the on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Improving Patient Adherence to Home Exercise Programs

 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02036

NY Board of Physical Therapy

The NJ Board of PT # 2111-80

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI

Objectives to facilitate patient/client goal achievement

1. Identify the benefits of home exercise programs

2) Define differing theories of motivation/influence

3) Apply social psychology to HEP prescription/plan

A posttest/survey will be given following live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

The Science of Bedside Manner and Patient Satisfaction

A 2 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02037

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Ohio Physical Therapy Association # 21S2565

The NJ Board of PT # 2110-15

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition of approval from another state chapter of the APTA (Ohio PTA)

or another state board of PT (NJ, NY)

Objectives to facilitate patient/client goal achievement

1. Develop and improve empathy skills

2. Identify the link between bedside manner/patient satisfaction and health outcomes

3. Measure patient satisfaction in a valid/reliable manner

4. Apply social psychology techniques to improve patient satisfaction

5) Integrate organizational strategies to improve patient satisfaction scores

A posttest/survey will be give after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Effective Leadership and Communication in Rehab

A 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02299

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, WA, WI

Objectives related to professional development

 

1. Define leadership and various leadership styles

2. Identify successful leadership styles in healthcare/rehab

3. Implement effective leadership communication strategies in rehab

A posttest/survey will be given after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

The New World of Rehab: Addressing Burnout

A 1-hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02035

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition by another state board of PT (NY)

Objectives related to professional development

 

1. Identify the causes of rehab burnout

2. Recognize the signs of rehab burnout

3. Apply strategies to prevent/reduce rehab burnout

A posttest/survey will be given after live and on-demand webinars. After on-demand purchase you will be redirected to a webpage with the video link/posttest link. A CEU certificate will be emailed following post-test completion