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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Fundamental of Hand Therapy” Second Edition, by Cynthia Cooper, MFA, MA, OTR/L, CHT © 2014, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This course has been written for hand therapy specialists and non-specialist with illustrated text and references that emphasize treatment fundamentals , providing tips and guidelines for hand therapy treatment, and enhances critical thinking about clients' individual needs.

Throughout this text you will find coverage of anatomy, fractures, tendon injuries, shoulder disorders, elbow and wrist disorders, evaluation, pain, tendinopathy, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, wound care, arthritis, peripheral nerve problems and integrative strategies. Also included is the emphasis on the development of clinical reasoning skills, describing the components of the evaluation process.  Cases studies have been implemented to demonstrate the use of clinical reasoning and to highlight the 'human' side of each client.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 596 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 5 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 2: 

Chapter 8:  Assessment of Functional Outcomes
Chapter 9:  Hand Coordination
Chapter 10:  Roles of Therapy Assistants in Hand Therapy
Chapter 11:  Some Thoughts on Professionalism
Chapter 12:  Perspectives on Pain
Chapter 13:  Fundamental of Client-Therapist Rapport
Chapter 14:  How Hand Therapists' Words Affect the Therapeutic Relationship
Chapter 15:  Clients with Functional Somatic Syndromes or Challenging Behavior
Chapter 16:  Narratives in Hand Therapy
Chapter 17:  Personality Type and Patient Education in Hand Therapy
Chapter 18:  Using Dance in Hand Therapy
Chapter 19:  Applying Pilates Concepts to Hand Therapy: Connecting through the Hand
Chapter 20:  Yoga Therapeutics:  A Biopsychosocial Approach

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Assessment of Functional Outcomes, Hand Coordination, Pain and Integrative Strategies.

Professional Learning Objectives

  1.  Identify a comparison between a new measure and an associated measure.
  2.  Explain the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) index.
  3.  Recognize a disease-specific measure that uses the format of the Likert scale.
  4.  Identify the term that means each hand does different things in the activity.
  5.  Discuss the grasp which occurs when the thumb opposes the index and middle finger pads simultaneously.
  6.  Recognize manipulation skills.
  7.  List diagnoses that ideally should be referred to experienced hand therapists.
  8.  Define professionalism.
  9.  Discuss communication skills related to professionalism.
  10.  Identify pain that occurs after a stimulus that is normally not painful.
  11.  Differentiate between classic causalgia is known as CRPS Type I and Type II.
  12.  Recognize problems in the differential diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome.
  13.  Discuss Watson's theory of human caring.
  14.  Identify the quality of being calm and even tempered.
  15.  Understand acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual while recognizing that the connections between individuals can be used for healing.
  16.  Discuss transpersonal caring healing relationships.
  17.  Recognize creating a motivating environment.
  18.  Identify a harsh definition of a form of communication that can simply be supportive.
  19.  Define immediacy.
  20.  Identify the most common somatization disorder.
  21.  Understand nonphysiologic pain and movement patterns.
  22.  Discuss when clinicians regulate the emotions they display to convey a desired professional image.
  23.  Explain the tendency that may increase injury risk when accompanied by personality factors, such as impatience, aggressiveness, and achievement drive.
  24.  Recognize the personality types that thrive on the social aspect of therapy and on  developing a relationship with the therapist.
  25.  Discuss incorporating dance into hand therapy.
  26.  Understand Pilates principles.
  27.  Demonstrate knowledge how to connect from the palm.
  28.  Differentiate between yoga therapeutics and conventional rehabilitation.
  29.  Recognize which hand therapy patients are candidates for yoga therapy.
  30.  Explain what to look at in an exam from a yoga therapy perspective.
  31.  List the principles about asana that is vitally important in differentiating yoga therapy from traditional rehabilitation.