Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) training, which in the past has only been open to PT and OT, is now available to Recreational Therapists!
The process of having this approved took me over 6 months of conversation and I am excited to say that Temple University will host the very first 4-day CIMT training course for RTs this summer to be held on Thurs., Aug. 7th through Sun., Aug. 10th. The training will cover both pediatric and adult CIMT training, with a heavier focus on adult stroke rehabilitation. There is no test following the training. It is purely an educational course. Following the course, participants receive a certificate of completion. The training will be provided by Dr. David Morris, a well-known CIMT practitioner and trainer from the University of Alabama Birmingham (home of the CI Therapy Research Group). The training usually costs $900 (and is only available in Birmingham, Alabama), but we were able to substantially reduce the cost to $300 per person (and hold the first RT CIMT training course at Temple!). If you are interested in registering for the 4-day CIMT training course, please see the attached registration. The registration deadline is Friday, July 11th.
I am also excited to announce that due to this initiative, the CI Therapy Research Group is currently developing CIMT protocols to include RT intervention, which will be published in the Recreational Therapy Basics, Techniques, and Interventions textbook anticipated to be published late 2014 (this is the 2nd book in the RT Practice Series by Idyll Arbor – the 1st edition was the RT Handbook of Practice). The CI Therapy Research Group and Temple’s TR program are also exploring joint research opportunities regarding the implementation of such protocols. For those of you who aren’t familiar with CIMT, here are a few resources:
The CI Therapy Research Group page: http://www.uab.edu/citherapy/
CIMT for Adults with Stroke (You Tube Videos) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHGroPsILlg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMTh2hWvB2g
CIMT Camp for Kids (You Tube Video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG3VClsAXPI
Neuroplasticity (a video that explains neuroplasticity – the basis of CIMT) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAzmyB9PFt4
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you at the training!!!