Tai Chi & Qigong as Physical Therapy Course Approved as Continuing Competence Activity

“Evidence Based Mind-Body Practices and the Physical Therapist: Extending the Continuum of Care with Tai Chi & Qigong” 13 CCC’s Approved after Stringent Review

This 12 hour course was reviewed against very stringent standards again this year.  Procert reviewers approved the course as a 13 hour Continuing Competence Activity.  See Value Added criteria in the discussion below.

Using a blind review process, at least 2 reviewers are engaged by ProCert, the evaluation body used by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy to review Continuing Competence Courses.  Tai Chi for Therapy, our course designed to help rehabilitation specialists use Tai Chi for therapy, was recently reviewed against the standards and met the requirements shown below.  FSBPT CCU’s are recognized in 30 jurisdictions:

Alaska Arkansas Arizona California Delaware District of Columbia
Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Kansas Kentucky Michigan 
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska North Carolina North Dakota 
Oregon South Carolina Tennessee Utah Vermont Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

CCU is an abbreviation for Continuing Competence Unit. CCUs are units of measurement that estimate the competence advancement potential for specific activities and are not solely based on time. It is recognized that time spent is a positive factor in determining CCUs, but the quality of the activity is also a positive factor separate from time.

tai chi as physical therapy approved as ce course

STANDARD: ADMINISTRATION
The continuing competence provider has established processes for developing, administering and documenting the activity.

  • The provider identifies and provides a supportive learning environment, the physical, material, and technological resources necessary to support the activity.
  • Documentation is maintained of the processes used to develop, administer, deliver, conduct, and assess the activity and participants.
  • The provider maintains cumulative records with appropriate security for a period of five years.

STANDARD: APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE

  • The continuing competence provider uses language that does not show bias or cultural insensitivity.

STANDARD: NON-DISCRIMINATORY
The continuing competence activity is available to all appropriate participants without unlawful discrimination.

  • The provider certifies that the activity is available to all appropriate participants without unlawful discrimination.

STANDARD: COPYRIGHT AND DISCLOSURE
Each continuing competence activity provides copyright and disclosure information.

  • Copyright permissions of materials developed by others are identified on all audio-visual and activity materials.
  • Copyrights of materials that are authored by the developers or instructors are identified on all audio-visual and course materials.
  • Disclosure information regarding potential conflicts of interest and financial gain is identified and supplied to potential participants.

STANDARD: CONTENT
Content within the continuing competence activity is relevant to the physical therapy profession and the designated audience(s).

  • Content of the activity must relate to the scope of practice of physical therapy as defined by the FSBPT Standards of Competence, NPTE Content Outline, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, PT and PTA Normative Models for Education, APTA Ethics Core Documents, descriptions of specialty practice, state practice acts and regulations, The Model Practice Act and/or other relevant regulatory documents or other generally accepted professional standards.
  • Content within the continuing competence activity is relevant to the targeted audience(s).

STANDARD: CONTENT ANALYSIS
Content is scored based on the topics covered by the activity, the level of coverage, the emphasis given to each of the categories of learning demand (reflective of the depth of the material), and the total time involved in the activity.

STANDARD: INSTRUCTOR/DEVELOPER/STAFF QUALIFICATIONS
The developers and deliverers of the activity have documented experience, education, and training to allow attendees to meet the activity objectives.

  • The developers and deliverers of the activity have documented experience, education, and training to allow attendees to meet the activity objectives.

STANDARD: INFORMATION AND MATERIALS
The Continuing Competence Provider furnishes clear, complete information to potential learners about the activity format and content, biography of the activity deliverer/presenter, and participant requirements.

  • The provider supplies sufficient information to allow prospective participants to judge the value and appropriateness of the activity.

STANDARD: ENGAGEMENT
The continuing competence activity fosters the participant’s learning and professional engagement through reflection, interaction, participation, and/or contribution to the profession and its body of knowledge.

CRITERIA – REQUIRED
Required to have one of the criteria below; any others will be value added to the CCU score:

  • Activity includes structured opportunities for self-reflection and identification of growth opportunities.
  • Activity offers informal opportunities for interaction and/or feedback from other professionals.
  • Activity includes opportunities for participation through structured interactive opportunities.

CRITERIA – VALUE ADDED
Any additional criteria met beyond the required element above:

  • Activity includes structured opportunities for self-reflection and identification of growth opportunities.
  • Activity offers informal opportunities for interaction and/or feedback from other professionals.
  • Activity includes opportunities for participation through structured interactive opportunities.

STANDARD: EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
The continuing competence activity incorporates, reflects, and promotes the use of evidence-based practice or incorporates current or proposed regulation of practice.

  • The activity is developed from the base of available evidence or current regulations; participants are provided references when appropriate.

CRITERIA – VALUE ADDED

  • Activity requires participants to review current scientific evidence published in peer-reviewed resources (applicable to the activity) or to review current regulatory documents.
  • Activity requires participants to critically analyze different types of evidence, questioning the accuracy and relevance of each type, and the completeness of the body of evidence.

STANDARD: BEHAVIORAL OBJECTIVES
The continuing competence activity includes behavioral objectives which reflect the full extent of the activity content.

CRITERIA – REQUIRED

  • Objectives sufficiently reflect the focus of the activity and the critical elements of the content.
  • Objectives are behavioral and at an appropriate level for the target participant.

CRITERIA – VALUE ADDED

  • Greater than ½ of the total number of objectives meet both required criteria above.
  • All required criteria from above are met and at least one objective focuses on higher levels of learning.

STANDARD: ACTIVITY DESIGN
The activity is designed to support the achievement of the objectives.

  • The provider is responsible for documenting how the activity enables the participant to achieve the stated objectives.

CRITERIA – VALUE ADDED

  • The documentation clearly describes how the activity is designed to support the achievement of the objectives.

STANDARD: ASSESSMENT
Each continuing competence activity includes methods to assess the participant’s attainment of the specified activity outcomes.

  • The assessment methodology is appropriate for the stated objectives.
  • An achievement standard has been developed for the assessment to determine which participants have successfully attained the activity outcomes.

CRITERIA – VALUE ADDED

  • The activity objectives are mapped to the assessment.

STANDARD: REVIEW AND EVALUATION

Mechanisms exist for review and evaluation of the quality and the effectiveness of the continuing competence activity. Subsequent offerings incorporate modifications based on information gained from the review and evaluation.

CRITERIA – VALUE ADDED

  • Recommendations for improvements are solicited from participants.
  • The developer/deliverer collects data regarding the quality and effectiveness of the activity outside of collecting participant feedback.