Seminar Detail

2-Day: Tai Chi for Rehabilitation: Instructor Certification Course
Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Friday, August 23, 2019

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Course Description:

In this exclusive 2-day seminar, Darci Alexander, PTA – a Master Trainer in Tai Chi – guides you through the research, benefits, and movements of Tai Chi for Rehabilitation (TCR). Upon completion of the hands-on training, you become a board-certified Tai Chi for Rehabilitation instructor through Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute and join a growing community of Tai Chi instructors around the world. Ms. Alexander equips you with the relevant tools and techniques to incorporate into any patient’s treatment plans. Such a plan reduces the fall risks in your clients, decreases debilitating pain, and leads to improved functional outcomes and goal achievement. Adding this reimbursable therapy to your toolbox will immediately enable you to provide an additional modality to enhance patients’ stability, flexibility, posture, balance, and coordination.

To be certified, you must prove safe and independent performance of the routine by the end of the workshop.

  1. Analyze the history of Tai Chi and its relevancy in the rehab clinical setting.
  2. Articulate the link between chronic arthritis pain and fall risk.
  3. Demonstrate the Chen, Yang, and Sun style of Tai Chi with application of lab.
  4. Define the international fall reduction statistics directly related to Tai Chi programs.
  5. Independently apply the basic styles of Chen, Yang, and Sun style of Tai Chi by the end of the course to strengthen clients’ flexibility, core, and balance.
  6. Demonstrate the various Tai Chi movements into a seated position to be used for non-ambulatory patients.
To be certified, you must prove safe and independent performance of the routine by the end of the workshop.

DAY 1: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Tai Chi: Definition, History & Relevance
  • What is Tai Chi?
  • Benefits of Tai Chi for rehabilitation
    • Increases muscle strength, which supports and protects joints
    • Increases stamina
    • Increases flexibility
    • Helps balance, thereby reducing falls
    • Improves posture/memory/relaxation
  • How to motivate to start the road to recovery: choice theory
  • Positive psychology
  • Warm-up exercises
  • GROUP THERAPY PROGRAM LAB (Yang, Sun, and Chen Style) – Adaptions for knee, joint and balance limitations
  • Strategies for increasing strength and balance
  • Intro of TCR Eight Forms sequence – essential principles for fall prevention
  • Cooling-down exercises

DAY 2: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

  • Warm-up exercise
  • Deepen your understanding of the Tai Chi movements through the essential principles – improve upper body/lower body coordination, center of gravity awareness to improve balance
  • Seated Tai Chi for the non-ambulatory client
  • Cooling-down exercise
How to Teach Effectively
  • Overview
  • Role play the Stepwise Progressing teaching method
  • Precautions and modifications
  • Take it to the street – community classes
Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Restorative Team Members
  • Personal Trainers
  • Activity Professionals
What You Should Bring
  • Loose, comfortable clothing
  • Flat, supportive shoes suitable for exercise (shoes are required)


Meghan Bryant, LMT, is a master trainer and board-certified instructor for the Dr. Paul Lam Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI), a nonprofit corporation based in Sydney, Australia. Ms. Bryant is a member of the Tai Chi for Health Community (TCHC) and served on the scholarship committee for six years. She is a licensed massage therapist in Virginia. She has worked as a Rehab Tech for nearly 20 years, working with pediatric and geriatric patients.

Ms. Bryant’s entrance into the world of Tai Chi began as a rehab tech for Genesis. Asked to become a balance instructor to enhance the residents’ rehabilitation, she took her first Tai Chi course in 2006 and was asked to become a master trainer for TCHI in 2013. Ms. Bryant is authorized through TCHI to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) for Fall Prevention (TCAFP) and Seated; Tai Chi for Diabetes; Tai Chi for Rehabilitation; and Tai Chi at Work. She has taught Tai Chi for Health programs in a variety of settings, both locally in the Charlottesville, VA area on a weekly basis as well as along the East Coast and nationally with the VA Hospital system through v-tel. Her enthusiasm and mastery with Tai Chi will undoubtedly put you at ease yet empower you to pass along its benefits toward your own patients.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Meghan Bryant has employment relationships with the Tai Chi for Health Institute and Genesis Rehab Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Meghan Bryant is a member of the Tai Chi for Health Community.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Athletic Trainers
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PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 12.5 hours of Category A continuing education.

Exercise Physiologists
ASEP members will earn 5.0 CECs for full attendance at this seminar. The ASEP allows members to earn a maximum of 10 CECs in any one 5 year period.

Personal Trainers
This course has been approved by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-BOC) for 1.25 CEUs. PESI, Inc. Provider Number is 544.

Nursing Home Administrators
This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 6.25 clock hours and 6.25 participant hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours or 1.25 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

North Carolina Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation, Provider Number: 216-000071. This intermediate course is approved by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners by virtue of PESI Inc. approved provider status with the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation. This course qualifies for 12.5 continuing education hours. PLEASE BRING YOUR LICENSE NUMBER WITH YOU TO THE PROGRAM.

Tennessee Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: 12.6 contact hours have been approved by the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 12.5 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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