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2-Day: Tai Chi for Health and Wellness: Instructor Certification Course

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - Friday, September 13, 2019

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

Some of your clients need more than traditional therapy. Yet you still need to use evidence-based practices to be reimbursed for your care.

Tai Chi combines gentle and adaptable exercises you can easily use with your clients for a variety of benefits, such as:
  • Improve flexibility and balance to prevent falls
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Strengthen cardiovascular system
  • Decrease chronic pain
  • Recover from injuries and surgeries faster
In addition, the evidence behind Tai Chi offers you justification for using this ancient form in your client’s rehabilitation.

In just 2 days, you can be a certified Tai Chi practitioner and instructor through Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute and join a growing community of Tai Chi instructors around the world. Your instructor has trained extensively with Dr. Lam and risen to Master Trainer status, providing you the research, benefits, and most importantly, movements of Tai Chi to incorporate into any client’s treatment plans.

No experience with Tai Chi is required, as your instructor will teach you the 12 movements step-by-step.

Register today for your spot to join the growing movement of Tai Chi certified instructors.

  1. Examine the evidence behind Tai Chi and how it benefits your client.
  2. Utilize safety precautions for Tai Chi when teaching others.
  3. Apply the Stepwise Progressive Teaching Method during treatment.
  4. Teach the movement, body, and internal principles of Tai Chi for effective progress.
  5. Incorporate mindfulness in Tai Chi practice to enhance health and well-being benefits.
  6. Practice the dan tien breathing method to promote relaxation.
  7. Utilize weight transference techniques to improve balance.
  8. Apply situational focus in Tai Chi practice, encouraging mental alertness.
  9. Demonstrate the Chen, Yang, and Sun style of Tai Chi with application of lab.
  10. Teach modifications for participants of different movement abilities.
  11. Define the international fall reduction statistics directly related to Tai Chi programs.
  12. 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.
  13. Demonstrate the various Tai Chi movements into a seated position to be used for non-ambulatory patients.
  14. Develop practices of incorporating Tai Chi into real life situations for fall prevention.

DAY 1 (8 am to 4:30 pm)

Tai Chi: What It Is And What It Is Not

Benefits Of Tai Chi for Your Clients
  • Increase muscle strength and cardiovascular system
  • Increase stamina
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve balance, thereby reducing falls
  • Improve posture/memory/relaxation
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Decrease chronic pain
How To Incorporate Into Your Practice
  • Motivate your clients to start the road to recovery using:
    • Choice theory
    • Positive psychology
  • Warm-up exercises
  • Group Therapy Program Lab (Yang, Sun, and Chen Style)
  • Introduction of TCR Eight Forms sequence
  • Cooling-down exercises

DAY 2 (8 am – 3:30 pm)

Tai Chi: Teaching Safely
  • Why safety is important
  • Warm-up exercise
  • Review TCR Eight Forms sequence
  • 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
  • Taking it to the street – community classes
Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Massage Therapists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Activity Professionals
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat, supportive shoes suitable for exercise (shoes are required)


Patricia Lawson, MSEd, is one of the original master trainers with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, certifying Tai Chi for Health exercise instructors since 2001. A certified educator and former teacher of the year, Ms. Lawson has served on the Florida Arthritis Partnership and the Tai Chi for Health Community board, where she was secretary, newsletter editor, and president. This non-profit organization supports instructors in their efforts to improve the quality of people’s lives through Tai Chi exercise. She is a board member of the international Tai Chi for Health Institute.

For over 12 years, Ms. Lawson has been a speaker and presenting faculty member of the annual USA Tai Chi June Workshop. She has presented at the national conference of the National Association of Death Education and Counseling and the inaugural International Medical Conference on Tai Chi for Health in Seoul, South Korea. She has also partnered with the Arthritis Foundation, the Parkinson’s Foundation, and many more, to provide instructor training.

Since 2006, Ms. Lawson has worked as a group exercise instructor for Martin Memorial Health Systems (MMHS) in Stuart, Florida, which was recently granted status as a Medical Fitness Facility (the only one in the state of Florida). In addition to Martin Memorial Health System, she has taught other Tai Chi programs to a variety of medical centers, schools, and assisted living facilities. Ms. Lawson, a second degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kung Fu, has been certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis, Fall Prevention, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Back Pain, Energy, Rehabilitation, Work, and Kidz. She was also awarded a Silver medal in Yang 24 Forms and a Gold medal in Sun Style Tai Chi Chuan at the International Chinese Martial Arts Competition 2001.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Patricia Lawson has an employment relationship with Martin Memorial Health Systems (MMHS). She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Patricia Lawson is a board member of the international Tai Chi for Health Institute.
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 13.0 hours of Category A continuing education.

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

This intermediate activity consists of 13.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Wisconsin Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 13.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

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 13.0 clock hours and 13.0 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 13.0 contact hours or 1.3 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 13.0 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.

Wisconsin Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: 13.0 contact hours have been approved by the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association. You must attend at least 80% of the seminar to receive a certificate of attendance.

Social Workers
This intermediate level activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 780 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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