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Reflections on Holistic Clinical Reasoning
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Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR & Shelley Mannell, PT, BSc, BHSc

CEUs: 1 Contact Hour

“Careful observation of a child is the beginning of understanding why they do what they do.”
Shelley Mannell, PT

“Thinking holistically honours the complexity and uniqueness of each individual child.”
Kim Barthel, OT
Course Level 
OTs, PTs, SLPs, interested others
Course Description

Holistic Clinical Reasoning is an 8 hour pre- recorded series by Kim Barthel, OT and Shelley Mannell, PT created in collaboration with Integrative Education. The series describes and demonstrates the process by which clinicians can explore the many layers that contribute to the capacities and challenges experienced by our clients. Sensory processing, postural control, attachment, motor control, emotional regulation and cognition can all play a part.

In this one-hour Reflections on Holistic Clinical Reasoning session, Kim and Shelley will discuss the clues that may point to both strengths and challenges in each of these areas as well as the many interconnections between systems. As a team, they will demonstrate holistic clinical reasoning in practice as they analyze a short video clip of a client and highlight observations that illuminate possibilities for both assessment and treatment.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this one-hour online session, participants will understand how to use holistic clinical reasoning to:

  1. Observe postural control contributions to the development of functional skills.

  2. Observe sensory processing contributions to the development of functional skills.

  3. Observe relational contributions to the development of functional skills.

Course Agenda

10 minutes: Holistic Clinical Reasoning - the process

10 minutes: Key observations

30 minutes: Videotape analysis 

10 minutes: Q&A

Instructional Methods

The speaker will be using a lecture with slides and time allotted for question & answer.

Course Requirements

Following 100% completion of the course, the participant will be immediately issued a course completion certificate that can be downloaded or printed.


Continuing Education

1 Contact Hour will be awarded if course requirements are met. For additional continuing education information for PT, SLP, and social work, click  here to access our CEU policy information.

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