PROCESS-BASED SPECIALIST IN MOVEMENT & PAIN (PSMP)
12-MONTH INTENSIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM APPLICATION
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Are you ready to propel your career to new heights and become a distinguished expert in human rehabilitation? Don’t miss your chance to join our highly competitive 12-Month Intensive Certification Program. This program is only offered once a year and is designed for passionate clinicians like you who aspire to excel in the biopsychosocial process-based framework called the Human Framework Rehabilitation (HRF)™. Take the leap and apply now to secure your spot in this transformative educational journey!
Why Choose Our 12-Month Intensive Program?
This certification program is designed for: Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Physical and Occupational Therapist Assistants, Massage Therapists, Psychologists/Social Workers, Nurses/Nurse Practitioners, Osteopaths, and Physicians.
Applications for our 12-Month Intensive Certification Program are now open! Seize this exclusive opportunity to advance your career and become a recognized authority in rehabilitation. As spots are limited, we encourage you to submit your application without delay.
Take the first step towards professional excellence. Apply now for our 12-Month Intensive Certification Program and unlock the doors to a future filled with possibilities.
What is the Human Rehabilitation Framework (HRF?)™
The Human Rehabilitation Framework (HRF) introduces a new era of rehabilitation. Some of its key highlights are the following:
Learn more by accessing the HRF Community Website here.
Why choose the PSMP?
The PSMP was designed to bridge the gap toward application and clinical integration of the biopsychosocial model, pain science, and contemporary movement and manual therapy science. Significant emphasis on working with uncertainty and complexity is built into the coursework. Transitioning clinicians from diagnostic/protocol interventional approach to a process-based approach is guided through the Human Rehabilitation Framework (HRF).™ The PSMP will introduce several firsts in the available movement and pain certification market. It will be the first movement, rehabilitation, manual therapy, or pain oriented certification to:
In addition, since the PSMP will continue to evolve on an ongoing basis to keep up with the current scientific evidence and best practice, all participants and certified providers will have the opportunity to access to advances in the course work to ensure they are practicing in the most current supported scientific evidence.
Do I have to take all the courses to use the HRF?
No! We understand that embracing and utilizing the HRF is a journey that may vary for each individual. While the PSMP Certification is designed to provide comprehensive training and expertise in the HRF, we don’t want that to hinder you from experiencing the benefits of this revolutionary approach.
We have structured our coursework to empower participants to start implementing the principles of the HRF immediately after completing the introductory course. You can kickstart your journey today by enrolling in our Functional Understanding Course, which provides valuable insights on making the shift towards a more process-based approach in rehabilitation.
We recognize that many individuals may find value in pursuing the full PSMP Certification to fully embrace the HRF and its broader application. However, we want to assure you that even by completing the introductory course, you’ll gain valuable knowledge to begin implementing the HRF into your practice. The Functional Understanding Course serves as a foundation for understanding the core concepts and kickstarting your journey towards a more comprehensive and patient-centered approach.
What do you mean by Process-Based Approach?
Process-based therapy is most commonly recognized in psychological clinical practice, in particular Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), but the underlying premise of engaging in biopsychosocial processes during clinical practice is transdisciplinary and transdiagnostic in nature, in particular with movement and pain. Traditional clinical categorization of patient/client presentations provides a cluster of symptoms that fit a syndrome for which a protocol would be initiated. However, this approach is recognized as extremely limited when it comes to the complexity of pain, movement, increasingly convergent diagnoses, and psychological and social factors. A patient may present with multiple diagnosis for chronic low back pain, right shoulder pain, left knee pain, depression, anxiety, and headache diagnoses that would yield time and practical consideration competing interests, excessive utilization, excessive interventions, and a plan of care which would not be adherable by most patients if addressed by a protocol approach. Even a simple ankle sprain is more than the ankle for an athlete in the middle of their season. Yet, these presentations are common and often result in emphasis on a single factor, domain, or diagnosis without recognition of overlapping biopyschosocial processes in such presentations. Conversely, a process-based approach that is transdiagnostic engages in biopsychosocial processes that help facilitate change for client with multiple concordant diagnoses with lower utilization, increased patient autonomy and agency, and sustainable strategies in the long term to improve patient quality of life. The PSMP trains clinicians in a process-based approach to movement and pain with the availability of clinical mentorship during and after completion of the program.
What is the Biopsychosocial model?
The biopsychosocial model provides a framework which explores the interplay of biology, psychology, and sociology in human health and illness. It was developed by George Engel in 1977 as an effort to address the shortcomings of the biomedical model for treatment of illness and addressing human health. The biomedical model exclusively identifies illness as the sum of purely biological factors with the exclusion of psychological and social factors, a stance which is incompatible with current scientific evidence for the treatment of movement and pain problems. Psychosocial factors are predominant predictors of health outcomes and disability trajectory, and human health cannot be addressed without inclusion of these factors. In recognition of this understanding, the World Health Organization (WHO) first advised that all healthcare providers adopt this model in 1987 and later developed the International Classification of Function (ICF) with the biopsychosocial model as the foundation. In recent years, the adoption of the biopsychosocial model has expanded to include sports medicine: Organizations ranging from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and US Military have made the stance that athletes in pain, should be treated by sports medicine clinicians who have a thorough understanding of the biopsychosocial model. Specific to physical therapy, the IOC recommends that physical therapists who treat athletes should be trained to “identify and address inaccurate conceptualizations of pain and injury plus psychosocial and contextual influences on pain” and be able to educate “the athlete regarding the role of the central nervous system in pain, especially in chronic pain“.
Despite world-wide and USA healthcare recognition of gaps in this knowledge, acceptance and integration of BPS-based models for clinical practice is poor and rare in both private practice and hospital-based systems. This has been consistent across multiple healthcare disciplines, often with concerns of few incentives for adoption of the BPS model with current reimbursement models, the impact of the BPS model on workload, and inadequate resource availability for developing competence in BPS care serving as significant limiters to adoption. The PSMP was developed as an effort to address these barriers and many other challenges regarding the adoption of the BPS model in the treatment of individuals struggling with movement and pain problems.
What is the difference between transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary?
Multidisciplinary approaches have shown potential to be beneficial for individuals struggling with pain. However, stand-alone intensive multidisciplinary biopsychosocial pain programs have a number of logistic, financial, and implementation challenges. Current healthcare climate (organizational factors, reimbursement, etc.) further decrease the likelihood of scaling stand alone centers to meet the needs of the world-wide pain epidemic. The PSMP proposes an additional model to a traditional standalone multidisciplinary approach by shifting the emphasis from multiple single disciplines exclusively working in their specific domains, to a transdisciplinary model of practice across providers. Utilizing a transdisciplinary perspective allows for individual providers to have cross training with key aspects of pain treatment traditionally provided by other disciplines. By doing so, this would permit clinics with fewer available internal clinical disciplines to work within their network and community to allow for flexible integration of other disciplines on an as-needed basis to meet both the practical clinical and patient needs. This is particularly important when it comes to determining the appropriateness of the number of disciplines needed to meet the needs of the patient. Concurrent to this increased autonomy, this model will still function within new and existing multidisciplinary environments with the potential to decrease and address inefficiencies and gaps in care.
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