Seminar Detail

2-Day: Tai Chi for Rehabilitation: Instructor Certification Course
2-Day: Tai Chi for Rehabilitation: Instructor Certification Course
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Friday, November 8, 2019

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Course Description:

In this exclusive 2-day seminar, Patricia Lawson – 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. Lawson 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. Examine the evidence behind Tai Chi and how it benefits your clients.
  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 style 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 (8:00 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 therapy
  • 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)

Tai Chi: Teaching Safely

  • 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 Wear
  • Loose, comfortable clothing
  • 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.
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 13.0 hours of Category A continuing education.

Exercise Physiologists
ASEP members will earn 10.0 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 1.3 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 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.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants:
PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy Practice. Provider Number: 50-399. This course qualifies for 6.0 continuing education credits. Please make sure to bring your license number to the seminar so that we can report your attendance to CE Broker.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants:
PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy Practice. Provider Number: 50-399. This course qualifies for 12.6 continuing education credits. Please make sure to bring your license number to the seminar so that we can report your attendance to CE Broker.

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.

Florida Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants:
This course has been approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association for 13.0 CEHs. Course Number: CE19-720718. Please make sure to bring your license number to the seminar so that we can report your attendance to CE Broker.

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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