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Looking after the health of others brings great reward, but it also brings significant challenges. Healthcare professionals are repeatedly exposed to complex situations in their daily tasks, which are often closely related to the pain and suffering of the patients they attend. Continual high levels of stress will ultimately lead to anxiety, depression, compassion-fatigue, burnout and an inability to provide proper care to patients. Clinicians should, therefore, not only be committed to the wellbeing of others, but also to their own wellbeing. Mindfulness has been shown to effectively reduce stress and is regarded as a key element in the wellbeing of clinicians. It not only enhances stress management, but also cultivates psychological flexibility. Both of these factors can act as buffers against burnout.
The purpose of this course is to highlight the benefits of mindfulness for clinicians and to describe a few brief mindfulness-based interventions that can be easily implemented during patient care.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.8 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- describe the three main benefits of mindfulness for clinicians
- discuss the mechanisms through which mindfulness reduces stress and burnout
- justify the use of mindfulness in difficult situations
- explain the STOP pause technique for mindfulness
This course is well structured, provides supporting evidence and is easy to understand!
Ngonidzashe Melissa Nyamayaro
I enjoyed doing this course! I finally understood how to deal professionally with stress and burnout. I believe that by implementing STOP, I will be a better practitioner!
Take the time to do this course, you will definitely reap the benefits!
Chan Weng In
I like that this is a course targeted at self-care for clinicians. It is very true that we must learn to take care of ourselves before taking care of others. This is a very relevant and timely course!
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
Great short course, with instant knowledge and skills that can be used in everyday practice
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
Great presentation and video! I can recommend it
A refreshing and reflecting course! It's worth doing and can help both PT's and patients.