Online Course: The OPTIMAL Theory
Promote self-efficacy, autonomy, expectancies, and attention to enhance motor learning in your patients
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When incorporating motor learning principles into clinical practice, physiotherapists create practice schedules and provide appropriate feedback in order to enhance learning. While these factors can have a significant impact on learning, current theories of motor learning have not considered the role that motivation and attention can play in skill acquisition. Gabriele Wulf and Rebecca Lewthwaite, therefore, developed the OPTIMAL Theory of Motor Learning to explore ways of harnessing a patient's motivation. In this course, Teresa Bisson introduces this theory and explores how it can be incorporated into physiotherapy practice. This course follows on the Motor Learning - Back to the Basics course.
The aim of this course is to introduce the three major components of the OPTIMAL Theory and to explore how each aspect can be incorporated into physiotherapy interventions to improve performance and learning.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions 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 1.1 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:
- evaluate the roles of enhanced expectancies, autonomy support, and external focus of attention on a client’s motor performance and learning
- summarise key research related to optimising a client’s capacity for motor learning and skill refinement / acquisition
- discuss self-efficacy and its impact on performance and motor learning
- choose appropriate cues / strategies to enhance expectations, autonomy support and external focus of attention in relation to specific case studies
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT000/2021/278 (3 General CEUs Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 1.25 CCUs.
The Continuing Education Review Services (California)
United States - California
This course has been approved by CERS, an Approval Agency for the California Board of Physical Therapy. CERS Course Approval #:21-50626-2
Course recognised by
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – CCUs not required
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
One thing that impressed me about this online course is if I have a question, there is always a quick response (the discussion forum is available all the time). This is critical when distance is involved. Excellent content and videos that build on your knowledge, reinforce, and then expand. The quizzes were well designed and very good learning tools.
Great course! I learnt valuable information that will change my clinical practice.