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    ELC 2021 

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  • ELC 2021 Airline Discounts

    ELC 2021 Discounts To Atlanta, Georgia

    Travel Dates October 16 -26 2021


    Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for ELC 2021

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  • ELC 2021 GRJ Forum Lecturer

    Cultivating the Habits at the Heart of Patient Care: Compassion, Vulnerability, & Imagination

    The best clinicians know that caring well for patients requires more than technical skill. Yet, too often this “something more” is reduced to ideas about “soft skills” or “bedside manner.” As a result, qualities like empathy, vulnerability, and connection—that is, habits of the heart—are seen as extraneous to the “real” work of patient care. This talk aims to show how habits of the heart are not mere “add ons” to clinical care but are essential to the everyday practice of assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients—and asks us to consider whether and how these habits can be cultivated among current and future clinicians.

    GRJ Forum Lecturer: Nicole Piemonte, PhD


    Nicole Piemonte is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and a faculty member in the Department of Medical Humanities at Creighton University School of Medicine, Phoenix Regional Campus. She also holds the Peekie Nash Carpenter Endowed Chair in Medicine at Creighton University. Nicole received her PhD in Medical Humanities from The University of Texas Medical Branch where she studied continental philosophy, medical ethics, literature and medicine, and medical pedagogy. Her current teaching and research focus on incorporating the humanities into medical education in order to cultivate future physicians who are attuned to suffering, mortality, vulnerability, and social justice. Her first book, Afflicted: How Vulnerability Can Heal Medical Education and Practice, was published in January 2018 with The MIT Press, and her second book with The MIT Press, Death and Dying, will be released in September 2021.


    Ignite talks:

    • Chad Jackson, PT, DPT, EdD – Director, Professional Practice Education, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio TX
    • Natalie Weeks O’Neal, PT, DPT – Program Director, PTA program, Pima Medical Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT – faculty and Editor in Chief, J Humanities in Rehab, Emory university, Atlanta, GA


    • Gail Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FNAP, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
    • Bruce Greenfield, PT, MPT, PhD, OCS, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    • Steven Chesbro, PT, DPT, EdD, FNAP,  Vice President of Education, APTA

  • Mini-GAMER Pre-Conference

    Mini-GAMER Pre-Conference

    Session: How to Begin Your Journey (Mini-GAMER)
    Thursday, October 21, 2021 : 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM EST

    Pre-Conference: Education Research: How to Begin Your Journey (Mini-GAMER) The Education Leadership Partnership of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is working collaboratively (APTA, ACAPT, and Education Academy) to put recommendations into action that support the development of the next generation of education researchers. An urgent need is to provide guidance to novice researchers in developing competence in the essential building blocks and tools for successful research. Education research needs to move beyond the show and tell or descriptive phase of one (one program, one classroom, one clinic) to research that is grounded in meaningful questions linked with appropriate research designs and conceptual framing that can inform and advance education research in physical therapy. This 1-day, pre-conference workshop will provide opportunities for participants to build on their education research question of interest and engage in a participatory workshop with research mentors that leads to a plan of action for each participant.

    Participants: 12(min) - 20(max)

  • Change leadership: leading for change, leading with change, and leading due to change (ACAPT Leadership Summit)


    Change leadership: leading for change, leading with change, and leading due to change (ACAPT Leadership Summit)


    Thursday, Oct 21, 10:00 - 4:00pm EST (1-hour lunch break from 1-2pm)


    This course is sponsored and hosted by the ACAPT Leadership Summit group. Secondary to a multitude of variables including technology, complex social issues, external demands and internal structures, organizations need to rapidly and continually adapt and change. While change management is important, change leadership is critical to an organization’s success and sustainability. In this seminar, participants will identify the key attributes of change leaders and will discuss change leadership as it relates to diversity, respect, equity, and inclusion; succession planning; and crisis management.


    Speaker: Vanneta Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT


    CEU: 0.50



    • $125 for members
    • $250 for non-members


Conference Registration

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Registration Deadline: September 30 will increase to onsite registration

All cancellations must be received in writing via email to Cancellations received by September 9, 2021, will receive a refund less a $50 fee. No refund will be provided for cancellations received after September 9, 2021.

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