ISPA and HRS Announce Date for the 1st Online Training Course for Workers’ Comp Healthcare Rehab Specialists

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First of its kind training to start on October 8, 2013.

Heartland Rehabilitation Services

"There is such an industry-wide need for this type of training and certification." Christine Adams.

The International Sports Professionals Association™ (ISPA) and Heartland Rehabilitation Services (HRS) have agreed to hold the first online training course for Rehabilitation Professionals in Workers’ Compensation on October 8, 2013. The course, offering an advanced level of training, will be held at 11:00am eastern time and will run for 3 consecutive weeks at the same time providing a total of 8-hours of training in workers’ Compensation rehabilitation. Attendees in the fields of physical therapy, occupational therapy and athletic training will be granted 8 CEU credits for completing the course and completion of the course will also prepare the therapist for the Certified Workers’ Compensation Healthcare Provider™ (CWcHP) Exam.

The course instructor, Christine Adams, MS, ATC, CWHCP, LMT, CPT, CEAS, is a leading educator of physical therapy and rehabilitation programs with special focus on workers’ compensation. Ms. Adams, Director of Rehabilitation for Heartland Rehabilitation Services Outpatient Division, has over 20 years of experience in outpatient rehabilitation. Ms. Adams holds a Master’s degree from the University of Florida in Athletic Training with a minor in health education and counseling.

“I was excited to collaborate with ISPA on this project as there is such an industry-wide need for this type of training and certification,” states Adams. “ This is an intensive program focused on enhancing a therapist’s skill sets and understanding of Workers’ Compensation. My own organization supported a companywide initiative requiring therapists from all 60 of our owned outpatient clinics to complete the training and certification exam. We believe this provides both clinical and competitive edge for therapists and our organization as a whole. I encourage therapists to enroll early as the course will fill up quickly.”

Complete information on this training course and the CWcHP certification can be obtained on the CWcHP web site:

To obtain the CWcHP™ certification applicants must be in the field of physical therapy, occupational therapy and athletic training and they must pass the certification exam. The exam covers three areas of competency: clinical issues, legal issues and employer based knowledge. The test took two years to develop and utilizes the knowledge of leading physical therapy providers as well as state-of-the-art research in this field. After passing the examination a professional can use the initials, CWcHP™ after his/her name and on promotional materials.

“This is a great time of the year to sign up for this course, as many therapists still have continuing education credits to fulfill and possibly have education funds available from their employers to use.” explains Justin Mayer, Executive Director of ISPA™ and a key contributor to the course development.

The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA™) is the world’s largest credentialing service for professionals in sports. The ISPA sets standards for its membership by providing professional services to the sports world spanning from children’s sports to professional athletes. The ISPA includes a wide variety of professional occupations from coaches, sport psychologists, physicians, accountants, agents, physical therapists, chiropractors, nutritionists, sport physiologists, trainers, and more. ISPA designates that member professionals adhere to a strict code of ethics and have met the highest standards in their fields to provide professional services to athletes and to sports.

Heartland Rehabilitation Services is a leading provider of outpatient rehabilitation services throughout Florida, New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. Heartland professional treatment teams have well established reputations for delivering outstanding therapy services and providing coordinated treatment plans, working with physicians, family and care managers to help meet patient’s therapy goals.

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