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PTs Invited to DORA's Practice Monitor Training on March 17

Posted: Feb. 17, 2017

The Department of Regulatory Agencies and Peer Assistance Services, Inc. have invited physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to attend a professional practice monitor training session on Friday, March 17th. The event will be 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DORA's offices on the 19th floor of 1560 Broadway, Denver. 

The training is geared professions regulated by the State Physical Therapy Board, the Colorado Dental Board, the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the State Board of Veterinary Medicine. As a trained practice monitor, licensees will have an opportunity to ensure consumer protection by helping colleagues who have experienced health-related or practice issues that require rigorous monitoring to practice their profession safely. 

Who Should Attend

- Licensees interested in becoming a practice monitor and serving their respective professional community

- Current practice monitors interested in sharing their experience and expertise 

Criteria to Become a Practice Monitor

- Minimum of five years of experience in area of practice

- Current understanding of professional standards of care and practice act


- Describe the relationship between the regulatory boards, the peer health assistance program, and the practice monitor

- Understand the regulatory complaint process

- Describe the practice monitor role, obligations of monitoring, and required documentation

- Identify strategies for addressing common difficulties as a practice monitor

- Determine how to set fees for practice monitoring services 

To Register:

Email Katherine Garcia at [email protected] or call 303.369.0039 extension 230.



APTA Colorado Approves A Special Interest Group For Clinical Educators

Posted: Feb. 9, 2017

APTA Colorado's board agreed to the creation of a seventh Special Interest Group, this one for Clinical Educators.

The purpose of the Clinical Education SIG, its organizers said, "shall be to provide a means by which Colorado clinical educators, academic clinical coordinators and students, who have a common interest in providing effective, evidence-based clinical education, may meet, confer and promote the interests of its membership."

While new to APTA Colorado, the group isn't new. In fact, the Clinical Educators Forum, or CEF, has a 30-year history in Colorado. Its mission was “to build relationships within the Physical Therapy education community by sharing experiences, knowledge and resources in order to provide students, Clinicians, and academic programs with excellence in all aspects of clinical education.”

Forum members felt that becoming a SIG of APTA Colorado would increase awareness of the group. APTA Colorado's board agreed, voting unanimously to embrace the new SIG, which joins CAReSIG (Colorado Acute/Rehab SIG)Pediatric SIGPrivate Practice SIGPTA SIGStudent SIG and Sport SIG.

The initial Clinical Education SIG chair is Shelene Thomas, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS. The initial treasurer is Laura Sage, PT, DPT, MEd, WCC. The Clinical Education SIG currently seeks candidates for the positions of Vice President and Secretary to conform to the chapter's SIG policy.

The Clinical Education SIG plans quarterly meetings of approximately two hours in length at various Denver locations.

You must be an APTA Colorado member to join the new SIG, but non-members are welcome to participate in meetings (although at higher rates than are charged to members). 

More information on the new SIG will be released shortly. 




PT Licensure 'Sunset' Process Begins; APTA Colorado's Task Force Weighs In

Physical Therapists have been licensed in Colorado since 1959 and Physical Therapist Assistants have been certified since 2011. The state is now embarking on a "sunset review" to ensure that continued regulation is in the public's interest. 

"Sunset" involves the periodic review of state agencies that exercise the state's regulatory authority over occupations. Agencies are terminated by specified dates unless their life is extended by legislative action.

As part of the review process, the Department of Regulatory Agencies recently asked APTA Colorado to respond to a number of stakeholder questions. The chapter, through its APTA Colorado Sunset Task Force, last week provided summative responses. The responses provided are a consensus response from all active members of the task force. Additions and future revision based upon review is expected.

APTA Colorado members are welcome to review the responses and provide their comments to [email protected]

Members only: Read the responses here (password required)

Members only: Interested in all things sunset review? Join the Sunset discussion circle here to be notified of news and share ideas (password required)

Not a member? Join us here!




There's News About Colorado and the PT Compact Bill

APTA Colorado's Government Affairs team has an update on Colorado's involvement in the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact. 

Members: Click here for the latest details

Non-Members: Click here for information on joining APTA Colorado



Registration Is Open For The 2017 Spring Conference & PT Expo

Use the discount code APTAEmail17 to receive 
$40 off (for PTs/PTAs)
$10 off (for students)
When: Saturday, April 22, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (registration and breakfast opens at 7:00 a.m.)

Renaissance Denver Stapleton, 3801 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80207
Cost: *Must use a discount code to receive the early bird rate. 

Description: This annual event offers affordable continuing education, practice information, product demonstrations and networking for APTA members and other Physical Therapy professionals in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Education sessions are designed to be applicable to all sectors and levels of the PT profession and will provide the latest techniques and trends as well as basic skills.

Four Full-Day Concurrent Sessions:

  • A Biopsychosocial Approach to Pediatric Chronic Pain, Sheryl Kent, Ph.D., Children's Hospital and Shannon Tracey PT, DPT, Children's Hospital
  • Manual Therapy for Lower Extremity Joint Replacements, Michael J. Bade, MPT, FAAOMPT, CU Physical Therapy Program, Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD,CU Physical Therapy Program, and Andrew Kittelson, DPT, CU Physical Therapy Program - Please note this class will have limited seating. Please pre-register to ensure a spot. 
  • Utilization and Ordering of Imaging for the Colorado PT, Scott Rezac, PT, DPT, Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy LLC PC, Bryan Baranyi, Brianna Wahl, PT, DPT, and Joseph Miller, DPT
  • Management for the Non-Lymphedema Specialist, Vicki Ralph, MPPA, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, University of Colorado

Saturday sessions provide up to 6 points of Category I education towards your PT continuing competency requirement.

Register here! 

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