I had the opportunity to attend the ninth Annual Graham Sessions last weekend in Phoenix, AZ. This was my fourth time attending this annual meeting. The Graham Sessions is a day-and-a-half forum where discussions take place about issues that pertain to physical therapy. The discussions are usually framed briefly by invited PTs followed by open discussion and debate. The Graham Sessions have been facilitated for the last nine years by our own Steve Anderson. The sessions have traditionally been a meeting between the APTA Private Practice Section and the APTA. The original concept was inspired by Patrick Graham’s thirst to have open/frank discussion/debate that did not have to necessarily conclude in some sort of policy or position statement. Discussion and debate at the Graham Sessions is lively and diverse. This meeting is attended mostly by private practitioners. All attendees are self-funded; attendees use their time and resources to attend.
This excellent meeting is generative and inspirational. It allows you do to discover regional issues/concerns and views from different angles, and provides the opportunity for creative problem solving and the ability to network with peers from around the country. The meeting was international this year as there was a gentleman from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Private Practice Section. Washington was well represented at this meeting. We had twelve attending of the 146 registered. Helps that it was on the west coast.
The Graham Sessions is an example of the rich and diverse opportunities that are available to membership. Finding these opportunities takes action. Dive into your section and association to find your opportunities for professional education and enrichment.