Graham Sessions Provides Rich, Diverse Opportunity for Issues Discussion

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.

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Erik Moen, PT
PTWA President
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Let’s Get Social

The work of our PTWA Public Relations Committee has created new twitter and instagram accounts.

 

Twitter – @PTWAtweets

Instagram – PTWApics

 

The intent of these accounts are to engage and relay news of interest to our membership. These accounts are similarly named to those of APTA. Thus if you follow one, you should follow both.

 

The PR Committee will use these accounts in the near future to help relay information regarding our short legislative session, including the January 28th Legislative Impact Day.

 

Don’t have twitter or instagram accounts? These accounts are good way to follow current events and social trends. You can use your smart phone or personal computer.

 

Do something simple as a New Year’s resolution, follow your PTWA social platforms, stay informed and engage.

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Erik Moen, PT
PTWA President

A Suggested Professional Goal for 2016

That just happened…December 2015. I trust you had a wonderful and fulfilling holiday season. 2016 is here! What are your professional goals for 2016? Do you have any? I think you should. They might include professional education, professional promotion, or increasing your responsibility within your clinic…or to ensure that you represent your profession well. 

I know our initial 2016 PTWA goals include the 2016 legislative session. Your legislative Chairperson Emilie Jones and Lobbyist Melissa Johnson (thank you!) have been working hard throughout 2015 to help inform, educate and organize efforts for our presence in the 2016 legislative session. We will need your help in an organized manner. The legislative process can be “complex.” There is a fair bit of juggling and patience required. What I do know is that our legislative agenda/mission is best supported by a consistent, unified voice by us and the people who are affected by our proposed legislation. Your voice truly counts. 

Consider this for your first 2016 professional goal: know your state legislators. What district are you in?  Who are your two representatives and your one senator? Do they know you and that you are a physical therapist? Take a moment to thank them for their work on the upcoming session. Take the time later in the session to discuss/support PTWA legislative work. We (PTWA) will cue you to action. Also take the time to comment on other issues outside of PT. Let them know you care about their work…as you should. A working relationship with your legislators is truly an important thing.

Thank you for your active membership in PTWA! It truly matters.

Best wishes for the New Year!

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Erik Moen, PT
PTWA President