I think membership in the APTA/PTWA matters. I was reminded of this proposition as I attended the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim. The value in my attendance of this meeting was the proximity to my mentors, peers and friends. These “resources” create valuable inspiration — personal, clinical and academic. Your state leadership attends governance, legislative, house of delegates meetings for three days. We work with leaders from around the country to provide support, share ideas and problem-solve and inspire states issues.
CSM is a great meeting to “find your people” who share your practice niche’.
Meetings and educational sessions are often described as a “professional battery charge.” Peer interactions create problem solving, empathetic support and inspirations for new ways to approach business and life.
Attending a meeting costs in many ways. I am missing four days in the office. This is a cost to my personal time and business. Is the cost worth it? I have found that the outcome is worth the investments. I can say I am a better profession for being an active member of my association.
I have found that the greatest value in membership takes interaction and an investment of time with your peers.
I would ask that you seek to be an active member of your association and discover and amplify your benefits. A simple way is to attend the PTWA Conference and earn some continuing education credit. Or attend a district meeting. Any of your PTWA board members will be happy to find a way for to become a more active member of your association.