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Event Details

Healing out loud: Coping strategies for the learning team (Webinar)


"Healing Out Loud" is all about demonstrating healthy coping strategies and modeling self-care in a turbulent world when others may feel lost or alone. In addition to regular life stresses and challenges, the COVID pandemic and its required changes to our daily lives have added additional challenges to our clinicians and learners. Our clinics have been turned upside down and we are now struggling to find our "new normal". This presentation will explore how our needs have changed as physical therapists, clinical instructors, and SCCEs while noting the evolving needs of our physical therapy trainees.

Who should attend

  • PTs, PTAs, Residents/Fellows
  • SCCEs, Clinicians/CIs
  • DCEs/ACCEs
  • Academic Faculty
  • Department Chairs/Program Directors

Learning objectives

In this 2-hour, discussion-based course participants will:

  • Learn of the importance of sharing their individual stories and in hearing/listening to others.
  • Be introduced to definitions and terms to better understand emotional granularity.
  • Participate in small/large group discussion to share strategies for self-care and ways of encouraging affective domain discussions in their clinics/education environments. 
  • Learn of personal and evidence-based strategies for our instructors and students for improved relationships in our educational environments.
  • Reflect on and evaluate potential barriers and strategies to overcome these barriers for implementation of healing out loud and vulnerability in the educational environments.


  1. Introduction: Covid's impact on the clinic and classroom
  2. Self-Care after moral injury -- Defining the problem
  3. Self-Care: What can we do for ourselves and our colleagues
  4. Teaching and Modeling: What can we do for our trainees/students
  5. Conclusion, discussion and questions

How to register

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  • Sara Wallace, PT, DPT
Sara E. Wallace PT, DPT works in acute care at the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center
(SLC VAMC) proudly serving our nation’s Veterans on the surgical unit. She has been the primary
clinical instructor (CI) for 25 students with mentorship to countless others in her role as the acute
care Site Coordinator of Clinical Education. Her dedication to education and patient care is
demonstrated regularly having earned her the APTA Signe Brunnstrom Award for Excellence in
Clinical Teaching in 2020. She serves as co-chair of the National Physical Therapy Education
Strategic Workgroup within the VA and as chair of the Clinical Education Special Interest Group of
the Utah chapter of the APTA. Sara lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Matt, and her two sons,
Reed and Roland and their dog, Charlie Pepper. Sara enjoys spending time with her family, reading,
being outdoors and traveling.


  • Nikki D. Pappas, PT, DPT, Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy

Nikki Pappas earned her DPT from the University of Utah after her Theatre and Women’s Studies degree didn’t lead to a career that allowed her the personal fulfillment she hoped for. She has worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City for 10 years where she specializes in Geriatric Clinical Physical Therapy in the Acute Care setting. She acts as clinical instructor for several students per year as well as cofounding the Rehab Department Psychological Safety Taskforce. When not treating patients, Nikki is a faculty member at the University of Utah Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, also for the last 10 years. She teaches Patient Safety and Handling with an emphasis on geriatric considerations and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion concepts. Nikki lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Boo. They enjoy hiking, boating, and paddleboarding with their two dogs, Tachy and Brady. 



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