Course Description

Foundations IV: Personal Leadership - An Essential Skill

The course will explore the essentials of progressive leadership development critical to add value and insure quality outcomes in clinical practice.

Faculty

Barb Tschoepe
PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Tschoepe currently is a Visiting Professor and the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Vermont where she is sharing her leadership and curriculum design/assessment talents to transform their educational enterprise as they prepare DPT students for their future roles within our health care delivery system.

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Course Description

The course will explore the essentials of progressive leadership development critical to add value and insure quality outcomes in clinical practice.  Discussions will focus on personal leadership that starts from within, can be learned, isn’t positional and IS critical for all physical therapists if we expect to be part of the team that transforms health care.

Course Purpose

Healthcare reform presents exciting opportunities and challenges for all members of the health care team. It is well recognized, however, that there is a leadership gap in health care and a strong sense of urgency to build leadership capacity to drive much needed changes. Physical Therapists are uniquely positioned to use new skill sets to create innovative and collaborative models of care.  These new models that promote health, will also illustrate our professional value explicitly to meet imperative healthcare reform goals, including: improved care, improved outcomes, and reduced costs. This course focuses on essentials of personal leadership development to prepare therapists to assume professional responsibility to influence others and promote innovative change in practice.  Effective leadership has a direct relationship to quality health outcomes and physical therapists can play a key role to transform and re-frame our health systems.

Objectives
  • Explore leadership development within contemporary physical therapist practice.
  • Discover how leadership development relates to quality health outcomes.
  • Use multiple assessment strategies to strengthen personal leadership skills
  • Illustrate exemplary leadership behaviors to influence change.
  • Build leadership capacity within all levels of the organization.
  • Foster cultures in clinical practice environments that thrive on innovation, collaboration, engagement, and empowerment.
  • Develop skills to become a transformational leader
  • Design a leadership project to facilitate positive change within personal practice environment.
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