July 14, 2014
At Epic, we are grateful for all that our therapists do each day for our patients.
Part of the way that Epic shows its support for these incredible individuals is by offering professional development to them, to keep them ahead of the curve and moving forward in their career.
Epic supports the professional development of our therapists in several ways, including offering continuing education unit (CEU) opportunities, preceptor programs and establishing a team of discipline-specific leaders.
Our Texas therapists enjoy more than 30 CEU opportunities throughout the year.
The sessions cover a variety of therapy-related topics including sensory processing disorders, speech sound disorders, apraxia, pediatric dysphagia assessment and pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders.
We also work with the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice and other CEU providers and entities to keep our therapists up to date on courses in their areas.
Recent college graduates and therapists who are new to pediatrics participate in one of two preceptor programs. The programs involve a timeline of one year for recent graduates or a fast track of three to six months for experienced therapists.
As part of the preceptor program, each new therapist is assigned a mentor. The mentor guides the new therapist as they become familiar with Epic. During the mentorship, the therapist has the opportunity to demonstrate skills, ask questions, practice new treatment techniques and grow as a clinician in goal writing and testing.
Upon successful completion of the program, therapists will be able to identify the unique needs of the pediatric patient related to the individual therapeutic discipline, demonstrate appropriate techniques for working with pediatric patients of each age group and create a treatment plan that provides for maximum functionality of the patient within an appropriate time period.
Our therapy’s leadership teams consist of discipline-specific supervisors and directors.
For example, our speech-language pathologists are led by other speech-language pathologists and our physical therapists are led by other physical therapists.
We believe this alignment throughout the organization helps us to best meet the needs of our therapy patients and their families.