Emotional Intelligence Across the Professional Lifespan in Physical Therapy: From Novice Student to Expert Practitioner

Emotional intelligence (EI) may enhance professional success and personal well-being. Individuals with higher EI have improved management of their own emotions, identification of othersÕ emotions, and an understanding of how emotions influence and impact interactions with others. As students are progressing towards becoming novice practitioners, EI can augment their ability to manage educational process demands, including clinical education. For example, improving EI components of empathy and self-expression may improve relationships with classmates, faculty, other practitioners, and, most important, patients. Additionally, improving EI components of problem-solving and stress tolerance may improve resiliency and reduce practitioner burnout. Unlike cognitive intelligence, individuals can enhance EI over time. For this reason, incorporating EI into entry-level and continuing education programs may further develop personal and professional growth across the professional lifespan of the physical therapist. In this session, participants will learn about specific EI domains, explore development and implementation of EI curriculum in an entry-level physical therapy program, and consider the role of EI education and application postlicensure. Atendees will engage in dialogue to critically evaluate the impact and potential benefits of EI curriculum and development of EI competencies in DPT students and licensed practitioners.

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  • Control #: 1866
  • Type: Education Session
  • Event/Year: CSM 2020
  • Authors: Haylie Miller
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