Fostering Development of Clinical Reasoning Using Educational Technology

The primary audience for the workshop is full-time physical therapy education faculty. Priority enrollment will be given to members of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education, APTA. Maximum enrollment is 50 participants.

Content and Format

The workshop will be interactive with content that can be applied immediately. Please bring a laptop computer – you will have time during the workshop to develop a tool for one of your courses using instructional technology. 

Workshop Faculty

Keynote Speaker

Ellen Burton leadership coach and executive trainer. Her clients include professionals in well-established careers, including senior executives, middle managers, physicians, academics and small business owners, who have a strong desire to move to the next level in their professional and/or personal lives. Learn more about Ellen about

Instructional Technology

  • Jennifer Mai, PT, DPT, PhD, MHS, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
  • Alecia Thiele, PT, DPT, MSEd, ATC, LAT

Clinical Reasoning

  • Sarah Gilliland, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS
  • Karen Huhn, PT, PhD
  • Susan Wainwright, PT, PhD

Objectives: Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe ways to balance work and life responsibilities in order to prevent professional burnout
  2. Identify resources to assist with career progression
  3. Explain the current conceptualization of clinical reasoning in physical therapy.
  4. Identify factors beyond cognitive processes that influence clinical reasoning.
  5. Develop pedagogically sound strategies to teach clinical reasoning.
  6. Develop pedagogically sound strategies to assess clinical reasoning.
  7. Differentiate between various teaching technologies as they relate to learner characteristics and class objectives
  8. Determine how to select and implement user-friendly teaching technology in your classroom
  9. Create short- and long-term plans to implement technology into teaching

Thursday, Aug. 1

1:00 – 1:15

Welcome; Introductions


1:15 – 2:15

Better than Balance: Life Integration

Ellen Burton

2:15 – 2:30

Stretch Break


2:30 – 5:30 

What is clinical reasoning?

2:30-3:00 Small groups, what is clinical reasoning?

3:00-4:00 Review and discussion of current conceptualization of clinical reasoning in physical therapy.

4:00-4:15 Stretch Break

4:15-5:30 The developmental continuum of clinical reasoning.

Expectations of learners at each level.

Karen Huhn

Susan Wainwright

Sarah Gilliland

5:30 - 

Networking dinner provided



Friday, Aug. 2

7:30 – 8:00

Coffee available


8 - 10

Teaching Clinical Reasoning

8:00-9:00   Best practices for teaching clinical reasoning.

9:00-9:15   Break

9:15-10:00 Faculty skills and knowledge for teaching  

Sarah Gilliland

Karen Huhn 

Susan Wainwright 

10 – 10:15



10:15 – 12:30

Teaching with technology

Discussion and lab

Jen Mai

Alecia Thiele

12:30 – 1:30

Lunch provided


1:30 – 4

Teaching with technology

Discussion and lab

3:00 – Snacks available while you continue working

Jen Mai

Alecia Thiele

4 – 5

Present your work

All workshop faculty


Dinner on your own



Saturday, Aug. 3

7:00 -7:30

Breakfast provided


7:30 – 10

Assessing Clinical Reasoning

7:30-8:00   Small Groups: How do you assess clinical reasoning?

8:00-9:00   Review of the literature.

9:00-10:00 Impact on curriculum development and evaluation.

Sarah Gilliland

Karen Huhn

Susan Wainwright 

10 – 10:15



10:15 – 11:30

Identifying resources for continued growth

How you will use what you have learned

Large and small group discussion

All workshop faculty

11:30 – 12

Wrap-up and course evaluation




Warwick Allerton
701 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611.

Call 877-701-8111 to reserve a room in our room block.

The room rate is $169/single with breakfast included and $204/double with breakfast included.
  • $300 for APTE members
  • $450 for APTA members who are not APTE members
  • $525 for non-APTA members

Click here to register

Mid-Career Faculty Development Workshop 2019

  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Date: August 1-3, 2019