Mount Holly NC - Course for Care Partners of people living with dementia
Aug
22
to Oct 24

Mount Holly NC - Course for Care Partners of people living with dementia

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THE POISE PROJECT® ANNOUNCES "PARTNERING WITH POISE"

A SELF-CARE COURSE FOR CARE PARTNERS
of people living with dementia
 

Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:30pm

August 22- October 24, 2019

Location: Mount Holly Historical Society

131 South Main Street

Mount Holly NC 28120


All Classes are free through funding from a grant by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
 

Registration is required and limited to 12 participants.

https://www.thepoiseproject.org/partnering-with-poise-mount-holly

 

Learn self-care strategies based on Alexander technique principles for care partners of people living with dementia. Build resilience for the physical and emotional challenges of long term caregiving.  This course is free for caregivers of people living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. Enjoy a supportive group setting to learn skills and strategies based on Alexander technique (AT) to manage the many daily physical and emotional challenges that Parkinson's brings into your lives. The course is focused on the needs of the caregiver, independent of their care receiver.
 

This evidence-based program teaches you skills to manage the many physical and emotional demands of long-term caregiving for someone with dementia, as well as how to effectively cue loved ones to use the Alexander technique principles in their daily life. The program consists of a group class meeting for 90 minutes once a week for 10 weeks. (NOTE: The first and last classes meet for two hours. )

Alexander technique (AT) is a well-established approach for skillfully managing stressful circumstances. AT training has also been found to be effective in reducing physical symptoms such as chronic neck and back pain — common complaints for care partners — and it has been demonstrated that AT training has long-term retention of benefits.

To view two video interviews with some prior care partner participants, please visit:  

Betty - https://youtu.be/gvvikiDygFk and Tom - https://youtu.be/awcN5b_eg3I

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Questions?
Please contact the instructor, Karen Kleiner
Karen@anatomywise.com
or 980-477-0508

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THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A GRANT FROM THE ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A GRANT FROM THE ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

For more information about the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, please visit: https://alzfdn.org

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The Poise Project® is a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We design and deliver Alexander-based programs that give people greater confidence to manage their life challenges and increase their independence and quality of life.

Our programs for care partners help them gain skills to manage the physical and emotional demands of long term caregiving, as well as to cue their loved ones for using the AT principles in their daily life, while also fostering a supportive community with one another.

"Partnering with Poise" is a program of The Poise Project® and was developed as a research project through the University of Idaho with support from two Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® grants.

To learn more about The Poise Project®, visit: thepoiseproject.org

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Rheinfelden, Switzerland - The Poise Project Alexander Technique for Parkinson's Initiative Teacher Training
Sep
16
9:30 AM09:30

Rheinfelden, Switzerland - The Poise Project Alexander Technique for Parkinson's Initiative Teacher Training

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Rheinfelden, Switzerland

The Poise Project International Initiative

Professional Development Team Training
for Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

The Poise Project's "AT for Parkinson's" International Initiative

Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's
and their Care Partners

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PARTICIPANTS

Alexander technique teachers & trainees 

DATE
Monday, 16 September 2019

TIME  
9:30am-7:00pm (includes breaks, with 75 minutes for lunch)

LOCATION  
9:30AM-1:45pm: Hostel Tabakhuesli, Fröschweid 1, 4310 Rheinfelden SWITZERLAND MAP
(A side street to the Marktgasse opposite the Rhein bridge)
3:00pm-7:00pm: Rhyzimmer, Marktgasse 32, 4310 Rheinfelden SWITZERLAND MAP

LANGUAGES:
The training will be in English and German

* COST

US$ 175 CHF 175 €160 AT Teachers    
US$ 150 CHF 150 €140 AT Trainees  

We will offer a discount to people coming from countries with high inflation. Please ask!

* All funds go to support The Poise Project's grassroots efforts in AT job creation, program development, research, implementation, and industry networking. This is how we are sustaining the nonprofit infrastructure and staff that makes this project possible over both the short and the long term. There are so many AT teacher opportunities and so much growth potential if we can work together with a strategic, targeted focus! Long-term payment plans are available for any AT teacher. We understand that you have financial pressure. This is WHY The Poise Project was created! We want to make sure that all AT teachers have new work opportunities and greater job security. We don't want cost to be a barrier to ANY interested and motivated team participant in this pioneering initiative. Contact Rosa Luisa Rossi (for questions in English or German): rlrossi@datacomm.ch WhatsApp +4179 655 16 69 Address: Im Theodorshof 13, 4310 Rheinfelden

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is very limited
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/rheinfelden-at-for-parkinsons-professional-training

Registration is final. In case of cancellation after August 26th 2019, if no replacement can be found, 50% of the course fee will be charged. The organizers assume no liability. Each participant is responsible for his/her own actions.  

NOTE: This day-long program is also the required first day for teachers taking the five day training in how to teach the AT based course for people living with Parkinson’s, “Poised for Parkinson’s”, and is included in payment for that course training. For information and to register for that course, please go to: https://www.thepoiseproject.org/rheinfelden-poised-for-parkinsons-course-training



Rheinfelden/CH is the perfect place for this training. This charming, medieval town surprises with many beautiful places to linger and enjoy and take the baths! For information about accommodations in Rheinfelden and travel, please go to the bottom of this page…

MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING

To train you in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project. We would like you to join our international teams helping to expand our AT4PD initiative, and also helping to launch new target population initiatives as we develop them.

Please consider joining our long-range efforts. Even if your main interest may be with other target populations than the Parkinson’s community, we want you to join our team effort by being trained in The Poise Project strategic model. It has been three years since our launch, and these trainings are one of the ways that we will become sustainable for this ambitious project. Your participation not only offers you training in best practices for AT for Parkinson’s, but it will provide financial support for our programs, outreach, and ongoing research efforts.

SECOND OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING

To help AT professionals learn about the particular needs of people living with Parkinson's disease (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population.

We will introduce you to best practices that we've been researching and how they can be presented in group settings. If you are interested in working with PlwPD in your private practice, you will have in depth information about PD and about the one-to-one AT applications for this population.

People living with Parkinson’s and their care partners who participated in the “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in North Carolina.

This training day will include a two-hour workshop with PlwPD and care partners from the local community who we will be invited to attend an informal 120-minute workshop during the second training day.

In this way the training participants will be able to have the opportunity to both observe the leader’s work with them as well as have time to work with members of the public themselves. We will all share feedback with one another afterwards.

Our focus during this training will be on how AT can help PlwPD develop practical skills for more independent self-management of motor symptoms affecting their balance, gait and postural tone, including falls, freezing, forward neck posture and slowed movement, as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, apathy, low volume speech, swallowing, and sleep interruption.

AT can offer PlwPD hope and increase their confidence, independence, and overall quality of life. AT can help them chose optimal postural tone and improve their overall functioning during iADLs (instrumental activities of daily living). It can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook to the spouses and other family members and care partners of PlwPD and greatly reduce caregiver burden and burnout. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The last part of the training will include a focus on the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD, and can be generalized to how AT can support care partners in many situations, especially when the care receivers have cognitive decline. It will focus on how to deliver AT in a way that gives practical ongoing skills for care partners to manage the physical and emotional demands of caregiving.

The training will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, and co-designer of the “Poised for Parkinson’s” AT-based course for PLwPD and their care partners.

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The Poise Project AT for Parkinson’s teacher training in Los Angeles, April 2018.

In this training we will include:

  • Definition of Parkinson's and its symptoms 

  • Current research in AT for Parkinson’s disease

  • How traditional AT educational methodology can be adapted for this population and some best practices as recommended by AT teachers with expertise in the field

  • Working with middle and late stage PlwPD, particularly when there is cognitive decline.

  • Emotional and psychological considerations when working with individuals with a degenerative disease, both for participants and for teachers

  • The realities of financial concerns when delivering AT for PlwPD and a discussion of how we can work together to find future solutions to remove barriers to access

  • How best to talk about AT to the medical care providers, allied health professionals, and research scientists that you may come in contact with in the field of Parkinson's disease and when advocating for AT for this population

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT AT for Parkinson’s initiative and our targeted team presence at conferences and events, including the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland in 2016 and the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto in 2019. 

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PlwPD, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances.

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT "Partnering with Poise" care partner course that has been delivered at ten sites across North Carolina and Washington DC, and the “Poised for Parkinson’s” course for people living with Parkinson’s that has been delivered at three sites in North Carolina, both which were funded by the Parkinson's Foundation, and the IRB research studies of each of these courses that was done through the University of Idaho managed by AT teacher and research scientist, Dr. Rajal Cohen.
     

SCHEDULE

9:30am-1:45pm    Briefing on The Poise Project mission and strategic model, and the AT for Parkinson’s initiative to date Background on Parkinson’s symptoms and pathology, and current research on AT for Parkinson’s. Begin training in best practices in working with PlwPD (Short breaks included)

1:45pm-3:00pm  Lunch break

3:00pm-5:00pm Workshop with members of the local Parkinson’s community

5:00pm-5:15pm Break

5:15pm - 5:45pm  Debriefing & Discussion re workshop

5:45pm-6:30pm    Basic training for working with Care Partners -- not only specifically of PwP but also in general the physical and emotional demands on caregivers, especially in cases of care receivers with physical and cognitive decline

6:30pm-7:00pm    Questions, Sharing and Next Steps

 
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Monika Gross presenting research from The Poise Project pilot studies at the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan, June 2019.

THE POISE PROJECT administered our first grant from the Parkinson's Foundation in 2017-2018 to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD, “Partnering with Poise”, at eight sites in North Carolina. We received a second grant in early 2018 to expand this program into Washington DC. We are currently administering a third grant we received from the Parkinson's Foundation in mid-2018 to design and deliver a new AT-based course for PlwPD, “Poised for Parkinson’s”, at three sites in North Carolina, and a fourth grant in 2019 to expand it to three more locations in North Carolina.

In relation to these programs, we did research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD and care partners.

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The graduates of The Poise Project’s first “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in Asheville NC for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners. The development of this course was funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and is part of a research project through the University of Idaho.

 
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Meredith McIntosh, Monika Gross, Suzy Perkins and Shellie Cash at the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day October 2017.

 
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MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom.

Email: monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website: thepoiseproject.org
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)
Skype: thepoiseproject

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THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is to help people maintain poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received four grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area. We have also received a 2019 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to deliver our care partner course to family caregivers of people with dementia.

 
Hostel Tabahuesil

Hostel Tabahuesil

Cheap and charming accommodations in the picturesque town Rheinfelden/CH

B&B im Schelmengässli 19, Rheinfelden / https://www.schelmen19.ch/

CHF 520.— visitor's tax and breakfast not included – space for up to 5 persons
(costs p.p. by 5 persons ca. CHF 116.40 for 5 days – no breakfast)
Registration to Rosa Luisa Rossi / rlrossi@datacomm.ch This accommodation is primarily reserved for participants from abroad and those who book all 5 days.


The cozy Hostel Tabakhuesli, Rheinfelden / http://hostel-tabakhuesli.ch/home-2/

All rooms incl. breakfast. Please make the reservation directly.


There are also many local Air BnB choices


Cheap flights to EuroAirport Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg

For those who attend the intensive further training from abroad, there are cheap flights to Basel. From the airport to Rheinfelden, bus & train, approx. 60 min. https://www.euroairport.com/de/


Learning & Pleasure


Rheinfelden/CH is the perfect place for this intensive learning week. This charming, medieval town surprises with many beautiful places to linger, enjoy & take the baths.
http://www.rheinfelden.ch/de/  //  https://www.parkresort.ch/

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Rheinfelden, Switzerland - The Poise Project "Poised for Parkinson's" Course Teacher Training
Sep
16
to Sep 20

Rheinfelden, Switzerland - The Poise Project "Poised for Parkinson's" Course Teacher Training

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Rheinfelden, Switzerland

The Poise Project International Initiative

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Rheinfelden, Switzerland
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Teacher Training in

“Poised for Parkinson’s” Course

An Alexander technique based course for
People Living With Parkinson’s and their Care Partners

This training is part of The Poise Project international AT-based Replicable Programming project

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PARTICIPANTS:
Alexander technique teachers with five or more years of teaching experience


DATES
Monday to Friday, 16 - 20 September 2019


LOCATION
Monday, 16 September:
Hostel Tabakhuesli, Fröschweid 1, 4310 Rheinfelden SWITZERLAND MAP
(a side street to the` Marktgasse` opposite the Rhein bridge)

Tuesday-Friday, 17 - 20 September:
Rhyzimmer, Marktgasse 32, 4310 Rheinfelden SWITZERLAND MAP


TIMES
 
Monday 9:30 to 19:00
Tuesday-Friday 10:00 to 19:30

LANGUAGES
The training will be in English and German

* COST        

US$800 CHF 800 €725

We will offer a discount to people coming from countries with high inflation. Please ask!

* All funds go to support The Poise Project's grassroots efforts in AT job creation, program development, research, implementation, and industry networking. This is how we are sustaining the nonprofit infrastructure and staff that makes this project possible over both the short and the long term. There are so many AT teacher opportunities and so much growth potential if we can work together with a strategic, targeted focus! Long-term payment plans are available for any AT teacher. We understand that you have financial pressure. This is WHY The Poise Project was created! We want to make sure that all AT teachers have new work opportunities and greater job security. We don't want cost to be a barrier to ANY interested and motivated team participant in this pioneering initiative. Contact Rosa Luisa Rossi (for questions in English or German): rlrossi@datacomm.ch WhatsApp +4179 655 16 69 Address: Im Theodorshof 13, 4310 Rheinfelden

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is extremely limited
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/rheinfelden-poised-for-parkinsons-course-training


Registration is final. In case of cancellation after August 26th 2019, if no replacement can be found, 50% of the course fee will be charged. The organizers assume no liability. Each participant is responsible for his/her own actions.  



Rheinfelden/CH is the perfect place for this intensive training retreat. This charming, medieval town surprises with many beautiful places to linger and enjoy and take the baths! For information about accommodations in Rheinfelden and travel, please go to the bottom of this page…

 
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OBJECTIVE

To train experienced AT teachers to deliver this AT-based course for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners in Europe.

You will become part of an important international project. We are organizing a team of teachers around the world to deliver the first-ever replicable AT-based courses to broad socio-economically diverse groups.

Please join us in this pioneering project. We have developed a successful, evidence-based course that can now be delivered in a wide variety of settings, regions, and countries.



THE COURSE

“Poised for Parkinson’s” was developed with funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation. It was part of an IRB approved research study through the University of Idaho led by Dr. Rajal Cohen, who is the Scientific Consultant for The Poise Project. The course curriculum and protocols were written by Monika Gross and Monica Norcia.

“Poised for Parkinson’s” is an eight-week group course meeting twice a week for 90-minutes with a maximum of 12 participants.

The course was delivered four times at sites in North Carolina between January 2019-May 2019. As part of a pilot study, data from these four courses was collected pre-course and post-course, and will also be collected at 4 months and 8 months post course. We also are using a control group to measure outcomes against.

Our preliminary data has already been presented at the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan in June 2019 and the American Society for the Alexander Technique in New York City in July 2019. We will be presenting additional data at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Nice, France in September 2019, and at the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine in Chicago in November 2019.

Both our qualitative and our quantitative data look very strong! We are incredibly encouraged by the interest that is being expressed to us from medical and allied health professionals to have this new approach to improving the quality of life of their patients and their patients’ families. The course has terrific potential to become a sought after and rewarding element in current interdisciplinary care for people living with Parkinson’s.

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Monika Gross presenting research on the “Poised for Parkinson’s” course at the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan, June 4-7, 2019

 

OUR GOAL

To reproduce this course at multiple sites around the world so that we can demonstrate the potential for a successful expansion of AT-based subsidized programs for other target populations as well. In this way we are working strategically to remove barriers to access to the AT principles across broader socioeconomic groups.

Our other AT-based replicable program, “Partnering with Poise”, a self-care course for care partners, has been very successful. Again through initial funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation, we ran the course at 10 sites in NC and DC, and did a pilot study with data again presented at international conferences. The course is easily adapted to any group of care partners, and we have since received a new grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and are delivering the course in Chapel Hill and Mount Holly NC to care partners of people living with dementia. We also were contracted by IONA Senior Services in DC to run the course there for a general population of family caregivers. This was through funding from the DC Office of Aging and Community Living.

This year we are training teachers in America and Europe to launch “Poised for Parkinson’s” and “Partnering with Poise”.

If you are also interested in training to teach “Partnering with Poise”, our AT based course for care partners, we will be offering this training earlier in the month in Budapest. Dates are Sunday, 8 September - Thursday, 12 September 2019. Please go to this link for information and to register. There is a $150 discount if you sign up for both courses. Please contact Monika Gross for discounted payment:
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2019/budapest-care-partner-course-training

THE RHEINFELDEN “POISED FOR PARKINSON’S” COURSE TEACHER TRAINING WILL INCLUDE:

  • All parts of the detailed training course manual, including the sixteen class lesson plans; class structure; course goals; course terminology; and detailed aspects of administering the course.

  • In depth training in understanding Parkinson’s disease and how each of the sixteen classes address symptoms and can improve quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners

  • Video and other feedback from prior “Poised for Parkinson’s” participants as well as information from the research we did in North Carolina.

  • How to understand, manage, and troubleshoot group dynamics in these blended classes of people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners.

  • Basic training in The Poise Project strategic model and in the overall goals of the project and clarification of agreements with instructors.

  • Strategic next steps, including ongoing communications and responsibilities; continued team support; strategies for finding funding and community partnerships locally; and future developments.

  • The training will also include a two-hour workshop with PlwPD and care partners from the local community who we will be invited to attend an informal 120-minute workshop during the first training day. In this way the training participants will be able to have the opportunity to both observe the leader’s work with them as well as have time to work with members of the public themselves. We will all share feedback with one another afterwards.



The Rheinfelden training will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, and co-designer of the course.

Contact Rosa Luisa Rossi for more information or questions in German: rlrossi@datacomm.ch

Please contact Monika Gross for more details and with questions in English about the full scope of this project: 1-828-254-3102 (USA EST) or monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org

Some Participants from “Poised for Parkinson’s” courses in North Carolina


BACKGROUND

The Poise Project administered our first grant from the Parkinson's Foundation in 2017-2018 to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD, “Partnering with Poise”, at eight sites in North Carolina. We received a second grant in early 2018 to expand this program into Washington DC. We received our third grant from the Parkinson's Foundation in mid-2018 to design and deliver this new AT-based course for PlwPD, “Poised for Parkinson’s”, at three sites in North Carolina, and a fourth grant in 2019 to expand it to three more locations in North Carolina.

In relation to these programs, we did research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD and care partners.

We are planning 2019 trainings in these courses in Budapest and in Basel in September; in Chicago in October/November; and in California in early 2020.

If you are also interested in training to teach “Partnering with Poise”, our AT based course for care partners, we will be offering this training earlier in the month in Budapest. Dates are Sunday, 8 September - Thursday, 12 September 2019. Please go to this link for information and to register. There is a $150 discount if you sign up for both courses. Please contact Monika Gross for discounted payment:
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2019/budapest-care-partner-course-training

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Graduation celebration of participants in a “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in Asheville NC, May 2019

 
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MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom.

Email: monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website: thepoiseproject.org
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)
Skype: thepoiseproject

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THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is to help people maintain poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received four grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area. We have also received a 2019 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to deliver our care partner course to family caregivers of people with dementia.

 
HOSTEL TABAKHUESLI

HOSTEL TABAKHUESLI

Cheap and charming accommodations in the picturesque town Rheinfelden/CH

B&B im Schelmengässli 19, Rheinfelden / https://www.schelmen19.ch/

CHF 520.— visitor's tax and breakfast not included – space for up to 5 persons
(costs p.p. by 5 persons ca. CHF 116.40 for 5 days – no breakfast)
Registration to Rosa Luisa Rossi / rlrossi@datacomm.ch This accommodation is primarily reserved for participants from abroad and those who book all 5 days.


The cozy Hostel Tabakhuesli, Rheinfelden / http://hostel-tabakhuesli.ch/home-2/

All rooms incl. breakfast. Please make the reservation directly.


There are also many local Air BnB choices


Cheap flights to EuroAirport Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg

For those who attend the intensive further training from abroad, there are cheap flights to Basel. From the airport to Rheinfelden, bus & train, approx. 60 min. https://www.euroairport.com/de/



Learning & Pleasure


Rheinfelden/CH is the perfect place for this intensive learning week. This charming, medieval town surprises with many beautiful places to linger, enjoy & take the baths.
http://www.rheinfelden.ch/de/  //  https://www.parkresort.ch/

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Nice, France - The Poise Project:  Alexander Technique for Parkinson's Initiative Teacher Training (Technique Alexander pour la Maladie de Parkinson Formation pour les Professeurs)
Sep
27
to Sep 28

Nice, France - The Poise Project: Alexander Technique for Parkinson's Initiative Teacher Training (Technique Alexander pour la Maladie de Parkinson Formation pour les Professeurs)

Maintenir l’Equilibre et le Développement Personnel Tout au Long des Etapes et des Défis de la Vie avec les principes de la Technique Alexander (T.A.)

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Nice, France

The Poise Project International Initiative

Une Initiative Internationale du Poise Project

Professional Development Team Training
for Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees
La journée de développement professionnel de The Poise Project pour les professeurs et les étudiants de technique Alexander

The Poise Project's "AT for Parkinson's" International Initiative
Initiative internationale "T.A. pour la maladie de Parkinson"

Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's
and their Care Partners
Adapter la technique Alexander aux personnes atteintes de la Maladie de Parkinson et à leurs partenaires de soins

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PARTICIPANTS

Alexander technique teachers & trainees 
Professeurs et étudiants de technique Alexander

DATES
Friday, 27 September 2019 & Saturday, 28 September 2019
Vendredi, 27 septembre 2019 & Samedi, 28 septembre 2019

TIME/HORAIRES  
Friday/Vendridi: 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:30
Saturday/Samedi: 9:00-13:30 and 15:00-19:30

LOCATION/LIEU
Atelier des Souffles, 14 Rue Penchienatti, Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 06000 France

LANGUAGES/LANGUES
The training will be in English and French
La formation sera en anglais et en français

Participants interested in translating into other languages will be welcomed.
Les participants souhaitant traduire la formation dans d’autres langues sont les bienvenus.



* COST
UNTIL 17 SEPTEMBER 2019/
JUSQU AU 17 SEPTEMBRE 2019
US$ 280 (€250) AT Teachers/Les professeurs
US$ 225 (€200) AT Trainees/Les étudiants

AFTER 17 SEPTEMBER 2019/APRES LE 17 SEPTEMBRE 2019
US$ 315 (€280) AT Teachers/Les professeurs   
US$ 260 (€230) AT Trainees/Les étudiants


*We will offer a discount to people coming from countries with high inflation. Please ask!
Nous offrirons une réduction aux personnes venant de pays avec une inflation élevée. N’hésitez pas à demander!

*All funds go to support The Poise Project's grassroots efforts in AT job creation, program development, research, implementation, and industry networking. This is how we are sustaining the nonprofit infrastructure and staff that makes this project possible over both the short and the long term. There are so many AT teacher opportunities and so much growth potential if we can work together with a strategic, targeted focus! Long-term payment plans are available for any AT teacher. We understand that you have financial pressure. This is WHY The Poise Project was created! We want to make sure that all AT teachers have new work opportunities and greater job security. We don't want cost to be a barrier to ANY interested and motivated team participant in this pioneering initiative. Contact Monika Gross at info@thepoiseproject.org (for questions in English) or pour les questions en français, contact Joelle Schneider at joelle.schneider.6@gmail.com ou +33 6 87 88 11 69 or Marie-Laure Deplaix at marielaure.deplaix@sfr.fr 06 23 23 75 49 (GMT+2)

Tous les fonds soutiennent les principaux efforts de Poise dans les domaines de la création d'emplois en AT, de l'élaboration de programmes, de la recherche, de la mise en œuvre et de la mise en réseau de l'industrie. C’est ainsi que nous maintenons l’infrastructure et le personnel à but non lucratif qui rendent ce projet possible à court et à long terme. Il y a tellement de possibilités pour les professeurs d'Alexander Technique et de potentiel de croissance si nous pouvons travailler ensemble de manière stratégique et ciblée! Des plans de paiement à long terme sont disponibles pour tous les enseignants assistants. Nous comprenons que vous soyez peut-être sous pression financière. C'est pourquoi le projet Poise a été créé! Nous voulons nous assurer que tous les professeurs de l’AT ont de nouvelles opportunités d'emploi et une plus grande sécurité d'emploi. Nous ne voulons pas que les coûts constituent un obstacle pour TOUS les membres de l’équipe intéressés et motivés participant à cette initiative novatrice. Pour les questions en anglais, contactez Monika Gross à info@thepoiseproject.org ou 1-828-254-3102 (GMT–4) Pour les questions en français, contactez Joelle Schneider: joelle.schneider.6@gmail.com ou 06 87 88 11 69 or Marie-Laure Deplaix: marielaure.deplaix@sfr.fr ou 06 23 23 75 49 (GMT+2)

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited! / Le nombre de places est limité!
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/nice-france-at-for-parkinsons-professional-training

Registration is final. In case of cancellation after 16 September 2019, if no replacement can be found, 50% of the course fee will be charged.
L'inscription est définitive. En cas d'annulation après le 17 septembre 2019, si aucun remplaçant ne peut être trouvé, 50% des frais de cours seront facturés.

MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING/OBJECTIF PRINCIPAL DE LA FORMATION

To train you in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project. We would like you to join our international teams helping to expand our AT4PD initiative, and also helping to launch new target population initiatives and programs as we develop them.

Please consider joining our long-range efforts. Even if your main interest may be with other target populations than the Parkinson’s community, we want you to join our team effort by being trained in The Poise Project strategic model. It has been three years since our launch, and these trainings are one of the ways that we will become sustainable for this ambitious project. Your participation not only offers you training in best practices for AT for Parkinson’s, but it will provide financial support for our programs, outreach, and ongoing research efforts.

Vous former à la mission et au modèle stratégique du Poise Project. Nous vous invitions à rejoindre nos équipes internationales qui aident à développer notre initiative pour la T.A. et la Maladie de Parkinson et également à aider à lancer des initiatives vers d’autres populations ciblées au fur et à mesure que nous les mettons en place.

Venez vous joindre à nos efforts à long terme. Même si la population des malades de Parkinson n’est pas votre cible principale, nous souhaitons que vous rejoigniez notre équipe pour vous former au modèle stratégique du Poise Project. Nous avons lancé ces formations il y a trois ans et elles sont un des moyens de soutien de ce projet ambitieux. Votre participation vous apportera non seulement une formation sur les meilleures pratiques pour la T.A et Parkinson mais elle fournira aussi le soutien financier nécessaire aux programmes, à la communication et aux efforts de recherche en cours.

SECOND OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING/DEUXIEME OBJECTIF

To help AT professionals learn about the particular needs of people living with Parkinson's disease (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. Then to connect you into patient referral programs with interested neurologists and allied health professionals in your region.

We will introduce you to best practices that we've been researching and how they can be presented in group settings. If you are interested in working with PlwPD in your private practice, you will have in depth information about PD and about the one-to-one AT applications for this population. You will also be part of our team of teachers that we will be working to create patient referral programs for in your region.

Participants in this team building day will be able to be part of our regional teams and future program trainings as we roll out programming in 2019 and moving forward.

Faire  connaître aux professeurs de T.A. les besoins spécifiques des Personnes Vivant avec la Maladie de Parkinson (PVMP) et de leurs aidants et suggérer les façons les plus efficaces d’appliquer la T.A. à cette population. Vous mettre en contact avec les neurologues et les professionnels de santé de votre région intéressés par les programmes d’orientation des patients.

Nous vous présenteront les meilleures pratiques que nous avons élaborées et de quelle façon les présenter à un groupe. Si vous travaillez avec des PVMP en leçons individuelles nous vous fournirons des informations approfondies sur la MP et les applications individuelles pour cette population. Vous ferez également partie de notre équipe de professeurs travaillant à créer des programmes d’orientation des patients dans votre région.

Les participants à cette formation qui vise aussi à créer une équipe de travail pourront faire partie de nos équipes régionales et des futurs programmes de formation de 2019 et plus.

People living with Parkinson’s and their care partners who participated in the “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in North Carolina./Personnes vivant avec la Maladie de Parkinson et leurs aidants ayant participé à l’atelier « Parkinson et T.A. » en Caroline du Nord.

 

This training day will include a two-hour workshop with PlwPD and care partners from the local community who we will be invited to attend an informal 120-minute workshop during the second training day.

In this way the training participants will be able to have the opportunity to both observe the leader’s work with them as well as have time to work with members of the public themselves. We will all share feedback with one another afterwards.

Cette formation contiendra un atelier de deux heures avec des PVMP et leurs aidants habitant la région qui seront invités à assister à cet atelier de manière informelle le deuxième jour.

Les participants à la formation pourront ainsi observer le travail de l’intervenante et auront le temps de travailler avec les membres du public (PVMP). Nous partagerons nos observations par la suite.

Our focus during this training will be on how AT can help PlwPD develop practical skills for more independent self-management of motor symptoms affecting their balance, gait and postural tone, including falls, freezing, forward neck posture and slowed movement, as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, apathy, low volume speech, swallowing, and sleep interruption.

AT can offer PlwPD hope and increase their confidence, independence, and overall quality of life. AT can help them chose optimal postural tone and improve their overall functioning during iADLs (instrumental activities of daily living). It can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook to the spouses and other family members and care partners of PlwPD and greatly reduce caregiver burden and burnout. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The last part of the training will include a focus on the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD, and can be generalized to how AT can support care partners in many situations, especially when the care receivers have cognitive decline. It will focus on how to deliver AT in a way that gives practical ongoing skills for care partners to manage the physical and emotional demands of caregiving.

Nous nous concentrerons sur la façon dont la T.A. peut aider les PVMP à développer des compétences pratiques afin d’être plus indépendants au niveau de l’autogestion des symptômes moteurs affectant leur équilibre, leur démarche et leur tonus postural, y compris les chutes, les blocages, le cou en avant et le ralentissement des mouvements, ainsi que les symptômes non moteurs comme l’anxiété, l’apathie, le faible volume de la voix, la déglutition et le sommeil entrecoupé .

La T.A. peut offrir de l’espoir et augmenter la confiance, l’indépendance et la qualité de vie générale des PVMP. Elle peut les aider à choisir un tonus postural optimal et améliorer leur fonctionnement global durant les activités quotidiennes. Elle peut aussi apporter énormément de soutien et  un regard plus positif aux époux(ses), aux autres membres de la famille et aux aidants en général et réduire significativement le fardeau et l’épuisement des aidants. Former les PVMP et les aidants en même temps aide ces derniers à détecter l’apparition du déclin cognitif qui apparaît souvent par la suite.

Dans la dernière partie de la formation nous nous concentrerons sur les besoins particuliers des aidants des PVMP. Nous pourrons voir comment la T.A. peut soutenir les aidants dans de nombreuses situations, en particulier quand les malades ont un déclin cognitif. Nous aborderons la façon d’enseigner la T.A. de manière à donner des compétences pratiques sur une base continue aux aidants pour qu’ils puissent gérer les exigences physiques et émotionnelles de leur situation.

The training will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, and co-designer of the “Poised for Parkinson’s” AT-based course for PLwPD and their care partners.

La formation sera animée par Monika Gross, Directrice Générale du Poise Project et co-créatrice de la formation T.A. pour les PVMP et leurs aidants du « Poised for Parkinson’s »

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The Poise Project AT for Parkinson’s teacher training in Los Angeles, April 2018.

In this training we will include:

  • Definition of Parkinson's and its symptoms 

  • Current research in AT for Parkinson’s disease

  • How traditional AT educational methodology can be adapted for this population and some best practices as recommended by AT teachers with expertise in the field

  • Working with middle and late stage PlwPD, particularly when there is cognitive decline.

  • Emotional and psychological considerations when working with individuals with a degenerative disease, both for participants and for teachers

  • The realities of financial concerns when delivering AT for PlwPD and a discussion of how we can work together to find future solutions to remove barriers to access

  • How best to talk about AT to the medical care providers, allied health professionals, and research scientists that you may come in contact with in the field of Parkinson's disease and when advocating for AT for this population

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT AT for Parkinson’s initiative and our targeted team presence at conferences and events, including the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland in 2016 and the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto in 2019. 

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PlwPD, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances.

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT "Partnering with Poise" care partner course that has been delivered at ten sites across North Carolina and Washington DC, and the “Poised for Parkinson’s” course for people living with Parkinson’s that has been delivered at three sites in North Carolina, both which were funded by the Parkinson's Foundation, and the IRB research studies of each of these courses that was done through the University of Idaho managed by AT teacher and research scientist, Dr. Rajal Cohen.

Cette formation comprendra :

  • Définition de la Maladie de Parkinson et ses symptômes

  • Recherche actuelle sur la T.A. et Parkinson

  • Comment la méthode pédagogique traditionnelle de la T.A. peut être adaptée pour cette population et quelques-unes des meilleures pratiques recommandées par les professeurs de T.A. experts en la matière

  • Travailler avec des PVMP se trouvant aux stades intermédiaire et avancé de la maladie, en particulier quand il y a un déclin cognitif

  • Considérations émotionnelles pour les participants et les professeurs lors d’un travail avec des personnes ayant une maladie dégénérative

  • Réalités des questions financières pour les cours de T.A. pour les PVMP et discussion : comment pouvons-nous travailler ensemble et trouver des solutions afin de faire sauter les barrières à l’accès à la T.A.

  • Comment parler de la T.A. aux médecins, aux professionnels de santé travaillant avec eux et aux chercheurs scientifiques avec lesquels vous pouvez entrer en contact dans le domaine de la Maladie de Parkinson ainsi qu’aux PVMP pour leur recommander la T.A. 

  • Présentation du Poise Project pour Parkinson et de nos équipes présentes aux conférences et évènements, spécialement le 4ième Congrès International de Parkinson de Portland en 2016 et le 5ième le Congrès International de Parkinson de Kyoto en 2019Comment amener les aidants à soutenir l’apprentissage et à aider les PVMP à mieux retenir les principes de la T.A. Leur donner des outils d’autogestion pour faire face au stress de leur situation

  • Présenter le « Partnering with Poise » (formationT.A. pour les aidants) du Poise Project donné en Caroline du Nord et à Washington DC une dizaine de fois ; ainsi que le « Poised of Parkinson » (formation pour les PVMP) donné trois fois en Caroline du Nord.

  • Ces deux cours ont été financés par la Parkinson’s Foundation et l’IRB. Ils  ont fait l’objet d’études de recherche dans le cadre de l’Université de l’Idaho sous la direction du Dr. Rajal Cohen, professeur de T.A. et chercheuse scientifique.

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2019

9:00–12:00   Briefing on The Poise Project mission and strategic model, and the AT for Parkinson’s initiative to date (15 minute break included)

12:00–14:00  Lunch break (Studio is closed)

14:00–18:30 Background on Parkinson’s symptoms and pathology, and current research on AT for Parkinson’s. Begin training in best practices in working with PlwPD (15 minute break included)

SATURDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2019

9:00–13:30 Basic training in best practices in working with PlwPD.

13:30–14::45 Lunch break

15:00–17:00 Workshop with members of the local Parkinson’s community

17:00–17::45  Debriefing & Discussion re workshop

17:45–18:30    Basic training for working with Care Partners -- not only specifically of PwP but also in general the physical and emotional demands on caregivers, especially in cases of care receivers with physical and cognitive decline

18:30–19:30   Questions, Sharing and Next Steps

DATES ET HORAIRES

VENDREDI 27 SEPTEMBRE 2019

9h00-12h00 : Présentation de la mission et du modèle stratégique du Poise Project et de l’initiative T.A. pour la maladie de Parkinson à ce jour (pause de 15 minutes incluse)

12h00-14h00 : Pause déjeuner (pas de possibilité de rester dans la salle)

14h00-18h30 : Symptômes et pathologie de la Maladie de Parkinson et recherche actuelle sur la T.A. et Parkinson. Début de la formation sur les meilleures pratiques de travail avec des PVMP (pause de 15 minutes incluse)

SAMEDI 28 SEPTEMBRE 2019

9h00-13h30 : Initiation aux meilleures pratiques de travail avec des PVMP

13h30-14h45 : Pause déjeuner

15h00-17h00 : Atelier avec les membres de la communauté parkinsonienne locale

17h00-17h45 : Debriefing et discussion sur l’atelier

17h45-18h30 : Initiation au travail avec les aidants; pas uniquement pour Parkinson mais aussi en général les exigences physiques et émotionnelles des aidants, en particulier quand les malades ont un déclin cognitif.

18h30-19h30 : Questions, échanges et prochaines étapes

 

Please consider also joining THE POISE PROJECT intensive course trainings in Budapest, Hungary, and in Basel and Rheinfelden, Switzerland earlier in September:

8 - 12 September 2019
Professional Teacher Training in “Partnering with Poise” Course:
A replicable AT-based course for Family Caregivers
unique training for experienced teachers to join an international project to deliver a replicable AT-based course. Join us in this pioneering international project. The Poise Project has an ambitious goal. We want to reproduce this course at multiple sites around the world as an example of the first-ever replicable AT-based programming. We want to demonstrate the potential for successful expansion of AT-based subsidized programs for not only the Parkinson's community, but for other target populations as well. In this way we are working strategically to remove barriers and bring the AT principles and AT teachers into a wide variety of new job settings. This course was developed with grant funding from the Parkinson's Foundation, and both were part of research studies led by Dr. Rajal Cohen at the University of Idaho.
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2019/budapest-care-partner-course-training

14 - 15 September 2019
An introductory weekend in Basel, hosted at the invitation of SBAT for their 2019 annual educational forum. Belinda Mello, Dr. Anikó Ball, and Monika Gross will introduce The Poise Project's strategies and successful approaches during the SBAT-FORUM 2019 weekend in Basel, hosted by the Swiss society of AT teachers. Breakout sessions will cover group teaching, working with medical and dental professionals, and an intro to AT for Parkinson’s. Training will be in English and German. Others interested in translating into other languages will be welcomed.
For more information and to register, please go to this link: https://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2019/basel-sbat-forum

16 - 20 September 2019
Professional Teacher Training in “Poised for Parkinson’s” Course:
A replicable AT-based course for People living with Parkinson’s
unique training for experienced teachers to join an international project to deliver a replicable AT-based course. Join us in this pioneering international project. The Poise Project has an ambitious goal. We want to reproduce this course at multiple sites around the world as an example of the first-ever replicable AT-based programming. We want to demonstrate the potential for successful expansion of AT-based subsidized programs for not only the Parkinson's community, but for other target populations as well. In this way we are working strategically to remove barriers and bring the AT principles and AT teachers into a wide variety of new job settings. This course was developed with grant funding from the Parkinson's Foundation, and both were part of research studies led by Dr. Rajal Cohen at the University of Idaho.
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2019/rheinfelden-poised-for-parkinsons-course-training


Download THE POISE PROJECT Timeline 2016-2019 by clicking here to be inspired by all the amazing achievements that our strategic model and a small group of determined individuals have been able to accomplish so far!

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Monika Gross presenting research from The Poise Project pilot studies at the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan, June 2019.

THE POISE PROJECT administered our first grant from the Parkinson's Foundation in 2017-2018 to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD, “Partnering with Poise”, at eight sites in North Carolina. We received a second grant in early 2018 to expand this program into Washington DC. We are currently administering a third grant we received from the Parkinson's Foundation in mid-2018 to design and deliver a new AT-based course for PlwPD, “Poised for Parkinson’s”, at three sites in North Carolina, and a fourth grant in 2019 to expand it to three more locations in North Carolina.

In relation to these programs, we did research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD and care partners.

Teachers who participate in this AT for Parkinson’s initiative training will be considered part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for our future class programming and research projects for PlwPD and care partners as new classes are created and regional expansion occurs, as well as being part of the pool of AT professionals trained in our strategic model to assist in community outreach for all our future initiatives.

We are planning 2019 trainings in these courses in Chicago in October/November 2019; and in Los Angeles and San Francisco in January and February 2020.

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The graduates of The Poise Project’s first “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in Asheville NC for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners. The development of this course was funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and is part of a research project through the University of Idaho.

 
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Meredith McIntosh, Monika Gross, Suzy Perkins and Shellie Cash at the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day October 2017.

 
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Improving, learning, growing: "Poised for Parkinson's" participants in Asheville NC, April 2019

 
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MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom.

Email: monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website: thepoiseproject.org
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST) - on WhatsApp
Skype: thepoiseproject

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THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is to help people maintain poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received four grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area. We have also received a 2019 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to deliver our care partner course to family caregivers of people with dementia.

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Basel, Switzerland - SBAT-Forum 2019:  The Poise Project Alexander Technique for the 21st Century
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Basel, Switzerland - SBAT-Forum 2019: The Poise Project Alexander Technique for the 21st Century

Basel, Switzerland

The Poise Project International Initiative

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La Technique Alexander APSTA

SBAT-FORUM 2019

THE POISE PROJECT: Alexander technique for the 21st century

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SBAT/APSTA is very happy to welcome THE POISE PROJECT’s Monika Gross, Belinda Mello, and Dr. Anikó Ball for this year’s SBAT-FORUM.

Since THE POISE PROJECT was formed as a US nonprofit in 2016, they have been working in a collaborative teamwork structure to make Alexander technique more accessible to the public across broad socio-economic groups. THE POISE PROJECT mission has been a great success, bringing together a diverse group of AT teachers, medical and science professionals, and interested members of the public with a common goal: to make AT principles more available to the public.

We would like to bring their model to Switzerland!


FORUM SCHEDULE

Saturday, 14 September, 10:00-13:00
All participants: - An introduction to the `Poise Project` and it`s opportunities for AT teachers in Europe

Saturday afternoon, 14 September — 14:30-17:30
Sunday, 15 September — 10:00-13:00 & 14:30-17:30
All participants are divided into three groups. The groups then circulate between these three breakout workshop sessions:

Monika Gross – Alexander technique for people living with Parkinson’s
Belinda Mello – Alexander technique group teaching basics
Dr. Anikó Ball – Alexander technique for dental and other medical professionals

In this way, each participant can learn from each of the presenters. Teachers are encouraged to participate on both days. However, if this is not possible, you may attend for only one day.


PARTICIPANTS
Alexander technique teachers & trainees 

DATE
Saturday & Sunday, 14 & 15 September 2019

TIME  
10:00-17:30 (1.5 h lunch break)

LOCATION  
Zwinglihaus, Gundeldigerstrasse 370, Basel 4053

LANGUAGES:
The forum will be in English and German

* COST

CHF 280 SBAT Active Members
CHF 320 SBAT Passive Members
CHF 350 SBAT Nonmembers
CHF 200 AT Trainees

Participation for only one day
CHF 150 SBAT Active Members
CHF 170 SBAT Passive Members
CHF 190 SBAT Nonmembers
CHF 110 AT Trainees

Register no later than 20 August 2019

By E-Mail to: info@alexandertechnik.ch

By Post to: Karin Reinhard, Geschäftsstelle SBAT In den Kleematten 10, 4105 Biel-Benken

All registrations are binding and you will be responsible for payment. Payment will be in cash in Swiss Francs on the day of the workshop.

PLEASE COME JOIN US IN BEAUTIFUL BASEL!

 

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Monika Gross prepared this short video for the SBAT/ASPAT Annual Meeting in April 2019 to introduce The Poise Project and its mission to SBAT/ASPAT members. (It is in English with German subtitles.)

 
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The Poise Project Objective for the SBAT Forum

To train you in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project.

We would like you to join our international teams helping to expand our AT4PD initiative, and also helping to launch new target population initiatives as we develop them.


Please consider joining our long-range efforts and being trained in THE POISE PROJECT strategic model. It has been three years since our launch, and these trainings are one of the ways that we will become sustainable for this ambitious project. Your participation will provide financial support for our programs, outreach, and ongoing research efforts.

Please also join THE POISE PROJECT trainings in Rheinfelden immediately following the SBAT-FORUM 2019:

16 September 2019
Professional Development Team Training:
Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2019/budapest-at-for-pd-training-98m6y

16 - 20 September 2019
Professional Teacher Training in “Poised for Parkinson’s” Course:
A replicable AT-based course for People living with Parkinson’s
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2019/rheinfelden-poised-for-parkinsons-course-training

Please also consider THE POISE PROJECT trainings in Budapest immediately preceding the SBAT-FORUM 2019:

5 & 6 September 2019
Professional Development Team Training:
Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2019/budapest-at-for-pd-training

8 - 12 September 2019
Professional Teacher Training in “Partnering with Poise” Course:
A replicable AT-based course for Family Caregivers
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2019/budapest-care-partner-course-training

Download THE POISE PROJECT Timeline 2016-2019 by clicking here to be inspired by all the amazing achievements that our strategic model and a small group of determined individuals have been able to accomplish so far!

THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is to help people maintain poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received four grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area. We have also received a 2019 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to deliver our care partner course to family caregivers of people with dementia.

 
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Monika Gross is the Executive Director and founder of The Poise ProjectÒ. She is a senior AT teacher, and has taught postural integrity and performance skills for 35 years. She had her first lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985, training in New York City with Lydia Yohay. Monika is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and of Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the Southeastern regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR), and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, is a member of Actors Equity Association, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and the Dramatists Guild, and she is the artistic director of At-A-Site Theater.

Monika has trained extensively in butoh dance, an avant garde Japanese approach that embodies a process of continuous transformation through conscious imagination. As the leader of The Poise Project's AT for Parkinson's initiative, she has delivered research and educational presentations, and organized AT for Parkinson's exhibition booth teams on convention floors, at the 2016 World Parkinson Congress; the 2018 Pan-American Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress; the 2018 American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine; and the 2017 and 2018 Charlotte NC Integrative Health Summits. Monika has led post-graduate AT teacher trainings in Parkinson's in cities across the US and in London and Dublin.
Email: monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website: thepoiseproject.org
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)

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Belinda Mello is an Alexander Technique senior teacher and movement specialist whose expertise is in communication, presentation, and the performing arts. With nearly 30 years experience in the field, she maintains a NYC studio, AT MOTION. She co-designed with Monika Gross The Poise Project “Partnering with Poise” AT-based course for care partners of people with long-term care needs. In addition to working with the Poise Project, Belinda co-produces the annual Freedom to ACT conference in NYC. She is on faculty at the SITI Conservatory, The Barrow Group, as well as the Alexander Residential Workshops in Spokane, WA. She travels to teach in Phoenix Arizona and to Toronto, Canada for 1550 Productions.

Belinda’s Alexander Technique teacher training began at The Alexander Foundation in Philadelphia and included study with the late Marjorie Barstow. She completed post- graduate training in the Carrington approach and continues to study with master teachers, including Dr. William Conable. Belinda is a member of ATI and was an associate member of ACAT. She holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Brooklyn College/City University of New York where from 2000-2016 Belinda was an adjunct Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College’s Theater Department where she taught Alexander Technique, Acting, Movement and Mask. Currently, Belinda is growing AT MOTION to include a team of Alexander Technique teachers who will provide a resource center for actors and other people who make presentations, providing classes, workshops and coaching.

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Dr. Anikó Ball has been practicing as a dentist for over thirty years. Anikó suffered frequently from neck, back and shoulder pain. Doctors and physical therapists offered short-term symptom relief without identifying her condition as work related. After being declared a ‘hopeless case’, Anikó prayed for help. Fortunately, she found out about the Alexander Technique, had lessons and got well. After wondering why she had not heard of AT earlier, Anikó realized that the way it is traditionally promoted and taught does not match the learning style of health professionals, an industry specific translation was required.

Anikó trained at the Melbourne Alexander School with the intention of taking AT to the dental profession and save her colleagues from suffering. She founded “Optimum Dental Posture” (a name that speaks to her profession) www.optimumdentalposture.com and began presenting about the Inner Ergonomic principles of AT at Australian Dental Conference and Congress events even before graduating as an Alexander teacher.

Anikó has been invited to present and conduct workshops around Australia and New Zealand by local Dental Associations, as part of their CPD courses. She has also presented workshops ‘Translating AT for the Dental Profession’ at the ’15 Limerick and ’18 Chicago AT Congress and the ’16 Melbourne AUSTAT Conference.

Anikó’s mission is to reduce the incidence of occupational musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry and to send a global message of hope for overcoming and preventing chronic pain. She has collaborated in a pilot study, conducted at the Melbourne Dental School, “Improving oral health students’ physical and mental wellbeing”, to show the benefits of training in the Inner Ergonomics of AT. Anikó’s vision is to introduce AT training modules at undergraduate level in dental schools. She has already presented to students and some of the faculty at Melbourne University.

 

THE POISE PROJECT PHOTO GALLERY

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The Poise Project AT for Parkinson’s teacher training in Los Angeles, April 2018.

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Monika Gross presenting research from The Poise Project pilot studies at the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan, June 2019.

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The graduates of The Poise Project’s first “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in Asheville NC for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners. The development of this course was funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and is part of a research project through the University of Idaho.

People living with Parkinson’s and their care partners who participated in The Poise Project “Poised for Parkinson’s” AT-based course in North Carolina in Spring 2019, funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and part of an IRB approved research study with AT teacher and research scientist Dr. Rajal Cohen at the University of Idaho.

Care partners of people living with Parkinson’s who participated in The Poise Project “Partnering with Poise” AT-based course at eight sites in North Carolina in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and part of an IRB approved research study with AT teacher and research scientist Dr. Rajal Cohen at the University of Idaho.

The Poise Project international “AT Tune Up TakeAways Photo Project”, where people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners share their AT takeaways after a first experience.

The Poise Project teacher teams at international conferences and public events around the United States.

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Budapest - The Poise Project "Partnering with Poise" Care Partner Course Teacher Training
Sep
8
to Sep 12

Budapest - The Poise Project "Partnering with Poise" Care Partner Course Teacher Training

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Budapest, Hungary

The Poise Project International Initiative

Professional Teacher Training in

“Partnering with Poise”

A replicable AT-based course for Family Caregivers

This training is part of The Poise Project international AT-based Replicable Programming project

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PARTICIPANTS:
AT Teachers with 5+ years of teaching experience

DATES: Sunday - Thursday, 8 - 12 September 2019

LOCATION:  Budapest, Hungary
Studio: 1136 Budapest, Szent István park 26 (MAP)

TIME:  10am-7:30pm each day

LANGUAGES:
The training will be in English and Hungarian

*COST
Hungarian Teachers - ATE Members US$250
(€225)
**Other Hungarian Teachers US$375 (€325)
Teachers from outside Hungary US$525 (€475)


**We will offer a similar discount to people coming from countries with high inflation. Please ask!

* All funds go to support The Poise Project's grassroots efforts in AT job creation, program development, research, implementation, and industry networking. This is how we are sustaining the nonprofit infrastructure and staff that makes this project possible over both the short and the long term. There are so many AT teacher opportunities and so much growth potential if we can work together with a strategic, targeted focus! Long-term payment plans are available for any AT teacher. We understand that you have financial pressure. This is WHY The Poise Project was created! We want to make sure that all AT teachers have new work opportunities and greater job security. We don't want cost to be a barrier to ANY interested and motivated team participant in this pioneering initiative. Please contact Monika Gross at info@thepoiseproject.org or Majer Attila at info@majerattila.hu



REGISTRATION LINK
Space is very limited
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/partnering-with-poise-teacher-training-budapest



For accommodation suggestions in Budapest if needed, please go down to the bottom of this page!


OBJECTIVE

To train experienced AT teachers to deliver this AT-based course for family care partners. Be part of a pioneering international project. We are organizing a team of teachers around the world to deliver the first-ever replicable AT-based course to broad socio-economic groups.

Please join this pioneering project! We have developed a successful course that can now be delivered in a wide variety of settings to a wide variety of family caregiver populations.

“Partnering with Poise” was developed with funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation. It was part of an IRB approved research study through the University of Idaho led by Dr. Rajal Cohen, who is the Scientific Consultant for The Poise Project. The course curriculum and protocols were written by Belinda Mello and Monika Gross. We also received a 2018 Research Grant from the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT).

“Partnering with Poise” is a ten-week group course for care partners that meets once a week for 90-minutes. It is designed for a maximum of 12 participants.

The course was delivered at ten sites in North Carolina and DC between September 2017-December 2018. Data was collected pre-course, post-course, and at 6 months and 12 months post course. This research has been presented at international conferences such as the the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine in Dallas in October 2018 and the World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto in June 2019, and will be presented at the International Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Society conference in Nice, France in September 2019.

Since the original development in North Carolina and DC of the course for care partners of people living with Parkinson’s disease, we have received a new grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and are delivering the course in Chapel Hill and Mount Holly NC to care partners of people with dementia. We also were contracted by IONA Senior Services in DC to run the course there for a general population of family caregivers. This was through funding from the DC Office of Aging and Community Living.


OUR GOAL

To reproduce this course at multiple sites around the world so that we can demonstrate the potential for successful expansion of similar AT-based subsidized programs for many other target populations. In this way we are working to remove barriers to access to the AT principles across broad socioeconomic groups.

There is great potential for successful expansion of this course. There is strong interest in funding new resources to relieve care partner burden. This is currently a trending, high priority focus at conferences and in the agendas of foundations and other institutional funders. Our AT-based course is in an excellent position to be a go-to service to meet this need. This can provide jobs for AT teachers, and it offers us all a practical way to connect the AT principles to the needs of the general public.

We now have teachers trained in America, Japan, and Hong Kong. Additional trainings in the US in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles are planned.



THE BUDAPEST TRAINING FOR THE “PARTNERING WITH POISE” COURSE WILL INCLUDE:

  • All parts of the detailed training course manual, including the ten class lesson plans; class structure; course goals; course terminology; and aspects of administering of course.

  • Basic training in understanding caregiver burden and stress and how the classes address those issues.

  • Video and other feedback from prior “Partnering with Poise” participants as well as information from the research we did in North Carolina.

  • How to understand and manage group dynamics in care partner class groups.

  • Basic training in The Poise Project strategic model and in the overall goals of the project and clarification of agreements with instructors.

  • Next steps, including ongoing communications and responsibilities; continued team support; strategies for finding funding and community partnerships locally; and future developments.


The training will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, and co-designer of the course.

Please contact Monika Gross for more details and with questions about the full scope of this project: 1-828-254-3102 (EST - GMT -5) or monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org

Please contact Majer Attila for questions in Hungarian, at info@majerattila.hu

Care partners who participated in the “Partnering with Poise” courses in North Carolina

BACKGROUND

The Poise Project administered our first grant from the Parkinson's Foundation in 2017-2018 to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD, “Partnering with Poise”, at eight sites in North Carolina. We received a second grant in early 2018 to expand this program into Washington DC. We are currently administering a third grant we received from the Parkinson's Foundation in mid-2018 to design and deliver a new AT-based course for PlwPD, “Poised for Parkinson’s”, at three sites in North Carolina, and a fourth grant in 2019 to expand it to three more locations in North Carolina.

In relation to these programs, we did research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD and care partners.

If you are also interested in training to teach “Poised for Parkinson’s”, our AT based course for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners, we will be offering that training later in the month in Rheinfelden Switzerland. Dates are Monday, 16 September - Friday, 20 September 2019. Please go to this link for information about that course and to register for it. There is a $150 discount if you sign up for both courses. Please contact Monika Gross for discounted payment:
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2019/rheinfelden-poised-for-parkinsons-course-training

Care Partner Course - Greensboro NC

Cleo, Clarice, Paul, Tom and Debbie in the “Partnering with Poise” course taught by Ashley Hyers in Greensboro NC, April 2018.

Betty and Tom from Greensboro NC talk about the “Partnering with Poise” course

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MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom.

Email: monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website: thepoiseproject.org
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)
Skype: thepoiseproject

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THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is to help people maintain poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received four grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area. We have also received a 2019 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to deliver our care partner course to family caregivers of people with dementia.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS IN BUDAPEST

We're happy to hear that you'd like to join us in Budapest. We don't have the capacity to arrange accommodation for all the participants, but we can happily recommend a simple and inexpensive suggestion. It is an apartment house that is only a 4 minutes walk from the location of the training course. It's called JUDIT APARTMENT: http://www.juditapartment.hu/?lang=en

Here is the location on a google map: MAP

You can find the information how to get there from the airport at this link: http://www.juditapartment.hu/locale.php

Here is a map showing the path from the apartment to the AT studio: MAP

Of course, there are also plenty of nearby apartments available on Airbnb, since the AT studio is located in the downtown area of Budapest.

We are very happy to welcome you to wonderful Budapest!

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Budapest - The Poise Project Alexander Technique for Parkinson's Initiative Teacher Training
Sep
5
to Sep 6

Budapest - The Poise Project Alexander Technique for Parkinson's Initiative Teacher Training

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Budapest, Hungary

The Poise Project International Initiative

Professional Development Team Training
for Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

The Poise Project's "AT for Parkinson's" International Initiative

Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's
and their Care Partners

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PARTICIPANTS: Alexander technique teachers & trainees

DATES: Thursday, September 5 - Friday, September 6, 2019

TIME:  10:00am-7:30pm both days (Includes breaks & 75 minutes for lunch)

LOCATION:  Budapest, Hungary
Studio: 1136 Budapest, Szent István park 26 (MAP)

LANGUAGES: The training will be in English and Hungarian

COST*
Hungarian Teachers or Trainees - ATE Members US$110 (€100)
**Other Hungarian Teachers or Trainees US$160 (€140)
Trainees from outside Hungary US$245 (€220)
Teachers from outside Hungary US$295 (€265)

**We will offer a similar discount to people coming from countries with high inflation. Please ask!

* All funds go to support The Poise Project's grassroots efforts in AT job creation, program development, research, implementation, and industry networking. This is how we are sustaining the nonprofit infrastructure and staff that makes this project possible over both the short and the long term. There are so many AT teacher opportunities and so much growth potential if we can work together with a strategic, targeted focus! Long-term payment plans are encouraged and available for any AT teacher. We understand that you have financial pressure. This is WHY The Poise Project was created! We want to make sure that all AT teachers have new work opportunities and greater job security. We don't want cost to be a barrier to ANY interested and motivated team participant in this pioneering initiative.

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/budapest-teachertrainee-at-for-parkinsons-training

For accommodation suggestions in Budapest if needed, please go down to the bottom of this page!


MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING

To train you in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that you can be on regional and international teams helping to expand our AT4PD initiative, and also to helping to launch new target population initiatives.

Please consider joining our long-range efforts. Even if your main interest may be with other target populations than the Parkinson’s community, we want you to join our team effort by being trained in The Poise Project strategic model. It has been three years since our launch, and these two-day trainings are one of the ways that we will become sustainable for this ambitious project. Your participation not only offers you training in best practices for AT for Parkinson’s, but it will provide financial support for our programs, outreach, and ongoing research efforts.

Participants in this team building day will be able to become part of our regional and international teams and be eligible for future program trainings as we roll out programming moving forward.

SECOND OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING

For AT professionals to learn about the particular needs of people living with Parkinson's disease (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population.

We will introduce you to best practices that we've been researching and how they can be presented in group settings. If you are interested in working with PlwPD in your private practice, you will have in depth information about PD and about the one-to-one AT applications for this population.

People living with Parkinson’s and their care partners who participated in the “Poised for Parkinson’s” courses in North Carolina.

The training will include a two-hour workshop with PlwPD and care partners from the local Budapest community who we will be invited to attend an informal 120-minute workshop during the second training day.

In this way the training participants will be able to have the opportunity to both observe the leader’s work with them as well as have time to work with members of the public themselves. We will all share feedback with one another afterwards.

Our focus during this training will be on how AT can help PlwPD develop practical skills for more independent self-management of motor symptoms affecting their balance, gait and postural tone, including falls, freezing, forward neck posture and slowed movement, as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, apathy, low volume speech, swallowing, and sleep interruption.

AT can offer PlwPD hope and increase their confidence, independence, and overall quality of life. AT can help them chose optimal postural tone and improve their overall functioning during iADLs (instrumental activities of daily living). It can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook to the spouses and other family members and care partners of PlwPD and greatly reduce caregiver burden and burnout. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The last part of the training will include a focus on the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD, and can be generalized to how AT can support care partners in many situations, especially when the care receivers have cognitive decline. It will focus on how to deliver AT in a way that gives practical ongoing skills for care partners to manage the physical and emotional demands of caregiving.

The training will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, and co-designer of the “Poised for Parkinson’s” AT-based course for PLwPD and their care partners.

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AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

 

In this training we will include:

  • Definition of Parkinson's and its symptoms 

  • Current research in AT for Parkinson’s disease

  • How traditional AT educational methodology can be adapted for this population and some best practices as recommended by AT teachers with expertise in the field

  • Working with middle and late stage PlwPD, particularly when there is cognitive decline.

  • Emotional and psychological considerations when working with individuals with a degenerative disease, both for participants and for teachers

  • The realities of financial concerns when delivering AT for PlwPD and a discussion of how we can work together to find future solutions to remove barriers to access

  • How best to talk about AT to the medical care providers, allied health professionals, and research scientists that you may come in contact with in the field of Parkinson's disease and when advocating for AT for this population

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT AT for Parkinson’s initiative and our targeted team presence at conferences and events, including the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland in 2016 and the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto in 2019. 

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PlwPD, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances.

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT "Partnering with Poise" care partner course that has been delivered at ten sites across North Carolina and Washington DC, and the “Poised for Parkinson’s” course for people living with Parkinson’s that has been delivered at three sites in North Carolina, both which were funded by the Parkinson's Foundation, and the IRB research studies of each of these courses that was done through the University of Idaho managed by AT teacher and research scientist, Dr. Rajal Cohen.


     

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

10:00am-1:30pm    Briefing on The Poise Project mission and strategic model, and the AT for Parkinson’s initiative to date (15 minute break included)

1:30pm-3:00pm  Lunch break

3:00pm-7:30PM Background on Parkinson’s symptoms and pathology, and current research on AT for Parkinson’s. Begin training in best practices in working with PlwPD (15 minute break included)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

10:00am-1:30pm Basic training in best practices in working with PlwPD.

1:30pm-2:45pm Lunch break

3:00pm-5:00pm Workshop with members of the local Parkinson’s community

5:15pm - 5:45pm  Debriefing & Discussion re workshop

5:45pm-6:30pm    Basic training for working with Care Partners -- not only specifically of PwP but also in general the physical and emotional demands on caregivers, especially in cases of care receivers with physical and cognitive decline

6:30pm-7:30pm    Sharing & Discussion of Next Steps

 
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Monika Gross presenting research from The Poise Project pilot studies at the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan, June 2019.

THE POISE PROJECT administered our first grant from the Parkinson's Foundation in 2017-2018 to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD, “Partnering with Poise”, at eight sites in North Carolina. We received a second grant in early 2018 to expand this program into Washington DC. We are currently administering a third grant we received from the Parkinson's Foundation in mid-2018 to design and deliver a new AT-based course for PlwPD, “Poised for Parkinson’s”, at three sites in North Carolina, and a fourth grant in 2019 to expand it to three more locations in North Carolina.

In relation to these programs, we did research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD and care partners.

Teachers who participate in this AT for Parkinson’s initiative training will be considered part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for our future class programming and research projects for PlwPD and care partners as new classes are created and regional expansion occurs, as well as being part of the pool of AT professionals trained in our strategic model to assist in community outreach for all our future initiatives.

 
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The graduates of The Poise Project’s first “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in Asheville NC for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners. The development of this course was funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and is part of a research project through the University of Idaho.

 
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Meredith McIntosh, Monika Gross, Suzy Perkins and Shellie Cash at the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day October 2017.

 
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MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom.

Email: monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website: thepoiseproject.org
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)
Skype: thepoiseproject

TPP NEW table throw 2018 screenshot small.jpg

THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is to help people maintain poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received four grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area. We have also received a 2019 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to deliver our care partner course to family caregivers of people with dementia.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS IN BUDAPEST

We're happy to hear that you'd like to join us in Budapest. We don't have the capacity to arrange accommodation for all the participants, but we can happily recommend a simple and inexpensive suggestion. It is an apartment house that is only a 4 minutes walk from the location of the training course. It's called JUDIT APARTMENT: http://www.juditapartment.hu/?lang=en

Here is the location on a google map: MAP

You can find the information how to get there from the airport at this link: http://www.juditapartment.hu/locale.php

Here is a map showing the path from the apartment to the AT studio: MAP

Of course, there are also plenty of nearby apartments available on Airbnb, since the AT studio is located in the downtown area of Budapest.

We are very happy to welcome you to wonderful Budapest!

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Charlotte NC - The Poise Project "Poised for Parkinson's" Course Teacher Training
Jul
14
to Jul 18

Charlotte NC - The Poise Project "Poised for Parkinson's" Course Teacher Training

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Charlotte NC

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Teacher Training in

“Poised for Parkinson’s” Course

A replicable AT-based course for
People Living With Parkinson’s and their Care Partners

 

DATES
Sunday, July 14 - Thursday, July 18, 2019

LOCATION
Anatomywise Studio
115 North Main Street, Suite 212
Mount Holly NC
(15 minutes from Charlotte Douglas Airport) (MAP)

TIMES 
Sunday-Wednesday 10:00am-7:30pm
Thursday 10:00am-5:00pm

COST: $750 - AT Teachers with 5+ years of teaching experience


All funds go to support The Poise Project's grassroots efforts in AT job creation, program development, research, implementation, and industry networking. This is how we are sustaining the nonprofit infrastructure and staff that makes this project possible over both the short and the long term. There are so many AT teacher opportunities and so much growth potential if we can work together with a strategic, targeted focus!

Long-term payment plans are encouraged and available for any AT teacher. We understand that you have financial pressure. This is WHY The Poise Project was created! We want to make sure that all AT teachers have new work opportunities and greater job security. We don't want cost to be a barrier to ANY interested and motivated team participant in this pioneering initiative.

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OBJECTIVE

To train experienced AT teachers to deliver this AT-based course for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners. You will be part of an important international project. We are organizing a team of teachers around the world to deliver the first-ever replicable AT-based course to broad socio-economic groups.

Please join this pioneering project! We have developed a successful course that can now be delivered in a wide variety of settings, regions, and countries.

“Poised for Parkinson’s” was developed with funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation. It was part of an IRB approved research study through the University of Idaho led by Dr. Rajal Cohen, who is the Scientific Consultant for The Poise Project. The course curriculum and protocols were written by Monika Gross and Monica Norcia.

“Poised for Parkinson’s” is an eight-week group course meeting twice a week for 90-minutes with a maximum of 12 participants.

The course was delivered four times at sites in North Carolina between January 2019-May 2019. As part of a pilot study, data from these four courses was collected pre-course and post-course, and will also be collected at 4 months and 8 months post course. We also are using a control group to measure outcomes against.

Our preliminary data has already been presented at the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan in June 2019 and the American Society for the Alexander Technique in New York City in July 2019. We will be presenting additional data at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Nice, France in September 2019, and at the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine in Chicago in November 2019.

Both our qualitative and our quantitative data look very strong! We are incredibly encouraged by the interest that is being expressed to us from medical and allied health professionals to have this new approach to improving the quality of life of their patients and their patients’ families. The course has terrific potential to become a sought after and rewarding element in current interdisciplinary care for people living with Parkinson’s.

Monika Gross presenting research on the “Poised for Parkinson’s” course at the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan, June 4-7, 2019

Monika Gross presenting research on the “Poised for Parkinson’s” course at the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan, June 4-7, 2019


OUR GOAL

To reproduce this course at multiple sites around the world so that we can demonstrate the potential for a successful expansion of AT-based subsidized programs for other target populations as well. In this way we are working strategically to remove barriers to access to the AT principles across broader socioeconomic groups.

Our other AT-based replicable program, “Partnering with Poise”, a self-care course for care partners, has been very successful. Again through initial funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation, we ran the course at 10 sites in NC and DC, and did a pilot study with data again presented at international conferences. The course is easily adapted to any group of care partners, and we have since received a new grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and are delivering the course in Chapel Hill and Mount Holly NC to care partners of people living with dementia. We also were contracted by IONA Senior Services in DC to run the course there for a general population of family caregivers. This was through funding from the DC Office of Aging and Community Living.

There is such great potential for successful expansion of both of these courses!

This year we are training teachers in America and Europe to launch “Poised for Parkinsons’”.

WE WILL COVER:

  • All parts of the detailed training course manual, including the sixteen class lesson plans; class structure; course goals; course terminology; and detailed aspects of administering the course.

  • In depth training in understanding Parkinson’s disease and how each of the sixteen classes address those issues.

  • Video and other feedback from prior “Poised for Parkinson’s” participants as well as information from the research we did in North Carolina.

  • How to understand, manage, and troubleshoot the group dynamics in these blended classes of people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners.

  • Basic training in The Poise Project strategic model and in the overall goals of the project and clarification of agreements with instructors.

  • Next steps, including ongoing communications and responsibilities; continued team support; strategies for finding funding and community partnerships locally; and future developments.

The Charlotte training will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, and designer of the course.

Please contact Monika Gross for more details and with questions about the full scope of this project: 828-254-3102 or monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/charlotte-poised-for-parkinsons-course-training

Some Participants from “Poised for Parkinson’s” courses in North Carolina

BACKGROUND

The Poise Project administered our first grant from the Parkinson's Foundation in 2017-2018 to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD, “Partnering with Poise”, at eight sites in North Carolina. We received a second grant in early 2018 to expand this program into Washington DC. We received our third grant from the Parkinson's Foundation in mid-2018 to design and deliver this new AT-based course for PlwPD, “Poised for Parkinson’s”, at three sites in North Carolina, and a fourth grant in 2019 to expand it to three more locations in North Carolina.

In relation to these programs, we did research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD and care partners.

We are planning 2019 trainings in these courses in North Carolina in July; in California in August; in Budapest and in Basel in September; and in Chicago in October/November.

Graduation celebration of participants in a “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in Asheville NC, May 2019

Graduation celebration of participants in a “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in Asheville NC, May 2019


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MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom.

Email: monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website: thepoiseproject.org
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)
Skype: thepoiseproject

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THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is to help people maintain poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received four grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area. We have also received a 2019 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to deliver our care partner course to family caregivers of people with dementia.

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New York City - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles
Jul
2
3:00 PM15:00

New York City - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles

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An introduction to basic Alexander technique (AT) principles that can improve general functioning during daily life, increase confidence, and improve overall quality of life. Principles can be applied during normal daily activities as well as during any exercise program.

For People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD), as well as their whole Care Partner Team of spouses and other family members.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 3:00pm-5:00pm

LOCATION:  
La Mama Studios
47 Great Jones Street
NY NY 10012

Workshop is free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is limited

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/new-york-city-at-for-parkinsons

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK, October 2016

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK, October 2016

You are invited to an interactive afternoon where:

  • As a Person Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help improve your balance, alignment and movement, and prevent falls and "freezing."
     

  • As a Care Partner of a PlwPD you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

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Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PlwPD how to actively choose and use functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone, empowering them to manage their physical symptoms, increasing their independence and enhancing their overall quality of life. Non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue and sleep interruption can also be addressed using AT principles.

This workshop also offers an opportunity for local Alexander technique (AT) specialists who have completed a specialized training in working with PwP to have the opportunity to apply and practice their skills with feedback from workshop participants.

Instructors will be  Monika Gross & local area Alexander technique instructors

 
The graduates of The Poise Project’s first “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in Asheville NC for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners. The development of this course was funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and is part of a research project through the University of Idaho.

The graduates of The Poise Project’s first “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in Asheville NC for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners. The development of this course was funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and is part of a research project through the University of Idaho.

MONIKA GROSS is the Executive Director of THE POISE PROJECT, an independent nonprofit created in 2016 in the USA for the sole purpose of bringing the principles of Alexander technique (AT) to a broader population. Our mission is maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life. Monika presented the model for THE POISE PROJECT in a workshop in August 2015 at the 10th International Congress of the FM Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her strategic model draws on six years of research that grew out of her interest in facilitating broader access to the educational principles of AT through targeted initiatives, with "AT for Parkinson's" being the first.  

Monika is a senior teacher of the Alexander technique, had her first AT lesson in 1976, and was certified in 1985. She taught in New York City for 25 years and in North Carolina since 2010. From 2011-12 she was on the faculty of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. Monika is a member of the Western North Carolina AT teacher consortium: Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR), is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) with the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA). Her particular passion is in preserving natural poise in children and youth.

Email:  monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website:  thepoiseproject.org
Phone:  (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)               
Skype: thepoiseproject

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THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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New York City - The Poise Project Alexander Technique for Parkinson's Initiative Teacher Training
Jul
1
to Jul 2

New York City - The Poise Project Alexander Technique for Parkinson's Initiative Teacher Training

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New York City

Professional Development Team Training
for Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

The Poise Project's "AT for Parkinson's" International Initiative

Adapting AT for

People Living with Parkinson's
and their Care Partners

 

DATES: Monday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 2, 2019

TIME:  10:00am-7:30pm both days (Includes breaks & 75 minutes for lunch)

LOCATION: 

La Mama Studios
47 Great Jones Street, NY NY 10012

$325 AT Teachers    $225 AT Trainees  

MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING

To train you in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that you can be on regional teams involved in expanding our AT4PD initiative, and also to help launch new target population initiatives.

Please consider joining our long-range efforts! Even if your main interest may be with other target populations than the Parkinson’s community, we want you to join our team effort by being trained in The Poise Project strategic model. It has been three years since our launch, and these two-day trainings are one of the ways that we will be sustainable for this ambitious project. Your participation not only offers you training in best practices for AT for Parkinson’s, but it will support financially our programs and outreach and ongoing research efforts.

SECOND OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING

For AT professionals to learn about the particular needs of people living with Parkinson's disease (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population.

We will introduce you to some best practices that we've been researching and how they can be presented in group settings. If you are interested in working with PlwPD in your private practice, you will have in depth information about PD and about the one-to-one AT applications for this population.
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The training will include a two-hour workshop with PlwPD and care partners from the local NYC community who we will be invited to attend an informal 120-minute workshop during the training day.

In this way the training day participants will be able to have the opportunity to both observe the leader’s work with them as well as have time to work with the group themselves. We will all share feedback with one another afterwards. There will be training sections of shared video clips from people living with Parkinson's and their care partners who have benefitted from AT and are advocating for it as part of our AT4PD initiative, as well as videos from public workshops and from our new “Poised for Parkinson’s” course for PlwPD that we did a recent pilot study of at three sites in North Carolina. We will share the results from that research that was just presented at the World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto in early June.

Participants in this team building day will be able to be part of our regional teams and future program trainings as we roll out programming in 2019 and moving forward.

The training will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, and co-designer of the “Poised for Parkinson’s” AT-based course for PLwPD and their care partners.

Our focus during this training will be on how AT can help PlwPD develop practical skills for more independent self-management of motor symptoms affecting their balance, gait and postural tone, including falls, freezing, forward neck posture and slowed movement, as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, apathy, low volume speech, swallowing, and sleep interruption.

AT can offer PlwPD hope and increase their confidence, independence, and overall quality of life. AT can help them chose optimal postural tone and improve their overall functioning during iADLs (instrumental activities of daily living). It can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook to the spouses and other family members and care partners of PlwPD and greatly reduce caregiver burden and burnout. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The last part of the training will include a focus on the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD, and can be generalized to how AT can support care partners in many situations, especially when the care receivers have cognitive decline. It will focus on how to deliver AT in a way that gives practical ongoing skills for care partners to manage the physical and emotional demands of caregiving.

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited

https://www.thepoiseproject.org/nyc-at-for-pd-training

Ingrid Forsyth, Carol Chung, Lisa First and Karen Kleiner at the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day in Raleigh in November 2018

Ingrid Forsyth, Carol Chung, Lisa First and Karen Kleiner at the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day in Raleigh in November 2018

The Poise Project administered our first grant from the Parkinson's Foundation in 2017-2018 to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD, “Partnering with Poise”, at eight sites in North Carolina. We received a second grant in early 2018 to expand this program into Washington DC. We are currently administering a third grant we received from the Parkinson's Foundation in mid-2018 to design and deliver a new AT-based course for PlwPD, “Poised for Parkinson’s”, at three sites in North Carolina, and a fourth grant in 2019 to expand it to three more locations in North Carolina.

In relation to these programs, we did research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD and care partners.

Teachers who participate in this AT for Parkinson’s initiative training will be considered part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for our future class programming and research projects for PlwPD and care partners as new classes are created and regional expansion occurs, as well as being part of the pool of AT professionals trained in our strategic model to assist in community outreach for all our future initiatives.

We are planning 2019 trainings in these courses in North Carolina in July; in California in August; in Budapest and in Basel in September; and in Chicago in October/November.

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

 
We will cover

  • Definition of Parkinson's and its symptoms 

  • Current research in AT for PD

  • How traditional AT educational methodology can be adapted for this population and some best practices as recommended by AT teachers with expertise in the field

  • Working with middle and late stage PlwPD, particularly when there is cognitive decline.

  • Emotional and psychological considerations when working with individuals with a degenerative disease, both for participants and for teachers

  • The realities of financial concerns when delivering AT for PlwPD and a discussion of how we can work together to find future solutions to remove barriers to access

  • How best to talk about AT to the medical care providers, allied health professionals, and research scientists that you may come in contact with in the field of Parkinson's disease and when advocating for AT for this population

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT AT for PD initiative and our targeted team presence at conferences and events, including the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland in 2016 and the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto in 2019. 

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PlwPD, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances. Report on THE POISE PROJECT "Partnering with Poise" care partner courses that have been delivered at eight sites across North Carolina funded by the Parkinson's Foundation, and it's IRB research study through the University of Idaho managed by AT teacher and research scientist, Dr. Rajal Cohen.
     

SCHEDULE

MONDAY, JULY 1

10:00am-1:30pm    Briefing on The Poise Project mission and strategic model, and the AT for Parkinson’s initiative to date (15 minute break included)

1:30pm-3:00pm  Lunch break

3:00pm-7:30PM Background on Parkinson’s symptoms and pathology, and current research on AT for Parkinson’s. Begin training in best practices in working with PlwPD (15 minute break included)

TUESDAY, JULY 2

10:00am-1:30pm Basic training in best practices in working with PlwPD.

1:30pm-2:45pm Lunch break

3:00pm-5:00pm Workshop with members of the local Parkinson’s community

5:15pm - 5:45pm  Debriefing & Discussion re workshop

5:45pm-6:30pm    Basic training for working with Care Partners -- not only specifically of PwP but also in general the physical and emotional demands on caregivers, especially in cases of care receivers with physical and cognitive decline

6:30pm-7:30pm    Questions, Sharing and Next Steps

The graduates of The Poise Project’s first “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in Asheville NC for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners. The development of this course was funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and is part of a research project through the University of Idaho.

The graduates of The Poise Project’s first “Poised for Parkinson’s” course in Asheville NC for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners. The development of this course was funded by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, and is part of a research project through the University of Idaho.

Meredith McIntosh, Monika Gross, Suzy Perkins and Shellie Cash at the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day October 2017.

Meredith McIntosh, Monika Gross, Suzy Perkins and Shellie Cash at the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day October 2017.

MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom.

Email: monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website: thepoiseproject.org
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)
Skype: thepoiseproject

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THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is to help people maintain poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received four grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area. We have also received a 2019 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to deliver our care partner course to family caregivers of people with dementia.

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New York City - The Poise Project "Partnering with Poise" Care Partner Course Teacher Training
Jun
21
to Jun 25

New York City - The Poise Project "Partnering with Poise" Care Partner Course Teacher Training

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Teacher Training in

“Partnering with Poise” Self-Care Course for Care Partners

A replicable AT-based course for Family Caregivers

 

DATES: Friday, June 21 - Tuesday, June 26, 2019

LOCATION:  La Mama Studios
47 Great Jones Street, NY NY 10012

TIMES:  
Friday, June 21 - 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, June 22 - 10am-5:30pm
Sunday, June 23 - 10am-5:30pm
Monday, June 24 - 9:30am-7:30pm (@ Balance Arts Center, 151 W 30th St, 3rd Floor, NY NY 10001)
Tuesday, June 25 - 10:00am-7:30pm

COST: $725 - AT Teachers with 5+ years of teaching experience only

OBJECTIVE

To train experienced AT teachers to deliver this AT-based course for family care partners. Be part of a pioneering international project. We are organizing a team of teachers around the world to deliver the first-ever replicable AT-based course to broad socio-economic groups.

Please join this pioneering project! We have developed a successful course that can now be delivered in a wide variety of settings to a wide variety of family caregiver populations.

“Partnering with Poise” was developed with funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation. It was part of an IRB approved research study through the University of Idaho led by Dr. Rajal Cohen, who is the Scientific Consultant for The Poise Project. The course curriculum and protocols were written by Belinda Mello and Monika Gross. We also received a 2018 AmSAT Research Grant.

“Partnering with Poise” is a ten-week group course meeting once a week for 90-minutes. It is designed for a maximum of 12 participants.

The course was delivered at ten sites in North Carolina and DC between September 2017-December 2018. Data was collected pre-course, post-course, and at 6 months and 12 months post course. This research has been presented at international conferences such as the the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine in Dallas in October 2018 and the World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto in June 2019, and will be presented at the International Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Society conference in Nice, France in September 2019.


OUR GOAL

To reproduce this course at multiple sites around the world so that we can demonstrate the potential for successful expansion of similar AT-based subsidized programs for many other target populations. In this way we are working to remove barriers to access to the AT principles across broad socioeconomic groups.

Since the original development in North Carolina and DC of the course for care partners of people living with Parkinson’s disease, we have received a new grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and are delivering the course in Chapel Hill and Mount Holly NC to care partners of people with dementia. We also were contracted by IONA Senior Services in DC to run the course there for a general population of family caregivers. This was through funding from the DC Office of Aging and Community Living.

There is great potential for successful expansion of this course. There is strong interest in funding new resources to relieve care partner burden. This is currently a trending, high priority focus at conferences and in the agendas of foundations and other institutional funders. Our AT-based course is in an excellent position to be a go-to service to meet this need. This can provide jobs for AT teachers, and it offers us all a practical way to connect the AT principles to the needs of the general public.

We now have teachers trained in America and in Japan. We will have a training for teachers in Europe in Budapest this Fall, and additional trainings in the US are planned.

WE WILL COVER:

  • All parts of the detailed training course manual, including the ten class lesson plans; class structure; course goals; course terminology; and aspects of administering of course.

  • Basic training in understanding caregiver burden and stress and how the classes address those issues.

  • Video and other feedback from prior “Partnering with Poise” participants as well as information from the research we did in North Carolina.

  • How to understand and manage group dynamics in care partner class groups.

  • Basic training in The Poise Project strategic model and in the overall goals of the project and clarification of agreements with instructors.

  • Next steps, including ongoing communications and responsibilities; continued team support; strategies for finding funding and community partnerships locally; and future developments.

The NYC training will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, and co-designer of the course. Co-designer Belinda Mello will join the training on Monday, June 24.

Please contact Monika Gross for more details and with questions about the full scope of this project: 828-254-3102 or monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/partnering-with-poise-teacher-training

Payment plans can be arranged.

Some Participants from “Partnering with Poise” courses in North Carolina

BACKGROUND

The Poise Project administered our first grant from the Parkinson's Foundation in 2017-2018 to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD, “Partnering with Poise”, at eight sites in North Carolina. We received a second grant in early 2018 to expand this program into Washington DC. We are currently administering a third grant we received from the Parkinson's Foundation in mid-2018 to design and deliver a new AT-based course for PlwPD, “Poised for Parkinson’s”, at three sites in North Carolina, and a fourth grant in 2019 to expand it to three more locations in North Carolina.

In relation to these programs, we did research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD and care partners.

We are planning 2019 trainings in these courses in North Carolina in July; in California in August; in Budapest and in Basel in September; and in Chicago in October/November.

Cleo, Clarice, Paul, Tom and Debbie in the “Partnering with Poise” course taught by Ashley Hyers in Greensboro NC, April 2018.

Cleo, Clarice, Paul, Tom and Debbie in the “Partnering with Poise” course taught by Ashley Hyers in Greensboro NC, April 2018.

Betty and Tom from Greensboro NC talk about the “Partnering with Poise” course

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MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom.

Email: monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website: thepoiseproject.org
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)
Skype: thepoiseproject

The Poise Project logo.png

THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is to help people maintain poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received four grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area. We have also received a 2019 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to deliver our care partner course to family caregivers of people with dementia.

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Chapel Hill NC - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles
Jan
5
3:00 PM15:00

Chapel Hill NC - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles

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An introduction to basic Alexander technique (AT) principles that can improve general functioning during daily life, increase confidence, and improve overall quality of life. Principles can be applied during normal daily activities as well as during any exercise program.

For People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD), as well as their whole Care Partner Team of spouses and other family members.

Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 3:00pm-4:45pm

LOCATION:  
Robert & Pearl Seymour Center
2551 Homestead Road
Chapel Hill NC 27516

Workshop is free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is limited

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/chapel-hill-nc-alexander-technique-for-parkinsons-public-workshop

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

You are invited to an interactive afternoon where:

  • As a Person Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help improve your balance, alignment and movement, and prevent falls and "freezing."
     

  • As a Care Partner of a PlwPD you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

Take Aways - San Jose - feeling lighter.jpg

 

Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PlwPD how to actively choose and use functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone, empowering them to manage their physical symptoms, increasing their independence and enhancing their overall quality of life. Non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue and sleep interruption can also be addressed using AT principles.

This workshop also offers an opportunity for local Alexander technique (AT) specialists who have completed a specialized training in working with PwP to have the opportunity to apply and practice their skills with feedback from workshop participants.

Instructor:  Monika Gross & local area Alexander technique instructors

MONIKA GROSS is the Executive Director of THE POISE PROJECT, an independent nonprofit created in 2016 in the USA for the sole purpose of bringing the principles of Alexander technique (AT) to a broader population. Our mission is maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life. Monika presented the model for THE POISE PROJECT in a workshop in August 2015 at the 10th International Congress of the FM Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her strategic model draws on six years of research that grew out of her interest in facilitating broader access to the educational principles of AT through targeted initiatives, with "AT for Parkinson's" being the first.  

Monika is a senior teacher of the Alexander technique, had her first AT lesson in 1976, and was certified in 1985. She taught in New York City for 25 years and in North Carolina since 2010. From 2011-12 she was on the faculty of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. Monika is a member of the Western North Carolina AT teacher consortium: Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR), is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) with the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA). Her particular passion is in preserving natural poise in children and youth.

Email:  monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website:  thepoiseproject.org
Phone:  (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)               
Skype: thepoiseproject

TPP NEW table throw 2018 screenshot small.jpg

THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Chapel Hill NC - Team Building & Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Jan
5
9:00 AM09:00

Chapel Hill NC - Team Building & Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

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Chapel Hill NC

Professional Development Training Day
for Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

The Poise Project's "AT for Parkinson's" Initiative:

Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's
and their Care Partners

 

DATE: Saturday, January 5, 2019

TIME:  9:00am-7:00pm (includes breaks, with an hour and a half for lunch)

LOCATION: 

Robert & Pearl Seymour Center
2551 Homestead Road
Chapel Hill NC 27516

$195 AT Teachers    $150 AT Trainees  
    



The main objective of this training day:

To train participants in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that they can become part of regional teams involved in expanding our ongoing AT4PD initiative, and launching new initiatives. Please consider joining our efforts! Even if your main interest may be with other populations, you will become part of our team effort to connect to regional communities by being trained in our Poise Project strategic model. And our training days are one of the ways that we are trying to be sustainable for the next eight years of this ten year project. Your participation supports financially all of our programs and outreach and research efforts.



The second objective:

To learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. We will introduce you to some of the best practices that we've been exploring and how they can be presented in group settings. Or if you are interested in working with PlwPD in your private practice, you will have in depth information about PD and about one-to-one AT applications for this population.
 

The training day will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project.

Included will be training sections videotaped of Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at University of California San Francisco, as well as videos from people living with Parkinson's and their care partners who have benefitted from AT and are advocating for it as part of our AT4PD initiative.

We are also reaching out to PlwPD and care partners from the local community who we will be invited to attend an informal 90-minute workshop during the training day. In this way the training day participants will be able to have the opportunity to work with them and receive their feedback.

Participants in this team building day will be able to be part of our regional teams and future program trainings as we roll out programming in 2019 and moving forward.

Ingrid Forsyth, Carol Chung, Lisa First and Karen Kleiner at the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day in Raleigh in November 2018

Ingrid Forsyth, Carol Chung, Lisa First and Karen Kleiner at the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day in Raleigh in November 2018



The Poise Project administered a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD at eight sites in North Carolina in 2017-2018. We have received a second grant to expand this program into Washington DC for Fall 2018. We will also be working to initiate patient referral programs in partnership with area neurologists modeled on a program we have in place in the Bay Area in Northern California. And we are currently administering a third grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to design and deliver an new AT-based course for PlwPD at three sites in NC.

In relation to these programs, we are applying for funding for research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD as compared to exercise programs and other interventions.

Teachers who participate in this day of training will be considered part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for our future class programming and research projects for PlwPD and care partners as new classes are created and regional expansion occurs, as well as being part of the pool of AT professionals trained in our strategic model to assist in community outreach for all our future initiatives.

Our focus during this training day will be on how AT can help PlwPD develop practical skills for more independent self-management of motor symptoms affecting their balance, gait and postural tone, including falls, freezing, forward neck posture and slowed movement, as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, apathy, low volume speech, swallowing, and sleep interruption.

AT can offer PlwPD hope and increase their confidence, independence, and overall quality of life. AT can help them chose optimal postural tone and improve their overall functioning during iADLs (instrumental activities of daily living). It can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook to the spouses and other family members and care partners of PlwPD and greatly reduce caregiver burden and burnout. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The second half of the training day will include a focus on the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD, and can be generalized to how AT can support care partners in many situations, especially when the care receivers have cognitive decline. It will focus on how to deliver AT in a way that gives practical ongoing skills for care partners to manage the physical and emotional demands of caregiving.

 

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited

https://www.thepoiseproject.org/chapel-hill-teachertrainee-at-for-parkinsons-training-day


AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

 
Some of the topics we will cover:


  • Definition of Parkinson's and symptoms
     

  • Current research in AT for PD
     

  • How traditional AT educational methodology can be adapted for this population and some best practices as recommended by AT teachers with expertise in the field
     

  • Working with middle and late stage PlwPD, particularly when there is cognitive decline.
     

  • Emotional and psychological considerations when working with individuals with a degenerative disease, both for participants and for teachers
     

  • The realities of financial concerns when delivering AT for PlwPD and a discussion of how we can work together to find future solutions to removing barriers to access
     

  • How best to talk about AT to the medical care providers, allied health professionals, and research scientists that you may come in contact with in the field of Parkinson's disease and when advocating for AT for this population
     

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT AT for PD initiative and our targeted team presence at the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland OR in September 2016 as well as our continued broad outreach across the US and internationally, including launching an "International AT for PD Year of Awareness" in February 2018 in London and Dublin. 
     

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PlwPD, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances. Report on THE POISE PROJECT "Partnering with Poise" care partner courses that have been delivered at eight sites across North Carolina funded by the Parkinson's Foundation, and it's IRB research study through the University of Idaho managed by AT teacher and research scientist, Dr. Rajal Cohen.
     

SCHEDULE

9:00am-1:30pm    Briefing on The Poise Project mission and strategic model & basic training for working with PlwPD (15 minute break included)

1:30pm-3:00pm  Lunch break

3:00pm-4:45pm    An AT workshop for PlwPD and their care partners invited from the local Parkinson's community

4:45pm-5:00pm Break

5:00pm - 5:45pm  Debriefing & Discussion re workshop

5:45pm-6:30pm    Basic training for working with Care Partners -- not only specifically of PwP but also in general the physical and emotional demands on caregivers, especially in cases of care receivers with physical and cognitive decline

6:30pm-7:00pm    Questions, Sharing and Next Steps

Meredith McIntosh, Monika Gross, Suzy Perkins and Shellie Cash at the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day October 2017.

Meredith McIntosh, Monika Gross, Suzy Perkins and Shellie Cash at the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day October 2017.

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MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom.

Email: monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website: thepoiseproject.org
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)
Skype: thepoiseproject

Dr_Maya_Katz.jpg

DR. MAYA KATZ is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center. She specializes in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. Her research interests include identifying disease modification strategies and improving outcomes for patients treated with deep brain stimulation. She is also interested in developing multidisciplinary clinical approaches that incorporate palliative care principles.

Dr. Katz obtained her medical degree at Cornell University. She completed her residency in Neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She then completed her Movement Disorders Fellowship at UCSF in 2013. Dr. Katz is board certified in Neurology and is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

TPP NEW table throw 2018 screenshot small.jpg

THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Chicago - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles
Oct
13
3:30 PM15:30

Chicago - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles

AT for PD BANNER.png

An introduction to basic Alexander technique (AT) principles that can improve general functioning during daily life, increase confidence, and improve overall quality of life. Principles can be applied during normal daily activities as well as during any exercise program.

For People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD), as well as their whole Care Partner Team of spouses and other family members.
 

Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 3:30pm-5:15pm

LOCATION:  
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
355 East Erie
Chicago 60611

(Specific Information about room location, parking and public transportation will be sent to you.)

Workshop is free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is limited

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/chicago-parkinsons-workshop

 

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

You are invited to an interactive afternoon where:

  • As a Person Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help improve your balance, alignment and movement, and prevent falls and "freezing."
     

  • As a Care Partner of a PlwPD you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

Take Aways - San Jose - feeling lighter.jpg

 

Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PlwPD how to actively choose and use functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone, empowering them to manage their physical symptoms, increasing their independence and enhancing their overall quality of life. Non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue and sleep interruption can also be addressed using AT principles.

This workshop also offers an opportunity for local Alexander technique (AT) specialists who have completed a specialized training in working with PwP to have the opportunity to apply and practice their skills with feedback from workshop participants.

Instructor:  Monika Gross & local Alexander technique instructors

MONIKA GROSS is the Executive Director of THE POISE PROJECT, an independent nonprofit created in 2016 in the USA for the sole purpose of bringing the principles of Alexander technique (AT) to a broader population. Our mission is maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life. Monika presented the model for THE POISE PROJECT in a workshop in August 2015 at the 10th International Congress of the FM Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her strategic model draws on six years of research that grew out of her interest in facilitating broader access to the educational principles of AT through targeted initiatives, with "AT for Parkinson's" being the first.  

Monika is a senior teacher of the Alexander technique, had her first AT lesson in 1976, and was certified in 1985. She taught in New York City for 25 years and in North Carolina since 2010. From 2011-12 she was on the faculty of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. Monika is a member of the Western North Carolina AT teacher consortium: Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR), is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) with the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA). Her particular passion is in preserving natural poise in children and youth.

Email:  monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website:  thepoiseproject.org
Phone:  (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)               
Skype: thepoiseproject

TPP NEW table throw 2018 screenshot small.jpg

THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Chicago - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Oct
13
9:30 AM09:30

Chicago - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

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Chicago!

Professional Development Training Day
for Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

The Poise Project's "AT for Parkinson's" Initiative:

Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's
and their Care Partners

 

DATE: Saturday, October 13, 2018

TIME:  9:30am-7:30pm (includes breaks, with an hour and a half for lunch)

LOCATION: Shirley Ryan Activity Lab, 355 East Erie Street, Chicago IL 60610.

Come to the Tenth Floor, Auditorium D

$195 AT Teachers    $150 AT Trainees  
    

The main objective of this training day:

To train participants in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that they can become part of regional teams involved in expanding our ongoing AT4PD initiative, and launching new initiatives. Please consider joining our efforts! Even if your main interest may be with other populations, you will become part of our team effort to connect to regional communities by being trained in our Poise Project strategic model. And our training days are one of the ways that we are trying to be sustainable for the next eight years of this ten year project. Your participation supports financially all of our programs and outreach and research efforts.


The second objective:

To learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. We will introduce you to some of the best practices that we've been exploring and how they can be presented in group settings. Or if you are interested in working with PlwPD in your private practice, you will have in depth information about PD and about one-to-one AT applications for this population.
 

The training day will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project.

Included will be training sections videotaped of Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at University of California San Francisco, as well as videos from people living with Parkinson's and their care partners who have benefitted from AT and are advocating for it as part of our AT4PD initiative.

We are also reaching out to PlwPD and care partners from the local community who we will be invited to attend an informal 90-minute workshop during the training day. In this way the training day participants will be able to have the opportunity to work with them and receive their feedback.

Participants in the training day will also be invited to be part of The Poise Project team at the Parkinson’s Foundation Chicago Moving Day® event the next day - Sunday, October 14. We will have a resource table, and offer “Poise Tune Ups” at the table, as well as have a “Poise Tune Up Station” the course during the walk. You can see photos from other Moving Day’s where we’ve offered this at this link. 

The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Chicago team members, October 2017  See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this  LINK

The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Chicago team members, October 2017

See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this LINK


The Poise Project administered a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD at eight sites in North Carolina in 2017-2018. We have received a second grant to expand this program into Washington DC for Fall 2018. We will also be working to initiate patient referral programs in partnership with area neurologists modeled on a program we have in place in the Bay Area in Northern California. And we are currently administering a third grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to design and deliver an new AT-based course for PlwPD at three sites in NC.

In relation to these programs, we are applying for funding for research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD as compared to exercise programs and other interventions.

Teachers who participate in this day of training will be considered part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for our future class programming and research projects for PlwPD and care partners as new classes are created and regional expansion occurs, as well as being part of the pool of AT professionals trained in our strategic model to assist in community outreach for all our future initiatives.

Our focus during this training day will be on how AT can help PlwPD develop practical skills for more independent self-management of motor symptoms affecting their balance, gait and postural tone, including falls, freezing, forward neck posture and slowed movement, as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, apathy, low volume speech, swallowing, and sleep interruption.

AT can offer PlwPD hope and increase their confidence, independence, and overall quality of life. AT can help them chose optimal postural tone and improve their overall functioning during iADLs (instrumental activities of daily living). It can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook to the spouses and other family members and care partners of PlwPD and greatly reduce caregiver burden and burnout. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The second half of the training day will include a focus on the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD, and can be generalized to how AT can support care partners in many situations, especially when the care receivers have cognitive decline. It will focus on how to deliver AT in a way that gives practical ongoing skills for care partners to manage the physical and emotional demands of caregiving.

 

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited

www.thepoiseproject.org/chicago-registration

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

 
Some of the topics we will cover:


  • Definition of Parkinson's and symptoms
     

  • Current research in AT for PD
     

  • How traditional AT educational methodology can be adapted for this population and some best practices as recommended by AT teachers with expertise in the field
     

  • Working with middle and late stage PlwPD, particularly when there is cognitive decline.
     

  • Emotional and psychological considerations when working with individuals with a degenerative disease, both for participants and for teachers
     

  • The realities of financial concerns when delivering AT for PlwPD and a discussion of how we can work together to find future solutions to removing barriers to access
     

  • How best to talk about AT to the medical care providers, allied health professionals, and research scientists that you may come in contact with in the field of Parkinson's disease and when advocating for AT for this population
     

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT AT for PD initiative and our targeted team presence at the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland OR in September 2016 as well as our continued broad outreach across the US and internationally, including launching an "International AT for PD Year of Awareness" in February 2018 in London and Dublin. 
     

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PlwPD, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances. Report on THE POISE PROJECT "Partnering with Poise" care partner courses that have been delivered at eight sites across North Carolina funded by the Parkinson's Foundation, and it's IRB research study through the University of Idaho managed by AT teacher and research scientist, Dr. Rajal Cohen.
     

Andrew McCann gives a Tune UP - widened awareness.jpg

SCHEDULE

9:30am-2:00pm    Briefing on The Poise Project mission and strategic model & basic training for working with PlwPD (15 minute break included)

2:00pm-3:30pm  Lunch break

3:30pm-5:15pm    An AT workshop for PlwPD and their care partners invited from the local Parkinson's community

5:15pm-5:30pm Break

5:30pm - 6:15pm  Debriefing & Discussion re workshop

6:15pm-7:00pm    Basic training for working with Care Partners -- not only specifically of PwP but also in general the physical and emotional demands on caregivers, especially in cases of care receivers with physical and cognitive decline

7:00pm-7:30pm    Questions, Sharing and Next Steps

 

26) London - AT for PD Public Workhop - sitting.jpg

MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom.

Email: monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website: thepoiseproject.org
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)
Skype: thepoiseproject

Dr_Maya_Katz.jpg

DR. MAYA KATZ is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center. She specializes in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. Her research interests include identifying disease modification strategies and improving outcomes for patients treated with deep brain stimulation. She is also interested in developing multidisciplinary clinical approaches that incorporate palliative care principles.

Dr. Katz obtained her medical degree at Cornell University. She completed her residency in Neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She then completed her Movement Disorders Fellowship at UCSF in 2013. Dr. Katz is board certified in Neurology and is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

TPP NEW table throw 2018 screenshot small.jpg

THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Boston - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles
Oct
11
3:30 PM15:30

Boston - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles

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An introduction to basic Alexander technique (AT) principles that can improve general functioning during daily life, increase confidence, and improve overall quality of life. Principles can be applied during normal daily activities as well as during any exercise program.

For People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD), as well as their whole Care Partner Team of spouses and other family members.
 

Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 3:30pm-5:15pm

LOCATION:  
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115

In the Action Lab @ 425 Richards Hall, Fourth Floor

Workshop is free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is limited

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/boston-at-workshop

 

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

You are invited to an interactive afternoon where:

  • As a Person Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help improve your balance, alignment and movement, and prevent falls and "freezing."
     

  • As a Care Partner of a PlwPD you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

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Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PlwPD how to actively choose and use functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone, empowering them to manage their physical symptoms, increasing their independence and enhancing their overall quality of life. Non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue and sleep interruption can also be addressed using AT principles.

This workshop also offers an opportunity for local Alexander technique (AT) specialists who have completed a specialized training in working with PwP to have the opportunity to apply and practice their skills with feedback from workshop participants.

Instructor:  Monika Gross & local Alexander technique instructors

MONIKA GROSS is the Executive Director of THE POISE PROJECT, an independent nonprofit created in 2016 in the USA for the sole purpose of bringing the principles of Alexander technique (AT) to a broader population. Our mission is maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life. Monika presented the model for THE POISE PROJECT in a workshop in August 2015 at the 10th International Congress of the FM Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her strategic model draws on six years of research that grew out of her interest in facilitating broader access to the educational principles of AT through targeted initiatives, with "AT for Parkinson's" being the first.  

Monika is a senior teacher of the Alexander technique, had her first AT lesson in 1976, and was certified in 1985. She taught in New York City for 25 years and in North Carolina since 2010. From 2011-12 she was on the faculty of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. Monika is a member of the Western North Carolina AT teacher consortium: Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR), is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) with the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA). Her particular passion is in preserving natural poise in children and youth.

Email:  monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website:  thepoiseproject.org
Phone:  (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)               
Skype: thepoiseproject

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THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Boston - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Oct
11
9:30 AM09:30

Boston - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

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Boston!

Professional Development Training Day
for Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

The Poise Project's "AT for Parkinson's" Initiative:

Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's
and their Care Partners

 

DATE: Thursday, October 11, 2018

TIME:  9:30am-7:30pm (includes breaks, with an hour and a half for lunch)

LOCATION:  

Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115

In the Action Lab @ 425 Richards Hall, Fourth Floor

$195 AT Teachers    $150 AT Trainees  
    

The main objective of this training day:

To train participants in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that they can become part of regional teams involved in expanding our ongoing AT4PD initiative, and launching new initiatives. Please consider joining our efforts! Even if your main interest may be with other populations, you will become part of our team effort to connect to regional communities by being trained in our Poise Project strategic model. And our training days are one of the ways that we are trying to be sustainable for the next eight years of this ten year project. Your participation supports financially all of our programs and outreach and research efforts.


The second objective:

To learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. We will introduce you to some of the best practices that we've been exploring and how they can be presented in group settings. Or if you are interested in working with PlwPD in your private practice, you will have in depth information about PD and about one-to-one AT applications for this population.
 

The training day will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project.

Included will be training sections videotaped of Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at University of California San Francisco, as well as videos from people living with Parkinson's and their care partners who have benefitted from AT and are advocating for it as part of our AT4PD initiative.

We are also reaching out to PlwPD and care partners from the local community who we will be invited to attend an informal 90-minute workshop during the training day. In this way the training day participants will be able to have the opportunity to work with them and receive their feedback.

Participants in the workshop will also be invited to be part of The Poise Project team at the Parkinson’s Foundation Boston Moving Day® event that Saturday, October 13. We will have a resource table, and offer “Poise Tune Ups” at the table, as well as have a “Poise Tune Up Station” the course during the walk. You can see photos from other Moving Day’s where we’ve offered this at this link.

The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Boston team members, October 2017  See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this  LINK

The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Boston team members, October 2017

See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this LINK


The Poise Project administered a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD at eight sites in North Carolina in 2017-2018. We have received a second grant to expand this program into Washington DC for Fall 2018. We will also be working to initiate patient referral programs in partnership with area neurologists modeled on a program we have in place in the Bay Area in Northern California. And we are currently administering a third grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to design and deliver an new AT-based course for PlwPD at three sites in NC.

In relation to these programs, we are applying for funding for research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD as compared to exercise programs and other interventions.

Teachers who participate in this day of training will be considered part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for our future class programming and research projects for PlwPD and care partners as new classes are created and regional expansion occurs, as well as being part of the pool of AT professionals trained in our strategic model to assist in community outreach for all our future initiatives.

Our focus during this training day will be on how AT can help PlwPD develop practical skills for more independent self-management of motor symptoms affecting their balance, gait and postural tone, including falls, freezing, forward neck posture and slowed movement, as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, apathy, low volume speech, swallowing, and sleep interruption.

AT can offer PlwPD hope and increase their confidence, independence, and overall quality of life. AT can help them chose optimal postural tone and improve their overall functioning during iADLs (instrumental activities of daily living). It can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook to the spouses and other family members and care partners of PlwPD and greatly reduce caregiver burden and burnout. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The second half of the training day will include a focus on the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD, and can be generalized to how AT can support care partners in many situations, especially when the care receivers have cognitive decline. It will focus on how to deliver AT in a way that gives practical ongoing skills for care partners to manage the physical and emotional demands of caregiving.

 

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited

www.thepoiseproject.org/boston-registration 

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

 
Some of the topics we will cover:


  • Definition of Parkinson's and symptoms
     

  • Current research in AT for PD
     

  • How traditional AT educational methodology can be adapted for this population and some best practices as recommended by AT teachers with expertise in the field
     

  • Working with middle and late stage PlwPD, particularly when there is cognitive decline.
     

  • Emotional and psychological considerations when working with individuals with a degenerative disease, both for participants and for teachers
     

  • The realities of financial concerns when delivering AT for PlwPD and a discussion of how we can work together to find future solutions to removing barriers to access
     

  • How best to talk about AT to the medical care providers, allied health professionals, and research scientists that you may come in contact with in the field of Parkinson's disease and when advocating for AT for this population
     

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT AT for PD initiative and our targeted team presence at the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland OR in September 2016 as well as our continued broad outreach across the US and internationally, including launching an "International AT for PD Year of Awareness" in February 2018 in London and Dublin. 
     

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PlwPD, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances. Report on THE POISE PROJECT "Partnering with Poise" care partner courses that have been delivered at eight sites across North Carolina funded by the Parkinson's Foundation, and it's IRB research study through the University of Idaho managed by AT teacher and research scientist, Dr. Rajal Cohen.
     

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SCHEDULE

9:30am-2:00pm    Briefing on The Poise Project mission and strategic model & basic training for working with PlwPD (15 minute break included)

2:00pm-3:30pm  Lunch break

3:30pm-5:15pm    An AT workshop for PlwPD and their care partners invited from the local Parkinson's community

5:15pm-5:30pm Break

5:30pm - 6:15pm  Debriefing & Discussion re workshop

6:15pm-7:00pm    Basic training for working with Care Partners -- not only specifically of PwP but also in general the physical and emotional demands on caregivers, especially in cases of care receivers with physical and cognitive decline

7:00pm-7:30pm    Questions, Sharing and Next Steps

 

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MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom.

Email: monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website: thepoiseproject.org
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)
Skype: thepoiseproject

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DR. MAYA KATZ is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center. She specializes in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. Her research interests include identifying disease modification strategies and improving outcomes for patients treated with deep brain stimulation. She is also interested in developing multidisciplinary clinical approaches that incorporate palliative care principles.

Dr. Katz obtained her medical degree at Cornell University. She completed her residency in Neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She then completed her Movement Disorders Fellowship at UCSF in 2013. Dr. Katz is board certified in Neurology and is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

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THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Chevy Chase - Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's
Oct
2
to Dec 11

Chevy Chase - Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's

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THE POISE PROJECT® ANNOUNCES A NEW COURSE

FOR CARE PARTNERS of people living with Parkinson's disease

 

"PARTNERING WITH POISE"

an Alexander technique (AT) based course

 

Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:00pm starting October 2, 2018

Center for Family Well-being

5039 Connecticut Ave NW #7, Washington DC 20008 


Registration for this course: https://www.thepoiseproject.org/center-for-family-well-being

 

 

We also have a second location,
if the Chevy Chase course doesn't fit your schedule:

Mondays, 2:00-3:30pm starting September 24

Grand Oaks Assisted Living

5901 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20016


Registration for this course: https://www.thepoiseproject.org/grand-oaks


 

 


All Classes are free
 

Registration is required.

Please use the links above to register for the course of your choice.

 

This course offers a supportive group setting to learn skills and strategies based on Alexander technique (AT) to manage the many daily physical and emotional challenges that Parkinson's brings into your lives.

It is focused on the needs of the caregiver independent of their care receiver.

 

The program consists of a ten-week group class meeting for 90 minutes per week. It is understood that not all participants will be able to attend all classes.  Click here to download a flyer about the course.

This course is part of an ongoing IRB approved research study on caregiving through the University of Idaho. The study involves two 60-minute individually scheduled pre- and post-class evaluation sessions, two 45-minute pre- and post-class online surveys, and a brief post-course evaluation form.   Click here to download a flyer about the research study.    

Alexander technique (AT) is a well-established approach for skillfully managing stressful circumstances. AT training has also been found to be effective in reducing physical symptoms such as chronic neck and back pain—common complaints for caregivers. It has been demonstrated that AT training has long-term retention of benefits.

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Questions?
Please contact Monika Gross
Executive Director, The Poise Project

828-254-3102

info@thepoiseproject.org


 

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The Poise Project® is a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We design and deliver Alexander-based programs that give people living with Parkinson's greater confidence to manage their physical symptoms and increase their independence, confidence, and quality of life.

Our programs for care partners help them gain skills to manage the physical and emotional demands of long term caregiving, as well as to cue their loved ones for using the AT principles in their daily life, while also fostering a supportive community with one another.

To learn more about The Poise Project®, visit: thepoiseproject.org

 
THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

To learn more about the Moving Day® events nationwide, visit: www.movingdaywalk.org/

For more information about the Parkinson's Foundation, visit: www.parkinson.org 

 

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)

Learn more about the American Society for the Alexander Technique www.amsatonline.org

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Washington DC - Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's
Sep
24
to Dec 3

Washington DC - Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's

  • Grand Oaks Assisted Living (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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THE POISE PROJECT® ANNOUNCES A NEW COURSE

FOR CARE PARTNERS of people living with Parkinson's disease

 

"PARTNERING WITH POISE"

an Alexander technique (AT) based course

 

Two Locations
 

Mondays, 2:00-3:30pm starting September 24, 2018

Grand Oaks Assisted Living

5901 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20016


Registration for this course: https://www.thepoiseproject.org/grand-oaks


 

Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:00pm starting October 2, 2018

Center for Family Well-being

5039 Connecticut Ave NW #7, Washington DC 20008 


Registration for this course: https://www.thepoiseproject.org/center-for-family-well-being

 


All Classes are free
 

Registration is required.

Please use the links above to register for the course of your choice.

 

This course offers a supportive group setting to learn skills and strategies based on Alexander technique (AT) to manage the many daily physical and emotional challenges that Parkinson's brings into your lives.

It is focused on the needs of the caregiver independent of their care receiver.

 

The program consists of a ten-week group class meeting for 90 minutes per week. It is understood that not all participants will be able to attend all classes.  Click here to download a flyer about the course.

This course is part of an ongoing IRB approved research study on caregiving through the University of Idaho. The study involves two 60-minute individually scheduled pre- and post-class evaluation sessions, two 45-minute pre- and post-class online surveys, and a brief post-course evaluation form.   Click here to download a flyer about the research study.    

Alexander technique (AT) is a well-established approach for skillfully managing stressful circumstances. AT training has also been found to be effective in reducing physical symptoms such as chronic neck and back pain—common complaints for caregivers. It has been demonstrated that AT training has long-term retention of benefits.

Class on the floor 2.png

 

Questions?
Please contact Monika Gross
Executive Director, The Poise Project

828-254-3102

info@thepoiseproject.org


 

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