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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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

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

 

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)

COST
Hungarian Teachers or Trainees who are Members of the Association US$90 (€80)
Other Hungarian Teachers or Trainees US$140 (€120)
Trainees from outside Hungary US$225 (€200)
Teachers from outside Hungary US$275 (€245)

*Payment plans can be arranged. Contact Monika Gross @ info@thepoiseproject.org

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

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.

Interested participants will also be eligible if interested to be part of our exhibit team at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Nice, France, September 23-26. Please contact Monika Gross directly for more information: info@thepoiseproject.org

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.

Participants who completed the “Poised for Parkinson’s” course for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners 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

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

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

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

 
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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

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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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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

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Teacher Training in

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

A replicable AT-based course for Family Caregivers

 

PARTICIPANTS: AT Teachers with 5+ years of teaching experience

DATES: Sunday, September 8 - Friday, September 12, 2019

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

TIMES:  
Sunday, September 8 - 10am-7:30pm
Monday, September 9 - 10:00am-7:30pm
Tuesday, September 10 - 10:00am-7:30pm
Wednesday, September 11 - 10:00am-7:30pm
Thursday, September 12 - 10:00am-7:30pm

COST:
Hungarian Teachers who are Members of the Association US$225 (€200)
Other Hungarian Teachers US$350 (€300)
Teachers from outside Hungary US$500 (€450)

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

Payment plans can be arranged.

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.

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 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

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.

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

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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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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

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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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.

Instructor:  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

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.

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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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New York City

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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

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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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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.

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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 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.

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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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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.
     

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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

 

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

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:  
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.

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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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

16) Graphic - AT for PD BANNER.png

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


 

Take Aways - San Jose - More unwound.jpg
TakeAwayLA.Even though I want to help others I need to pause and take care of myself too.jpg
Debbie and Clarice.png
 
TPP NEW table throw 2018 screenshot small.jpg

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 (Sibley Hospital) - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles
Sep
5
2:00 PM14:00

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

  • Sibley Medical Building - Building A (map)
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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.
 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 2:00pm-4:00pm

LOCATION:  
Sibley Medical Building - Building A
5215 Loughboro Road N.W.
Washington DC 20016
(Conference Room 1)

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
AS SPACE IS LIMITED

TO REGISTER, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/sibley-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.

We will also be recruiting for participants for a course for care partners of PlwPD that is launching at two sites in Greater DC starting the week of September 24, 2018. The course is free to participants and is paid for by a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

DC Alexander technique (AT) specialist Diana Bradley offers an AT "Tune Up" at the DC Moving Day® walk, June 2018

DC Alexander technique (AT) specialist Diana Bradley offers an AT "Tune Up" at the DC Moving Day® walk, June 2018

Instructor:  Monika Gross & local Alexander technique instructors

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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 natural poise 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

Poise Project Table Cloth banner.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 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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Washington DC (Chevy Chase) - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles
Sep
4
10:30 AM10:30

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

  • The Center for Family Well-Being (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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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, September 4, 2018 from 10:30am-12:00pm

LOCATION:  
The Center for Family Well-Being
5039 Connecticut Avenue, NW #7
Washington, DC 20008 (MAP)

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
AS SPACE IS LIMITED

TO REGISTER, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/chevy-chase-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.

We will also be recruiting for participants for a course for care partners of PlwPD that is launching at two sites in Greater DC starting the week of September 24, 2018. The course is free to participants and is paid for by a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

Instructor:  Monika Gross & local Alexander technique instructors

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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 natural poise 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

Poise Project Table Cloth banner.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 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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Silver Spring MD - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles
Sep
1
3:00 PM15:00

Silver Spring MD - 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, September 1, 2018 from 3:00pm-4:30pm

LOCATION:  
Crossings Healing & Wellness
8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 300
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (MAP)

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

TO REGISTER, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/silver-spring-md-at-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.

We will also be recruiting for participants for a course for care partners of PlwPD that is launching at two sites in Greater DC starting the week of September 24, 2018. The course is free to participants and is paid for by a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

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 natural poise 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

Poise Project Table Cloth banner.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 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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Washington DC - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Sep
1
9:30 AM09:30

Washington DC - 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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Washington DC

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, September 1, 2018

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

LOCATION:  Crossings Healing & Wellness
8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 300
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (MAP)

$195 AT Teachers    $150 AT Trainees  
    

The main objective of this training day will be 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. If you are interested in working with PlwPD in your practice, please join this training day.

The second objective is 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. 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.
 

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. 

The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® DC teacher team, June 2018  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® DC teacher team, June 2018

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, so please book early!

https://www.thepoiseproject.org/teacher-training-dc

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

2:00pm-3:00pm  Lunch break

3:00pm-4:30pm    An AT workshop for PlwPD and their care partners invited from the local Parkinson's community

4:30pm-5:30pm  Debriefing Discussion re workshop

5:30pm-6:45pm    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

6:45pm-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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Introduction to Alexander technique (AT) in Patient Care
May
16
8:30 AM08:30

Introduction to Alexander technique (AT) in Patient Care

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Introduction to Alexander technique (AT) in Patient Care

Target Audience

Medical and allied health professionals, including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, mental health professionals, clinicians, health and human service practitioners, and other health care professionals, as well as exercise professionals and athletic trainers.

Description

The Alexander technique (AT) is a tool for patient self-management. AT is an educational approach to improving functional patterns of posture and movement during everyday activities. Training in AT principles helps patients develop a better self-orienting way of thinking that is then combined with whatever they are doing in their daily lives. Adaptive Alexander-based programs show clients how to choose functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone. This helps them increase motor self-management and enhances their independence and overall quality of life. Training in AT principles fundamentally develops the individual's overall ability to make mindful choices about how to respond to the stressors of life, whether they are psychological or physiological in origin. 

This workshop will clarify the role of the AT specialist in enhancing a patient's ability to be a more active, skilled partner in both preventative and rehabilitative care while increasing the potential for increased benefit from all care team interventions.


Speaker
Monika Gross
mAmSAT, mATI, RSME, BFA

Objectives

  • Identify the history and development of Alexander technique (AT) as an embodied mindfulness approach.
  • Summarize AT principles and how they relate to human functioning, agency, self-regulation, and overall retention of Self.
  • Describe the role of the AT specialist in patient care and the specialized training necessary for certification.
  • Identify the benefits for patients in training in AT principles.
  • Discuss existing research indicating the benefits of AT principles to particular target populations.
  • Recognize the methods used by AT specialists to train individuals in the AT principles in a variety of delivery settings.
  • Offer participants the opportunity to learn by experiencing a small sampling of these training methods.
  • Apply ways to cue and support patients in reinforcing their new AT-based orientation.

Registration

Introduction to Alexander technique (AT) in Patient Care
May 16, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
 

Contact

Susan Walker, 704-512-6516

*Registration payment includes Credit Cards and Interfund Transfers only.

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San Diego - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop (FULL)
Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

San Diego - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop (FULL)

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

 

Our Workshop has filled to capacity, so unfortunately we can no longer take reservations. However, we will be organizing more Alexander technique (AT)-based workshops and classes for the Parkinson's community in San Diego! We also will be able to connect you to local AT specialists.

If you would like us to keep you informed, please click on the link below and fill out the form and we will contact you about any future AT lessons, workshops or classes in the San Diego area!

https://www.thepoiseproject.org/san-diego-future-programming

 

We are also having a similar workshop in North Los Angeles on Friday, April 27, 2018, and we do have spaces in that at this time. If you would like to register for that one, or you know someone who would like to attend there, please go to this link for more information: 
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/north-los-angeles-workshop

 

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

"AT for Parkinson's" is an initiative of The Poise Project®

 

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.

  • 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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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 natural poise 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 natural poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through 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.

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San Diego - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Apr
29
9:30 AM09:30

San Diego - 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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San Diego

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: Sunday, April 29, 2018

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

LOCATION:  
County of San Diego
Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA)
Health Services Complex
Public Health Services Administration
3851 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92101-311            (MAP)

$195 AT Teachers    $150 AT Trainees  
    

The main objective of this training day will be 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. 

The second objective is to train participants in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that they can become part of regional teams involved in our ongoing AT4PD initiative.
 

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 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. 

The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® LA teacher team, 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® LA teacher team, October 2017

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


The Poise Project has a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver classes 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 in 2018-2019. We will be working to expand this and other programs into Southern California. We will also be working to initiate patient referral programs in partnership with area neurologists, as we have in place now in the Bay Area.

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.

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, so please book early!


https://www.thepoiseproject.org/teacher-training-san-diego

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

2:00pm-3:00pm  Lunch break

3:00pm-4:30pm    An AT workshop for PlwPD and their care partners invited from the local Parkinson's community

4:30pm-5:30pm  Debriefing Discussion re workshop

5:30pm-6:45pm    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

6:45pm-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. It has received a $25,000 Parkinson's Foundation 2017 Moving Day® Community Grant to deliver AT-based classes to care partners of people living with Parkinson's disease at six sites across North Carolina. 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 & Functiona, and has a private AT practice in Asheville and in Charlotte 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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North Los Angeles - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop
Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

North Los Angeles - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop

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An introduction to basic Alexander technique (AT) principles that can improve general functioning, increase confidence, and improve overall quality of life and 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 broader Care Partner Team of spouses and other family members.
 

Friday, April 27, 2018 from 3:00pm-4:30pm

LOCATION:  
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
23845 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355   (MAP)

 

WORKSHOP IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is limited

TO REGISTER, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/north-los-angeles-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 natural poise 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 natural poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through 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.

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North LA - Professional Development Training Day:  Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

North LA - Professional Development Training Day: Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

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North Los Angeles

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: Friday, April 27, 2018

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

LOCATION:  Stevensons Ranch Library, 25950 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381  (MAP)

$195 AT Teachers    $150 AT Trainees  
    

The main objective of this training day will be 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. 

The second objective is to train participants in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that they can become part of regional teams involved in our ongoing AT4PD initiative.
 

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 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. 

The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® LA teacher team, 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® LA teacher team, October 2017

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


The Poise Project has a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver classes 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 in 2018-2019. We will be working to expand this and other programs into Southern California. We will also be working to initiate patient referral programs in partnership with area neurologists, as we have in place now in the Bay Area.

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.

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, so please book early!

https://www.thepoiseproject.org/teacher-training-los-angeles
 

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

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

2:00pm-3:00pm  Lunch break

3:00pm-4:30pm    An AT workshop for PlwPD and their care partners invited from the local Parkinson's community

4:30pm-5:30pm  Debriefing Discussion re workshop

5:30pm-6:45pm    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

6:45pm-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. It has received a $25,000 Parkinson's Foundation 2017 Moving Day® Community Grant to deliver AT-based classes to care partners of people living with Parkinson's disease at six sites across North Carolina. 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 & Functiona, and has a private AT practice in Asheville and in Charlotte 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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"Partnering with Poise" - Winston-Salem NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's
Apr
9
to Jun 11

"Partnering with Poise" - Winston-Salem NC 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"
 

Ten week Alexander technique based course
 

Winston-Salem NC:  April 9 - June 11, 2018

Mondays from 3:00pm-4:30pm

All Classes are free
Funding for respite care is available

Registration is required

 

This course offers a supportive group setting to learn skills and strategies based on Alexander technique to manage the 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, plus a research study that involves two 60-minute individually scheduled sessions for pre- and post-class evaluations and two 60-minute pre- and post-class written surveys.

Some funding for respite care for the care recipients of participants is available.  Evaluation forms will be collected from participants to measure outcomes.            

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.

 

To participate in this program,
please contact Monika Gross at:

828-254-3102 or 212-327-2978 or info@thepoiseproject.org


 

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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

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)

 

The Poise Project® is a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through 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

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"Partnering with Poise" - Boone NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's
Mar
27
to Jun 5

"Partnering with Poise" - Boone NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's

Poise Project Table Cloth banner.png

THE POISE PROJECT® ANNOUNCES A NEW COURSE

FOR CARE PARTNERS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE


"Partnering with Poise"
 

Ten week Alexander technique based course
 

Boone NC:  March 27 - June 6 2018

Tuesdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm

All Classes are free
Funding for respite care is available

Registration is required

 

This course offers a supportive group setting to learn skills and strategies based on Alexander technique to manage the 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, plus a research study that involves two 60-minute individually scheduled sessions for pre- and post-class evaluations and two 60-minute pre- and post-class written surveys.

Some funding for respite care for the care recipients of participants is available.  Evaluation forms will be collected from participants to measure outcomes.            

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.

 

To participate in this program,
please contact Monika Gross at:

828-254-3102 or 212-327-2978 or info@thepoiseproject.org

 
 

Take Aways - San Jose - More unwound.jpg
TakeAwayLA.Even though I want to help others I need to pause and take care of myself too.jpg
 
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

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)

 

The Poise Project® is a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We design and deliver Alexander-based programs that give people living with Parkinson's gr