HomeCEUConnection firmly believes in a mixture of learning mediums to facilitate continuing education, just take our Live Webinars, Seminars-on-Demand, text based courses, and now our live conference & expo – Rehab Rally, as proof! Each of these mediums has its rightful place in the learning environment. I recently read a published article in the New Yorker magazine which discussed the impact of social isolation and concluded that simply to exist as a normal human being requires interaction with other people. A couple of key points I found relevant:
- We are social creatures and isolation is harmful.
- Individuals need personal contact with others to satisfy deep primitive psychological needs.
Granted, there are many ways for us to have human interaction (spouse, children, friends, etc..). However, from a professional continuing education standpoint, face-to-face meetings can help meet these needs in a professional environment. This is a fancy way of saying that we occasionally need the interaction that face-to-face meetings can provide.
Face-to-face meetings allow members to:
- a fun opportunity to observe body language and engage in conversation
- afford participants a trusting environment to develop lasting professional relationships
- allow side-line conversations and networking opportunities among participants for information sharing and exchange
All of the above is why we have developed the live face-to-face meeting option for you in our course offerings. Each year we produce Rehab Rally Conference & Expo for the therapist that desires to have that human interaction with their professional peers (and for those whose continuing education requirements deem it necessary, like Illinois Physical Therapists. So join us in Chicago this August 24-26th at Rehab Rally to engage and plug in with other like minded therapists – it will do a body good!
Sources: 1 Gawande, A. Hellhole. The New Yorker, March 30, 2009, pages 36-45