This course provides insight into recognizing some common diagnoses, proper referrals to take with mental health and appropriate screening tools Physical Therapists can use. The course includes four sections; The connection between Psychology and Physical Therapy, Criteria for diagnosing mental health disorders, PT interaction tips for mental health disorders and Proper referral steps for mental health.
Note: Many states recognize courses offered by APTA and it's components(chapters and sections). FPTS did not seek separate approval from those states that do not automatically accept APTA component courses.
Kirstin Bonning, PT, DPT
Since 2014, Doctor of Physical Therapy Kirstin Bonning has served at the Veterans Affairs facility in Los Angeles, serving our nation’s veteran population. As the primary physical therapist for the VA's Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Program, Dr. Bonning is part of a multidisciplinary pain science team featuring psychology and occupational therapy, incorporating the latest evidence-based pain science to multiple veteran groups. Recently, she has expanded her focus to include integrating physical therapy into the facility’s HPACT program creating greater access to our homeless veterans. Dr. Bonning’s treatment style is positioned around patient-centered care and utilizes Whole Health principles, mindfulness, yoga, and committed action to empower veterans with their health and wellbeing. Prior to her move to Los Angeles, Dr. Bonning spent nearly a decade with the orthopedic population. After graduating in 2006 from SUNY Buffalo, she specialized in the areas of sports medicine as well as women’s health where she expanded her expertise in the field of breast cancer rehab and pelvic floor dysfunctions.
In her spare time, Dr. Bonning enjoys exploring Los Angeles, relaxing with her geriatric cat, and surfing the occasional wave.