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2021  Webinar Series

FSBPT provided some educational content that would normally occur during the Annual Meeting via a series of webinars throughout the year. To watch some of these webinars, log in to the FSBPT Portal and access them through the Community Resources Directory or the Member Resources Directory.

Regulatory Currents

January 28, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Dale Atkinson

A review of recent case law and legislation related to regulation.

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The Human Side of Ethics

February 10, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Chuck Gallagher

In 1987, at the height of his career, Chuck Gallagher made some bad choices. He went from wearing a business suit to an orange jumpsuit. Chuck has experienced firsthand how easy it is to move from ethical to unethical. Having rebuilt his life — the lessons Chuck learned allow him to share a unique perspective that will raise ethics awareness to a new level. He will share valuable insights and a positive, compelling message.

The Future of the Professions in the Age of COVID-19

February 25, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Daniel Susskind

In this talk, Daniel Susskind will explore the future of the professions in the age of COVID-19. Drawing on his best-selling books, The Future of the Professions (OUP, 2015) and A World Without Work (Allen Lane, 2020), he will set out two futures for the professions. Both rest on technology. One is reassuringly familiar. It is a more efficient version of what we have today. The other is transformational—a gradual replacement of professionals by increasingly capable systems. In an Internet society, the professions will look remarkably different from today, and we will neither need nor want lawyers, doctors, teachers, architects, the clergy, consultants, and many others to work as they did in the twentieth century.

The Good, the Bad, and the Crazy: The Most Intriguing Recent Legal Cases

March 11, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Jennifer Semko

Join us for this legal education session—with a twist. Jennifer Semko returns with a lighthearted take on some of the most interesting recent US legal cases. From noteworthy regulatory rulings to ridiculous lawsuits that somehow made it to court, this session will inform and entertain you and will ensure that you never look at lawyers quite the same way again.

Exploring Unconscious Bias

March 23, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Jonathan Webb

Jonathan Webb, the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, will discuss implicit bias and how it can affect health care practitioners and regulators.

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Promoting Prevention through Practice Advice: A Proactive Approach to Regulation

April 7, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Harvey Aikman, Kathy Arney, Tom Pennington

Protecting the public means more than punishing licensees who have harmed patients. Regulators have a role in preventing harm from taking place. Providing practice advice through educational materials, FAQs, or direct communications can protect the public and help meet your charge as regulators. Learn how three jurisdictions are attempting to prevent harm by providing practice advice.

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An Overview of Trauma’s Impact on Boundary Violation Investigations

April 14, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Michael Milnor and Nancy Oglesby

This session will address the challenges and best practices of investigating sexual assault and boundary violations. We will look at how the brain reacts when experiencing trauma and the impact this has on memory, emotions, and behavior. Drawing on this, we will discuss what investigators and fact-finders need to understand in order to best evaluate boundary violation cases. This session will be team taught by a career sexual assault prosecutor and a retired Chief of Police.

Who Do You Think You Are? The Impact of Professional Identity on Professional Practice

April 28, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Zubin Austin

In professions such as medicine, pharmacy, and nursing, there is increasing interest in understanding how professional identity and self-understanding of profession-hood shapes clinical practice and day-to-day interactions with patients and colleagues. Professional identity defines characteristics such as trust and capacity to collaborate, behaviors such as communication and conflict management, and psychological responses such as resilience and self-confidence. In this workshop, professional identity literature from other professions will be used and participants will collaborate to identify opportunities for application of this theory and these methods to physical therapy and rehabilitation medicine professions.

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Fundamentals of Regulatory Design

May 12, 2021

Speaker: Malcolm Sparrow

Professor Sparrow used some of his pandemic lock-down time to write a new book: “Fundamentals of Regulatory Design.” It describes the complex array of choices involved when regulators—or anyone else involved in risk-control or harm-reduction endeavors—want to design (or redesign) their strategies and structures, programs, work-flows, relationships, and day-to-day operations. In this presentation he will demonstrate the relevance of these design dilemmas to professional boards, as they exercise quality-control, compliance-management, and disciplinary roles in protection of the public as well as in service to the profession. The presentation will put forward a range of distinct ideas about what it might mean, in practice, to be a "risk-based."

Telehealth Post Pandemic: The Path Ahead

May 27, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Alan Lee, Alice Bell, Heidi Kosakowski, and Michelle Sigmund-Gaines

The presentation will provide the latest information on telehealth and begin a conversation about the path ahead along with areas that required increased focus.

Telehealth did not begin with the pandemic, but its adoption has accelerated greatly by necessity, as a result of extensive advocacy and education, as well as changes in payer policy and regulations. The future of telehealth post-pandemic is now unfolding and there remains much to be done to achieve a long-standing solution. This experience has taught us a lot but there is still a lot to learn, analyze, and communicate in order to influence the changes required for permanent access to care via telehealth.

This panel presentation will cover telehealth and technology application trends, what we expect to see at the national level relating to telehealth requirements and reimbursement, the latest research on the impact of telehealth on PT practice, and will discuss the practitioner knowledge and training necessary to navigate the path ahead. Finally, the panel will explore the regulatory implications that should be considered, in order to open a dialog for reflecting on the learnings and open questions resulting from the rapid expansion of telehealth during the pandemic.

CAPTE: Need to Knows for Regulators

June 8, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Candy Bahner and Pamela Ritzline

The presenters will cover topics of interest to both CAPTE and jurisdictional regulatory boards:

  • The federal regulation that indicates that all credits and degrees earned by a program with Candidacy status would be considered to be from an accredited program
  • The federal regulation relating to educational programs that lead to licensure for employment
  • Ultimate and first-time pass rates on the NPTE for PTs and PTAs
  • The planned five-year review of the Standards and Required Elements for PT and PTA Education Programs

There will also be time for questions and discussion as the topics are presented.

Pelvic Health Internal Examinations: Changing the Regulation of Physiotherapy Practice in Alberta

June 23, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Jody Prohar and Leanne Loranger

The performance of pelvic health internal examinations by physiotherapists poses a risk to both patient and provider given the sensitive nature of the intervention. With protection of the public interest top of mind, physiotherapy regulators must consider and adopt effective regulatory processes to address and mitigate these risks. How can clinical competence in the performance of internal examinations be assured if the activity is not taught in entry-to-practice education? How can regulators help the public identify physiotherapists who possess the competence to perform internal examinations? This presentation will discuss recent changes to the regulation of pelvic health practice in Alberta, the drivers for change, approaches taken, and lessons learned.

The Impact of COVID on the NPTE

June 30, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Lorin Mueller, Christine Sousa, Derek Trott, and Sean Mathias

This session explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the administration of the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Speakers from FSBPT and our testing vendor, Prometric, will discuss the current status of the NPTE from scheduling examinations through scoring. We’ll share both how Prometric’s network is operating as of mid-2021 and their plans for the future. Specific Prometric topics will include their most up-to-date processes on candidate displacements, test center availability, and policies on social distancing and mask requirements. The FSBPT staff will cover COVID’s impact on exam administration, candidate performance, pass rates, and waiting times to take the NPTE.

Imaging Referral by Physical Therapists: Progression of PT Education, Advocacy, Practice and Regulation

July 14, 2021  | 4:00 p.m. ET| 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Jeanne DeKrey, Daniel Markels, and Charles Hazle

This multi-speaker session explores the issues accompanying the evolving interest in imaging referral as a component of general physical therapist practice in the US. Historical, present, and future practice perspectives are presented with attention to the challenges likely to be encountered as this is adopted state-by-state. The number of jurisdictions with imaging referral privileges is steadily increasing with many state associations having pursuit of imaging referral privileges in their strategic plans. While long incorporated into the practice models in the US military and several other countries, the addition of imaging referral and the responsibilities attending the privilege in general PT practice presents new challenges for educational institutions, established practitioners, payers, and regulatory agencies. Additionally, interactions with other health care providers may present new issues many may have not yet considered. This session seeks to increase awareness of these topic areas and stimulate discussion, including consideration of factors common and differing among jurisdictions.

Exploring the Challenges of Regulating a "Hands-on" Profession in a "Hands-off" Era

July 28, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Dennise Krencicki and Nancy Kirsch

Regulators are challenged with investigating misconduct that may be of a sexually inappropriate nature and differentiating between a communication problem and a much more troubling concern ranging from a pattern of behavior to overt inappropriate conduct. Protecting the public from inappropriate sexual behaviors requires punitive measures but regulators are also challenged to consider ways to remediate offenders. In addition to discussing remedies, this session will explore the ultimate in public protection strategies for prevention.

Bias in the Mirror: Understanding Implicit Bias in the Context of Health Professions

August 5, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Javeed Sukhera

Although equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) has become a strategic priority in many organizations, efforts to advance social justice through educational interventions face several barriers. For example, any educational interventions that seek to improve equity often involve sensitive topics related to EDI that provoke emotional and defensive reactions. In addition, advancing equity and justice requires critical reflection about our personal and professional identities, as well as the systems in which we learn and work.


  1. Explore the concepts of implicit, explicit, and structural bias in the context of health professions education.
  2. Describe how a model for bias recognition and management may be applied to advance equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  3. Provide examples of how bias recognition and management can contribute to structural change within organizations and society at large.


Testing Accommodations for Licensure: It's Not the Same as University!

August 10, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: John Hosterman

Students with disabilities at a university may have received tutoring, priority registration, special advising, accommodations, and other help. Many of these support services go beyond what the ADA requires, but are provided for the purpose of helping students be "successful." Licensure candidates may believe they are entitled to similar support services when taking their examination. However, the purpose for accommodations on a licensure exam is not "success," but rather, access. Licensure organizations must carefully balance the access needs of candidates with their mission to ensure safe and ethical competency to practice. Students and their advocates can prepare for these differences by carefully reviewing FSBPT's disability-related materials well in advance, and be sure they and their evaluators fully understand the requirements.

How Can Boards Reckon with the Post-COVID Future while Grappling with Current Regulations

August 25, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Barbara Safriet

To combat the COVID-19 pandemic, governments needed to act quickly to address urgently needed changes in regulation. However, when the emergency orders are lifted, what will happen? If regulators could so easily enact these changes, what does that say about regulation? If no harm occurred during the relaxed regulations, do we push for change or do we go back to “normal”? Can regulators use this new insight to determine how regulations can best protect the public while lowering unnecessary regulations?

While the future may be fuzzy, one thing is clear; licensing boards must learn from this experience. This session will explore the issues, lessons learned, and ways forward.

Professional Issues with a PT Practioner Who May Have a Substance Use Disorder

September 9, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Brian Fingerson

There are risk factors associated with the development of a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The presentation will look at signs and symptoms and possible legal and licensing consequences as well as the structural processes for a return to practice with the accountability of the licensee to the Board.

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later: The Immediate, Temporary Suspension of a PT’s License

September 14, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Mark R. Brengelman

This presentation visits a common, powerful tool in a regulator’s arsenal of weapons necessary to protect the public by taking an immediate, temporary suspension of a license. This webinar details the most extreme, immediate sanction a PT may face. Attendees will learn the tips and techniques of prosecuting such cases from a veteran prosecutor as well as the common defenses to such drastic actions.

You will understand due process in the world of post-deprivation administrative hearings. From a regulatory board’s perspective, nowhere is a PT more at risk for professional ruin than facing an immediate, temporary suspension of their PT license risking their entire livelihood.

This is an advanced level presentation that will inform the state licensure boards of the "ins and outs" of an immediate, temporary suspension.

Storytelling Fun-0-1

September 22, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Robin Gelfenbien

Want to connect with colleagues, clients, and your audience more authentically? Communicate and sell ideas in a clear and more impactful way? Deliver a more engaging and memorable presentation? Tell them your story. In this fun and interactive talk, self-proclaimed Ambassador of Fun, Robin Gelfenbien (PBS, 3-Time Moth StorySLAM winner), will teach you how to share your story and your organization's in a compelling way that will engage people, inspire them and leave a lasting impression.

What You'll Learn:

  • The Fundamentals of Storytelling
  • 5-Part Story Structure
  • Qualities of an Engaging Story
  • And more!

Development of a Resource for Healthy Practice: A Discussion

September 30, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Gwenith Fisher, Alyssa Gibbons, and Michele Thorman

The Continuing Competence Committee presents this working session to further the development of a Healthy Practice Self-Reflection resource for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants. The ultimate goal of the resource is to provide practitioners with a structure to consider their own well-being and the health of their practice in a holistic way, following the Healthy Practice Model developed by the Continuing Competence Committee. In particular, the resource will address the Personal, Support and Culture, and Organizational domains of the model. It will provide a systematic guide for users to self-identify areas of strength, challenge, and concern in a confidential and non-punitive format, and facilitate connections to available resources to help users address areas to further their continuous professional development. In this session, Michele Thorman will review the Healthy Practice Model and highlight how this resource can prevent harm to the public while elevating practitioners ’practice. Gwen Fisher and Alyssa Gibbons will describe the development of the self-reflection resource thus far and outline the vision going forward. The audience’s input will be solicited regarding priorities and goals for this resource and perspective about implementation strategies to maximize its benefits for users across the spectrum of physical therapy practice. This will be an active working group in which your participation, questions, suggestions, and ideas are both needed and warmly encouraged.

Interprofessional Education: Why it Matters for Physical Therapy Practice

October 6, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Tina Gunaldo, Amy Blue, Pamela Waynick-Rogers, and Betsy Becker

Join us for a panel presentation on interprofessional education (IPE) and why it matters for physical therapy practice. IPE “occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other” (World Health Organization, 2010) and supports improved patient and community health outcomes through collaborative practice. IPE is a didactic, community, and clinical accreditation standard for physical therapy education. There are challenges for implementing IPE as learning in professional silos does not meet the requirements and it is resource intensive. So why does all of this matter? Academic programs need to provide students with these interprofessional collaborative clinical learning experiences but can be challenged by regulatory student supervision rules. Our panel will relate the educational experiences to professional PT and PTA practice where high-functioning interprofessional teams caring for patients may result in safer and more appropriate care. Following the panel presentation, be a part of a conversation as we have an open dialogue about opportunities to improve the safety of care through collaboration.

Weathering the Storm: Navigating a Course Through Disaster

October 14, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Michelle Sigmund-Gaines, Kirk Peck, and Sherise Smith

Success stories and learnings to date from regulating during the current pandemic and how we can best prepare for what comes next. We will explore various barriers and considerations encountered, as well as recommendations for strengthening our regulatory frameworks to best adapt to any weather.

Physical Therapy Reaches Across Borders with the PT Compact

October 28, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Kathy Arney, Jeff Busjahn, Ryann Lewis

This webinar will cover license mobility through the PT Compact. Topics will include telehealth, understanding benefits around major cities that cross state lines, opportunities regulators have for communicating about the PT Compact with PT/PTA programs, learning from the experiences of new graduates and military spouses, and efforts to help the PT Compact grow.

Reaching Stakeholders through the Power of Effective Communication

November 2, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Melissa Anthony, April Beauchamps, Jason Kaiser, Kayla Karpp, and Aisha Nixon

Presenters will discuss communication strategies in various models of regulatory boards. We will discuss the following topics:

  • Identifying stakeholders and methods for communicating with them
  • Identifying communication priorities
  • Navigating effective communication through the red tape of bureaucracy
  • Leveraging social media
  • Focusing communication to PT/PTA students
  • Ensuring communication is clear and concise and does not take away from the overall mission of the board

A Collective Approach to Increasing Fairness and Reducing Bias on the NPTE

November 10, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Lorin Mueller, Colleen Lettvin, Ashley Ray, Jenny Lapnawan, Joanne Wagner

The National Physical Therapy Examination helps jurisdictions determine if entry-level PTs and PTAs are competent to practice safely and effectively. To fairly assess candidates, we must also ensure that there are no barriers to anyone based on demographic background, age, place of birth, or other factors that are not within an individual’s control. To do that, FSBPT leverages multiple tools and strategies and ensures that all volunteers are properly trained to avoid bias in items. The speakers will detail the different approaches FSBPT takes to ensure the NPTE remains a fair and equitable tool to promote public protection.

NPDB and Disciplinary Violation Coding: A Multidisciplinary Effort to Improve Consistency and Accuracy

December 8, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Kathleen Russell, Aaron Young, Janet Pippin Orwig

The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) serves as a repository of information about health care providers in the United States. Federal law requires that adverse actions taken against a health care professional's license be reported to the data bank. The NPDB maintains a Basis for Action Code list, which identifies the reasons for taking an adverse action. Unfortunately, this list does not contain any definitions. Without specific definitions for the categories, it is impossible to determine when to use one category versus another. As a result, every reporting agency may categorize the data differently. Without consistency, the data has limited value.

From 2019 to 2020, representatives from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) worked together, as the Review of NPDB Basis for Action Codes Consortium, to review and make suggestions to the NPDB Basis for Action Codes and Descriptions in an effort to improve the consistency and value of the data.


Regulatory Hours

Please join us every month for an important, focused discussion on regulatory issues lead by Dale Atkinson. Look out for more details on registering for these upcoming sessions soon. (Times and topics are subject to change)
Wednesday, February 17, 4:00 p.m. ET
Let’s Meet With and For a Purpose:  Purpose of Regulation
This session will address the important, yet often overlooked topic of the purpose of government and regulation of the professions. Participants will be asked to consider words and phrases describing why government exists and how regulation and legislative intent is fulfilled.
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Wednesday, March 17, 4:00 p.m. ET
Know How: How Do Regulators Meet Their Obligations  
This session will address how regulators meet their statutorily established obligations, including an overview and analysis of a typical practice act. Topics will include identifying the Board’s role and the authority delegated to regulators, along with approaches to understanding and fulfilling these obligations.
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Wednesday, April 21, 4:00 p.m. ET
Don’t Stop Us Now, We’re On a Role: Roles & Hats 
This session will address the various roles held by regulators, such as board members, licensees, trade association participants, academics, employers/employees and public members and identify the critical importance of differentiating the diverse and potentially conflicting interests. Practical and legal issues will be noted, along mechanisms for addressing conflicts such as recusals and quorums.
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Wednesday, May 19, 4:00 p.m. ET
Together is Better: Collective Wisdom & Voice
In this session of the 2021 Regulatory Hour, Dale Atkinson will discuss the importance of the board speaking with one voice.
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Wednesday, June 16, 4:00 p.m. ET
The Conflict Zone: Conflicts and Solutions 
In this session of the 2021 Regulatory Hour, Dale Atkinson will discuss conflicts of interest.
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Wednesday, July 21, 4:00 p.m. ET
What Makes Regulators Tic: Statutes, Regulations & Policies 
This session will explore the important roles played by active market participants/licensees who serve on physical therapy boards with an emphasis on the statutory and regulatory language of the relevant laws.  Regulators tic based upon the clocks developed by the legislative branch of government.
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Wednesday, August 18, 4:00 p.m. ET
Here Comes The Judge: Recent Relevant Regulatory Cases 
This session will outline recent judicial opinions of relevance to the regulatory community and their relevance to physical therapy regulation.
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Wednesday, September 1, 4:00 p.m. ET
I Want In: Applications & Renewals 
This session will review the general categories of information gathered on applications and renewals of licensure and focus on information gathered by physical therapy boards.  Specifically, the language used on personal history/criminal background checks will be addressed.
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Wednesday, October 20, 4:00 p.m. ET
SOP: What It Means to be Efficient 
This session will focus on the need for physical therapy boards to be efficient in their operations and identify how board time can be maximized, including issues of delegation of authority and activities between board meetings.
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Wednesday, November 17, 4:00 p.m. ET
Say What: Communication Protocols 
This session will address the importance of communication protocols and how physical therapy boards speak with one unified voice with an emphasis on board activities in between meetings.
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Wednesday, December 15, 4:00 p.m. ET
In Review: 2021 Has Led To Change
This session will provide a review of the year allowing attendees to ask any questions on any topics.  The content will cover all topics addressed throughout the previous 11 sessions and address a pot pourri of topics.
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