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In this News Brief:

Final Date to Submit Motions for the 2021 Annual Meeting

The deadline for submitting motions to the Resolutions Committee via email is 5 pm ET Friday, July 23, 2021.

For those who are new jurisdictional board members or serving for the first time this year as a Voting Delegate, we encourage you to read the current Bylaws and Standing Rules, located in the Members' Area, to better understand the role of the Resolutions Committee and the motion submission process. You can also direct questions you have about the process to the Resolutions Committee.

Ethics Remediation Resources

Does your board struggle to find options for licensees required to take ethics courses or assessments to fulfill the requirements of a board disciplinary order? Whether it is a boundary violation, anger issue, or billing fraud, jurisdictions may find themselves in need of an external source of enhanced ethics remediation options as well as assessment, compliance, and monitoring services. 

A report on ethics remediation resources was originally presented to the 2008 Delegate Assembly and posted on the FSBPT website. The report was recently updated and provides detailed information on both ethics remediation courses specifically for physical therapy providers and general ethics remediation courses available to jurisdictions.

August Virtual Board Member and Administrator Training

Our Virtual Board Member and Administrator Training held in May was such a success, we are holding another one! Please save the date for the next training, which will take place August 28-30, 2021. 

This training provides an in-depth understanding of your role as a regulatory board member or staff person in protecting the consumers of physical therapy services. We will give an overview of FSBPT’s member services, and Dale Atkinson will review important aspects of being a regulator and provide tips and lessons learned. 

Additionally, the interactive conference platform will help you “get out of your seat” and fully participate. Look out for more details on how to register soon!


The Slate for the 2021 Delegate Assembly Elections

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate for this year’s elections at the FSBPT Delegate Assembly. Candidate statements will appear in the Delegate Handbook, which will be available on the FSBPT website for membership review closer to the meeting date.

The Nominating Committee will hold a Candidate Forum at the 2021 Leadership Issues Forum to introduce 2021 candidates for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee, in addition to a Candidate Forum in the fall. Further, the Nominating Committee will be seeking candidates interested in being slated for the 2022 elections. These positions will include President and Vice President. The qualifications for these positions can be found in the Board and Committee Job Descriptions.

Please join FSBPT in thanking the 2021 Nominating Committee Members, Sherri Paru (Chair), Debbie Kubota, and Joseph Shanley, for their work this year.

Secretary: Tina Baum (SD) Secretary: Jim Clahane (PA) Treasurer: Ruggie Canizares (OR) Treasurer: Steven Scherger (MN)
Director I: Ellen Donald (FL) Director I: Elizabeth Locke (VA) Nominating Committee: Ron Barredo (TN) Nominating Committee: Deborah Richardson Peter (VI)

Share Your Webinar Ideas!

We are seeking presentation ideas and proposals for webinars we will be hosting throughout 2021. You can watch recent webinars and register for upcoming sessions on the new FSBPT events platform.

If you have a specific idea, please submit a proposal. However, we are also interested in learning about jurisdictions' experiences with regulatory topics and your general ideas on what issues we should examine. We encourage all board members, board administrators, and other stakeholders to please share topics and ideas with us.

2021 Leadership Issues Forum and Delegate Assembly

This year, the Leadership Issues Forum and the Delegate Assembly will be held virtually:

Leadership Issues Forum (LIF)
July 17-18 | Virtual

Delegate Assembly
October 23 | Virtual

Voting Delegates and Selected Administrators, should have received an invitation for the Leadership Issues Forum. If you think you should be invited but have not received the invitation, please contact

FSBPT Forum: Physiotherapy Otherwise?

There are many changes taking place in global health care that directly impact physical therapy. This article is based on a 2020 Annual Meeting presentation by Professor David Nicholls from AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. Read the article.

Spotlight on Member Resources: CAPTE: Need to Knows for Regulators

At this recent webinar, the presenters covered 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


Watch more webinar recordings and register for upcoming events on FSBPT's Event Platform.

Webinar Clip: Understanding Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct

This clip examining the definitions of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct is from the webinar "Don’t Cross That Line! The Regulator’s Role in Prevention of Boundary Violations." You can watch the whole webinar and register for upcoming webinars.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

This month, we thank the generous volunteer members of these groups for their support of our mission:

  • Exam Development Committees
  • Item Writers

In the News

"Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist," Alina Tugend, New York Times, April 21, 2021

"While use of the gaming technology for improving physical ailments is still in the early stages it shows promise — and it’s fun."

"Equity, transparency, efficiency," Shrupti Shah, Melissa McConnell, and Matt Gracie, Deloitte Insights, May 26, 2021

"Every administration has created its own regulatory reform agenda. In recent history, these agendas have centered on financial cost-benefit analysis as the most important aspect of regulatory review. In Modernizing Regulatory Review, President Biden calls for regulatory leaders to bring equity to the center of regulatory reform. Cost-benefit language makes only one appearance in this memo: in the context of fairly weighing costs for 'disadvantaged, vulnerable, or marginalized communities' instead of the more generally defined 'society' of past orders. In this memo, the Biden administration places equity, transparency, and efficiency front and center."

"Ethics in extraordinary times: research into practitioner experiences during the pandemic," Professional Standards Authority, June 18, 2021

"The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care today publishes Ethics in extraordinary times: practitioner experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. This report explores the ethical experiences of practitioners working in health and social care professions and was commissioned by the Authority from Professor Deborah Bowman.

"The research describes a focused review of the literature that was published during the pandemic about practitioners’ ethical experiences and what was shared during individual interviews and focus groups with practitioners from a range of professions. The report describes how the pandemic shaped and altered the ethical experiences of practitioners and develops new insights."

"World’s population is projected to nearly stop growing by the end of the century," Pew Research Center, June 17, 2019

"For the first time in modern history, the world’s population is expected to virtually stop growing by the end of this century, due in large part to falling global fertility rates, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the United Nations."

Board Report

Motion - Approved
To approve posting on the FSBPT website the NPTE first-time pass rates averaged over two years by school, which will parallel the CAPTE requirement for schools to post the same.

Rationale: To enhance FSBPT mission of public protection
Fiscal Impact: None


Motion - Approved
Close Relations Task Force

To appoint, reappoint, or extend the following people to the task forces listed. 

Task Force on Treating Close Relations

  • Charlotte Martin  
  • Katherine (Kat) Joines 
  • Tammy Frey
  • Troy Costales 
  • APTA nominee

Board Liaisons to Jurisdictions

Members of the Board of Directors serve as liaisons to multiple jurisdictions. Current liaison relationships are listed here for your reference.

Tom Caldwell
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas

Ruggie Canizares
Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah

Ellen Donald
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina

Joni Kalis
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Nancy Kirsch
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Adrienne Price
Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

David Relling
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Charles E. Reiter
The public member of the board does not serve as a liaison to jurisdictions.

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Staff Contact Information

Staff Contact Information
If you have questions, challenges or ideas, we want to hear from you!
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Point of Contact/Email Address

ADA accommodations

Christine Sousa

Assessment or examination development questions

Lorin Muelle
Susan Newman

Continuing competence

Jeffrey M. Rosa

Credentials review

Jaime Nolan, FCCPT

ELDD- Exam, Licensure and Disciplinary Database participation

Exam registration processing

Christine Sousa

Foreign educated issues

Leslie Adrian


Jamie Nolan

JAM- Jurisprudence Assessment Module

Legislation or Model Practice Act

Leslie Adrian

Meeting arrangements

Paul Delaney

NPDB reports/questions

Angela Burnham

PTC- Physical Therapy Compact

PEAT®- Practice Exam & Assessment Tool

Reimbursement of expenses
Other financial matters

Linda Michelsen

School reports

Score transfer & reporting

Christine Sousa

SCP PET- Supervised Clinical Practice Performance Evaluation Tool

Security issues

Susan Newman

Anything else, including news to share with members

William A. Hatherill
Caitlin Jennings



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