Because when you’re newer to the NICU there is no one place to go to be mentored. There’s no way to ensure you are being guided with the best and newest information available, no blueprint for building a neonatal therapy position or presence. You likely just followed in your mentor’s footsteps right?
That is if you were lucky enough to have a mentor!
(And then fortunate enough to have a mentor who continues to integrate the latest evidence into her practice. Because all mentors are not created equal.)
Here’s an interesting (read: scary) statistic:
Only 15% of neonatal therapists surveyed in 2013 were mentored for greater than 6 months while 36% had no direct mentorship at all. (Sturdivant, C. 2013.)
The problem with those numbers?
Neonatal therapy is recognized as an advanced practice area by AOTA, ASHA, APTA and NANT. And yet…here you are with no consistent pathway to begin in the NICU. We simply must do better than that.
But here’s the thing: The gold standard is 1:1 mentoring by an experienced and highly trained neonatal therapist. No argument there. But at NANT, we receive emails from hundreds of you who have NO ACCESS to such a person.
Does this sound familiar?
- Your NICU is geographically isolated and you have no way to connect with anyone in person.
- You work in a huge city but since neonatal therapists are newer to your hospital’s NICU team, there’s no one there to orient or mentor you and you don’t have time to run all over the city.
- You’ve joined NANT, learned a ton from the resources here and realize that your original orientation and mentorship experiences weren’t all that accurate or comprehensive.
- Or maybe, like so many of you who contact us, you live halfway across the world and have zero access to anyone else in this specialty.
- While you love attending a couple of live events every year, it would be great to participate in something more accessible, comprehensive and cost effective online.
- Flip side: You are responsible for mentoring every new neonatal therapist in your hospital and you are weary from the huge time commitment needed every time there’s turnover. (Not to mention trying to create or keep up with the latest resources.)
We hear you.
The gold standard is fantastic. AND you can’t wait around any longer to see if it will become a reality for you. You have fragile patients to see and you want to feel confident that you’re doing the right thing. You need mentoring from a reliable source and you want to be able to talk to real people. You can’t wait to eliminate the worry and uncertainty and build a solid evidence-based practice.
You’ve been shouting out into the void.
Specialized Online Mentoring Program
If you’re an OT, PT or SLP in need of education and mentoring in the specialized field of neonatal therapy then enrolling in the Ignite Program is the right decision for you.
Learn from nationally recognized neonatal therapy mentors Chrysty Sturdivant, OTR, CLC, CNT and Sandra Carroll, OTR, CLC, CNT in this year-long program. It is designed to take you from a place of uncertainty and isolation to a place of confidence and community.
IGNITE provides you with foundational education in the art and science of neonatal therapy along with tangible, printable tools and resources that can be immediately incorporated into your practice.
Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll receive when you partner with your mentors to IGNITE your practice and purpose in the NICU:
FOUNDATIONAL BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A SUCCESSFUL NEONATAL THERAPY PRACTICE
Ignite includes 13 monthly video trainings with your mentors. The trainings provide foundational education in the art and science of neonatal therapy and result in 15 contact hours or 1.5 CEUs for PT and OT and 1.5 ASHA CEUs for SLPs (7.5 hours or 0.75 CEUs for each part) when completed. This comprehensive curriculum leaves you feeling confident that your practice is grounded in the latest evidence and was built using a successful framework.
THE RELIEF OF KNOWING YOUR MENTORS ARE JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY
You don’t have to feel like you’re on an island anymore. During the IGNITE Program, you participate in 12 LIVE Group Guidance Calls (1 per month) with your mentors. Bring all of your questions to this safe learning environment and feel the relief of checking in with supportive and credible mentors –share your own questions and learn from those posed by fellow IGNITE colleagues as well.
A PROGRAM THAT WORKS WITH YOUR CRAZY SCHEDULE
We know exactly what it’s like to work in the NICU and hospital settings. That’s why we’re bringing this education TO YOU!
Completion of the video trainings is tracked for CEUs and Guidance Calls become a priceless support system. You also receive access to trainings and recorded calls as they occur in an exclusive online learning hub. We want you to have this education regardless of your schedule or time zone.
THE CONNECTION YOU’VE BEEN MISSING
Being part of the IGNITE PROGRAM’S Private Facebook group (optional) allows you to connect with your mentors and colleagues in real time in a space most of you visit on a daily basis. Post questions, share resources, congratulate successes and support each other through challenges.
PRACTICAL PRINTABLE RESOURCES AND TOOLS
WHY REINVENT THE WHEEL?
We’ve been there, done that. That is why we created IGNITE. We know what you might need and why you might need it. Need a practical way to document and guide your training and education for family interventions? We’ve developed a scale for you. Need a job description for neonatal therapists? That’s included. Program bibliography? Yep, you get that too.
You get the picture.
During IGNITE you receive numerous activities, tips and tools that allow you to construct the foundational pieces for your practice and your neonatal therapy program. Your practice and program’s focus and future will become clear to you as you move through each IGNITE session. No more “reaction based” program development.
Get excited and prepared for your kick-off date by digging into to the On-Ramp Resource Pack! You’ll receive this incredible collection of resources in your membership area weeks before your first training. The On-Ramp Resource Pack includes but is not limited to: Abbreviation List, Knowledge and Skills Self-Assessment, Job Description, Neonatal Therapy Core Scope of Practice (with a mini-training video to get you started!).
ACCOUNTABILITY AND ONGOING RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR AMAZING IGNITE PROGRAM COLLEAGUES
The IGNITE program helps you stay connected to the colleagues you meet during the program. The collaboration will carry you far beyond this year.
TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN YOUR MENTORS
The training you receive during IGNITE can’t be found anywhere else.
This foundational education was researched, cultivated and organized by highly experienced, multifaceted professionals. Guest expert presenters ensure you receive well-rounded multidisciplinary education and a healthy respect for the unique skills and perspectives of all 3 professions. Chrysty and Sandra (Ignite Program developers and leaders) have mentored hundreds of neonatal therapists and helped them build incredible programs. This is their passion.
Find out more about your mentors below!
We take the responsibility of mentoring neonatal therapists very seriously. And we should! After all, we’re the national organization that was created to support you AND you’re making a lifelong investment in your knowledge and skills.
The content included in the IGNITE PROGRAM has been verified by NANT as being in alignment with Core Scope of Neonatal Therapy Practice (developed by the NANT Professional Collaborative). We honor the trust you put in us to provide sound education and guidance.
The Ignite Program provides 15 contact hours or 1.5 CEUs for PT and OT and 1.5 ASHA CEUs for SLPs (7.5 hours or 0.75 CEUs for each part) for completed trainings.
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN WE, AS NEONATAL THERAPISTS, WERE ALONE – WITHOUT CONNECTION, RESOURCES AND VALIDATION. A TIME WHEN WE HAD TO CREATE EVERY SINGLE NUANCE OF OUR PROGRAMS WITHOUT GUIDANCE. THAT TIME IS OVER.
When you finally receive the support, structure and guidance you need, you will experience momentum like never before. Instead of feeling stuck you will have reliable resources at your fingertips that keep you on track.
YOU WILL EXPERIENCE:
- Connection vs isolation
- Structure and guidelines in place for ongoing successful practice
- Relief that your practice is founded on sound and accepted principles (Core Scope of Practice)
WHO SHOULD ENROLL?
This program is not for everyone.
It’s not meant to be a quick and easy overview of interventions. While the content and resources are clinically practical, the program was not designed with a ‘quick fix’ mentality. It’s a comprehensive year-long online experience. It’s for a select group that is interested in building a reliable and sustainable neonatal therapy program that patients, families and directors can trust.
Please enroll ONLY if you meet the following qualifications:
- You’re an OT, PT or SLP who provides or wishes to provide consultation, assessment and treatment in the NICU.
- You are willing to schedule time to actively participate in the program. Commitment is paramount. NOTE: The NICU is an advanced practice area. Therapists who are asked to ‘cover’ the NICU without specific training are highly encouraged to enroll in this program to ensure that safe, age appropriate, neuroprotective care is provided.
- You are tired of the uncertainty – wondering if your practice is valid and current. You want to be 100% sure that you’re providing best evidence-based practice to infants and families in the NICU.
- You’re invested in your own growth.
- You can’t wait to work and learn within a more intimate group of neonatal therapists.
- You are open to a collaborative environment while honoring and improving your discipline-specific knowledge and skills.
*If you ARE A MENTOR in your NICU – enrolling new therapists in this program saves you hours upon hours of time and energy – participants can learn all foundational info in online course while you’re using your expertise to work with them in person via 1:1 mentoring for hands on skills and training.
When I think of injustices that may have occurred through lack of knowledge and training…
When I listen to the Ignite training and think of injustices that may have occurred through lack of knowledge and training, I can only wonder what unfortunate outcomes may have occurred. Thanks to Ignite, I pray those injustices are never repeated. Ignite teaches others to do great things when they can.
I am so impressed with the EPPS scale you developed.
Thank you Ignite for yet another amazing Webinar. I always feel so inspired after each and every Webinar. I am so impressed with the EPPS scale you developed and am eager to start incorporating it into my practice.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful tool with us. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt motivation and insights with as well. You are such remarkable women! I am sooo grateful to you.
MEET YOUR MENTORS
Chrysty Sturdivant is a certified neonatal occupational therapist currently practicing at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas, Texas.
She is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) and American Occupational Therapy Association. Chrysty is the Vice President of NANT, serves on the NANT Professional Collaborative and is co-chair for the annual NANT conference. Chrysty is a wife, mother and grandmother of eight.
Sandra Carroll is a certified neonatal therapist, certified lactation counselor and an occupational therapist, practicing in NICUs since 1993. She is involved in clinical practice, management, and research at a large Level III NICU.
She is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists and American Occupational Therapy Association. In 2008, Sandra obtained the designation of Advanced Competency in Developmental Care by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, and has also been awarded the Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist Designation by NANN. Sandra lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and two daughters.
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