‘Healing of Magic’ workshop at Everett Clinic April 23

Apr 09, 2014
Courtesy of: Tina Marie Stryker Theatre of Illusion’s Kevin Spencer teaches a magic trick to a physical therapist during one of his workshops. Spencer will be working with physical and occupational therapists at Everett Clinic on April 23 as part of his Healing of Magic program.

Edmonds Center for the Arts & The Everett Clinic present “Healing of Magic,” a free continuing education workshop with Theatre of Illusion’s Kevin Spencer.

In connection with his Theatre of Illusion performance at Edmonds Center of the Arts, award-winning artist Spencer will lead a 3-hour continuing education workshop for physical and occupational therapists at The Everett Clinic on Wednesday, April 23 from 5-8 p.m.

Spencer has committed his life to magic both on stage and off. When he’s not performing, Spencer can be found spreading the word about the therapeutic and educational benefits of learning magic for patients with a variety of disabilities and injuries.

Engaging PTs, OTs, physical therapist assistants, certified occupational therapy assistants and child life specialists, Spencer will work with participants to demonstrate how magic tricks can help patients improve dexterity, movement, balance and strength in their therapies.

The mission of Healing of Magic is to empower therapists with research-based knowledge and new treatment tools to help motivate their clients to achieve function and measurable goals.

Therapists will learn several easy magic tricks that can be implemented immediately into a treatment setting. They will examine each trick to determine the specific therapeutic goals, i.e.. cognitive, motor, perceptual, and psychosocial.

They will also learn ways to adapt each trick to the varying abilities of their clients.

Spencer is widely considered the leading authority on the therapeutic use of magic in rehabilitation, and speaks at healthcare-related conferences and conducts continuing education workshops at colleges, universities, hospitals and rehab centers throughout the U.S. and around the world.

The concepts of Healing of Magic have been approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association. For more information, visit www.magictherapy.com.

This free session has been approved for 3.0 continuing education units by the Washington State Association for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants and the Washington Occupational Therapy Association.

To register, or for more information, contact Gillian Jones, education & outreach manager, at gillian@ec4arts.org or 425-275-9483. Register by April 15. Space is limited.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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