For Diana Daus, Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy department of Touro’s School of Health Sciences, Huntington’s Disease is more than just a field of interest; it is personal. Seven years ago, her mother passed away after a long and insidious battle with this hereditary disease, and her brother was diagnosed in 2014. He is currently participating in clinical trials and is under the care of a neurologist specializing in HD.
Each year, DPT students volunteer at the Educational Alliance’s Sirovich Center, a non-profit organization located in Manhattan that caters to the health and wellness of the senior population,in a unique variety of ways—leading health fairs, helping serve lunch in the cafeteria, teaching origami, or facilitating wellness seminars, where they cover topics important to Sirovich’s clientele, such as ways to maintain healthy bones and posture, proper use and maintenance of assistive devices (e.g. walkers and canes), and balance assessments to understand fall risks.
“Horses have a very calm demeanor, which is why they are so therapeutic for kids with disabilities,” explains Amarinder Parmar, a DPT ’17 candidate at Touro’s School of Health Sciences (SHS), when asked about the connection between physical therapy and horses. “It has to do with the movement of the horse, and the effect the pelvic input has on the children, many of whom don’t have proper body mechanics.”
What kind of professional training is required?
To practice counseling in any of the 50 states, a professional license is required. In the State of New York, there are three professional counseling licenses, one of which is the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).
As we interact with our partners in a relationship, it is likely that they will do things that we consider harmful.
As part of the School of Health Sciences’ mission to foster a rich intellectual environment actively involved in research, our administration helps faculty research initiatives develop by providing the financial backing to support qualified projects.
As anyone who’s been in a relationship for more than a few days knows, conflicts between partners are unavoidable. They can crop up for any number of reasons, but very often it’s because of some perceived inequity in the relationship. Why inequities can cause conflicts is best explained through what researchers call Social Exchange Theory. According to this theory, marriage can be looked as a barter system. Each of us strives to get certain benefits from our partner. We also understand there are things of similar value we have to give in return if we’re to receive these benefits. Said another way, while we might like to do or say nice things to our partner, there are usually strings attached.
Every first-year PT student takes a Professional Development course in his or her first semester, in which they are given an assignment to interview a senior citizen. The purpose, explains Professor Shira Weiner, is “to emphasize the many facets of psychosocial interactions surrounding an intergenerational relationship, and to allow students to practice the skills needed to elicit useful information from another person, as this is an important component of the clinical encounter.”
“When someone has a brain injury, very often the survivors and their families are disoriented…it’s a whole new world,” begins Elchanan Schwarz, LMHC, a 2010 graduate of Touro's Mental Health Counseling program, now in the Department of Behavioral Science at Touro’s School of Health Sciences.
At the School of Health Sciences (SHS), our Doctor of Physical Therapy students come from all different backgrounds. But whether they enroll straight out of college or as a jumpstart to a second career, our alumni consistently receive competitive placements at hospitals, clinics, and health centers.