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Teacher Training Weekend Intensive - April 21-22
Apply to become a teacher of the Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance program over a 2-day intensive course!
Hosted by the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine
Recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is an evidence-based group program that focuses on improving functional ability, such as balance and physical function, to reduce fall-related risks and frequency by as much as 55%, according to the latest research.
Please register, complete the survey, and we will notify you within 48-72 hours if your application is accepted. If not accepted, your registration will be 100% refunded. Please see "Minimum Level of Training Needed" section below. Note that partial scholarships may also be available, space permitting. If you would like to request a scholarship, please name whatever amount you can afford--and we will do our best to honor those requests, space permitting, first-come, first served. Attendees will earn a certificate from UC San Diego upon completion of their weekend training PLUS post-training teaching competency requirements.
About the Moving for Better Balance Protocol
The program includes eight Tai Chi forms that emphasized weight shifting, postural alignment, and smooth coordinated movements. Synchronized breathing aligned with Tai Chi movements are integrated into the movement routine. Each session includes instructions in new movements as well as review of movements from previous sessions. Each practice session may incorporate musical accompaniment. Each hour-long session includes:
- A 5- to 10-minute warm-up period
- Practice of Tai Chi movements
- A 5- to 10-minute cool-down period
- Home practice encouraged
Tai Chi instructors follow the classical Yang style, which emphasizes multidirectional weight shifting, body alignment, and coordinated movement of the arms, legs, and trunk.
TCMBB participants report:
- Better and longer sleep
- Reduced arthritis symptoms
- Lowered blood pressure (among those with elevated blood pressure)
- Reduced anxiety
- Reduced depression
Minimum Level of Training Needed
Instructor should be familiar with the fundamental principles of Tai Chi and the major postures and movements, be able to follow the training protocol, and have experience teaching physical activity to older adults. Many health professionals find this program extremely complementary to their practice, especially physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, naturopaths, osteopaths, and personal trainers.
- Program settings can include facilities such as senior centers, adult activity centers, community centers and faith based community centers.
- An average class size of 15 is ideal for effective learning and teaching.
- For this program to be successful, participants should attend Tai Chi classes at least 2 times a week and participate actively in class.
- Tai Chi can also be used in rehabilitative settings where the emphasis is on retraining balance in older adults.
- Paticipants are relatively fit older adults (60+ years), without major ambulatory problems, and without cognitive impairment.
Detailed program description
Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is a group program that focuses on improving functional ability, such as balance and physical function, to reduce fall-related risks and frequency. The program is delivered by an authorized Master Trainer or instructor over the course of at least 12 weeks.
A team of researchers at the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) developed Tai chi: Moving for Better Balance, which was tested and demonstrated effective in decreasing the number of falls, the risk of falling, and fear of falling, and improving functional balance and physical performance among persons aged 70 and older. The program uses eight forms that have been derived from the traditional 24-form Yang-style Tai chi, and progresses from easy to difficult.
CDC consulted with public health experts from around the United States to develop a compilation of Tai chi: Moving for Better Balance program material: Tai chi: Moving for Better Balance implementation guide, instructors’ manual, supplemental materials, and participants’ course book (produced by ORI and adapted by NCIPC). Also, training includes best practices based on:
- Input and feedback from state health department representatives and other partners who were involved in the pilot projects,
- Recommendations from the Safe States Alliance that conducted a multi-site evaluation of an initial pilot of Tai chi: Moving for Better Balance in four state health departments, and
- Sections and recommendations from CDC’s publication, Preventing Falls: How to Develop Community-based Fall Prevention Programs for Older Adults, that provides guidelines to community-based organizations interested in developing effective fall prevention programs.
After you receive the weekend training on how to teach this protocol, you will be provided with continuing education Webinars and ongoing support with practice and marketing through the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. Note you will also be required to demonstrate your teaching competency in order to receive your certificate to teach this program.
For additional information on this program, visit http://cim.ucsd.edu/TCMBB.
When & Where
UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine
The UC San Diego - Center for Integrative Medicine focuses on whole-person wellness by addressing physical, as well as lifestyle, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. Blending science with the art of healing creates an environment throughout UC San Diego that supports the best in clinical care, and offers opportunities for research, education and community partnerships.