The NeuroRecovery Training Institute (NRTI) was founded by NeuroRecovery Ed, whose principles are Co-Directors of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) including Susan Harkema, PhD, Andrea Behrman, PT, PhD, and Elizabeth Ardolino, PT, PhD. The NRN provides standardized activity-based therapies for individuals with neurologic dysfunction at six rehabilitation centers and six community fitness and wellness centers in the United States and Canada, based on evidence obtained from extensive research and ongoing program evaluation.
NeuroRTI is committed to creating and promoting a culture of evidence-based practice (EBP) within the neuro physical therapy profession through transformational education efforts. NeuroRTI has created a full continuum of neuro training programs beginning with a large nationally-scaled physical therapy neurologic residency, certification, and postprofessional DPT housed through network partnerships. The curriculum is driven through online education, onsite weekend intensives and mentorships (residency only) and is differentiated from current residencies and postprofessional DPT programs that are costly and limiting relative to the number of participants, and require students to oftentimes relocate and leave their current position.
The residency design is similar to EIM’s orthopaedic and sports medicine residencies which are 18-month blended programs with clinical intensives. NeuroRTI has engaged faculty as identified by the Partnership’s Residency Directors, to develop content and course builds.
Key network partners including Frazier Rehab Institute, Magee Rehabilitation, and Kennedy Krieger serve as host sites for the clinical intensives. The clinical intensives have coursework and hands-on training that PTs outside of the residency program can access without going through the entire residency for CE credit.
Additionally, NeuroRTI provides online CE course work including various topics in the treatment of spinal cord dysfunction, acquired brain injury, and other neurologic disorders.