This page has been updated as of December 2017.
More information on teacher training is on the Become a Teacher page.
Continuing Education Information — Persons needing Continuing Education Credits with their professional organizations will receive assistance in petitioning for credit. Among the organizations providing past approval:
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
- American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
- International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
1. Basic DTP® Teacher Training & Certification
PDF Workbook and How To practical videos at DTP’s private YouTube locations are the materials provided to participants. Certification requires filing short video segments demonstrating the ability to teach various skills.
The Basic Teacher Training includes class format training focused on achieving program goals. Participants learn to teach exercise units for Mind/Body skills, Core Strength, Range of Motion and fun Cardio activities. 4.5 Contact Hours.
Basic Training Content and Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to…
…identify the necessary and sufficient components of exercise that safely and effectively meet the goals and priorities of physical activity for this population, based on current research and theory, including:
• Mind/Body — Centering (balance, core strength, abdominal breathing, associative focus)
• Relaxation Response & Stress Management
• Strength, Flexibility & Special Exercises, including kegels, birth squats, diastasis assessment,etc.
• Cardiovascular Conditioning
…demonstrate the ability to teach these exercise components for this population.
2. Study Course & Exam Certification (this course is being updated and will be available in mid-January 2018)
Study Course Content & Learning Objectives:
Participants successfully completing the exam will be able to…
…locate valid, reliable and relevant data and research findings about exercise for pregnant women, postpartum women and moms & babies.
…identify and explain the significance of major physiologic characteristics of pregnancy, pre-labor signs, major events of labor and birth, the puerperium and the extended postpartum period, as well as how they lead to the development of goals and priorities of physical activity for this population.
…describe appropriate types of physical activity for the pre/postnatal population.
…identify and explain major interactions of exercise, pregnancy and the postpartum period; that is, areas in which pregnancy influences exercise measurement, in which exercise has an impact on pregnancy and its outcome, or both phenomena occur simultaneously, including:
• Cardiovasculature and Hemodynamics (placental development, shifts in cardiovascular measurement, hypotensive or low blood pressure syndromes, hypertensive or high blood pressure disorders and uteroplacental blood flow)
• Thermoregulation — why we sometimes feel hot and how our body cools in pregnancy
• Metabolism (hyperinsulinemia, gestational diabetes, weight gain or loss, obesity, effects of economic or social issues, nutrition and type of work, stress, normal energy needs in pregnancy and effects of metabolic shifts of pregnancy on the immune system)
• Respiration and Acid-Balance
• Psycho-Social phenomena associated with pregnancy and birth
• Fetal Responses
• Pregnancy Outcomes
• Puerperium and Extended Postpartum period (physiologic and psychosocial changes).
…identify the necessary and sufficient components of exercise that safely and effectively meet the goals and priorities of physical activity for this population, based on current research and theory
…identify guidelines for nutritional sufficiency for pre-conception, pregnant and breastfeeding women.
…demonstrate abilities to do adequate needs assessment, intake procedures (including HIPAA modifications), acquire informed consent when collecting data on clients, limit liability, and evaluate program outcomes for the pre/postnatal population.
…explain why and how to develop a supportive network of obstetrical and allied professionals to serve as advisors, and how to effectively market to the target population.
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