We are excited to announce our summer schedule of Free CEU Virtual Zoom Inservices exclusively for Illinois and Wisconsin Physical and Occupational Therapists! These courses are completely free to attend, presented by fellow physical and occupational therapists who specialize in amputee rehab, and focus on a wide variety of lower and upper extremity prosthetic topics.

*For our Indiana friends, please contact Theron Steinke for information on Indiana-specific courses!

*Please note:
– Each date has its own registration link listed below.
– Times and CEUs vary by course. Please note in the description which courses provide CEUs to PTs or OTs.
– You will have the option to share these courses with your colleagues via your favorite social media sites on the registration page! You will see links at the top.
– Sorry, these courses are not open to students.

 Monday, August 3rd
12:00n – 1:00pm CST
Upper Extremity Prosthetics: Knowing the Facts & Facing the Fears
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Instructor: Brooke O’Steen, OTR, Upper Extremity Clinical & Education Specialist
1 Free CEU for Illinois & Wisconsin OTs
An Occupational Therapist has an essential role in the overall rehabilitation of an upper extremity amputee. In this course, attendees will learn the statistics of how often upper extremity amputations occur, specific causes of amputations, and tackle the most common challenges of a new transradial, transhumeral, partial hand or bilateral amputee. This course will also follow several real-life patient case studies from amputation, through the rehabilitation and fitting process and overall outcome.
Click here to register for August 3rd!

Wednesday, August 5th
12:00n – 1:00pm CST
Common Suspension Techniques for Patients with Lower Extremity Limb Loss
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Instructor: Renee Van Veld, PT, DPT, Lower Extremity Clinical & Education Specialist
1 Free CEU for Illinois & Wisconsin PTs
Before an amputee takes that first step, the two most crucial aspects of their prosthesis are suspension and sock management. It can make the difference between a painful and comfortable step. Physical therapists can learn the various styles and designs of suspension, and the pros and cons of each style. Additionally, learn how to identify the various types of socks and sock thicknesses, and the correct utilization of each. Education in this area is crucial for your therapy sessions, and can ultimately affect your patient’s gait, comfort, and progress.
Click here to register for August 5th!

Wednesday, August 12th
6:30 – 8:30pm CST
Community Reintegration for Patients with Limb Loss
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Instructors: Brooke O’Steen, OTR & Renee Van Veld, PT, DPT, Upper & Lower Extremity Clinical & Education Specialists
2 Free CEUs for Illinois & Wisconsin PTs and OTs
This 2-hour continuing education course is presented in an interdisciplinary format for PTs, PTAs, OTRs, COTAs, and CPs (Certified Prosthetists). Attendees will learn tips for navigating common community destinations such as grocery stores and movie theaters that could present barriers for people wearing prosthetic devices.  Tricks for managing community-based processes such as self-checkout lanes and gas stations will also be presented.  Content is derived from a combination of clinical experience on the part of the presenters and wide-ranging feedback from people with years of experience wearing prosthetic limbs.
Click here to register for August 12th!

Thursday, August 20th
12:00n – 1:00pm CST
Post-Acute Rehab Recommendations for Patients with Limb Loss
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Instructor: Renee Van Veld, PT, DPT, Lower Extremity Clinical & Education Specialist
1 Free CEU for Illinois & Wisconsin PTs
This 1-hour inservice will provide attendees with guidelines for current evidence-based care of patients with lower extremity limb loss in post-acute care settings including sub-acute rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, and outpatient rehabilitation.  The presentation will focus on essential aspects of care to prepare patients for eventual fitting of a prosthesis. Presenter will cover content applicable to  PTs and PTAs.
Click here to register for August 20th!

Wednesday, August 26th
12:00n – 1:00pm CST
ADL Training for Lower Extremity Amputees
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Instructor: Brooke O’Steen, OTR, Upper Extremity Clinical & Education Specialist
1 Free CEU for Illinois & Wisconsin OTs
An Occupational Therapist has an essential role in the overall rehabilitation of a lower extremity amputee, and with adequate documentation, can lead to a financial gain for your practice. Join us for a unique and hands-on session; tackling the most common and challenging occupational issues that lower extremity amputees face such as toileting, dressing, and general home management that physical and occupational therapists can’t typically address with therapy time restrictions. Using a team approach, we can help provide patients of various amputation levels regain their independence in real-life scenarios.
Click here to register for August 26th!

To register for a particular course, simply follow their corresponding link. After you register, a Zoom link will automatically populate and a reminder will follow 24 hours before the inservice. If you have any questions, please contact either Leslie Hovarter or Theron Steinke.

Looking for more? No problem! Reach out to us if you are looking for custom virtual continuing education!

Free Virtual CEU Courses for Occupational Therapists:

  • Basics of Upper Extremity Prosthetics
  • Body Powered Prosthetics
  • Myoelectrics
  • Advancements in Technology
  • Preparing the Patient for the Prosthetic Process
  • ADLs for Upper Extremity Amputees
  • ADLs for Lower Extremity Amputees and the OT’s Role
  • Partial Hand Prosthetics – Acute & Outpatient Settings

Free Virtual CEU Courses for Physical Therapists:

  • Basics of Lower Extremity Prosthetics
  • Prosthetic Suspension Techniques
  • Acute Care Rehab for Patients with Amputations
  • Post-acute Care Rehab for Patients with Amputations
  • Prosthetic Gait Analysis
  • Overview of Lower Extremity Orthotics
  • Overview of Cervical/Spinal Orthotics

SRT is proud to offer continuing education courses free of charge to hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient therapy clinics, as well as home health and dialysis clinics. Our courses are approved through either INAPTA in Indiana, IOTA in Indiana, IPTA in Illinois, and WPTA in Wisconsin, depending on the course. All courses are also available to Physical and Occupational Therapy Universities.

For more information on any of these events or inservices, please contact Theron Steinke, Community Relations, at 419.212.2525 or theron.steinke@srtpo.net*Currently not every course is pre-approved in every state. Contact Theron for details.


All Upper Extremity course are presented by Brooke O’Steen, OTR, Upper Extremity Clinical & Education Specialist. With over 15 years of occupational therapy experience, Brooke is a part of SRT’s Upper Extremity Team and provides one-on-one education to therapists, medical professionals, and patients during their therapy treatment sessions; brainstorming and problem solving to provide optimum patient care. Brooke has been a full-status continuing education provider for Indiana Occupational Therapy Association since 2012 and has presented at over 20 IOTA District Meetings and Conferences.

All Lower Extremity prosthetic courses are presented by Renée Van Veld, PT, DPT, Lower Extremity Clinical & Education Specialist. Dr. Van Veld has over 20 years of experience as a physical therapist treating patients with lower extremity amputations.  While continuing direct patient care, she has taught in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of Indianapolis for 14 years, managing all aspects of the clinical education program and teaching graduate students about examination of and intervention for patients with amputations.  In her role as Director of Clinical Education, she routinely visited all clinical practice settings and provided continuing education to practicing clinicians.  In addition, she has experience in producing peer-reviewed presentations on the regional and national level, as well as peer-reviewed research publications. Dr. Van Veld is utilizing her extensive education experience to instruct clinicians in best practice management of patients with amputations.  Concurrently, she is expanding her student teaching to include DPT students at other university doctoral programs in Indiana.

SRT is also available for presentations at Physical & Occupational Therapy Universities:

Education Universities