- Are you wondering what the behavioral philosophy of optometry has to offer your patients and your practice?
- Are you familiar with the behavioral philosophy, but don't feel confident enough to add vision therapy to your practice?
- Are you currently doing vision therapy, but need some help with special cases like strabismus or learning related visual problems?
- Are you thinking of adding vision therapy to your practice?
If these questions seem familiar, it's time you looked into the Optometric Extension Program Foundation Clinical Curriculum.
The OEP Clinical Curriculum is a series of post-graduate courses designed for both optometrists and vision therapists who work with them. The courses are offered at multiple sites in the United States and Europe. Our approach is based on sound clinical practice and the theoretical background needed to understand the behavioral philosophy of optometry. The curriculum is designed so that the most advanced practitioner as well as the beginner will develop the necessary tools and skills to practice with confidence,understanding and true insight. Classes are kept small. The largest US sight seats 16. You get the personalized, in-depth, hands-on clinical experience you need to return to your office and immediately begin to benefit your patients and your practice. Your OEP experience doesn't end after you leave our courses: OEP Clinical Curriculum instructors are available by fax, phone and E-Mail to consult with you about your patients and practice. We want you to be able to put your new concepts, clinical tools, and confidence, to work right from the start.
Have you read the course descriptions and thought:
- I already know that.
- I already do that.
- I already learned that.
- It all seems like old stuff.
- The prerequisites are presumptuous.
- The courses seem dry and old hat.
According to John Jacobi, O.D., FCOVD, Lavonia, MI, after taking OEP Clinical Curriculum courses:
"This is a whole new way of thinking about vision and vision therapy."
"Not another turn key program." "Gives understanding of the process."
"Now I see why prerequisites are necessary."
"Basic understanding of vision and vision therapy just blossom."
Question: Why Take The Art & Science of Optometric Care—A Behavioral Perspective Course First?
"I just wanted to share some thoughts regarding your courses entitled The Art and Science of Optometric Care – A Behavioral Perspective. I wish I had taken this course before VT I and VT II because the ‘Art and Science’ course is a paradigm shifter. We come out of optometry school with a medical model mindset, as a rule. This course forced me to re-think those ideas and look at each patient differently. I’m not practicing the same kind of optometry as I did before this course. Now I’m doing a better job of looking at the whole patient and integrating my case with that picture. Thanks for the insight."
Karen S. Aldridge, O.D., Hill City, KS
"After making the mistake of taking The Art & Science of Optometric Care – A Behavioral Perspective Course, as far out of sequence as is possible (last in the series of 4), I would like to share my insight on why the course should be the first. The Art and Science course introduces the ‘Behavioral Optometric Insights’ that form the basic conceptual foundations upon which the remainder of the OEP Clinical Curriculum is built. These new concepts are introduced and a monkey wrench is thrown into our optometric machine. New ways of approaching our patient’s visual problems and interpreting our optometric data are introduced. It takes time and lots of active participation in the process to begin to build insight and understanding of the concepts and how to integrate them into our thinking processes and apply them to our patients. The VT 1, 2 and 3 courses provide a means to build on this foundation. By the end of the series, the graduate would be applying the behavioral concepts easily in a fully integrated way."
Judy J. Hughes, O.D. , Austin, TX