PWR!Moves Certification Workshops

Learn to use the PWR!Moves to develop PD-specific, neuroplasticity-principled, personalized therapy and exercise plans adaptable for people with PD of any disease severity.

All PWR!Moves certifications are valid for three years and include access to our materials, methods, and space in our Directory of PWR!Moves Certified professionals. During this time, you may register for a recertification workshop to extend your credentials. However, you still need to recertify again three years after the most recent recertification workshop you attended to remain PWR!Moves certified.

About our Workshops

During your workshop, you’ll learn to use the PWR!Moves curriculum to directly target individual PD symptoms, such as rigidity, bradykinesia, incoordination, and reduced self-awareness. You’ll also learn to train high-amplitude functional skills central to daily activities and quality of life, including posture, weight shifting, spinal mobility, and transitions, all of which are customizable to fit your clients’ needs and ability levels.

To increase retention, automaticity, and generalization, you’ll learn to apply learning techniques within the PWR!Moves curriculum. These techniques, which are situated within Dr. Farley’s Exercise4BrainChange framework, are necessary to promote the changes in neuroplasticity needed for long-term improvement in everyday movement.

You’ll also learn how sharing a common focus on PD-specific skill training across medical and community settings may improve and sustain function, but also may realize additional, complementary benefits that are not always possible in one-on-one settings. These benefits include improved social and emotional wellbeing, increased self-efficacy, and improvement of non-motor symptoms.

Establishing these types of medical and community networks is PWR!’s mission. We hope that, ultimately, therapists and exercise professionals will work together locally to coordinate referrals, build exercise networks, and deliver group classes that meet the needs of all people with PD to create the continuum of care required to reduce functional decline and slow disease progression for people with Parkinson’s everywhere.

Instructor and Therapist Workshops Available

We offer two types of workshops, tailored to different audiences. Both workshops cover implementing progressive exercise and the PWR!Moves for PD-specific functional skill training across a range of disease severities, but therapists and exercise professionals are now able to target similar skills necessary for function but for different goals in different settings.

  • Therapists focus on integrating PWR!Moves into personal goals and task-based practice to improve functional mobility in real-world environments.
  • Exercise professionals integrate PWR!Moves into fitness or personal training activities designed to improve endurance, strength, agility, and balance.

PWR!Moves Therapist Certification Workshops

Eligible participants:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • PT and OT students

Contact hours: 15-17.5, depending on state licensure regulations—for more information, visit our registration page.


PWR!Moves Instructor Certification Workshops

Eligible participants:

Fitness professionals who hold one of the NCCA-accredited certifications listed below.

Contact hours: 15-17.5, depending on state licensure regulations—for more information, visit our registration page.


NCCA recognized eligibility criteria:

  • Certified Personal Trainers and Group Fitness or Group Exercise Instructors and Exercise
  • Specialists with a current certification recognized by NCCA.

Non-NCCA recognized eligibility criteria:

  • Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants,
  • Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapist Assistants with current state licensure or certification.
  • Athletic trainer’s (ATC), Kinesiotherapists (RKT), and Recreation therapists (CTRS) with current certification or registration.
  • Yoga teachers are required to have completed at least a 200-hour yoga teacher training program.
  • Pilates instructors are required to have completed at least a 450-hour Pilates teacher training program.