Are you looking to prepare for the Hand Therapy Exam so that you can become THE Certified Hand Therapist in your area?
When people think about becoming certified hand therapists, they often think about being able to get the kind of job that they want, to make the kind of money that they want to work in, the setting that they want to be working in.
At the end of the day becoming a certified hand therapist is so much more. It’s about proving to yourself that you can specialize, letting others know that you’re the expert, and an even deeper meaning is having autonomy in your career.
It’s about having control over how you want to direct your career.
It’s about being clear about what you recommend. It’s being clear about how you think through a particular problem. It’s about being clear about making decisions around what you can do to ultimately get your patients the best possible results.
It’s about being able to feel more confident when you open your own business.
If you are an occupational therapist or physical therapist, and you’ve been thinking about becoming a certified hand therapist but feeling like it’s too hard, feeling like it’s too overwhelming, feeling like you keep putting it off because of the amount of studying that you have to do.
There’s so much more that goes into becoming an expert, becoming a certified hand therapist and you may think it’s about bones and ligaments and muscles but it’s so much more in the sense that there’s a certain mindset that you have to have in order to pass.
There’s a certain amount of commitment that you’re making to yourself about who you want to become. And it’s about the endless possibilities that you can provide yourself in your career, not for just a moment when you find out you pass but every moment after that when you make decisions about the kind of work that you want to do where your crew wants to go and maybe even one day owning your own practice on your own business.
Preparing to become a certified hand therapist is all about having choices in our career and having choices in our lives about what we want to be able to do.
Its ultimate autonomy.
It’s the ultimate freedom of choice.
If you are looking for that same autonomy and that same amount of freedom but too many people are telling you it is too hard, know that it is possible. I had the same problem and I had to break that mindset to say it is possible.
Are you struggling with your thinking or feeling defeated? Who could you go to hash things out, get encouragement, or challenge your perspective?
Not your friends who don’t really understand why…not your co-workers who are not doing what you are doing….not your family who love you and don’t want you to suffer.
WHO you ask questions to can have a bigger impact then WHAT questions you ask.
Who could you really talk to that can BEST understand what you are going through and what you need to become successful?
Other OT/PT that are doing exactly what you are doing or who have done what you want to do.
Books, “weekend review courses” – all do it yourself.
What happens with do-it-yourself is that it gets done later. When is “later”? YEARS AND YEARS FROM NOW. Let’s cut that time down, and commit to doing it now.
The whole specialty and HTCC exam is a DIY project and let’s face it, DIY can take longer and cost you more in the long run with opportunities lost. It can be difficult to do alone without any guidance.
- To get the kind of job that you want.
- To make the kind of money you want.
- To work in the setting that you want to be working in.
- To prove to yourself and let other people know that you’re the expert.
- To feel confident about the clarity around making decisions that ultimately get your patients the best possible results.
- To have a certain amount of autonomy (maybe you want to do what I did, which is to open a business)
- If you are doubting whether you can actually do it this time or not.
- If you are overwhelmed with the amount of studying or topics.
- If you are just ready to make a commitment this time – and say “it’s my time”.
It’s worth becoming a Certified Hand Therapist if it’s your goal.
It’s worth becoming a Certified Hand Therapist if it’s on your bucket list as an occupational therapist.
You don’t have to wait your turn, join a group of like-minded people on the same journey as you.
Get more details about the hand exam prep program here.