Augmenting Your Professional Development with Hands-On Learning
March 19, 2024 at 4:00 AM
by Kathleen Bokrossy
<strong><span style="color:rgba(178, 150, 199, 1)">Augmenting Your Professional Development with Hands-On Learning</span></strong>

Have you taken part in a hands-on program since you finished dental hygiene school? Many of you will say, yes, of course! However, there are still many who will say, no. Their hands-on didactical training ended after completing a dental hygiene program.

If you fall into the category of not participating in a post-graduate hands-on training program, I really would like to encourage you to do so!

When we are in school, we are taught the basics, and the fundamentals of dental hygiene. We cannot be taught advanced skills when we are learning the basics. There are skills, tips and tricks, and hacks, so to speak, that can only be taught after you master the fundamentals.

Professional Development or Continuing Education isn't about a check box for CE. It isn't about how many CE credits you need to get for this year's Quality Assurance. No. Professional Development truly is a journey. It is about learning new techniques. It is about learning advanced techniques so that you can take your skills, your art, to a new level. These are about skills that cannot be taught in school, because again, there are fundamentals that we need to conquer prior to being taught advanced skills.

To be taught a new way to fulcrum, or a tweak in the client's head position to access an area better, or to go to the other side to instrument, or to use an instrument that is hybrid and replaces 2 instruments with 1, or a flip of a Gracey to use a horizontal instead of a vertical stroke. There are so many things that can be taught and can be an eye-opening experience for you.

If you haven't participated in a hands-on program, it is time! Many of you feel like you are doing the same thing every day. Chances are you feel that way because, you are!

Join us and feel re-energized!

I know this email goes out to 20,000 members and many of you aren't near rdhu.

We are thrilled when we get members who travel from afar for our hands-on programs, like Myofunctional Therapy, or Ortho or Instrumentation. It truly is an amazing experience and we appreciate your commitment to learning so much.

I have travelled to Western Canada, California, Nashville and other areas, for personal and professional development and have come back feeling amazing and ready to take on the world. It is worth investing in YOU!

We have some hands-on programs in our calendar for April and May and then we won't have anything until the fall. I hope you will consider one of these amazing, transformational programs:

1. Joy of Instrumentation (with Dr. Joy Void-Holmes coming up from the USA)

2. Myofunctional Therapy: A Practical Program (with Joe Siegfried. We only have 5 spots left. This is a hybrid program ~ online and hands-on application)

3. Orthodontics for the Dental Hygienists. (with Liisa Moore. We have many programs to offer depending on your skill level. There are the Fundamentals of Ortho, Advanced, Clear Aligners and Scanners).

4. Elevate your Instrumentation Skills (with Anna Louise Tolan)

5. Piezon (with Anna Louise Tolan)

6. The Ultimate Experiential Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancer Specialized Workshop (with Jo-Anne Jones)

7. Sharpen Your Skills: An Instrumentation and Sharpening Workshop (with me)

These programs are designed to enhance your skills. To take your professional abilities to an all new level.

We hope to see you! Click here to access the hands-on programs.

And for those of you who have attended our programs, we thank you for your support. It means the world to all of us. Together we are elevating our profession and providing exceptional care to the public for a healthier world.

Thank you for your support and for reading! Please take a look below for upcoming live streaming courses, events, hands-on courses, career postings and our partner specials.

Have a great week!


Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH ~ President