Workshop Information

Magic Therapy Workshop Info

The Therapeutic Use of Magic Tricks in Rehabilitation

Instructor CV

Kevin Spencer is widely considered the leading authority on the therapeutic use of magic tricks in rehabilitation. He is a subject matter expert and Fulbright Specialist on arts integration for special populations for the U.S. Department of State, a research consultant for the School of Health Professions Occupational Therapy department and Institute of Arts in Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for the American Occupational Therapy Association, and faculty in the department of education at Carlow University in Pittsburgh. He has earned a B.S. in Psychology, M.Ed. in Arts Integration, and is a PhD candidate in special education.

Spencer is the creator and founder of the Magic Therapy program and has provided professional training to therapists around the world. His work has been featured in numerous healthcare journals and he has collaborated on several award-winning international research projects that investigate the benefits of magic tricks in physical and psychosocial rehabilitation.

You can download the Instructor’s CV here (PDF).

Workshop Information Flyer

The Magic Therapy workshop empowers the therapist with a valuable new tool to motivate their clients to become more involved in their treatment. The workshop is a “hands-on, interactive learning experience” that provides techniques that can be used immediately with your clients.

I have to admit when I first saw the information about your course, I was reluctant to participate. All I can say now is that I am so glad I did! I would highly recommend your course to any rehab professional as it absolutely makes therapy more motivating and fun! Karen Smith, OTR (NJ)

The energy and active participation kept the participants engaged, thinking, and creative. I appreciated the fact that you challenged the class – both physically and mentally – to analyze how a simple magic trick related back to the therapeutic interventions addressing multiple patient goals: cognitive, motor, and psychosocial. Nancy Reger, PT MHS (NJ)

I have to admit when I first saw the information about your course, I was reluctant to participate. All I can say now is that I am so glad I did! I would highly recommend your course to any rehab professional as it absolutely makes therapy more motivating and fun! Karen Smith, OTR (NJ)

The energy and active participation kept the participants engaged, thinking, and creative. I appreciated the fact that you challenged the class – both physically and mentally – to analyze how a simple magic trick related back to the therapeutic interventions addressing multiple patient goals: cognitive, motor, and psychosocial. Nancy Reger, PT MHS (NJ)

I have to admit when I first saw the information about your course, I was reluctant to participate. All I can say now is that I am so glad I did! I would highly recommend your course to any rehab professional as it absolutely makes therapy more motivating and fun! Karen Smith, OTR (NJ)

I thought that your class and the keynote speech were the most valuable things that I took away from the conference. You are one of the most interesting and intriguing speakers I have ever met and I find your work inspirational! Thank you for all you do for occupational therapy! Max Zweig, OTR/L (Sacramento, CA)

I have to admit when I first saw the information about your course, I was reluctant to participate. All I can say now is that I am so glad I did! I would highly recommend your course to any rehab professional as it absolutely makes therapy more motivating and fun! Karen Smith, OTR (NJ)

I thought that your class and the keynote speech were the most valuable things that I took away from the conference. You are one of the most interesting and intriguing speakers I have ever met and I find your work inspirational! Thank you for all you do for occupational therapy! Max Zweig, OTR/L (Sacramento, CA)

I almost didn’t attend your course because I thought it was going to be another “hokey” presentation. BOY WAS I WRONG! You have created something really special, and the fact that this approach is evidence-based excites me beyond belief. I am a hand therapist with over 25 years experience working with patients. I’ve attended hundreds of continuing ed courses, taught many continuing ed courses myself, taught at several universities, written for therapy text books / professional journals, chaired professional associations and regulatory boards and NOTHING has excited me more than this concept of using magic as a treatment tool. I’ve never been so interested in a treatment approach in all my years of practice. Dr. Christine M. Wietlisbach, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, MPA

Eisenhower Medical Center Rancho Mirage, California

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

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Learning outcomes are evidenced through large and small group discussions and the ability to demonstrate and evaluate the activities that are taught during the workshop. The course objective is to provide therapists with an understanding and working knowledge of the benefits of magic tricks in client treatment. For specific course objectives and learning outcomes, please download the PDF.

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Course Evaluation Form
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All learners are required to complete and submit a Course Evaluation Form in order to meet the successful completion requirements.