Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Healthcare Therapy Course

Course Description

16 contact hours (CEUs) for continuing education

Nationally recognized as an effective evidence-based fall prevention program, Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® (TJQMBB) is a Tai Chi based exercise program designed specifically for balance training for older adults. This program is the result of over 15 years of research and development with a well-organized 8-form core routine and an extensive subroutine of integrated therapeutic exercises. As an evidence-based balance training modality for older adults, the program focuses on stimulating musculoskeletal, sensory, and cognitive systems via self-initiated, controlled movements with an emphasis on training limits of stability and balance recovery reactions. The TJQMBB exercises focus on improving sensory integration, limits of stability, anticipatory and reactive balance strategy control, functional adaption, cognitive multi-tasking and effective gait patterns with the goals of improving balance, enhancing performance of daily functional tasks, and reducing risk of falls.

In this course, you will learn the TJQMBB forms and therapeutic exercises that are integral to this evidence based program. These exercises provide essential tools for every therapist to expand their balance training toolkit to address fall prevention intervention with older adults. Knowing Tai Chi beforehand is not required. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case applications to improve the management of patients at risk for falls.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the research on Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (TJQMBB) and fall reduction with older adults
  • Describe the systems underlying balance and changes that occur with aging
  • Demonstrate the TJQMBB 8 form core routine and identify the key balance training principles
  • Perform and apply Tai Ji Quan - Mini Therapeutic Movement exercises as clinical balance training tools for fall prevention
  • Teach TJQMBB forms to improve reactive balance in real world situations
  • Integrate TJQMBB balance focused movements into any clinical practice

Quotes from Students

“Jan was enthusiastic to her topic. […] After 37 years of practice it is refreshing to learn such simple and functional techniques”

“Love this course, Jan did a good job of connecting clinical relevance! :)”

“This was an excellent course, I will be able to translate into my practice immediately”

Course Agenda

8:00 - 9:00 TJQMBB Research Base and Program Overview
9:00 - 12:00 Practice Session

  • Preparatory Exercises
  • Core Forms 1-6

1:00 - 2:00 Balance Trainings Systems and Older Adults
2:00 - 5:00 Practice Session

Tai Ji Quan - Mini Therapeutic Movements®

  • Training Limits of Stability
  • Training Balance Recovery

8:00 - 12:00 Practice Session

Tai Ji Quan - Mini Therapeutic Movements®

  • Training Gait and Multidirectional Stepping
  • Training Functional Transitional Mobility
  • Training Sensory Integration
  • Training Cognitive Challenge

1:00 - 3:00 Case Applications

  • Small group application of treatment strategies to patient cases

3:00 - 4:00 Practice Session

  • Forms 7-8
  • Selected Practice Variations

4:00 - 5:00 Current Best Practice | Questions | Wrap-up


Voit_JanJan Voit, PT, obtained her graduate degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University in 1980. With more than 30 years of clinical experience, her geriatric specialization includes serving as the PT Clinical Specialist for the Fall Clinics and the Fall Prevention Specialist in the Outpatient PT Clinic at the University of Washington’s (UW) Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Jan has a wide breadth of experience with therapeutic exercises that are clinically relevant and applicable to older adults at risk of falling and with neurological impairments such as gait abnormalities, and balance disorders.

In 2011, Jan received her initial educational and technical training in the Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® (TJQMBB) program with Fuzhong Li, Ph.D at the Oregon Research Institute (ORI). Since then, she has been extensively applying the therapeutic movement techniques in her clinical practice. Jan became an authorized TJQMBB trainer in 2014 and has since conducted numerous workshops teaching and training TJQMBB community instructors and healthcare professionals in in the states of Washington and Alaska.

Jan has also worked with Dr. Li in the area of disseminating and implementing evidence-based exercise programs and co-authored research and scholarly papers related to fall prevention and TJQMBB dissemination that have appeared in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society.
Since 2014, Jan has been giving various presentations and lectures on the clinical applications of TJQMBB at the UW and UPS Doctor of Physical Therapy programs annually, and at both PT and UW nursing conferences. Jan has also been actively involved in working with a variety of local organizations on translating research-based TJQMBB to community and clinical practice. She is a member of the Washington State Senior Fall Prevention Coalition helping to disseminate the TJQMBB program in Washington State.


  • Providence/Swedish Employees - $100
  • Non-Providence/Swedish Employees - $150

Course Information

  • November 10-11, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 16 Contact Hours (CEUs)

Appropriate Audience: PT, PTA, OTR, and COTA

Providence St. Peter Hospital
410 Lilly Rd NE
Room 200
Olympia, WA 98506


David Howell, OTR/L, Rehab Education Manager

Registration Instructions

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