Current Courses

Manual Therapy Strategies for the Adult Neurological Population: Upper Quadrant

Speaker: Teresa Siebold B.H.Sc.PT, B.Sc., NDTATM PT Instructor

Date: October 21 & 22, 2017 (Vancouver)

Course Description

Each year, a growing number of Canadians live with impairments secondary to suffering a stroke or brain
injury. This has been shown to significantly impact many survivors’ functional abilities and quality of life.
Activity and participation restriction are due to reduced neuro-motor control, as well as the secondary
consequences of immobility and mal-alignment. Normal movement can only be pursued when range of
motion and alignment are maintained. Research supports sensory input, active participation and normal
experience in movement to promote functional recovery. This two-day course will combine NDT principles
with orthopedic approaches to provide therapists with an understanding of ‘normal’ alignment of the upper
quadrant and a variety of dynamic strategies and handling skills to restore it.


 

Evaluation and Treatment of Cardiorespiratory Function in Spinal Cord Injury -- Current Best Practice

Speaker: Jean-FranÇois Lemay PT, PhD

Date: September 30 – October 1, 2017 (Vancouver)

Course Description

This course will guide participants through scientific evidence that has therapeutic value in managing the impact of a spinal cord injury (SCI) on the cardiorespiratory function. Participants will be shown how to perform evaluations and interventions related to those impacts.


Functional Electrical Stimulation in Neurorehabilitation

Speaker: Dr. Kristin Musselman

Date: June 17 & 18, 2017 (Edmonton)

Course Description

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation to
enhance control of movement towards the performance of functional activities. FES provides the
needed repetition of muscle activity to effect neuro-plastic changes and motor learning in clinical
populations such as stroke, TBI, SCI, MS and other upper motor neuron lesions. Applications
include subluxed shoulders, upper limb weakness and gait retraining.

Course Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
1) Understand the different stimulation parameters and how each affects the
neurophysiological response.
2) Appropriately manipulate stimulation parameters.
3) Apply one- and two-channel FES efficiently & effectively.
4) Modify the application of FES in real time.
5) Identify neurological clients who are appropriate for FES.
6) Apply FES with confidence for common UE and LE applications (emphasis on the arm).


Previous Courses

Evaluation and Management of Wrist Disorders

Speaker: Annemieke J. Videler, PhD. & Neil Wells, MD

Date: October 22 & 23, 2016

Course Description

The wrist is a complex joint that is subject to strains, sprains, fractures, repetitive stress, disease and
degenerative conditions. Damage to any part of the wrist can result in pain and disabling conditions. In
chronic wrist patients an objective diagnosis that directly explains the pain often remains elusive. In the
Netherlands, these patients have been successfully treated with an exercise program that is not primarily
focused on the pain but on the functional re-education and strengthening of the musculoskeletal system.

Assessing and Treating the Weaker Upper Extremity Post-­‐Stroke

Speaker:Debbie Rand B.OT, MSc, PhD

Date: August 20 & 21, 2016

Course Description

While the majority of clients regain theirability to walk post stroke, most have anon-­‐functional upper
extremity. This workshop will review the different impairments that hinder the recovery of the upper extremity post‐stroke such as motor weakness, the (painful) hemiplegic shoulder spasticity and sensory impairments. The workshop will combine evidence-based practice literature with hands-on clinical practice focusing on treatment of the weaker upper extremity. The integration of these techniques will enhance the stroke client’s ability to move and use their upper extremity.

Functional Electrical Stimulation in Neurorehabilitation

Speaker: Dr. Kristin Musselman

Date: April 2 & 3, 2016

Locations: Paetzold Health Education Centre Vancouver General Hospital
Address: 955 W 12th Ave. Vancouver

Course Description

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation to enhance control of movement towards the performance of functional activities. FES provides the needed repetition of muscle activity to effect neuro-plastic changes and motor learning in clinical populations such as stroke, TBI, SCI, MS and other upper motor neuron lesions. Applications include subluxed shoulders, upper limb weakness and gait retraining.

Neuro-Developmental Treatment/Bobath: An Introductory Course in the Management and Treatment of Adults with Hemiplegia

Speaker: Cathy Hazzard, B.Sc. P.T., MBA, C/NDT

Date: June 5-7, 2015

Locations: 4255 Laurel St. Vancouver, B.C. (G.F. Strong Rehab Centre)

Course Description

This interdisciplinary course is designed to give participants basic knowledge about
NDT and how it is applied in clinical practice to promote recovery of function following
neurological damage. Lab practice and patient demonstration will be emphasized in
the learning process. Information will be presented in a cross-functional manner to
incorporate all rehabilitation disciplines and practice settings.

Sensory Rehabilitation following Stroke: Neuroscience Foundations, New Evidence
and Application to Clinical Practice

Speaker: Professor Leeanne Carey BAppSC(OT), PhD.,

Date: April 25 & 26, 2015 (Edmonton); May 2 & 3, 2015 (Vancouver)

Locations:

Edmonton: Shaw 3i Auditorium, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, University of Alberta
Hospital, 8440 – 112 St.
Vancouver: Paetzold Health Education Centre, Pattison Pavilion, Vancouver General
Hospital, 955 W 12th Ave.
Tuition

Course Description

Loss of body sensations is common post-stroke with negative impact on exploration of the
environment, hand function and activity participation. In this workshop Dr. Carey will present
an evidence-based approach to sensory rehabilitation. The nature of loss, neuro-imaging
outcomes, and impact on function will be reviewed. New quantitative sensory measures will
be presented and neuroscience foundations of recovery discussed. Approaches to sensory
retraining will be critically appraised. A novel, evidence-based approach to sensory
discrimination training that is founded on neuroscience and perceptual learning will be
presented with evidence from a randomized controlled trial. Application of principles of
training to occupation-based, client-centred tasks and preliminary evidence of effectiveness
of this approach will also be covered. Participants will have an opportunity to apply the
assessment and training approaches in the context of clinical case scenarios.

Common Diagnoses of the Hand: Examination & Intervention including Orthotic Fabrication Labs

Speaker: Noelle Austin MS, PT, CHT

Date: February 28 & March 1, 2015

Location: G.F. Strong Rehab Centre 4255 Laurel St. Vancouver, Main PT Dept.

Course Description

The focus of this course will be the orthotic fabrication process for OTs and PTs at the
beginner and intermediate skill level. A dynamic format using lecture, case studies,
demonstration and hands-on lab activities will be utilized to present concepts related to
examination and orthotic fabrication. Participants will gain insight to appropriate products on
the market as well as acquire “Clinical Pearls” from the experienced instructor.

Manual Therapy Strategies for the Adult Neurological Population: Lower Quadrant

Speaker: Teresa Siebold, BHScPT, BScKin

Date: February 28 and March 1, 2015

Location: G.F. Strong Rehab Centre 4255 Laurel St. Vancouver, Main PT Dept.

Course Description

Neurological insult is a major cause of functional limitations and reduced social
participation by Canadians every year. Movement impairments are caused by both
reduced neurological control and the consequences of immobility and mal-alignment.
Research supports active participation, sensory input and the normality of experience in
movement to promote functional recovery. Transitions, standing and walking are examples
of functional recovery that are performed more efficiently when range of motion and
alignment are optimized.
The course will combine Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) principles with orthopedic
approaches to provide therapists with an understanding of ‘normal’ alignment of the lower
quadrant and a variety of dynamic strategies and handling skills to restore it.

Functional Electrical Stimulation: Applications in Rehabilitation
Speaker: Maura Whittaker BPT, MBA

Date: January 17 & 18, 2015

Location: Paetzold Health Education Centre, Pattison Pavilion
Vancouver General Hospital 955 W 12th Ave. Vancouver

Course Description
The course will be a practical and clinically focused functional electrical stimulation (FES)
workshop for physical and occupational therapists with a strong emphasis on hands-on practice.
Over 1.5 days you will learn methodology, physiologic principles, treatment protocols and
evidence for FES in the upper limb in neurologic rehabilitation. Use of a dropped foot stimulator
in stroke gait will also be addressed. The course will include practical demonstration, patient
assessment for FES, Best Practices & Clinical Guidelines. Participants are encouraged to
bring their own FES machines (along with instruction manuals).