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Education

The following courses are being offered at Back Works. Please check this page regularly as new courses may be added.​​​

  • NDT Introductory Course in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury, and Other Neuromotor Disorders - February 11-12, 2023 Registration Form

  • The Art and Science of TMJ Assessment and Treatment - April 29-30, 2023 Registration Form

  • NDTA Approved Advanced Upper Extremity Course - April 21-23, 2023 & May 6-7, 2023 Registration Form

  • Managing the Lower Functioning Individual:  NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders - June 3, 2023 Registration Form

  • Challenges in Gait:  NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders - June 17, 2023 Registration Form

The following are some of the courses we offer -- please contact us if you are interested in being placed on a High Priority Notification List for any of these workshops:

  • Promoting Recovery at the Bedside:  A Virtual NDT Workshop

  • Treating the Individual with Ataxia: A Virtual NDT Workshop

  • Developing Support and Reach in the UE:  An NDT Workshop in the Management of UE Following Stroke or Brain Injury

  • Getting Ready to Stand and Walk; An NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuro-motor Disorders

  • Managing the “Pusher”:  An NDT Perspective on Managing the Individual with Contraversive Pushing Tendencies Post-Stroke

  • Supporting Recovery of the Upper Extremity During ADLS Following Stroke or Brain Injury Using an NDT Approach

  • Teaming Up:  Supporting Recovery of the Upper Extremity While Addressing Cognitive and Perceptual Difficulties Following Stroke or Brain Injury Using An NDT Approach

  • An Intro to NDT: Where to Begin with the Lower Functioning Individual

  • NDT Introductory Course in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders - 2 day course

  • NDT Intermediate Level Workshop:  Function in the Upright Posture  Following Stroke or Brain Injury - 2 day course

  • NDT Intermediate Level Workshop:  Management of the Upper Extremity Following Stroke or Brain Injury - 2 day course

  • NDTA Advanced Gait Course - 5 day course

  • NDTA Advanced UE Course - 5 day course

**  If interested, please ask to be put on our Education Mailing List and you will receive an email to notify you of new courses being added to the schedule.**

NDTA Introductory Course in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders

 

Dates: February 11-12, 2023

 

Instructor: Karen Guha, PT, BScPT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA CI

 

Cost: $475.00 + HST ($536.75 CAD)

 

Course Description: This two-day introductory level course provides a unique opportunity for health care professionals to gain insight into

the basic principles of the NDT approach and how it is applied to clinical practice to promote recovery of function in individuals with neurological impairments. Current theoretical foundations and evidence supporting an NDT approach will be presented as well as specific and practical information about the management of the adult neurological patient. The overall objective of this course is to enable participants to bring information back to their facility and apply it toward promoting more functional movement and achieving functional outcomes with their patients.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • State the basic philosophy underlying the NDT approach to the treatment of adults with neurological dysfunction

  • Demonstrate basic skill in analyzing movement, both normal and abnormal, during sitting and standing activities and some transitions

  • Identify major impairments interfering with normal movement and function in the adult with stroke, brain injury and other neuromotor disorders such as incomplete spinal cord injury.

  • Demonstrate basic handling skills to enhance patient’s functional movement as related to his/her functional goals

  • Demonstrate an increased repertoire of evaluation and treatment strategies for the individual with stroke, brain injury and other neuromotor disorders.

Requirements: Participants must be a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Speech Language Pathologist

 

Location:  Back Works Physiotherapy

                2415 University Ave E Suite 101

                Waterloo, ON  N2K 0H5

For more information contact Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation at reception@backworksphysiotherapy.ca or (519) 746-8172

The Art and Science of TMJ Assessment and Treatment

 

Dates: April 29-30, 2023

 

Instructor: Joyce Clark PT, BSc.PT, MCPA, PGCPain, CCTT, Certified Cervical & Temporomandibular Therapist, by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics, Affiliate Member of American Academy of Orofacial Pain

Cost: $640.00 + HST ($723.20 CAD)

 

Course Description: This course will provide an excellent opportunity for students to build their confidence recognizing, assessing and treating temporomandibular disorders (TMD). This course uses an evidence based protocol (DC/TMD) for diagnosis. 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn how to describe and understand TMJ anatomy, biomechanics and pathomechanics

  • Recognize contributing etiology

  • Learn how to simply and easily assess the TMJ and determine potential diagnoses 

  • Learn manual techniques, exercises and management strategies for the treatment of TMD

  • Understand the role of the physiotherapist 

  • Understand and identify the complex patient and team approach 

  • Have confidence educating your patients about management and self care 

 

Location:  Back Works Physiotherapy

                2415 University Ave E Suite 101

                Waterloo, ON  N2K 0H5

NDTA Approved Advanced Upper Extremity Course

 

Dates: April 21-23, 2023 & May 6-7, 2023

 

Instructor: Karen Guha, PT, BScPT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA CI

                 Sherry Rock, OT (Reg.) Ont., C/NDT, NDTA OT Instructor

                 Rose Lesso, PT, C.NDT, NDTA PT Instructor

 

Cost: NDTA Member- $1400 + HST (1582.00 CAD)

         Non-NDTA Member- $1700 + HST ($1921.00 CAD)

 

Course Description: This five-day advanced course is designed for physical and occupational therapists who are interested in further developing their assessment and treatment skills to enhance the client/patient’s upper extremity function. Analysis of functional tasks, specifically the movement components that contribute to a person’s independent performance of reach, grasp, carry and manipulative tasks will be addressed. Therapists will have an opportunity to revisit typical upper extremity biomechanical components, discuss and analyze common impairments of the upper extremity and learn potential treatment strategies to diminish the impact of atypical compensations on the client/patient’s ability to function and participate in daily life routines. The content will be covered through lectures, labs, group problem- solving, and client/patient demonstration by Instructors.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate typical motions of the upper extremity

  • Identify biomechanical and kinesiological components of the upper extremity

  • Observe, analyze and evaluate effective and ineffective posture and movement and its impact on a

    client’s functional abilities/limitations as it relates to upper extremity function

  • Analyze atypical movement patterns and determine impairments that interfere with upper extremity

    function

  • Construct effective treatment strategies that address the client/patient’s primary impairments

    interfering with efficient use of the upper extremity during functional activities

  • Design options for handling skills during treatment practicum to optimize the individual’s function

    and enhance his/her ability to achieve client/patient specific goals

Requirements: Participants must be a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Speech Language Pathologist who have successfully completed the NDT/Bobath certificate course.

 

Location:  Back Works Physiotherapy

                2415 University Ave E Suite 101

                Waterloo, ON  N2K 0H5

For more information contact Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation at reception@backworksphysiotherapy.ca or (519) 746-8172

Challenges in Gait: NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders

 

Dates: Saturday June 17, 2023

 

Instructor: Karen Guha, PT, BScPT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA CI

           

Cost: $275.00 + HST ($310.75 CAD)

 

Course Description: In order for individuals’ post-stroke or brain injury to be truly independent when walking, they need to be challenged beyond forward walking. Functional gait includes being able to walk at different speeds, on different surfaces, changing directions, combining gait with other activities and negotiating stairs. Often this is difficult for many individuals who have suffered a neurological injury. This one-day workshop will present NDT principles related to preparation for and treating in function during standing and walking. This workshop will focus on strategies to facilitate the trunk, UE and LE with the goal of challenging individuals’ post-stroke or brain injury in standing, during gait, and while performing various functional activities. These functional activities include forward and backward walking, turning, and stair climbing. The workshop will provide an opportunity for analysis of biomechanics and the assessment of movement dysfunction in an individual post-stroke or brain injury during these functional activities.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop the participants will be able to:

  1. Identify components of typical gait;

  2. Demonstrate basic skill in analyzing atypical components of trunk, upper and lower extremity function, frequently associated with conditions of neurological dysfunction, during activities in standing, during gait and on the stairs;

  3. Demonstrate basic handling skills to enhance patient’s movement as related to his/her functional goals during standing, gait and on the stairs.

 

Requirements: Participants must be a registered Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Therapy Assistant or Registered Kinesiologist who work with individuals who have suffered from stroke, brain injury or other neuromotor disorders. Some NDT experience is recommended.

 

Location:  Back Works Physiotherapy

                2415 University Ave E Suite 101

                Waterloo, ON  N2K 0H5

For more information contact Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation at reception@backworksphysiotherapy.ca or (519) 746-8172

Managing the Lower Functioning Individual: NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders

 

Dates: Saturday June 3, 2023

 

Instructor: Karen Guha, PT, BScPT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA CI

           

Cost: $275.00 + HST ($310.75 CAD)

 

Course Description: This one-day workshop will explore current NDT principles and handling skills to promote recovery in an individual post-stroke or brain injury who is lower functioning. As therapists we often struggle to determine where to start and how to progress an individual who requires more assistance. This workshop will include progression strategies in sitting, standing, and early gait. We will explore how to involve a second person (assist x 2) when working with the lower functioning individual. The workshop will provide participants with additional skills to enhance consistency in patient care and contribute to the overall team rehabilitation efforts of achieving functional outcomes for patients.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Understand current literature and apply this within the NDT Clinical Practice Model to treat the individual

    with neurological impairments

  • Explore treatment strategies (assist of one and two) to address impairments within functional activities

    including activities in sitting, standing and early gait

  • Demonstrate basic handling skills to enhance patient’s movement as related to his/her functional goals

    during sitting, standing and walking

 

RequirementsParticipants must be a registered Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Therapy Assistant or Registered Kinesiologist who work with individuals who have suffered from stroke, brain injury or other neuromotor disorders.

 

Location:  Back Works Physiotherapy

                2415 University Ave E Suite 101

                Waterloo, ON  N2K 0H5

For more information contact Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation at reception@backworksphysiotherapy.ca or (519) 746-8172

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