Education

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

  • Managing the "Pusher": An NDT Perspective on Managing the Individual with Contraversive Pushing Tendencies Post-Stroke- Oct 15, 2022 Registration Form

  • NDT Introductory Course in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders- Nov 5-6, 2022 Registration Form

  • Treating the Individual with Ataxia Using an NDT Approach- Nov 19, 2022 Registration Form

  • Getting Ready to Stand Walk: NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders- Nov 26, 2022 Registration Form

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

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

 

Dates: October 15, 2022

 

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

 

Cost: $275.00 + HST ($310.75)

 

Course Description: This one-day workshop provides an opportunity for health care professionals to gain insight into managing the individual with contraversive pushing tendencies (“pusher syndrome”). The individual who suffers from a stroke and has “pushing” tendencies presents with unique impairments that challenges health care professionals. This workshop will present current theoretical evidence and practical NDT skills for participants to use when working with the individual who “pushes”. 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 the participants will:

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

    neurological dysfunction

  • Identify major impairments interfering with normal movement and function in the individual

    with stroke who has contraversive pushing tendencies.

  • Demonstrate basic handling skills to enhance patient’s functional movement as related to

    his/her functional goals including activities in sitting, standing and gait.

  • Demonstrate an increased repertoire of evaluation and treatment strategies for the individual

    with stroke who has contraversive pushing tendencies.

 

Requirements: Participants must be a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapy/Rehab Assistant or Kinesiologist

 

Location:  Back Works Physiotherapy

                2415 University Ave E Suite 101

                Waterloo, ON  N2K 0H5

 

This course is in-person and requires participants to be fully vaccinated for Covid 19.

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

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

 

Dates: November 5-6, 2022

 

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

 

Cost: $475.00 + HST ($536.75)

 

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 the participants will:

  • 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, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapy/Rehab Assistant or Kinesiologist

 

Location:  Back Works Physiotherapy

                2415 University Ave E Suite 101

                Waterloo, ON  N2K 0H5

 

This course is in-person and requires participants to be fully vaccinated for Covid 19.

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

Treating the Individual with Ataxia Using an NDT Approach

 

Dates: November 19, 2022

 

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

 

Cost: $275.00 + HST ($310.75)

 

Course Description: This one-day workshop provides an opportunity for health care professionals to gain insight into treating the individual with ataxia. Treating the individual with ataxia can often be a very challenging experience for the clinician. Perhaps this is because we have focused on addressing the clinical symptoms rather than the underlying impairments. This workshop will explore primary impairments present in the individual with ataxia, current theoretical evidence and treatment strategies using a NDT approach. The overall objective of this workshop is to provide clinicians with knowledge and skills they can use in treating the individual with ataxia to promote positive functional outcomes.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course the participants will:

  • Gain knowledge of the current literature and how we use this information within the NDT Practice

    Model in treating the individual with ataxia.

  • Identify major impairments interfering with normal movement and function in the individual with

    ataxia.

  • Demonstrate handling skills to address impairments in the individual with ataxia and work within

    functional activities including activities in sitting, standing and gait.

  • Demonstrate an increased repertoire of evaluation and treatment strategies for the individual with

    ataxia.

Requirements: Participants must be a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapy/Rehab Assistant or Kinesiologist

 

Location:  Back Works Physiotherapy

                2415 University Ave E Suite 101

                Waterloo, ON  N2K 0H5

 

This course is in-person and requires participants to be fully vaccinated for Covid 19.

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

Getting Ready to Stand Walk: NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders

 

Dates: November 26, 2022

 

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

 

Cost: $275.00 + HST ($310.75)

 

Course Description: This one-day workshop will present NDT principles related to preparation for and treating in function during standing and walking. The course will provide an opportunity for analysis of biomechanics and components of typical gait and the assessment of movement dysfunction in standing, and walking in clients with neurological deficits post CVA or brain injury.

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify components of normal gait

  • Demonstrate basic skill in analyzing atypical components of trunk and lower extremity function, frequently

    associated with conditions of neurological dysfunction, during standing and in gait

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

    during standing and walking

Requirements: Participants must be a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapy/Rehab Assistant or Kinesiologist

 

Location:  Back Works Physiotherapy

                2415 University Ave E Suite 101

                Waterloo, ON  N2K 0H5

 

This course is in-person and requires participants to be fully vaccinated for Covid 19.

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

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, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapy/Rehab Assistant or Kinesiologist

 

Location:  Back Works Physiotherapy

                2415 University Ave E Suite 101

                Waterloo, ON  N2K 0H5

 

This course is in-person and requires participants to be fully vaccinated for Covid 19.

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