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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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Developing Support and Reach in the UE:  A Virtual NDT Workshop - Sun Oct 22, 2023 - Information & Registration Form

  • Managing the “Pusher”:  An NDT Perspective on Managing the Individual with Contraversive Pushing Tendencies Post-Stroke - Sat Oct 28, 2023 - Information & Registration Form

  • The Art and Science of TMJ Assessment and Treatment - Fri Nov 17 - Sat 18, 2023 - Information & Registration Form

  • NDT Introductory Course in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders - Sat March 23 - Sun March 24, 2024 Information & Registration Form

  • NDTA™ Certificate Course in the Contemporary Practice of NDT for the Management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury

April - June 2024  Application 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

  • Challenges in Gait:  An NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuro-motor Disorders

  • 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 Lower Functioning Individual: 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.**

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

Date: March 23 - 24, 2024

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 the participants will:

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

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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 registered Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Therapy Assistant or Registered Kinesiologist

 

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

NDTA Certificate Course in the Contemporary Practice for the Management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury

 

Dates:

  • Apr 5 - 7, 2024

  • Apr 19 - 21, 2024

  • May 3 - 5, 2024

  • May 24 - 26, 2024

  • June 7 - 9, 2024

 

Instructors:

  • Karen Guha, PT, BScPT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA CI

  • Rose Lesso, PT, C/NDT

  • Sherry Rock, OT, C/NDT

           

Cost:

  • NDTA Members: $3000.00 + HST ($3390.00 CAD)

  • Non-NDTA Members: $3300.00 + HST ($3729.00 CAD)

Course Description: The NDTA Certificate course core curriculum includes didactic information, hands-on lab work in which participants practice problem solving and application of intervention strategies, treatment demonstrations by instructors, and mentored clinical practice in which participants work with a variety of clients. Participants assess and treat clients with neuromuscular disorders to gain a thorough understanding of each individual’s underlying impairments and the resultant functional consequences, while developing basic handling skills. Participants must meet attendance requirements, successfully achieve course objectives, perform effective assessments, develop appropriate intervention strategies, plan and implement effective treatment plans, and successfully pass the standardized final exam and competencies. Once accomplished, an NDTA Certificate of Completion is awarded.

Course Objectives

1. Observe, analyze and synthesize effective and ineffective posture and movement and its impact on a client’s functional abilities/limitations

2. Demonstrate integration of course content information within practicum assignment:

  • Postural control

  • Typical/atypical development/movement analysis in function

  • Evaluation and treatment planning

  • Treatment – analysis and facilitation of movement

  • Parent/caregiver training/home management

  • Team work

  • PT, OT, SLP content

  • Neurophysiology

3. Identify components of typical movement and how it relates to the development of: sensory processing, upper and lower extremity function, and visual motor function.

4. Problem solve multi-system, and single system impairments as it relates to sensory-motor processing, upper and lower extremity function and visual motor function and choose effective NDT strategies to address identified functional limitations.

 

Requirements: Please see Application Form for more details.

 

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 Treatment and Assessment

Fri Nov 17 - Sat Nov 18, 2023

 

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

 

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 

 

Joyce has been passionate about treating and teaching TMJ related issues for over 30 years. She is one of 7 physiotherapists in Canada with a CCTT designation from the US. 

 

Assistant: Mara Boaru, PT, BScPT, RMT 

 

Tuition: The fee for this 2-day course is $640.00 + HST ($723.20 CAD). 

Accepted forms of payment include cheque, credit card or e-transfer. Tuition includes course materials and snacks, but not lunch. Registration is accepted on a first-come first served basis. 

 

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

 

Location: Back Works Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation 2415 University Ave E Suite 101, Waterloo, ON N2K 0H5 

 

Accommodation Information: If you require accommodations we have a corporate rate for the following 2 hotels - they are located beside each other near the St Jacob's Market in Waterloo. 

 

Under "Special Rates – Corporate Number” please use Corporate ID # 0003032721 

  • Hampton Inn & Suites - 20% discount off their posted rates 

  • Homewood Suites Waterloo - 15% discount off their posted rates

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