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

  • NDT Workshop:  Getting Ready to Stand and Walk - Saturday Sept 7, 2019 Registration Form

  • Supporting Recovery of the Upper Extremity During ADLs Following Stroke or Brain Injury Using An NDT Approach - Saturday September 28, 2019 Registration Form

  • NDT Workshop:  Developing Support & Reach in The Upper Extremity - Saturday Oct 19, 2019 Registration Form

  • The ConnectTherapy™ Series Ont 2019/2020 - Build your Clinical Expertise | ConnectTherapy™ & the Thoracic Ring Approach™ - Oct 2019 - July 2020 Registration Form

  • Pelvis Drivers & Their Connections 1-Day ConnectTherapy™ & the Thoracic Ring Approach™ Skill Enhancement Workshop - Sunday, October 27th, 2019 Registration Form

  • NDT Introductory Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuro-motor Disorders - Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2019 Registration Form

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


Getting Ready to Stand and Walk

NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuro-motor Disorders

 

Date:  Saturday Sept 7, 2019 (9:00am to 4:00pm)   Download Registration Form

 

Instructor:  Karen Guha, PT, BSc PT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA Coordinator Instructor

 

Location:  Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation, Waterloo, Ontario

 

Cost:  $250.00 plus HST ($282.50)                              

 

Workshop Description & Objectives:

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.

 

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

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


Supporting Recovery of the Upper Extremity During ADLs Following Stroke or Brain Injury Using An NDT Approach

 

Date:  Saturday September 28, 2019  Download Registration Form

 

Instructor:  Sherry Rock, OT Reg. (Ont.)

 

Location:  Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation, Waterloo, Ontario

 

Requirements:  Participants must be registered Occupational Therapists or Therapy Assistants

 

Tuition:  $225.00 plus HST ($254.25)

 

Workshop Description & Objectives

Often after a stroke or brain injury, it is challenging to find a role for the more involved upper extremity (UE) while performing ADLs. This one day workshop will present NDT principles related to incorporating the more involved or hemiplegic UE into Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) through using the UE in an active support role.  The course will provide an opportunity to explore practical tips to engage the UE in active support during functional tasks in a variety of environments (e.g., at the bedside, in a wheelchair, at a table).

 

Upon completion of the course, participants will:

  • Learn about the benefits of using the UE as an active support during functional tasks for clients who have neurological impairments and particularly as applied to the management of the hemiplegic UE
  • Develop basic problem solving strategies to assess trunk and UE alignment 
  • Use task and movement analysis skills to identify what is required to perform some ADLs and how we might be able to incorporate the more involved UE into these tasks by having the UE in active support.
  • Develop basic handling skills to improve trunk and upper extremity alignment to promote active support during ADLs 
  • Problem solve strategies of how to set up the client's environment to enable the client to try and use the more involved UE in active support during ADLs

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


Developing Support & Reach in The UE

NDT Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuro-motor Disorders

 

Date:  Sat Oct 19, 2019  (9:00am to 4:00pm)   Download Registration Form

 

Instructor:  Karen Guha, PT, BSc PT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA Coordinator Instructor

 

Location:  Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation, Waterloo, Ontario

 

Tuition:  $250 plus HST ($282.50)

                  

Workshop Description & Objectives

This one-day workshop will present NDT principles related to coordinated movements of the trunk and upper extremity for active support in function and for developing reach.   The workshop will provide an opportunity for analysis of the role of the upper extremity in function and the assessment of movement dysfunction in the upper extremity in clients with neurological deficits post CVA or brain injury.    

 

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the principles of the NDT approach to the treatment of adults with neurological impairments and particularly as applied to management of the upper extremity in an individual post stroke or brain injury
  • Demonstrate basic skill for analyzing normal and abnormal movement as it relates to the trunk and upper extremity function for support and during reach.
  • Demonstrate basic handling skills to improve shoulder mobility, reduce pain and facilitate scapula control in coordination with trunk and upper extremity movements.

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


The ConnectTherapy™ Series Ontario 2019/2020 - Build your Clinical Expertise | ConnectTherapy™ & the Thoracic Ring Approach™

 

Dates:                                                           Download Registration Form
Part 1: October 21 - 25, 2019
Part 2: March 2 - 6, 2020
Part 3: Sun June 28 - Fri July 3, 2020 (Please Note: Day off for Wed July 1st - Canada Day)

 

Instructor: Dr. Linda-Joy Lee

 

Cost: $5,400 + 13% HST (Canadian)

 

Location:  Conestoga College, 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, ON N2G 4M4

 

Course Description:

The ConnectTherapy Series is a 3 Part, 9-month learning experience, taught by Dr. Linda-Joy (LJ) Lee. It provides in-depth hands-on and clinical reasoning skills in The Thoracic Ring Approach™ and ConnectTherapy™ models. These models illuminate the connections between all regions and systems of the body and integrate psychosocial features to treat the whole person by “Finding the Drivers” for the person’s problem. The ConnectTherapy Series replaces the Discover Physio Series and incorporates significant advances and changes made by LJ, to the previously taught Integrated Systems Model for Disability & Pain (Lee LJ, Lee DG 2010). This includes LJ’s new ConnectTherapy Drivers Diagnostic Chart™ (DDC) and clinical reasoning algorithm to diagnose Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Co-Drivers with a comprehensive and logical process. The new DDC also links with a new ConnectTherapy Treatment Principles and Exercise Prescription Framework. Identifying Drivers and changing the patient’s negative experience of their body to a positive experience during Meaningful Task Analysis (Lee LJ 2008) is a powerful vehicle for change. This “Wow” factor has neurophysiological implications. Therapists can then confidently design treatment programs that target the true source of the problem and expect positive change. The innovative Thoracic Ring Approach™ (Lee LJ) is covered in depth, based on LJ’s personal, clinical and research journey on how the thorax affects the function of the whole body. This includes how to assess and treat dual thoracic drivers, new advanced thoracic ring exercises and concepts in program design. In every area of the body, from the cranium to the foot, unique assessment and treatment techniques are related to how they support optimal function & performance of the whole body and whole person. The ConnectTherapy Series empowers you with new ways to assess and treat your patients, integrates the science from multiple fields with clinical expertise to figure out how to most efficiently and effectively treat your patients. It is a year that will illuminate new possibilities for growth and change. 

 

Course Structure:

The course consists of 15 days of face-to-face learning, spread out over 3-five day sessions (Parts 1-3) and combined with extensive online support and directed course preparation:

Online videos covering practical demonstrations, lectures and case studies

Book and journal article recommended readings, directed anatomy & biomechanics review to prepare for each part of the ConnectTherapy Series

Online peer and tutor support via an online forum. The forum is secure so that patient case studies with photos and videos can be posted and discussed for optimal facilitation problem solving

There is a high Instructor/Assistant to Student Ratio (at least 1:6) to ensure a high level of quality feedback for skill acquisition and development of clinical reasoning skills. Let the ConnectTherapy Series Challenge your Mind and Change your World, and the worlds of your patients.


For more information please contact Janine Tasaka, Director of Education Planning at Janine@ljlee.ca or call 1.604.986.2777


https://ljlee.ca/course/2019-october-lj-lee-kitchener-on-canada-the-connecttherapy-series/?action=


Pelvis Drivers & Their Connections 1-Day Skill Enhancement Workshop
ConnectTherapy™ & the Thoracic Ring Approach™

 

Date:  Sunday October 27th, 2019  Download Registration Form

 

Location:  Back Works Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation, 99 Northfield Drive, Suite 102, Waterloo, Ontario, N2K 3P9

 

Instructor:  Rabi Guha, PT, B.Sc., Cert. MDT, CAFCI, FCAMT, CGIMS, LJLCA

 

Tuition:  $295.00 + HST ($282.50 CAD)

 

Qualifications/ Pre-requisites:

The course is designed for graduates of the ConnectTherapy Series, current Series participants who have completed the relevant course content, those wanting more feedback on skills prior to application to Certification after Part 4 of the ConnectTherapy Series, and is also helpful for those considering enrolling in Part 4. Participants must have completed one of:

  • The Discover Physio Series
  • The Series with Dr. LJ Lee
  • The Series in The Integrated Systems Model (ISM) with Diane Lee
  • The ConnectTherapy Series
  • Sports Pelvis & Hip Course
  • Part 1 of the ConnectTherapy Series

This workshop day will focus on Pelvis Drivers and the connections of these regions to whole body function & performance. Topics to be covered include:

  • clinical reasoning for when the Pelvis are Secondary Drivers or Co-Drivers to other regions
  • relationship of Thoracic Rings to Pelvis – determine the impact of the thorax on the Pelvis
  • when to use more passive, supported types of vector analysis & release vs. when to move into dynamic release for more efficient progression of exercise programs 

For more information please contact Janine Tasaka, Director of Education Planning at Janine@ljlee.ca or call 1.604.986.2777


NDT Introductory Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuro-motor Disorders

 

Dates:  Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2019 -- Download Registration Form

 

Instructor:  Karen Guha, PT, BSc PT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA™ C/I

 

Tuition:  $450 + HST ($508.50 Canadian)

 

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

 

Location:  Back Works Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation, 99 Northfield Dr E Suite 102, Waterloo, ON  N2K 3P9

 

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.

 

Upon completion of the course the 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

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

 

 
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