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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 Introductory Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders - Sept 29 - 30, 2018 Registration Form

  • Supporting Recovery of the Upper Extremity During ADLs Following Stroke or Brain Injury Using An NDT Approach - Saturday October 20, 2018 COURSE IS FULL
  • The Thorax -- Connect the Whole Body & Optimize Performance with ConnectTherapy™ & the Thoracic Ring Approach™ - June 5 - 8, 2019 Registration Form

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


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


Dates:  Sept 22 - 23, 2018  --  COURSE IS FULL

              NEW!  Sept 29 -30, 2018  -- Download Registration Form

 

Location

Back Work Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation

99 Northfield Drive East, Suite 102

Waterloo, ON

 
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 and 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 format will include lectures and a patient demonstration by an instructor. A major portion of the course will involve laboratory practice sessions. During lab sessions, participants will have the opportunity to analyze normal movement and practice handling skills to facilitate functional movement patterns in normal adults during sitting/standing activities and transitions.

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


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

Instructor:  Karen Guha PT, B.Sc. PT, C. NDTA

Karen is a Physiotherapist at Grand River Hospital and Back Works Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation. She received her Physical therapy degree from the University of Toronto in 1996 and became NDT trained in 1999. Karen became a NDTA* PT Instructor in 2007 and a NDTA* Coordinator Instructor in 2011. She has over 18 years experience working with adults with neurological impairments in acute, rehabilitation and outpatient settings. Karen has taught NDT courses throughout North America and internationally.


Course Details

Tuition includes course materials and morning and afternoon snacks. Lunch is not provided however there are many places to eat within walking distance of the clinic.


Cost: $450 + HST ($508.50 Canadian)

 

For more information please contact us 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:  Sat October 20, 2018  COURSE IS FULL - please contact us to be put on Wait List and/or for notification next time we run the course

 

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

 

Course Description:  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).

 

Requirements:  Participants must be registered Occupational Therapists or Therapy Assistants.

 

Course Objectives

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

Instructor:  Sherry Rock, OT Reg. (Ont.) is an Occupational Therapist who works at Grand River Hospital - Freeport Campus in Kitchener, Ontario. She holds a Masters of Clinical Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario.  She has over 15 years of experience working with clients with stroke and other neurological diagnoses in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She completed her NDT Certificate course in 2005 and has taken numerous advanced NDT courses as well as various cognitive and perceptual courses related to acquired brain injuries. Sherry began teaching as an NDTA™ Occupational Therapy instructor candidate in 2009 and completed her training to become an OT NDTA™ Instructor in 2018.

 

Course Format and Details:  This workshop will include a lecture, with a large focus on labs to aid in assessment of the UE and facilitation of the UE in active support while performing ADLs while considering the task, client goals and the client's environment.  Tuition includes course materials and morning and afternoon snacks. Lunch is not provided however there are many places to eat within walking distance of the clinic.

 

Cost: $225.00 + HST ($254.25 Canadian)

 

For more information please contact us at admin@backworks.ca  or (519)746-8172


The Thorax -- Connect the Whole Body & Optimize Performance with ConnectTherapy™ & the Thoracic Ring Approach™ - 4 Day Format

 

Dates:  June 5 - 8, 2019 -- Download Registration Form

 

Location:

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

 

The thorax forms the largest region of the spine and trunk and is essential for respiration while ensuring effective transfer of loads through the kinetic chain for optimal whole body function and performance. Trunk rotation and rotational control are essential for performance in many functional and sports activities. While much “core stability” has focused around the lumbar spine and pelvis, the thorax is the centre of trunk rotation, and all of the abdominal muscles are innervated from the thorax. A dysfunctional thorax can drive asymmetrical abdominal function, making it difficult to achieve symmetry and balanced rotational control no matter what the cues or training activity.

 

Based on her clinical ideas and research work on the thorax over the past 15 years, Dr. LJ Lee has proposed multiple mechanisms by which a dysfunctional thorax can be the “Primary Driver” for pain and problems anywhere from your head to your toes – including pelvic girdle pain, groin pain / hip impingement, incontinence, disc injuries, lower extremity overuse syndromes such as Achilles tendinopathy, head and neck pain, and shoulder girdle dysfunction. Thus, a patient with a dysfunctional thorax can present with a wide variety of symptoms and functional problems.

 

On this 4-day course, you will learn the manual skills and clinical reasoning framework of the Thoracic Ring Approach and ConnectTherapy to determine when the thorax is or is not the primary driver for pain or reduced performance during whole body movements. These skills provide the base to examine the thoracic rings across a wide variety of meaningful tasks. Specific thoracic ring treatment techniques developed by LJ will be practiced, along with specific exercise training and program design for optimal neuromuscular control and loading of the thoracic rings. This 4-day version of the course allows more time for hands-on skill practice and more in-depth application of LJ’s new phases of treatment and exercise prescription to progress to high load function and activities requiring control with speed.

 

Instructor Name: Dr. Linda-Joy Lee

 

Cost: $1,400 + 13% HST (Canadian)


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

 

This course is the pre-requisite for the course Advanced Thoracic Ring Control – Exercise Prescription & Program Design in The Thoracic Ring Approach™ and ConnectTherapy™


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)

 

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.
 

Instructor Name: Dr. Linda-Joy Lee

 

Cost: $5,400 + 13% HST (Canadian)  (Early Bird price prior to Oct 1, 2018 -- $5,200)


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=

 

 
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