Start date
22 June, 2019
End date
23 June, 2019


Cory Blickenstaff MPT

Cory owns and operates Forward Motion Physical Therapy (, which provides on the job site physical therapy clinics in the Vancouver, WA area utilizing various movement and manual therapy approaches to empower people toward an autonomous state of health as it relates to movement.

Cory also co-hosts, along with Sandy Hilton, of the popular Pain Science and Sensibility Podcast( on the PTPodcast Network(

Cory works with individuals who are dealing with movement related problems such as pain or orthopedic injury as well as employers who are struggling with the consequences of pain and injury on their workforce. Services are also provided to individuals hoping to improve performance at work/play/fitness and who are looking for guidance on maintaining healthy movement through the lifespan.

He has presented nationally on topics including application of graded exposure, graded activity, edge work, novel movements, movement variability, as well as application of care to the workplace. He also authored a mono-graph on prevention strategies in the workplace through American Physical Therapy Association.


This 2-day course will cover pain science concepts and history in physical therapy, specific applications of novel movements and edge work, exposure-based care in physical therapy, and fostering a consistent message and mode of communication across the entire treatment encounter.

Novel movements and edge work are 2 specific approaches to movement interaction in which the attendee will learn, practice, and create movement experiments consistent with different categories organized for ease of recall and use.

Exposure based therapies, such as graded exposure, graded activities, and ACT, have been established in the treatment of people in persistent pain. We will focus on the use of concepts from these approaches in a physical therapy setting with a simple 3 step framework for implementation.

Concepts from approaches such as Motivational Interviewing will be covered to create an interaction approach that fosters and encourages important narrative themes such as self-efficacy and recovery expectations. Additionally, a framework for creating a communication style that is consistent throughout the entire treatment encounter will be presented and practiced.


OUTCOMES (At the end of the presentation, participants will):

  • Create a starting point for graded activity.
  • Perform movement assessments
  • Recognize narratives for change
  • Purposefully guide a narrative for change
  • Increase patient self-efficacy to manage their symptoms


TIME ORDERED AGENDA: (Please allow for two 15-minute breaks and a lunch period)

Day 1
9am - Building the Interaction: Context Architecture

The 3 spaces of interaction will be introduced as will the role of context in our therapeutic interactions. We’ll also discuss practical approaches for establishing a therapeutic context.

10am -Application of Current Pain Science: a bridge to the clinic

In this section we’ll discuss current models and uses of pain science, define some terms that will set the stage for other portions of the class, and applying this information into a clinically useful framework.

11am - Novel Movement: Concepts and Lab

Novel movement will be introduced as a concept for use in the clinic. Categories of novel movement will be introduced and then time will be spent practicing some specific examples of these concepts as a group. (hands on and movement)

1230-130 - lunch
130pm - Assessment: What are we looking for?

Lecture and Lab: The role of assessment will be examined as a way to guide application of the interventions, set baselines, and continue building the therapeutic context. Time will be spent practicing assessment in this manner. (hands on and movement)

330-5pm - Novel Movement: Practical Applications

Lecture and Lab: Discussion of focused use of novel movements based upon assessment findings will be discussed and then time will be spent practicing specific applications based upon common assessment findings of the upper and lower quarter. (hands on and movement)

Day 2 830 Q&A

9am: Building the Progression

The role of narrative in the presentation of the person in pain will be examined as will the impact of self-efficacy and internal locus of control. We will discuss progressions in narrative as the patient improves and how to foster specific progression in narrative while connecting to movement.

10am: Finding the Edge: Edge Markers

Lecture and Lab: The concept of the “Edge” will be introduced as will the markers used in identifying it. We will practice 2 specific examples, one upper body and one lower body, of identifying the edge as a group. (hands on and movement)

11am: Edge work: Lower Quarter Applications
Lecture and Lab: The 3 categories of edge work will be introduced and application to Lower quarter findings will be demonstrated and practiced as a group. (hands on and movement)

Lunch 1230-130pm
130pm: Edge work: Upper Quarter Applications

Lecture and Lab: Applications of edge work to the upper quarter will be demonstrated and then practiced as a group. (hands on and movement)

330-5pm - Putting it all together

Lecture and Lab: A guideline for order to introduce both novel movement and edge work into the clinical encounter will be discussed, demonstrated, and then practiced as a group. Using these concepts as a way to kinaesthetically reinforce and teach about pain will be reviewed and summarized. (hands on and movement)

Event Cost
In person

West Coast College of Massage Therapy – Victoria
818 Broughton St.
Victoria BC

Posting expiry date
This course is not provided through PABC. If you have any questions, please contact the private organizer.