Start date
06 April, 2019
End date
07 April, 2019
Date note
This 2-Day course runs from 8:30am-4:30pm each day

Course Description:

This highly interactive course is designed for clinicians who have already had some experience working with clients with limb loss, but want to further challenge their clients in order to improve their functional outcomes.


  • Do your clients complain of low back pain when standing and walking?

  • Are your clients confident in their functional abilities?

  • Does your client have a stubborn gait deviation that you just can't resolve?

  • Do you struggle with the role of prosthetic alignment when providing gait training?

  • Are you wanting a better understanding of how prosthetic knees (including microprocessor knees) function?

  • Do you have clients who want to perform at a higher functional level? (Eg running, golfing, skiing, cycling, etc)


Learn how to progress your clients a step above their current function by attending this two day dynamic course with the opportunity to work with patient volunteers and a local prosthetist. The course will cover the following topics:


  1. Low back pain with prosthetic use: why does it happen and how to prevent/resolve 

  2. What are realistic outcomes: good enough vs maximal function. Are you underestimating client    potential?

  3. Clinical patterns: knowing how to build a good foundation for optimal function; when/how to progress without negatively affecting future outcomes 

  4. The importance of single leg stance stability in gait and higher level function

  5.   How prosthetic alignment impacts gait training

  6. In - depth gait analysis and how to improve gait symmetry

  7. Prosthetic knees (including microprocessor knees): how they work and how best to train clients  on various knees

  8. Body-resisted exercises for functional core and limb strengthening


This 2-Day course runs from 8:30am-4:30pm each day.


Course Objectives:

1.  Understand basic prosthetic alignment principles and how alignment can affect your gait training    ability; learn to recognize sub-optimal alignment in Trans Tibial and Trans Femoral gait, and how to work with the prosthetist and client in achieving optimal alignment for maximum function


2.  Understand the importance of core strength in contracture management, movement patterns and on all levels of function; learn how to strengthen core and limbs functionally


3.  Understand principles of different prosthetic foot and knee designs, and learn how to maximize gait efficiency and functional use of components. (Training with microprocessor knees will depend on availability of client volunteers with microprocessor knees)

**** A local prosthetist, Scott Pearen C.P. (c) from Hodgson Orthopedic Group, will also attend the course. He will answer questions and make alignment changes on volunteer client models if applicable.


SCShirlene Campbell  PT

Shirlene Campbell has 27 years of experience working in the field of adult and pediatric limb loss rehabilitation. Shirlene is currently working privately in the community providing in-home prosthetic gait training for clients having undergone amputations for many different reasons, including trauma. Shirlene's mission is to help her clients achieve their goals and maximize their function, working closely with prosthetists for best practice in achieving optimal outcomes. Shirlene is experienced with microprocessor knees and teaching clients how to use them. Shirlene is keen to assist other health care professionals to learn more about limb loss rehabilitation, and has been involved in teaching at U of T, UBC and the George Brown College P&O Program.


SPScott Pearen, C.P.(c) Prosthetist from Hodgson Orthopedic Group




Scott is a Certified Prosthetist. He graduated from the BCIT prosthetics and orthotics program in 2004 and received his national certification in 2006.

Scott has had the opportunity to experience numerous ventures in the prosthetics field. He has worked in both public and private clinics, as well as providing training for one of the industry’s largest manufacturers. In 2009, he managed a large rehab hospital in northern Pakistan with the Canadian Red Cross, before coming back to Vancouver to start the Hodgson Orthopedic Group.

In his spare time, Scott loves to keep active and enjoy all of the great outdoor things that Vancouver offers. Scott enjoys curling in the winter and spring months, and looks forward to continuing improvement of his golf scores and taking his game from double bogies to birdies.

Register now as space is limited!   PABC members benefit from significant savings on courses. Not a member yet? Explore membership.


All participants are responsible for ensuring that they have a current license to practice from the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia (CPTBC). If participants are from out of BC, they must acquire a Courtesy License from CPTBC:

PABC Course Cancellation Policy:

PABC Course refunds are issued for cancellations received two weeks prior to the event,  less a $100 Cancellation fee. No refunds are issued for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the event.

Produced by PABC
Event Cost
PABC members - $550, Non-PABC members - $715 plus GST
In person

Eagle Ridge Hospital
475 Guildford Way
Port Moody BC V3H3W9