Workshops at the BC Physiotherapy Conference 2022

Gain knowledge at the BC Physiotherapy Conference's insightful professional development workshops taking place on Sunday, May 1st and Monday, May 2nd at The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver and off-site in North Vancouver. Learn more about the individual workshops below and register by clicking the button. 

Details about Workshops

Debbie Patterson: Demystifying Fibromyalgia: The BPS Model and Treatment of the Complex Pain Patient (1-Day Workshop) – CANCELLED

This workshop was cancelled. We are hoping to run this workshop in the fall.

About the Workshop: As physiotherapy clinicians, I am sure that we all have had a patient, or perhaps several patients, who have presented with complex subjective history, and/or complicated, diffuse and sometimes inconsistent objective findings. And perhaps some of them have come to your practice with a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. For far too long, fibromyalgia has been misunderstood and has created a lot of fear and misunderstandings on the part of the patients with the diagnosis and the treating physiotherapists. This course is intended to give you up-to-date information about the assessment and management of FM. The goal is for it to be clinically relevant and immediately applicable. It will be a combination of the provision of up-to-date information, and it will be cased based. There will be plenty of time for sharing, interaction, and Q & A.

Learning Objectives
1. To briefly review central sensitization and the Biopsychosocial Model of Pain.
2. To increase the understanding of the complexities of fibromyalgia, including the clinical presentation and
the underlying pathogenesis.
3. To review international guidelines for the assessment and management of fibromyalgia.
4. To examine appropriate standardized assessment measures for a comprehensive physiotherapy
assessment for patients with fibromyalgia.
5. To examine the scope of treatment for fibromyalgia, including pharmaceutical and complementary and
alternative medicine in light of recent research.
6. To examine specific physiotherapy treatment options in the biopsychosocial model of pain for
fibromyalgia, based on international guidelines and recent research.

Debbie Patterson - BCPC2022 Workshop Instructor

Bio: Debbie Patterson is a registered physiotherapist in good standing in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta. She is a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Her clinical practice is directed at treating people whose lives are affected by persistent and complex pain. She has worked within the Biopsychosocial model of pain for over 35 years. She sees herself as a physiotherapy coach to help patients relieve suffering, pain and distress and improve their function and quality of life. Debbie has used
Virtual Telerehab to assess and treat patients for over 12 years.

She is a trained and certified Progressive Goal Attainment Programme (PGAP) clinician and is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia, and Motivational Interviewing. Debbie has a passion for teaching patients and health care providers about the Biopsychosocial Model of Pain. She has taught courses in pain science, sleep and fibromyalgia that include assessment and treatment approaches in the biopsychosocial model. She also provides live and recorded webinars with Embodia and Reframe Rehab. Debbie is especially passionate in the mentorship of physiotherapists. These sessions are designed to meet the felt needs of each individual therapist to increase their knowledge of pain science and to develop their clinical skills in assessment, treatment planning and execution, all the while maintaining that their patients are the experts in their pain.

Naomi Casiro: Changing Parkinson's: The Fundamentals of Functional Movement (2-Day Workshop)

About the Workshop: The number of people living with Parkinson’s Disease is rapidly rising and the amount of relevant research on exercise and Parkinson’s has skyrocketed. This course will use a combination of lectures and practical work to provide practitioners with the information and tools needed to develop effective research-based exercise treatment programs for people living with Parkinson’s Disease.

Time: Sunday, May 1st & Monday, May 2nd, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Chairman RoomThe Westin Bayshore in Vancouver


BCPC 2022: Naomi Casiro, Workshop Instructor

​Bio: Born and raised in Winnipeg, MB Naomi Casiro, BSc. (Kin), MPT, Certified PWR! Therapist, moved to BC to complete both her undergraduate and masters’ degrees and swim competitively for the University of Victoria. For many years she worked in her capacity as a Kinesiologist teaching lifestyle boot camps and doing personal training.

This practice allowed her to grow her passion for motivating people to get the most out of life through activity and healthy living. After completing her Master's Degree in Physiotherapy Naomi quickly became focused on Neuro Rehab and worked both in public and private settings. Treating people living with Parkinson’s disease grew as both a focus of her passion, clinical work and post-graduate education and Naomi now treats only PD and PD-related syndromes in her clinical practice.

Naomi founded NeuroFit BC to allow her to better serve the Parkinson’s population and as a platform on which to educate other health professionals. She now spends her time teaching classes, treating clients and offering courses to health professionals about the incredible impact of exercise and neuroplasticity on those living with Parkinson’s Disease.

Naomi is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia where she teaches up-and-coming Physiotherapists the ins and outs of treating Parkinson’s Disease through Exercise and Physiotherapy.

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Dave Leyland: Loaded Manual Therapy - Lower Extremity (1-Day off-site Workshop)

About the Workshop: Dave's focus is on combining a treatment approach of manual therapy and exercise, which when combined properly results in movement education. This is the basis of Dave Leyland: Loaded Manual Therapy - Lower Extremity and what excites Dave about working as a Physiotherapist. Using all the tools we have at our disposal to help an individual not only with pain management, but improve their ability to move and perform well.

Time: Sunday, May 1st, 08:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Coast Performance Rehab, 138 E 13th St #210, North Vancouver, BC V7L 0E5


BCPC 2022: Dave Leyland Workshop Instructor

Bio: Dave Leyland is the Co-Owner of Coast Performance Rehab with clinics in North Vancouver and Kitsilano. He has been practicing for 10 years and focuses on athletic rehabilitation. He has been fortunate in his career to work with professional athletes from the NHL, ATP, NFL, CFL, Pro hockey/basketball/other leagues in Europe and Asia, NCAA, Olympians and a large population of amateur to recreational athletes as well.  

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