AMP Knowledge Project - Cervicothoracic Disorders (Vancouver)

A woman receives physiotherapy treatment for neck pain

This listing is for the Vancouver site.

Course Format/Dates:

This course will be a simultaneously hosted course in both Prince George and Vancouver. The in-person weekend session (November 30/December 1, 2024) will be teleconferenced and run simultaneously with the Prince George location. An expert instructor will be on-site at both locations and instructors will share lecturing responsibilities using teleconference technology. Hands-on activities will be facilitated by the on-site instructor at each location.

There will be some pre-viewing content that will be shared with you prior to the course to ensure that the weekend can be spent on more practical aspects of the course content and to allow deeper conversations and questions.

Course Description:

The goal of this course is for you to successfully learn and transfer evidence into your clinical practice. This sounds easy, but it takes deliberate intention to do it successfully. Most weekend courses do not achieve a material change in practice. The short time frame and the lack of opportunity to practice new skills and knowledge in a clinical setting does not facilitate consolidation. That’s why we’ve re-structured a weekend course to take place over the timespan of a few weeks with structured reflection, prompting, high frequency touch points, and a chance to again and again engage with the material and transfer it to your clinical practice while being supported by course facilitators.

We guarantee that this course will enhance your practice.

This blended online and in-person course will focus on improving clinician ability to treat patients presenting with cervico-thoracic disorders. You will learn select high yield manual therapy skills, supported by evidence, that you will use on a regular basis. More importantly, you will develop skills that will enable you to stage and classify patients to specific interventions and progress them through an exercise based rehabilitation program that builds self-efficacy and resiliency. This course will also develop your communication and listening strategies. You will gain skills to build therapeutic alliance with patients which will maximize both patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Upon conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

● Rule out serious conditions in the cervical spine.
● Classify cervicothoracic patients to specific treatment groups and effectively stage patient recovery.
● Apply selected thrust and non thrust manual therapy interventions proficiently.
● Understand how to effectively prescribe and progress an exercise program for a patient presenting with cervicothoracic pain.
● Demonstrate communication and listening skills that will enable the clinician to establish a strong therapeutic partnership with the client.
● Have adopted more than 3 habits to support reflective practice and continuous growth.

** Please bring your own clipboard and water bottle.


About the Instructor:

Steve received an undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria before attending the McMaster University physiotherapy program in Hamilton, Ontario. He graduated summa cum laude in 1999 before returning to Victoria to work in private practice. He has extensive post graduate education, organizing and attending dozens of orthopaedic and pain science courses. He previously served as CBI Health’s Senior Clinical Educator for seven years on Vancouver Island and has taught continuing education courses throughout British Columbia and North America.
Along with maintaining a full-time musculoskeletal practice, Steve has been vigorously involved in teaching throughout BC and North America. He has been published in a number of journals and previously served as Chief Editor for the Orthopaedic Division Review from 2005 to 2007. He has also presented nationally at physiotherapy conferences. Steve was recognized for his clinical achievements in 2014 when he was chosen to receive the award for clinical excellence from the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia. More recently, Steve completed post graduate training with the Evidence In Motion Institute of Health Professionals, an exceptional education group who invited Steve to teach within their program. His clinical interests include persistent pain, manual therapy and the integration of research evidence into clinical practice.

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Event cost
$625 - 800 + applicable taxes and fees
In person

Vancouver Location TBA
Vancouver BC

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