Continuing Education Upcoming Events

Our mission is to facilitate the pursuit of professional excellence and innovative practice by providing the highest quality clinical, academic and evidence-based educational programs to our clinical instructors and physical therapists to meet the health and wellness needs of the communities in which they work.

APTA | Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP)

Featuring Paul Shew, PT, DPT

Location

George Fox University,
Roberts Center – Room 201
501 Villa Road
Newberg, Oregon

Parking is available in the Roberts Center parking lot. A parking pass will be issued to you prior to the event.

Cost

$225 for PTs or PTAs who are APTA members
$325 for PTs or PTAs who are not APTA members
$375 for other professionals

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Email Gina Braden at rbraden@georgefox.edu or call 503-554-2450 if you have questions or need assistance.

Event Details

This 16-hour CE course addresses issues of planning and preparing for physical therapist students during their clinical internships, developing learning experiences, and supporting ongoing learning through questioning and effective feedback.

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CCIP Course Trainer Paul Shew, PT, DPT, has more than 36 years of experience as a physical therapist, including 33 years as a physical therapist for Providence Home Health Division in Portland. For seven of those years he worked as a rehabilitation coordinator for Providence/St. Vincent Home Health in Portland. He holds a doctor of physical therapy degree from Pacific University (2009), a certificate of physical therapy and a bachelor's degree of science from Pacific University (1981), and a bachelor’s degree of science and math from Southern Oregon State College (1979).

Schedule

8-8:30 a.m. Check-in for both days and light breakfast
8:30 a.m. Conference starts
12-12:30 p.m. Lunch
4:30 p.m. Conference concludes

Exercise Prescription in Chronic Disease

Featuring Featuring Kim E. Eppen, PT, PhD, FAACVPR

Location

Canyon Commons 101

Cost

Free
CEUs offered for PTs and ATs
No RSVP necessary

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Event Details

Chronic Disease is the most common, costly, and preventable of all health conditions. The US population is plagued by physical inactivity, lack of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), and sedentary lifestyles, all of which are strongly associated with the growing epidemic of chronic disease. Due to growing concern, recent position stands have been published by scientific organizations to help recruit and promote physician and other health care providers' (HCP) involvement in screening and promoting physical activity (PA) in patients. Health care is a team effort and each member can play an important role in this process. The primary objectives for this session are to: identify the relationship between inactivity and chronic disease, discuss PA guidelines for "general health benefits", and discuss the role of physicians and other HCPs in assessing and prescribing PA/exercise for prevention and/or management of chronic disease. Specific strategies that can be implemented into your clinical practice will be discussed.

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Kim is a licensed, practicing Physical Therapist and Clinical Specialist with over 25 years of experience—23 of those years have been specializing in Pulmonary Rehab at a large, Midwestern academic medical center—the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa and holds adjunct faculty positions at various other DPT programs.

Kim routinely presents at continuing education courses and conferences at the state and national level and provides continuing medical and clinical education for various medical residency and fellowship training programs. She also serves as a Clinical Supervisor for undergraduate students in the Department of Health and Human Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology graduate students, and as a Clinical Instructor for Doctoral students in Physical Therapy from various academic institutions. Exercise testing, prescription, and training for people with pulmonary disease are her areas of primary specialization and expertise.

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evidence-Based Evaluation and Treatment to Decrease Dizziness and Restore Balance

Featuring Brady Whetten, DPT, GCS

Location

George Fox University,
Roberts Center
501 Villa Road
Newberg, Oregon

Parking is available in the Roberts Center parking lot. A parking pass will be issued to you prior to the event.

Cost

$350 - General Registration
$300 – George Fox Physical Therapy Alumni

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Registration

Event Details

Dizziness and imbalance are the most common complaints for older adults to their physicians, and individuals with dizziness are 12 times more likely to fall. This is a major problem for our health care system as a whole. While complaints of dizziness increase with age, people of all ages are at risk for developing dizziness and vertigo.

Regardless of the treatment population you work with, there is a very strong likelihood that you will come across individuals that complain of dizziness and imbalance. Don’t get caught spinning. You can make a difference and improve the quality of life for your patients that suffer from these conditions. You can change their brain!

The purpose of this course is to equip you with the tools you need to correctly identify and treat common causes of dizziness and imbalance. The focus will be on the peripheral vestibular system, with discussion of differential diagnosis with central vestibular pathologies and non-vestibular causes of dizziness. We will discuss in depth evidence-based outcome measures with the aim of guiding interventions to help patients with dizziness and imbalance reach their optimal potential. Video case studies and lab sessions will be included to facilitate immediate clinical application.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, clinicians will be able to:

  1. Identify key components of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system
  2. Demonstrate awareness of concepts of neuroplasticity and how it relates to vestibular rehabilitation
  3. Apply principles of differential diagnosis in relation to peripheral and central vestibular disorders, and other non-vestibular causes of dizziness
  4. Apply current evidence for examination and evaluation of individuals with imbalance and vestibular dysfunction, including gait and balance, oculomotor exam, positional testing, dual tasking, and motion sensitivity testing
  5. Develop a treatment plan based on findings from the evaluation and incorporating the latest in evidence-based practice for the treatment of individuals with dizziness, vertigo and imbalance
  6. Demonstrate treatment strategies for vestibular dysfunction and imbalance, including Canalith repositioning maneuver for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vestibular habituation, adaptation and substitution, dual-task training, and optokinetic stimulation

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Brady Whetten, DPT, GCS, received a degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University and a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Utah. He is currently practicing as a physical therapist at Northwest Rehabilitation Associates in Salem, Oregon. He specializes in working with geriatric and neurologic populations and is passionate about learning and applying the latest evidence to maximize improvements for elderly individuals and individuals with neurologic disorders, including dizziness and vertigo. He is a board-certified geriatric clinical specialist and has presented on a variety of topics dealing with geriatric and neurologic physical therapy around the country. Brady has completed the vestibular competency course through Emory University. He is currently serving on a number of committees for the Vestibular Special Interest Group of the neurology section of the APTA. Included in these responsibilities is serving on the Critical Appraisal Team for the development of clinical practice guidelines for unilateral vestibular hypofunction.

Schedule

Schedule - Friday, Nov. 16

1 p.m.

Introduction; dizziness, imbalance, and falls – a growing problem

2 p.m.

Review of anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system

2:30 p.m.

Functional classification of dizziness and vertigo

3 p.m.

Break

3:15 p.m.

Differential diagnosis for peripheral vestibular dysfunction, including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis, bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH), Meniere’s disease, acoustic neuroma, perilymphatic fistula

4:15 p.m.

Lab – BPPV

5:15 p.m.

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Schedule - Saturday, Nov. 17

8 a.m.

Lab – BPPV (continued)

9 a.m.

Comprehensive vestibular evaluation: history, systems review, oculomotor exam (Dynamic Visual Acuity, saccades, smooth pursuits, head thrust test), gait and postural control (Clinical Test of Sensory Integration in Balance [CTSIB], modified Dynamic Gait Index, Four Square Step Test), motion control (Motion Sensitivity Quotient)

10:15 a.m.

Break

10:30 a.m.

Lab – evaluation techniques

11 a.m.

Additional evaluation considerations – dual-tasking, optokinetics, cognition

Noon

Lunch (on your own)

1 p.m.

Interventions – habituation, adaptation, compensation, and other treatment techniques

2 p.m.

Lab – interventions

2:30 p.m.

Central vestibular consideration, differential diagnosis, treatment

3:15 p.m.

Break

3:30 p.m.

Concussion – evaluation considerations and treatment

4:15 p.m.

Non-vestibular considerations – migraine, CSD, cervicogenic dizziness

4:45 p.m.

Review of case studies, Conclusion, Q & A

5:30 p.m.

Adjourn

Research Symposium

Location

Canyon Commons 101 & 102

Cost

Free

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Event Details

Please join us for our fifth annual Physical Therapy Student and Faculty Rehabilitation Research Symposium. Our third-year students will be presenting on various research topics. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be served.

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