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2022 Fall Conference 2 of 2: Neuropracticity: A novel and practical clinical application to induce functional improvement

  • 01-Oct-2022
  • 8:00 AM
  • 02-Oct-2022
  • 3:45 PM
  • Missoula Montana


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Fall Conference: Neuropracticity: A novel and practical clinical application to induce functional improvement

Presented by Mike Studer, PT, DPT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, FAPTA

12 Contact Hours, MT category A 
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Provisions include coffee/tea in the morning and lunch at the business meeting. Snacks are not served at breaks. 

Accommodations and Meeting Sites:

Meeting Site:  University of Montana PT Department, Skaggs Building Room 169.
Campus Map = park in G lot

Accomodations: We do not have a room block as the rooms are found to be more reasonable online and without a cutoff date. 

Committees and Board Meeting

Sept 30, 2022:

  • 6:00 - 8:00pm Board Meeting,  Site First Interstate, 6th Floor, Front Street

Oct 1, 2022:

  • 2:30pm - Legislative Committee Meeting. Refer to Committee Notes for updates.

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the CE site. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online for this without paying). Please send agenda items to the office or President Christian Appel by Sept. 10, 2022. Final agenda will be posted in the members only section at www.aptamt.com by Sept. 21, 2022.

Cancellation Policy

APTA MT reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If ATPA MT refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

Cancellations will be accepted in writing via email or mail. A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.


Group Discounts:

10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

Student Discounts:

Students may take this course at a rate discounted by 50% of the member and non-member rate, if there is space available prior to the start of the course. This course is a laboratory class with limited space, and therefore we must limit the spaces available at the student rate. If you are a student and would like to attend if we do have extra room for this course, please register for the student waitlist. APTA MT will notify you one week prior to start of the course to offer you a space in the course, if available.

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, APTA MT sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.



7:15 - 8:00am Professional Issues Forum (APTA MT)

8:00am - 12noon Course(s) with break, see details below

12:30noon - 2:30pm APTA MT Business meeting and luncheon

2:30pm - 5:30pm Course(s) with break, see details below

6:00pm - Private reception canceled. Emily and others will gather at Finn if you would like to visit with her there. No host.


7:30am - 12noon course with break, see details below

12noon - 12:30pm Lunch on your own

12:30pm - 3:15 pm course with break, see details below

About the course:

Course Description:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will reveal a novel and intense clinical approach built specifically for persons that are 6 months or more in recovery post cerebrovascular accident (CVA); with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) after brain injury or surgery (from concussion, to TBI, to tumor).This approach includes Interventions that are designed and built directly from evidence and are adapted with consideration for the unique attributes of changes in the body and brain months and years after CVA/brain injury and with disease-onset for years. Additionally, this application will reveal incorporation of recent advances in motivation, motor learning, and practice - displaying all through videotape case study demonstration. Attendees will be engaged in a thought-provoking presentation that challenges previous misconceptions about the timeline of recovery and potential for improvement years after CVA and the potential to recover with MS, PD, concussion in the elderly, etc. This presentation builds on recent evidence of high-intensity interval training, procedural memory training, circuit training, task specific overtraining, motor learning, OPTIMAL, behavioral economics in rehabilitation, forced-use and many more – across mobility, communication, cognition and ADL applications. This course provides the learner from all practice points with tools to rehabilitate clients regardless of equipment and technological availability.

Course Objectives:

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

  1. Identify physiologic changes that occur in many individuals months and years post CVA, brain injury, and with PD.

  2. Apply recent evidence in motor learning and motivation to maximize the recovery for clients in chronic stroke rehabilitation.
  3. Apply recent evidence in practice structure and feedback to maximize the recovery for clients after brain lesion/injury.
  4. Debunk rehabilitation myths about recovery dependence on timing and technology in effective rehabilitative outcomes in those with brain injury, degenerative disease, or stroke.

Course Agenda:

Tentative agenda

Day 1: 

  • 8-8:15 I “Prep your brain”
  • 8:15- 9:30 Expanding on neuroplasticity (advanced voyage into motor control; advanced sensory reweighting AND sensory neuroplasticity through constraints 
  • 9:30-45 Break
  • 9:45-10:30 Cognition in rehabilitation of brain injury, stroke, and advanced PD
  • 10:30-11:30 Cognition in rehabilitation, compensation and prevention in MCI + Dementias.
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Applications by video. Recreating automaticity through dual task and pressure training 
  • 12:30- 2:30 Lunch
  • 2:30 – 3:45 Automaticity and explorations in DT
  • 3:45-4:00 Break
  • 4:00-5:00 Applications by video. Dual Task.
  • 5:00 - 5:30 Summary and discussion of readings

Day 2: 

  • 7:30-7:45 Discussion, warm up and reviewNeuropracticityWelcome2021.pdf
  • 8:00-9:30 Quality of movement retraining in PT. Using and expanding-beyond the OPTIMAL motor learning theory
  • 9:30-9:45 Break
  • 9:45-10:30 Explorations in error enhancement, the Method of Amplification of Error across stroke, PD, ataxia, movement disorders 
  • 10:30-11:30 Applications by video. Error enhancement.
  • 11:30-12:00 Lunch
  • 12:00- 1:30 TBA
  • 1:30-2:00 Summary and Discussion

About the Speaker

Mike Studer, PT, DPT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, FAPTA, received his physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991. He received his postprofessional MHS degree in physical therapy with neurologic emphasis from the University of Indianapolis. He has been board-certified as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1995 and has been designated a Certified Exercise Expert in the Aging Adult (CEEAA) by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy since 2011. Dr. Studer has served as the vice president of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the APTA and has been the chair and vice-chair of several special interest groups at the national level in each of the Academies of Neurologic and Geriatric Physical Therapy, including Balance and Falls, Stroke, and the Practice Committee in Neurology. He is a full-time treating therapist and founder of Northwest Rehabilitation Associates in Oregon. Dr. Studer has presented courses and published articles on neurologic and geriatric rehabilitation since 1995 and has authored and coauthored more than 30 articles on topics of neurology and geriatrics, as well as several book chapters on stroke, cognition, Parkinson's disease, and preventive care. Dr. Studer is now regularly a guest lecturer on a national and international basis at several universities and national meetings on the topics of stroke, Parkinson's disease, balance, motor control, motor learning, cognitive impairment, and case management. He was awarded the 2011 Clinician of the Year award by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, a section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and in 2014 received the same award from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. He was the first to receive this national distinction from each entity.

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