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Winter Conference 2013

  • 26-Jan-2013
  • 27-Jan-2013
  • Helena


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1. Chronic Pain - Uncommon Causes and Practical Solutions, Janet Hulme, MA, PT     12 Hours/1.2 CEUs

Physical Therapy as the Profession-of-Choice for Dissemination of Falls Risk Assessments and Individualized Fall Prevention for the Community-Dwelling Older Adults of Montana
Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS, CPH       4 hours/0.4 CEU

Helena, MT
January 26-27, 2013

Details for Course 1:

Chronic Pain- Uncommon Causes & Practical Solutions

Janet A Hulme PT

Description: Chronic pain as a structural-pathology model and chronic pain as a sensitization within the central and peripheral nervous systems model come together to provide the most comprehensive  understanding of individual’s behavior with this diagnosis. This course develops understanding of the multiple systems involved and their physiological changes with long term pain. Integrating the structural and sensitization models the practitioner will have a comprehensive assessment, treatment and self-care management strategy for optimum functional outcomes.

Objectives:  At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics and proposed etiology of chronic pain.
  • Describe anatomy and physiology of chronic pain.
  • Develop assessment techniques for chronic pain.
  • Develop treatment and self-care management strategies for chronic pain.

Instructor: Janet Hulme, M.A., P.T.

Janet A. Hulme M.A., P.T. has been a practicing physical therapist, professor, researcher, author and lecturer for over 30 years. Her work has had a major impact in the fields of incontinence and women's health. She has extensive involvement with chronic pain, bowel & bladder health, childbirth education, biofeedback, women's health clinics and entrepreneurship. Janet brings an empowering whole person approach to all her work. When not traveling & teaching she lives in Montana in a log house built in the 1800's next to a wilderness area.

Details for Course 2:

Physical Therapy as the Profession-of-Choice for Dissemination of Falls Risk Assessments and Individualized Fall Prevention for the Community-Dwelling Older Adults of Montana

DESCRIPTION:  This four-hour continuing education course is the cornerstone to effective and thorough dissemination of evidence-based falls management practices for the PT profession utilizing a public health approach. The CDC has endorsed one fall risk assessment tool, the STEADI, and four fall prevention programs (Otago Exercise Program, Matter of Balance, Stepping On, and T’ai Chi Moving for Better Balance) for national dissemination. Physical therapy is the perfect profession to lead this charge and engage the challenge proactively. This course will prepare attendees to perform the STEADI and assist local primary care practitioners in its adoption and use in their practices as well. Attendees will also learn how to incorporate the Otago Exercise Program within one-to-one physical therapy treatment and discharge plans to improve patient compliance and outcomes. Identification and referral of appropriate older adults to each of the fall prevention programs, as well as information on offering these programs, will be discussed. Following this session, attendees will be able to apply for inclusion in the CDC’s phConnect, on-line falls prevention community. These programs provide a very effective addition to marketing of physical therapy services in many settings while providing highly valued community service.

OBJECTIVES: At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Appreciate the demographics, cost, incidence, and risk factors involved with falls in the community-dwelling older adults of Montana and the U.S.
  • Understand the major risk factors and the need to look beyond balance and strength in our efforts to decrease fall risk in older adults.
  • Learn how to administer the STEADI fall risk assessment and respond with appropriate interventions and/or referrals.
  • Learn how and why to incorporate the Otago exercise program as part of a comprehensive physical therapy program aimed at falls reduction.
  • Examine the similarities and differences of the 3 community-based, group-delivered, falls prevention programs and how to select and refer the appropriate older adults to each program.
  • Accept the charge to learn, support, and disseminate these programs in your local area.


Mindy Oxman Renfro is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Montana – Missoula where she teaches in the DPT program.  She is an invited member of the CDC’s Expert Fall Prevention panel and works closely with the physical therapy subgroup at a national level. She received her interdisciplinary PhD, transitional DPT, and certificate in public health from the University of Montana in 2011. She received her MS in Allied Health education from the University of Connecticut in 1984 and her entry-level BS in PT from the University of Vermont in 1977. Her areas of interest and current research are in fall risk assessment and fall prevention for community-dwelling older adults.

Event Details:

      Friday, Jan. 25             Board Meeting, 6pm
      Saturday, Jan. 26
      7:00am    Registration & Cont. Breakfast
      7:15 - 11:15am    Renfro course, with break
       8:00 - 12noon       Chronic Pain course, with break
     12noon - 2pm     Lunch and MAPTA Business Meeting
      2pm - 5pm     Chronic Pain course continues
     Sunday Jan. 27
      8am - 3pm     Chronic Pain course continues, with breaks, and with  lunch on your own.

Rooms can be reserved at the Best Western/Great Northern Hotel, Helena, MT. Please call 800-829-4047 or 406-457-5500. Please reference MAPTA when making reservations. Room Block rate begin at $120 and expire on Jan. 5. 2013.

Reception for PTs/PTAs
Following the education, we’ll have a hosted 1 hour social for all attendees.

Business Meeting
Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the hotel. Lunch is included for those registered for Saturday courses. Please RSVP for just the lunch www.mapta.com (register on this event’s page).

Cancellation Policy
MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.
Registration Cancellation by Participant:
• Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, 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:
15% 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.

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