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2024 Winter Conference Course 1: Manual Therapy for the Physical Therapist Assistant, Justin Berry, PT

  • 27-Jan-2024
  • 8:00 AM
  • Fairmont Hot Springs, Montanan



1 day course, 7.5  Contact Hours, MT category A 

Manual Therapy for the Physical Therapist Assistant, Justin Berry, PT

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below.

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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:

Accommodations and Meeting Site: Fairmont Hot Springs. 
Please call 800.332.32.72 or book online at www.fairmontmontana.com. Use Group ID 29288, or tell them you are with the Montana Physical Therapy Association. Room rates start at $189 depending on the type of room you may need. This block will be released on Deceme 27, so book early.

Committees and Board Meeting

Jan. 26, 2023:

  • 6:00 - 8:00pm Board Meeting,  site TBA

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2023, 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 Emily Herndon by Jan. 6, 2023. Final agenda will be posted in the members only section at www.aptamt.com by Jan. 17, 2023.

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 any non-limited seating, APTA MT sponsored CE at a rate discounted by 75% of the member and non-member rate; If the course is a lab, students will be admitted on a space available basis only. Group Code: APTAStudent (your registration will be cancelled if you are not a student using this code).

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, please use code APTALifetime (your registration will be cancelled if you are not a lifetime member using this code).



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

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

12:00pm - 1:50pm APTA MT Business meeting and luncheon

2:00pm - 5:00pm Course(s) with break, see details below


8:00am -  2:45pm course continues, with breaks and lunch,see details below

About the course:

Course Description:

This course will focus on the utilization of peripheral joint mobilization techniques.  It is designed for the physical therapist assistant (PTA) interested in expanding their manual therapy knowledge and skill level. Recent research on manual therapy, as well as legal and ethical issues regarding PTAs performing manual therapy will also be discussed. Lecture, laboratory practice, and case studies will be utilized to meet course objectives.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Identify indications, contraindications, and precautions for peripheral joint mobilizations    
  • Demonstrate safe performance of a variety of peripheral joint mobilizations    
  • Recognize legal and ethical considerations regarding PTAs and manual therapy    
  • Apply current research on manual therapy to the clinical environment    

Course Agenda:

Course Schedule




Introduction, Theory


Elbow, Wrist, and Hand






APTA MT Luncheon and Business Meeting


Legal and Ethical Issues


Hip & Knee




Ankle & Foot


Case Studies & Questions

About the Speaker

Justin Berry, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Berry received his DPT and PhD from the University of North Dakota and has been a PTA Program Director in Minnesota since 2006.  He has taught PTA-specific continuing education courses since 2005 on a variety of orthopedic topics. Dr. Berry was awarded the 2014 F.A. Davis Outstanding PTA Educator, the 2016 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Educator of the Year, and the 2020 Academy of Physical Therapy Education’s President Award.

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