March 2018
 March 24, 2018 @ 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

In 2018, our Spring Conference will be entirely focused on the issue of pain management.  

Click here to go to the conference web page with the schedule, hotel information and the registration form.  

Registration Information below.  To register online Click Here

Member Type

Pain Summit
Early Bird

Pain Summit

(after 3/15)

PT/PTA Members









SPT/SPTA Members



SPT/SPTA Non-Members




April 2018
 April 11, 2018

The MPTA Advocacy Day will start at Troppo Restaurant and finish with visits to legislavite offices.  

CLICK HERE to register and let us know you plan to attend.

Troppo Restaurant   (steps from the Capitol Building)

111 E. Michigan Ave.

Lansing, MI  48933


Breakfast Schedule:       7:00 – 7:30           Registration

             7:30 – 8:00           Issue Briefing –  Important for those staying for office visits

             8:00 – 8:15           Welcome Legislators

             8:15                      Welcome Remarks             

             9:00                          Breakfast with Legislators concludes

Visits with Legislators     8:30 am – 2:00 pm 


 April 12, 2018
SIG-CE Meeting
Central Michigan University
2900 West Road
Room 301
from 2:00 - 5:00 pm
 April 14, 2018

MPTA Northern District Professional Development Opportunity - Identification of Human Trafficking Victims (1 PDR) and Introduction to Pain Science for the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant (1 PDR)

Saturday, April 14th 2018

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Delta College

1961 Delta Road

University Center, MI 48710

The course will be in room N-007.  This is on the lower level by the College Bookstore/café.  Parking will be available anywhere on campus – all external campus doors will be unlocked.  All the buildings at Delta are connected - follow signs to room N-007.


Click Here to Register - 

●       Cost:

○       $15 MPTA Member

○       $35 non-member - (Must have an APTA profile to register - non-members can create a profile at  Click on profile in the upper corner.

Identification of Human Trafficking Victims:

Presented by Holly Lookabaugh-Deur, PT, DSc, GCS, CEEAA

President; Generation Care, PLC


Course Description: This course is designed to assist the physical therapy professional in identifying potential victims of human trafficking in the clinical and community settings.  Communication strategies, legal reporting guidelines, and awareness of this critical problem in our state are discussed, meeting the re-licensure guidelines for PT’s and PTA’s in Michigan.


Learning Objectives: At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to :

1.    Describe the current types, epidemiology and status of human trafficking activity in the state of Michigan, as well as the prevalence in our communities and work settings.

2.    List the guiding principles of assessment and care of human trafficking victims, using a “trauma informed’ care approach.

3.    Identify “red flag” indicators of human trafficking in the clinical settings

4.    Discuss effective communication strategies and a framework for initial inquiry with victims of human trafficking .

5.    Follow legal guidelines for reporting potential human trafficking illegal activity to  law enforcement and child protection agencies.


Introduction to Pain Science for the Physical Therapist

Presented by Leonard H. Van Gelder, PT, DPT

Athletic Trainer | Certified Therapeutic Pain Specialist | Certified Spinal Manual Therapist | Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist


Course Description: Chronic pain is more prevalent than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Research over the last 15 years has provided evidence that explaining the science of pain accurately to patients can decrease pain, decrease fear, promote better movement, allow exercise to be performed longer and motivates patients to be more willing to participate in therapy. Conversely, understanding that our words can do harm and have the potential to cause chronic pain is vital to understand. This one hour course will serve as introduction to the value of pain science education in physical therapy practice and includes principles which can be implemented into practice immediately.


OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the learner will know the following:

1.) Discuss why understanding that nociception does not have to result in a painful experience is important for both clinicians and our patients to understand

2.) Summarize two changes you can make in your current practice to more effectively educate patients on pain and improve their participation in physical therapy

3.) Describe how pain can be experienced in the absence of injury


May 2018
 May 15, 2018 @ 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
DACEF Meeting
Wayne State University
Eugene Applebaum Building
from 2:00 - 4:00 pm
October 2018
 October 5, 2018 @ 12:00 PM to October 6, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

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