September 2017
 September 13, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

WMCEF:  9/13/2017, 3-5:00 pm, GVSU Center for Health Sciences, Grand Rapids

 September 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM to September 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
 September 23, 2017 @ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

MOVEMENT MATTERS: Creative and Innovative Treatment Interventions for difficult to move patients, using Safe Patient Handling Technologies.

7.5 Contact Hours Approval # CEUL011912

Saturday, September 23,2017

8:00am to 5:00pm

 Central Michigan University, 1200 S Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859

Boxed Lunch Provided


Course Description:

Evidence points to better patient outcomes with high numbers of repetitions, high exercise intensity and more frequent activities. This can be challenging to achieve with patients with multiple or severe movement impairments, or those who are heavy and/or dependent and deconditioned. Get your patients doing more - Early mobility, fall prevention, neuroplasticity, bariatrics, appropriate dosing of therapeutic interventions and more! This one day course will allow you to explore how safe patient handling and mobility equipment can be utilized during therapy interventions, to achieve high repetitions, salient activities, patient engagement, aerobic exercise, and error-allowance during rehabilitation activities, all without the fear of patient or therapist injury. Through a mix of didactic presentation, facilitated group discussion, and hands-on learning opportunities, participants will identify safe patient handling solutions to challenging cases using a spectrum of equipment and devices across the continuum of care. Additional content will explore the process of obtaining equipment in your facility, and the therapist’s role in safe patient handling programs. Real patients will be volunteering to help maximize the learning experience.


Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Appraise current therapy practice related to current evidence for repetition, intensity, saliency and task-specific, goal oriented interventions.

2. Correctly Identify at least 2 limitations of manual handling techniques for therapeutic interventions that would be overcome with safe patient mobility equipment 

3.  Integrate SPHM equipment into 3 treatment interventions in a simulated patient case

4.  Provide justification for procuring safe patient mobility equipment to administrators


Course Instructors:

Margaret Arnold, PT, CEES, CSPHP is a consultant and founder of Inspire Outcomes LLC.  She has over 20 years of experience as a physical therapist in acute care, in-patient rehab, and out-patient care, where she specialized in complex balance dysfunction, occupational health and ergonomics; and more than 10 years as a safe patient handling and early mobility program manager and consultant. Margaret has extensive experience through her own practice, teaching and consulting on these topics. She has presented extensively both nationally and internationally, and has published many articles in the field.


Jamie Haines, PT, DScPT, NCS is a faculty member at Central Michigan University. Jamie is an ABPTS Neurologic Certified Specialist and has over 20 years of experience working with people with neurologic conditions. Jamie has utilized SPHM technology and principles both in the classroom and in practice. She has practice experience in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, subacute and skilled nursing, as well as outpatient setting.


Jennifer McIlvaine, PT, MSPT, CSPHA is a Safe Patient Handling Specialist and Senior Physical Therapist II

at Duke Health in Durham, North Carolina.  She has 15 years of experience as an acute care physical therapist specializing in medical, surgical, and critical care areas.   Jennifer is also a coordinator of Duke MOVES, the safe patient handling, early mobility, and fall prevent program for Duke Health.  Jennifer has presented nationally on Safe Patient Handling for therapists and has published on therapeutic interventions using SPH equipment.  Jennifer is a graduate of Central Michigan University



Course Schedule:

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-9:00   Welcome, introductions, housekeeping and Reflection and personal goals for conference

9:00-10:30 Lecture: Current State of the Evidence (and reflection on current practice)

9:00-9:30   Neuroplasticity: Latest research

9:30-10:00 Optimal Dosage of intervention across the continuum of care

10:00-10:30 Integrating Safe Patient Handling into Rehabilitation

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Equipment demonstration of how to integrate SPHM equipment solutions into treatment

12:00-12:30 Lunch (box lunch provided) (12:15-12:30 MPTA meeting during lunch)

12:30-2:45 Groups will rotate through 3 stations (45 minutes at each station) and will practice integrating equipment into treatment interventions.  A variety of patient case scenarios will be provided.

            Station 1: Bed Mobility

            Station 2: Transfers

            Station 3: Gait and Higher level

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-3:45 Clinical decision making with Patient Volunteers, utilizing SPHM devices

3:45-4:30 Next steps and how to present a business case for equipment for your facility (Including limitations of manual handling and why equipment is needed)

4:30-5:00 Conclusion and evaluations

Online Registration: Please follow link and instructions below

October 2017
 October 5, 2017 @ 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Annual PT month educational event at Oakland University. Topic:TBD

 October 7, 2017 @ 8:00 AM to October 8, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

$50 Discount for MPTA Members-

Practical Pain Science Two Day- Manistique 2017


Practical Pain Science is a two-day course focused on educating clinicians on modern understandings of pain and how to apply it immediately to clinical practice.  Participants will develop an understanding of persistent pain states so they can better  interview, educate, assess, and treat the patient suffering from persistent pain.  Applications to pediatric, geriatric, neurologic, sports, and orthopedic settings will be discussed.

Day One – Multidisciplinary (all disciplines)

Day Two – PT/PTA/OT/COTA and PT/PTA/OT/COTA students

Course approved for CEUs/CCUs for two-day only for PTs/PTAs

For course information and registration CLICK HERE

 October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 AM to 6:00 AM
 October 13, 2017 @ 10:00 AM to October 14, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Accepting course proposals now - please complete the form found under events and send to

 October 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM to 6:00 AM
 October 19, 2017 @ 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Registration will be available September 1.

November 2017
 November 11, 2017 @ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Northern District is partnering with Mark Kargela to offer a one day course.  Reduced registration fees for MPTA members and a brief membership meeting.

November 11 8am - 5pm

Superior Physical Therapy West

3899 West Front St

Traverse City, MI 49864

Register online at:

 November 11, 2017 @ 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Course: 'Protecting the Pelvic Floor in Female Patients: Review for Non-Women’s Health PTs' from 9-3:45 (6 hours CPD pending) with lunch provided at the University of Michigan-Flint. Speaker: Dr. Karen Litos, PT, DPT, WCS from the No Mom Left Behind PT, LLC in East Lansing, MI.

Registration will open September 1.

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