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Professional Learning Institute

Each of the classes below are linked to a page which includes more information about the course and class registration. Watch for more information or call 630-909-6923.



Winter / Spring 2014 Course Registration

Defensive Documentation:
What You Don't Know May Hurt You

May 9, 2014

This course will cover and review the necessary components of documentation required to support the need for therapy services and the provision of skilled treatment by the clinician. With ongoing changes to regulatory and third party payer requirements, it is essential for therapists to stay current with the criteria utilized for determining medical necessity and the provision of reasonable and necessary services when documentation is audited. Definitions of key documentation terms will be reviewed, tips will be provided to help strengthen the content of your documentation as well as a discussion on how to minimize your risk as an organization and practitioner through use of audits and quality improvement activities. Case studies and small group discussion will be used to provide opportunities to apply techniques discussed throughout this session. Participants are encouraged to bring a sample of their documentation to use during the course as part of their own "self-audit". A documentation tool-kit will be provided to pull the information together and allow the clinician to immediately implement these strategies in clinical practice.

Instructors: Paula Eppenstein, PT, MS; Emily Becker, PT, MS; Jaime Gorska, OTR/L

Target Audiences: PT, PTA, OT, OTA, SLP

Contact Hours: 7 hours

Registration Deadline: 05-02-14

Fees: Single Registration: $150; Group Registration Fee: $130 (2+ from one facility)


Introduction to PNF: Improving Trunk Function Through Distal and Proximal Input

May 16-18, 2014

The purpose of this seminar is to apply the philosophy and treatment concepts of the Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) approach to the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal patient in both pediatric and adult populations. The emphasis of the course will be on refining the participant's handling and problem solving skills through lectures, extensive laboratory sessions, application of PNF to clinical problems, and an on-site patient demonstration.

Instructors: Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc

Target Audiences: PT, PTA, OT, OTA

Contact Hours: 20.5 hours

Registration Deadline: 05-09-14

Fees: Single Registration: $660; Group Registration Fee: $640 (2+ from one facility)


Making Sense of Low Back Pain: A Systematic & Evidence-Based Approach to the Examination & Treatment of Low Back Disorders

June 7, 2014

Managing patients with low back pain can be confusing and frustrating for novice and experienced clinicians alike. In this seminar, Dr. Durall will provide a systematic and integrative approach to low back disorders that demystifies the examination and treatment process, reduces frustration, and most importantly leads to superior outcomes. Treatment-based classification is used as the course framework to streamline clinical decision making and care planning. Examination techniques and strategies are introduced that are straightforward and supported by research and clinical experience. Various intervention strategies will be covered including high-velocity thrust manipulation, therapeutic exercise to improve dynamic stabilization, and directionally-specific exercise. Treatment strategies for patients with leg symptoms and/or chronic pain are also included. Recent advances in lumbopelvic spine research are integrated throughout the course to provide clinicians with new insights and rationale for decision making. Several contentious topics will be covered including the relative importance of the transversus abdominus, "deep" versus "superficial" trunk muscle exercise programs, and the SI joints as a source of low back pain. Participants can expect to refine and advance their clinical skills in a supportive and relaxed learning environment. Lab attire is required.


Instructors: Chris Durall, PT, DPT, MS, SCS, LAT, CSCS

Target Audiences: PT, PTA

Contact Hours: 8.5 hours

Registration Deadline: 05-31-14

Fees: Single Registration: $275; Group Registration Fee: $255 (2+ from one facility)


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Contact Information:

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

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