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Telerehabilitation 101: Assessment and Treatment Skills for Online Success

Telerehabilitation 101: Assessment and Treatment Skills for Online Success

Telerehabilitation 101: Assessment and Treatment Skills for Online Success

This course includes
This course was recorded in March 2020


Course Description:

This course is designed to give you a jump-start on evidence-based strategies to assess pain-related distress in order to address pain from a whole person, biopsychosocial perspective. Assess central sensitization, catastrophization, depression, anxiety, and stress, and learn some basic strategies that you can use as a physiotherapist to address these concerns. Develop your skills using a psychologically-informed approach that translates well into virtual patient care. Brush up on your pain education skills as well so that you can confidently connect their psychosocial distress and their pain experience.

Learn how global movement and exercise can be assessed, taught, and applied in a telerehabilitation setting.


Course Objectives:

  1. Learn how to listen to your patient's story to really develop a strong therapeutic alliance during telerehabilitation
  2. Learn how to assess central sensitization to determine if a psychologically informed approach is required. These are the patients that you are most likely to positively affect using telerehabilitation
  3. Learn how to assess distress markers such as catastrophization, depression, anxiety, and stress to create a psychologically informed approach
  4. Develop instant skills in addressing these distress markers using tools with a physiotherapist's scope of practice including global movement and exercises easily taught over telehealth
  5. Draw on an established exercise bank that addresses these distress markers utilizing an evidence-informed framework
  6. Build your skills in pain biology education quickly and practically in order to deliver this much needed, broader perspective for the treatment of persistent pain

Join Carolyn Vandyken and Brittany Vandyken on this 4-hour online course to learn how you can successfully incorporate telerehabilitation and virtual patient care into your physiotherapy practice.

Register below (you must be signed in to your Embodia account to register).

The instructors
Carolyn Vandyken

Carolyn is the co-owner of Reframe Rehab, a teaching company engaged in breaking down the barriers internationally between pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science. Carolyn has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 37 years. She is a McKenzie Credentialled physiotherapist (1999), certified in acupuncture (2002), and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2017.

Carolyn received the YWCA Women of Distinction award (2004) and the distinguished Education Award from the OPA (2015). Carolyn was recently awarded the Medal of Distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2021 for her work in pelvic health and pain science.

Carolyn has been heavily involved in post-graduate pelvic health education, research in lumbopelvic pain, speaking at numerous international conferences and writing books and chapters for the past twenty years in pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science.

Brittany Vandyken
Registered Physiotherapist

Brittany Vandyken is a Registered Physiotherapist and co-owner of Physio Works Muskoka. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Brock University in 2014 while playing as an Academic All-Canadian on Brock’s varsity basketball team.

Following this, she obtained her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2017 winning several awards and scholarships including Faculty of Health Science Outstanding Achievement Award, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the CPA Award for graduating top of her class. She has received additional post-graduate training in central sensitization, soft tissue release, pelvic floor rehabilitation, breast health and oncology rehabilitation. Brittany has a passion for clinical research on lumbopelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction, recently publishing a novel research study in the journal Muskuloskeletal Science and Practice, Physical Therapy; a second study is currently under review by the Brazilian Journal of Physiotherapy.

Brittany is grateful to be able to stand on the shoulders of giants in her profession such as Carolyn Vandyken, Darryl Yardley and Sinead Dufour, and is passionate about helping new grads to quickly establish competency and confidence by utilizing current concepts in central sensitization, pain education, and pelvic health.

Course Material included in this course
  • Resources and References
  • Course Resources & Slides
  • Document Sharing
  • Links to resources mentioned throughout the course
  • Email for Telehealth or Virtual Appts
  • Telerehabilitation 101: Assessment and Treatment skills for Online Success
  • Introduction
  • What is Pain?
  • Assessment Framework
  • Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Healthy Movement
  • Telerehab Assessment
  • Taking History
  • Central Sensitisation Pt1
  • Questions
  • Central Sensitisation Pt2
  • Stress Assessment
  • Managing Depression
  • Managing Anxiety
  • Novel, Non-Threatening Movement and Qi Gong
  • Distress, Catastrophization, and Persistent Pain
  • More Questions
  • Symptom Monitor and Pain Questionniare
  • Wrapping Up
  • Feedback
  • What's Next
  • Next Steps
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Face the Day: Full Body
  • Face the Day: Pelvic
  • Face the Day: Whole Body (No Music)
  • Post-Exercise Savasna
  • Breathing Qi Gong
  • Yin for Sleep
Patient Education included in this course
  • 24 Hour Fitness - 23 and 1/2 Hours
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