Continuing Education Conference
December 4, 2021
8AM to 1PM EST

Registration open November 4th to November 30th.

$25 registration fee (pay here)

The Maine Chapter, APTA is thrilled to resume the Continuing Education (CE) opportunity for clinicians and students.  The Fall CE will be taking place on Saturday, December 4th from 8AM to 1PM through a virtual platform.  The CE will have three tracks of education to include pediatrics, neurological and lymphedema.  Each participant can engage in the learning along the track of their desire as well as participate in the plenary session on Global Health and student poster presentations.

Please join us for this great educational opportunity!



  • 8:00 – 8:20 Welcome by Maine APTA Chapter President, Dan Dallatore PT, DPT, OCS
  • 8:30 – 9:00 “Global Health and the APTA” by Dr. Jennifer Audette PT, PhD
  • 9:00 - 10:15 – Track Session #1 (Neuro, Peds, & Specialty)
  • 10:15 – 10: 30 Break
  • 10:30 – 11:45 Track Session #2 (Neuro, Peds, & Specialty)
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Break
  • 12:00 – 12:45 – Student poster presentations
  • 12:45 – 1:00 – Closing remarks by Maine APTA CE Chair, Sally McCormack Tutt PT, DPT, MPH EdD


Neuro Track:

Session #1
Current Concepts in the Treatment of the Concussed Individual
Bobby Cochrane, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Session Description:  Due to increased social awareness and substantial research funding over the past decade, we currently live in a Renaissance-era regarding our understanding and treatment of individuals suffering from concussions. With each passing year, scores of research articles are published, position statements are altered, and state legislation is clarified. The goal of this presentation is to illustrate the most current evidence-based treatments available to the Physical Therapist when treating individuals suffering from a concussion.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify objective outcome measures.
  • Elucidate evidence-based treatment methods.
  • Describe synergies between other health care providers when treating individuals following a concussion.  

Session #2
Balance and Falls, a prehabilitative and rehabilitative approach. 
Christina Levesque Monroe, PT, DPT

Session Description::  How can physical therapists make balance fun and not fearful?  This course will focus on both a proactive and retroactive approach to balance and falls. We will be identifying impairments and testing appropriately to create goals and justify intervention. A review of basic anatomy and standardized outcomes that are utilized in screening and evaluation will be included. Thought: How can we create a safer , healthier, independent community when treating patients for things other than falls? 

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify balance impairments earlier in physical therapy treatments, create appropriate goals and independent HEP. 
  • Properly intervene post fall (with or without injury) to increase confidence, decrease fear and further risk for falling.
  • Be able to recall 2-3 tests for evaluation along with 2-3 interventions that are safe for home programs. 


Specialty Track:

Session #1
The Basics of Lymphedema

Audrey Hews, PT, DPT, CLT & Tyler Hews, PT, DPT, CLT

Session Description:  One of the specialty areas physical therapists can treat is a chronic condition called Lymphedema. This course will introduce lymphatic anatomy, physiologic pathology, as well as differential diagnosis and staging to give the learner a starting foundation for clinical knowledge, disease progression, and management.
Learning Objective:  By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify between primary and secondary lymphedema, physiological development of the condition, disease progression, and management of lymphedema.

Session #2
Treatment of Lymphedema
Audrey Hews, PT, DPT, CLT & Tyler Hews, PT, DPT, CLT

Session Description:  Join this session to learn the gold standard of Lymphedema treatment. You will become familiar with complete decongestive therapy and the four ways in which we as physical therapists can help patients manage their chronic condition with specific manual skills, bandaging, skin care, and exercise.

Learning Objective:  By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify the four treatments of lymphedema that create the gold standard of treatment known as complete decongestive therapy, stage I course of treatment, and stage II course of treatment for management of the chronic condition.


Pediatric Track:

Session #1
 “Promoting participation and quality of life through intensive, task-specific functional training: Review of the iCan Bike program
Elizabeth “Betsy” Cyr, PT, DPT, PCS

Session Description: The presentation focuses on the iCan Bike program, a one-week camp to teach children, youth, and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities how to ride a two-wheel bike, and the available research that supports this model of care and health promotion. Principles of motor and behavior learning are discussed as a guide to best practice in program development. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate on resources available within our local communities and learn helpful steps for similar program creation.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Identify motor and behavior learning principles that support skill development, functional improvements, participation, and health-related quality of life in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
  • Interpret the research on the iCan Bike camp and similar programs that promote our client's participation, health and well-being.
  • Collaborate on local resources available within our communities to serve our clients and/or support similar program development.

Session #2
Introduction to the Prechtl General Movements Assessment of Infants (GMA)
Eileen Ricci PT, DPT, MS, PCS

Session DescriptionThis session will acquaint the student or practitioner with a basic understanding of the Prechtl GMA. It will include a recorded video introduction by Heinz Prechtl to the GMA assessment, share the evidence basis underlying this strongly supported tool, describe the general clinical use of the GMA with some video examples, and list some of the current obstacles to its implementation in the US and Maine.

 Learning Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Recognize the importance of the Prechtl General Movements Assessment of Infants in early prediction of CP
  • Understand how to read and interpret a GMA developmental trajectory
  • Differentiate between Writhing movements and Fidgety movements
  • Name the types of General Movements which are prognostic indicators of CP

Disclaimer: Eileen Ricci is not a certified Prechtl GMA tutor and this presentation does not constitute GMA training.


Student Poster Presentations:


NOTE:  Have presenters send their presentation prior to the event as back up if they have glitches.

Registration open November 4th to November 30th.
$25 Registration Fee (pay here)