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MT-2: ESSENTIAL SPINAL HYBRID SEMINAR (33.5 Hours/3.4 CEUs): A Blend of Online and 2 Day Live Seminar

Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS)

Format(s):   Live Seminars
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy
Contact Hours:   3.4
Registration Fee:   $650

Upon completion of the course the participant will be able to:
Accurately differentiate between normal and abnormal resistance to passive spinal movement using accessory & physiological examination techniques. Demonstrate at least one example. PTAs are limited to using physiological movement examination techniques only, and may not use accessory techniques.
Discriminate between five different grades of passive movement to manage spinal pathology (Grades I, II, III, IV, and V as per Maitland). PTAs may observe all five grades, but are prohibited from performing Grades III, IV and V.
Accurately apply at least two examples of Maitland’s five grades of passive movement to a participant-selected spinal region. PTAs are limited to Grades I & II.
Summarize Maitland’s clinical reasoning model, including eight clinical hypothesis categories per M. Jones and D. Rivett.
Apply evidence-based clinical reasoning in the orthopedic manual therapy management of a patient with spinal pathology. Learner will demonstrate at least once.
Synthesize principles of treating pain and stiffness as per Maitland and other manual P.T.s. Participant will orally defend at least one example.
Accurately defend the most effective orthopedic manual therapy management of a patient with a spinal disorder based upon clinical assessment and clinical reasoning, rather than theoretical protocols. Learner will demonstrate at least once.
Integrate clinical reasoning skills to recognize movement anomalies in one selected common spinal orthopedic condition.
Integrate evaluation skills in differential assessment and diagnosis of one selected common spinal orthopedic condition. Objective applies to PTs, MDs and DOs only.
Demonstrate the ability to quickly and effectively manage spinal orthopedic conditions using at least one known manual therapy technique.
Accurately defend at least one modified or newly created effective manual therapy technique for the management of spinal orthopedic conditions. Participant will demonstrate their modified or newly developed technique at least once.

Target Audience
PTs, PTAs, DOs, MDs.
-No previous experience with manual therapy required
-Enrollment limited
-Lab clothes required for all sessions
Participants are advised that in accordance with APTA HOD RC 31-01 the material taught in MAPS courses is not intended to be used outside the scope of the participants personal abilities, licensure, or relevant regulations. Furthermore, elements of the seminars are considered Physical Therapy only when performed by or under the direction of a licensed Physical Therapist.

Attention PTAs Attending MT-2:
PTAs attending any MAPS course specifically agree to identify themselves to the Course Instructor and limit their laboratory practice to the assessment of physiological movement up to but not beyond the first onset of resistance (R1). Thus, as stated in the Course Objectives, PTAs are required to limit their lab practice to only Grades I and II assessment, which are small and large amplitude movements respectively, which occur in the resistance free range prior to R1. Furthermore, PTAs attending any MAPS course specifically agree to limit their laboratory practice to physiological (osteokinematic) movements and refrain from performing accessory (arthrokinematic) movements.
The practice of mobilization/manipulation is legally regulated by state Practice acts, and MAPS does not advocate that any practitioners (PT, PTA, or others) practice any procedure outside their legal scope of practice. MAPS course content is not intended for use by ANY participant outside the scope of their license or relevant regulations. PTAs attending this course agree to limit their clinical practice, during and after any MAPS course, to their specific State practice act(s), and to comply with the directions of their supervising Physical Therapist.

Confirmation Notes
17.5 Direct Contact Hours + 16.0 Home Study Hours: 3.4 CEUs
Confirmation Notice: Once your course is confirmed (generally 4-6 weeks prior), you will receive an email from MAPS Online Learning ( with directions on how to access your account. This email will include your username and temporary password. To complete the pre-class requirements, you will also need to have an account with Digify. MAPS Online Learning will provide a direct link to Digify where you will be able to view the digital content of the course. You need to have access to both accounts to complete the course.

17.5 Direct Contact Hours + 16.0 Home Study Hours: 3.4 CEUs
This course is a blend of on-line and live learning. The initial lecture and other pre-course materials are provided through MAPS Online Learning in advance followed by a two-day live laboratory-based weekend seminar. Online Learning amounts to 16.0 hours and includes 4.33 hour lecture/PowerPoint presentation; the 10-page Pre-Reading #1 with exam (2.3 hours), the extensive Pre-reading #2 with exam (3.3 hours), the Post-course multiple-choice Exam (2.7 hours) and Patient Overnight Sheets (3.4 hours for 2 patients). Home-Study hours calculated using the Mergener Formula, as per the FSBPT's standards.
LIVE Course Agenda (17.5 hours-100% attendance required):
Day 1: 7:30am-6:30pm
Day 2: 8:00am-4:45pm

May be taken as first course in the series. Introduction to the Maitland-Australian concept of assessment and treatment for the Spine, including peer-reviewed supporting evidence. Hybrid live and online learning course with 90% laboratory in the two-day Live component. Emphasis is on the Cervical, Thoracic (including rib articulations) and Lumbar spine. Neurodynamic assessments are introduced for the upper and lower limbs. Principles of assessment/treatment are addressed in supervised lab sessions with live patient demonstrations. Highly specific subjective & objective physical examination techniques are taught. Treatment methods are practiced extensively in lab sessions with direct Instructor feedback to ensure skill acquisition. Techniques of assessment and treatment include physiological and accessory movements, which are directed very specifically to individual spinal segments. Required online coursework of approximately 16.0 hours includes a 4.33 hour Lecture/PowerPoint presentation. A more detailed description is available on the MAPS website at

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