Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency and Skills Based Course

June 25-26, 2016 Houston, TX

This evidence based course is designed for physical therapists and occupational therapists with some experience or exposure treating patients/clients with vestibular dysfunction who are looking to enhance their clinical skills focused in examination and intervention. The course consists of lecture and laboratory sessions designed to provide:

  1. A comprehensive overview of vestibular rehabilitation from a historical to modern perspective,
  2. An understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system with its connections to the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system,
  3. An emphasis on competently performing a vestibular examination that can lead to a comprehensive and effective treatment plan for patients.

All participants will be expected to demonstrate appropriate examination and treatment procedures for such diagnoses like benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), unilateral and bilateral peripheral disorders, and central vestibular dysfunction. The course will include live demonstration, video eye movement analysis, practical hands-on skills, and a practical examination. This course is an excellent preparatory course for the competency based course offered nationally or for the clinician looking to advance their clinical management skills with this patient population across multiple settings.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the evolution of the practice of vestibular rehabilitation from its inception to current modern times.
  2. Explain in lay terms the anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central vestibular system.
  3. Describe and interpret diagnostic vestibular function tests such as calorics, rotary chair, computerized dynamic posturography, and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials.
  4. Describe the pathophysiology of various disorders that affect the vestibular system including: BPPV, vestibular neuritis, Meniere's Disease, Superior Canal Dehiscence, Vestibular Migraine, and central disorders.
  5. Perform and interpret a thorough patient interview and physical assessment of patients with suspected vestibular dysfunction.
  6. Interpret assessment findings appropriately.
  7. Based on results of the examination, formulate and provide rationale for plan of care.
  8. Perform appropriate therapeutic procedures.
  9. Demonstrate proper discharge planning and referral planning.
Day One Day Two
7:30 AM-8:00 AM Registration 8:00-8:30 AM Review of Day One with Case Study and Eye Movement Analysis
8:00 AM-8:30 AM Introduction with Emphasis on Historical Evolution of Vestibular Rehabilitation 8:30 AM-10:00 AM Intervention Strategies with Laboratory Practice
8:30 AM-9:30 AM Anatomy and Physiology of the Vestibular System 10:00 AM-10:15 AM Break
9:30 AM-9:45 AM Break 10:15 AM-11:30 AM Case Based Practice of Pathological Findings
9:45 AM-11:00 AM Vestibular Function Tests with Case Study 11:30 AM-11:45 AM Discharge Planning
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pathophysiology of Select Vestibular Disorders 11:45 AM-1:00 PM Practical check off
12:00 PM-1:00 PM Lunch    
1:00 PM-2:00 PM Pathophysiology (continued)    
2:00 PM-3:00 PM History Taking and the Interview Process    
3:00 PM-3:15 PM PM Break    
3:15 PM-5:15 PM Examination Test and Measures with Laboratory Practice    
To access the brochure for this course with registration information, click here.

Note: Once registering, you will receive an emailed confirmation. If registering as a group, please respond to this confirmation with your group member names.

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