Micki Harris Evening Lecture Series

We will not be hosting our traditional evening lecture series in 2018.  Please stay tuned in our Chapter Events for other continuing education options.


All lectures meet 7pm - 9pm 
Franklin Pierce University, Suite 301, 670 North Commercial St, Manchester, NH

2 CEH's will be awarded for each Evening Lecture


$25 for APTA members
$42 for Non Members
$12 for Students

$5 will be added if register onsite

January 19 / Northeast Passage and Therapeutic Recreational Therapy

Class will learn about Northeast Passage and the different programs run by a staff of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).  Class will learn about different adaptive sports provided by Northeast Passage—how they are used to provide therapeutic outcomes, the specific equipment involved in each activity, and how a CTRS may work with other therapists during these programs.  


Amanda Zedon, B.S., CTRS/L, is a Program Specialist in the Recreational Sports program at Northeast Passage (NEP).  She graduated from UNH in 2014 with a B.S. in Recreation Management & Policy: Therapeutic Recreation.  Amanda specializes in adaptive sports, program development and group facilitation.  Amanda works with other programs seeking the expertise of NEP to plan and implement activity specific events for said program’s clients/participants.  She helps to plan and implement Recreational Sports including: archery, cycling, golf, hiking, kayaking, Nordic skiing, and water skiing.  

February 9 / Physical Therapy for People with Cancer

Presented by Nancy Potter

1.       Participants will understand the basic treatment approaches for breast cancer, prostate cancer and head and neck cancer.

2.       Participants will understand  Oncologic  medical emergencies, complications and contraindications to treatment.

3.       Participants will appreciate the implications for physical therapy treatment related to oncology treatment and side effects.


March 16    Chapter Meeting  / Introduction to LSVT BIG

Presented by Beth Marcoux, PT, DPT, PhD

March 23: snow date

April 20 / Developmental Intervention for the Infant with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Therapy in the NICU, Outpatient and Beyond.

Presented by Kristen Hunt, PT 

Mariah Derby, OTR/L 

Kaleigh Duggan, PT, DPT

Emily Adams, M.S, CCC-SLP

1. Understand the role of Developmental Therapists with neonatal abstinence syndrome infants in the NICU, outpatient and beyond

2. Demonstrate understanding of the effects of drug use physiologically in a newborn infant

3. Identify sensory and motor impairments that may appear as the child develops

4. Identify therapeutic interventions to implement to minimize the effects of withdrawal

May 18 / Pain: Stressing the Heart of the Matter

Presented by Sean Collins, PT, ScD

Course Description/Objectives:  

This course will present the cardiopulmonary implications of acute and chronic pain, including the underlying neuroendocrine stress responses resulting in a variety of self perpetuating feedback cascades in metabolic, physiological and psychological systems.  It will cast several hypothesized mechanistic explanations, review their empirical support, and discuss physical therapy practice implications for patient management (examination, evaluation and intervention) across practice settings. 

Attendees will:

  1. Understand and evaluate several possible mechanisms by which acute and chronic pain influence the cardiopulmonary systems through neuroendocrine mediated alterations in metabolic, physiological and psychological systems.
  2. Understand and evaluate the empirical support for the above mechanisms.
  3. Identify the physical therapy practice implications for the cardiopulmonary implications of acute and chronic pain, including mechanisms to measure the possible causal sources and various consequences; and interventions that attempt to reduce these consequences.

Dr. Sean Collins is Professor, Chair and Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Plymouth State University. He earned his MS in Physical Therapy in 1994; and his Doctor of Science in ergonomics and epidemiology while he studied the impact of job stress on cardiovascular regulation utilizing electrocardiographically derived indices of autonomic nervous system function (heart rate and QT interval dynamics) in 2003. Since 2005 his scholarly focus has been on “researching research”, developing an approach to clinical epistemology (theory of knowledge) based on a systems theoretic method to causation and mechanistic explanations cast as network structures. In addition to using this general philosophical approach to develop the DPT program at Plymouth State University, he maintains active scholarship in this area that he, in part, communicates its development through a blog (knowledgebasedpractice.wordpress.com). Dr. Collins has served on several PhD committees, has numerous publications and professional presentations (national and international), and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy journal.


June 8 / Changing Pain, one seed at a time

Presented by Greg Alnwick, PT, DPT, OCS

Greater than 100million Americans deal with chronic or persistent pain on a daily basis. 
This population has contributed to the consumption of roughly 80% of the global opioid supply. 
Physical Therapists are in a great position to help change this epidemic. 
This talk is designed to update attendees on the latest evidence and clinical application of Pain Neuroscience Education. Current, best evidence has shown that Neuroscience educational strategies can not only reduce pain, but also improve rehab outcomes. We will discuss why Pain Neuroscience Education is needed in Physical Therapy, as well as how you can apply this in your clinical practice tomorrow. 

 1) To introduce the basic concept of pain neuroscience education

2)  To be able to discuss the latest evidence for pain neuroscience education

3)  To be able to apply pain neuroscience education into clinical practice tomorrow using at least one metaphor from this lecture.

September 21 / Chapter Meeting at 6:30 / Goal Writing in Pediatrics: School Based and Outpatient


Presented by Kelsea Moses, PT, DPT, Lisa Henry PT, MBA, PCS and Jen Blagriff, PT, MSPT 

Special Guest:  Lori Noordergaaf, M.Ed., education consultant from the New Hampshire Department of Education Bureau of Special Education will attend the presentation to answer questions, participate in discussions and provide clarification as needed regarding school based goals.  We are very excited that Lori will be joining us!

Description: Determining and writing functional and measurable pediatric school based and clinic based goals can be a challenge.  Join us as we present strategies to make this process more efficient.  We will explore various assessment tools as well as simple observational measures that are available to help evaluate a child and develop measurable functional goals.  When discussing school based goals, we will analyze how a well written IEP is dependent upon knowledge about curriculum and effective instructional practice. Constructing measurable and functional physical therapy goals are an important part of planning for children’s individual and unique needs.  As we delve into clinic based goals, we will take into consideration the role insurance companies play in goal development.  



1.  Participants will identify components of school based goal writing including including present level of functional performance, present level of academic achievement, and functional and measurable goals.

2.  Participants will identify components of long and short term goals for outpatients based on the requirements of the New Hampshire managed care organizations.

3.  Participants will participate in active discussion regarding goal writing, demonstrating progress through standardized testing, and educationally versus medically relevant goals.


October 19 / Special tests from CEEAA and exercise prescription for geriatric population

Presented by Ann Coventry, PT, EdD, CEEAA



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