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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

Course Description:

These are unprecedented times.

The world has been put on hold by a pandemic and "business as usual", is no longer the status quo. Stress and anxiety are at an all-time high, and pain responses and sleep disturbances are sure to rise accordingly.

As a clinician, you no longer have access to the tools that you would use when you see your patient in the clinic.

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.



  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 graduated from McMaster University in 1986 as a physiotherapist and has practiced in a wide variety of clinical settings, focusing primarily on orthopedics. She has been a McKenzie credentialed physiotherapist since 1999 and has been a member of the Canadian College of Medical Acupuncture since 2002.

She received a certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Health Care Professionals from Wilfred Laurier University in 2016. Her clinical focus changed to Pelvic Health and Incontinence in 2001. Carolyn was the co-founder of Pelvic Health Solutions, a Canadian-based post-graduate teaching company. Carolyn presents extensively internationally on pelvic health and central sensitization. Carolyn has been using telerehabilitation in her clinical practice for the past 4 years.

She has published several framework articles on integrating central pain mechanisms into clinical practice, a pain education book, and several chapters in textbooks on pelvic pain and central sensitization. She is actively involved in research with Dr. Sinead Dufour at McMaster University and has published multiple studies on the connection between low back pain and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Carolyn won the prestigious Woman of Distinction award from the YWCA in 2003 for her work in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Carolyn won the distinguished Education Award from the Ontario Physiotherapy Association in 2015. She co-owns her practice in Muskoka, Physio Works Muskoka along with her daughter, Brittany Vandyken.

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
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Post-Exercise Savasna
  • Sleep Yin
  • Breathing Qi Gong
  • Face the Day: Pelvic
  • Face the Day Whole Body
Patient Education included in this course
  • 24 Hour Fitness - 23 and 1/2 Hours