The Northwest District is composed of Erie, Mercer, Cameron,Warren, Venango, Clarion, McKean, Forest, Jefferson, Crawford, and Elk Counties.

WELCOME TO THE NWD!

The NORTHWEST DISTRICT PAC Fundraiser Sept. 29 event is now cancelled.

Officers


Beth Gustafson
Northwest District Director
Term: 1/1/16-12/31/18

(814) 871-7709: w
(814) 871-5548 : f
(814) 724-9485 : c

gustafso006@gannon.edu

 


Andrea Kessler
Northwest District
Vice Chair
Term: 1/1/16-12/31/18

 
814-871-5539

kessler009@gannon.edu
 

Ann Lowrey
Ann Lowrey
Northwest District

PTA SIG Chair
Term ends 12/31/20

Northwest District
Treasurer
Term ends 12/31/20


annlowreypta@gmail.com
Pamela Gentile
Northwest District
Secretary
Term: 1/1/16-12/31/18
Erie, PA
814-833-0018 :w
814-833-0018 :f
pagentile@verizon.net 

Committees and Liaison



Brett Szymusiak
Northwest District
Nominating Committee Chair




Donna Skelly
Northwest District
Legislative Ambassador
1402 South Hill Road
Erie, PA 16509
814-871-7505 : w
814-871-5662 : f
skelly001@gannon.edu 

Pam Reynolds
PA PT PAC Treasurer
(814) 871-7796
reynolds@gannon.edu
Tom Hudson
Newsletter
(814) 871-5648 : w
(814) 871-5662 : f
Email
Martin (Marty) Maloney

NW District

NW Central PPTA Sub District Liaison
814-375-3520 : w

814-375-3025 : f

mrmaloney@drmc.org

News

Psychologically Informed Physical Therapist

  • Dates: 22 – 22 Sep, 2018
  • Location: Pittsburgh\, PA

Course Title: Psychologically Informed Physical Therapy

Course Instructors: Carol Greco, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Michael Schneider, PhD, DC – Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Date: September 22, 2018

Location: University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy

Bridgeside Point 1

100 Technology Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

CEU’s: 8 General Credits

Cost of Course: $175

Student Price: $60

Early Bird Special (sign up before August 1st): $150 Registration online: http://pittphysicaltherapy.com/ (under the Continuing Education Courses tab)

Course Description:

This is a day course in psychologically informed physical therapy (PIPT) for physical therapists and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives:

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

1. Describe rationale for including PIPT in your work with persons with pain.

2. Discuss differences between the pain experience and nociception.

3. List the “flag system” elements as they apply to the Bio-Psycho-Social model of pain.

4. Identify key yellow flags of psychological distress in new patients.

5. List the key psychosocial factors and their impact on clinical management and treatment.

6. Gain a better appreciation for the interplay between graded exposure, graded activity and psychosocial factors.

7. Understand the use of motivational interviewing with patients who exhibit a passive coping style and the use of cognitive behavioral therapy with patients who exhibit high fear avoidance behaviors.

8. Demonstrate competence in basic PIPT skills: interpersonal communication skills, self-awareness, listening, and reflection.

About the Speakers:

Michael Schneider DC, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Schneider’s research interests involve comparative effectiveness trials of manual therapy and exercise for patients with low back and neck pain. He has collaborated with Dr. Greco over the past 3 years to develop a 1-day Psychologically Informed Physical Therapy course for Dr. Delitto’s PCORI funded TARGET trial. Dr. Schneider feels very strongly about the need for all healthcare providers to pay more attention to the psychosocial components of patients’ conditions.

Carol M. Greco PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine She is a licensed psychologist and researcher specializing in pain and chronic illness, and has over 20 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness meditation, and related approaches.

Dr. Greco is a co-Investigator on the TARGET trial, a PCORI-funded, pragmatic trial that aims to reduce progression from acute to chronic back pain in those who have significant psychosocial risk factors. She serves on the TARGET intervention team, and trains physical therapists to use pain self-management skills and communication skills with their patients.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at pittmarquettechallenge@gmail.com.

All proceeds from this course will be donated to the Foundation for Physical Therapy as part of the Mercer-Marquette Challenge.

 

Psychologically Informed Physical Therapist

  • Dates: 22 – 22 Sep, 2018
  • Location: Pittsburgh\, PA

Course Title: Psychologically Informed Physical Therapy

Course Instructors: Carol Greco, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Michael Schneider, PhD, DC – Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Date: September 22, 2018

Location: University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy

Bridgeside Point 1

100 Technology Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

CEU’s: 8 General Credits

Cost of Course: $175

Student Price: $60

Early Bird Special (sign up before August 1st): $150 Registration online: http://pittphysicaltherapy.com/ (under the Continuing Education Courses tab)

Course Description:

This is a day course in psychologically informed physical therapy (PIPT) for physical therapists and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives:

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

1. Describe rationale for including PIPT in your work with persons with pain.

2. Discuss differences between the pain experience and nociception.

3. List the “flag system” elements as they apply to the Bio-Psycho-Social model of pain.

4. Identify key yellow flags of psychological distress in new patients.

5. List the key psychosocial factors and their impact on clinical management and treatment.

6. Gain a better appreciation for the interplay between graded exposure, graded activity and psychosocial factors.

7. Understand the use of motivational interviewing with patients who exhibit a passive coping style and the use of cognitive behavioral therapy with patients who exhibit high fear avoidance behaviors.

8. Demonstrate competence in basic PIPT skills: interpersonal communication skills, self-awareness, listening, and reflection.

About the Speakers:

Michael Schneider DC, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Schneider’s research interests involve comparative effectiveness trials of manual therapy and exercise for patients with low back and neck pain. He has collaborated with Dr. Greco over the past 3 years to develop a 1-day Psychologically Informed Physical Therapy course for Dr. Delitto’s PCORI funded TARGET trial. Dr. Schneider feels very strongly about the need for all healthcare providers to pay more attention to the psychosocial components of patients’ conditions.

Carol M. Greco PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine She is a licensed psychologist and researcher specializing in pain and chronic illness, and has over 20 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness meditation, and related approaches.

Dr. Greco is a co-Investigator on the TARGET trial, a PCORI-funded, pragmatic trial that aims to reduce progression from acute to chronic back pain in those who have significant psychosocial risk factors. She serves on the TARGET intervention team, and trains physical therapists to use pain self-management skills and communication skills with their patients.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at pittmarquettechallenge@gmail.com.

All proceeds from this course will be donated to the Foundation for Physical Therapy as part of the Mercer-Marquette Challenge.