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Learning Objectives

  1. Enhance Assessment Skills - develop the ability to conduct comprehensive assessments, including thorough motivational interviews and objective examinations, to accurately identify contributing factors and design individualised treatment plans.
  2. Evidence-Based Treatment Strategies - equip clinicians with interventions and techniques for managing chronic neck pain, including manual therapy, exercise prescription, modalities, and patient education, to optimise patient outcomes.
  3. Multidisciplinary Collaboration - foster collaboration among physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals to facilitate a holistic approach to chronic neck pain management.
  4. Individualised Patient-Centred Care - cultivate effective communication and motivational interviewing skills to empower patients in self-management, promote adherence to treatment plans, and enhance the overall patient experience.

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Understanding Chronic Pain

There's a lot more to chronic pain than meets the eye. Develop a deeper understanding of different forms of pain and how pain can become chronic.

Comprehensive Assessment

Learn the art of motivational interviewing to get more out of your subjective assessment, and key physical tests to guide your management plan.

Patient Care

Learn how to deliver effective individualised, patient-centred care with exercise therapy, education and more!

Dr Karen Litzy


Karen Litzy is a physical therapist, speaker, owner of Karen Litzy Physical Therapy, host of the podcast Healthy Wealthy & Smart and creator of the Women in Physical Therapy Summit. Through her work as a physical therapist she has helped thousands of people overcome painful conditions, recover from surgery and return to their lives with family and friends.

She has been a featured speaker at national and international events including the International Olympic Committee Injury Prevention Conference in Monaco, the Sri Lanka Sports and Exercise Medicine Conference, and various American Physical Therapy Association conferences.

Karen has been featured in magazines and websites like Redbook, Women’s Running, Martha Stewart Living, Family Circle, and CafeMom. She has been a guest on several podcasts including Entrepreneur On Fire, Hack the Entrepreneur, and The Healing Pain Podcast. She is based in New York City.

Dr Secili DeStefano


Secili DeStefano is an adjunct professor in the Health Administration and Policy Department at George Mason University. Over the past several years in practice, she has focused on preventing injuries, promoting health and wellness, and creating solutions for complex and persistent pain. Secili is a manual therapist and practices using innovative technologies such as Triggerpoint Dry Needling (TDN) and Real Time Ultrasound Imaging to assist clients in optimising movement. Secili has authored numerous articles focused on injury prevention.

Secili has served on many national and international task forces, work groups and committees including the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Nominating Committee, APTA Section on Women’s Health Board, Virginia Physical Therapy Association Executive Board, Board and Delegate representative to the APTA House of Delegates. Secili is a Certified Direct Access Practitioner, which means that she is able to practice without a referral from another practitioner. She has received the distinction of Certified Orthopedic Specialist and Emerging Leader from the APTA.