Units of the PSP Certification Program™


Unit 1 – Principles of Primary Spine Care


Unit 2 – The Lumbar Spine


Unit 3 – The Cervical Spine


Unit 4 – Clinical Management and Final Proficiency Exam


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Unit 1 – Principles of Primary Spine Care


Section One: The Changing Landscape of Healthcare for Spinal Related Disorders

Required Online Modules:
  • Healthcare Trends
  • Role of the PSP
  • Payment Models

 

Section Two: Evidenced Based Practice Principles

Recommended Online Modules:
  • Principles of Outcome Measures
  • Clinical Applications of Outcome Measures

 

Section Three: PSP Attitudes and Beliefs

  • Survey of PSPs

 

Section Four: Modern Pain Science and the BioPsychoSocial Model

Required Online Modules:
  • Review of Pain Neuroscience
  • Educating Patients regarding Pain Neurosciences
  • Pain Physiology
Recommended Online Module:
  • TEDxAdelaide - Lorimer Moseley - Why Things Hurt

  • Section Five: Communication Skills

    Required Online Modules:
    • Motivational Interviewing (MI) Background & Spirit
    • MI Skills & Strategies
    • MI Processes
    • General Communication Skills: Part I
    • General Communication Skills: Part II
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Pain
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Pain
    • Mindfulness-Based Interventions

     

    Section Six: Classification of Spinal Related Disorders

    Required Online Modules:
    • Classification Principles: Part I (Overview)
    • Classification Principles: Part II (Applied Principles)

     

    Section Seven: Triage and Diagnosis of Spinal Related Disorders with the Biopsychosocial Model

    Required Viewing:
    • First Contact Practitioner Case Scenarios
    Recommended Online Modules:
    • “Flags” Concepts
    • Imaging Decisions in Spine Care
    • General Spine Imaging: Part 1
    • General Spine Imaging: Part 2
    • Congenital Spine Disorders
    Optional Online Modules:
    • Spondyloarthropathy
    • Spine Neoplasms
    • Spine Trauma: Stability and Classification
    • Spine Trauma: Findings

     

    Section Eight: Clinical Management of Spinal Related Disorders within the Biopsychosocial Model utilizing Evidenced Based Principles

    Required Viewings and Online Modules:
    • APTA Orthopedic Section Low Back Pain Clinical Practice Guidelines
    • APTA Orthopedic Section Neck Pain Clinical Practice Guidelines
    • VA Hospital Clinical Practice Guidelines Document
    • Anatomy of Clinical Decision-Making
    Recommended Online Module:
    • Cyriax Principles for the Spine


    *topics are subject to change at the discretion of instructors

    Updated | 06.03.2019

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    Questions regarding the program:

    Michael Timko, PT, MS, FAAOMPT
      PSP - Program Manager

    University of Pittsburgh
    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    Department of Physical Therapy
      Bridgeside Point 1
      100 Technology Drive, Suite 210
      Pittsburgh, PA 15219
      (412) 383-6578

      mtimko@pitt.edu

    Questions regarding program registration:

    Debra Utterback
      PSP - Registration Manager

    University of Pittsburgh
    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    Department of Phsycial Therapy
      Bridgeside Point 1
      100 Technology Drive, Suite 210
      Pittsburgh, PA 15219
      (412) 383-6942

      dsu1@pitt.edu



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