Courses/Events

Courses/Events

The MDT Program of Certification consists of comprehensive post-grad course work to best prepare the clinician for the Credentialing Examination – the primary level of MDT Certification.

All live courses being held in 2021 will be subject to MICanada's mandatory COVID-19 course protocols. Anyone wishing to register for a MICanada live course must review and agree to adhere to these protocols. To review the required protocols, please click the link provided. MICanada COVID-19 COURSE PROTOCOLS.

Upon certification, providers become part of a patient referral network and will be required to maintain MDT Certification Continuing Education standards (CCES Policy Details).

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Course Cancellation Policy prior to registering for a course.

Part A – MDT: Lumbar Spine

An introduction to the concepts and applications of the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) focusing on the lumbar spine. Principle format is lecture, discussion and live patient demonstrations.

Course Outline includes:

  • Epidemiology and predisposing factors
  • Evidence for MDT in the lumbar spine
  • Classification, examination and management of Derangement, Dysfunction, and Postural syndromes, and subgroups of OTHER
  • Understanding pain and disability drivers and their relationship to MDT Classification
  • Pathoanatomical considerations, movement and loading
  • MDT Procedures: Rationale, clinical reasoning and application
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Instructional Level: Basic
Program Goals and Objectives: click here
Eligibility Details: click here

The course begins with a comprehensive online session, followed by a three-day live course. The online component allows you to work at your own convenience and learn from an interactive blend of visuals, audio and video, but still participate in the live course that is so integral to the McKenzie educational programming.

Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to these great resources relevant to Part A curriculum:

Total Course: 26 hours
Standard Live Course Timeline*: 3 days

Course Format Options
Time
Online Prerequisite Details Quick Access
Friday-Sunday Times vary depending on clinic availability.
Saturday-Monday Times vary depending on clinic availability.

*View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fees:
$695.00

Part A Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Take the free online Overview Course
  • Read the textbook, THE LUMBAR SPINE: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. In Canada, you can purchase this text through The Physio Store by calling 1-519-439-6333 or visiting the Physio Store website.

Upcoming Part A Schedule
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Start Date Type Location Instructor(s) Registration Status
Nov 2, 2021 Part A Online & Montreal, QC** Hazledine FULL
Nov 6, 2021 Part A Western Canada, Online** MacKenzie / Long VERY LIMITED

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Part B – MDT: Cervical and Thoracic Spine

This course examines how McKenzie MDT applies to the cervical and thoracic spines, utilizing the same teaching format as Part A and also begins with a comprehensive online session, followed by a three-day live course.

Course Outline includes:

  • Pathophysiology and biomechanics of the cervical spine
  • Subjective / objective assessment
  • Review and treatment of the three syndromes
  • Cervical headache and trauma ('whiplash')
  • Complications, contraindications and outcome predictors
  • Thoracic spine: anatomy, pathology, examination and treatment
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Pre-requisite: Completion of Part A, or Parts A and C
Instructional Level:
Intermediate
Program Goals and Objectives: click here
Eligibility Details: click here

Total Course: 26 hours
Standard Live Course Timeline*: 3 days

Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to these great resources relevant to Part B curriculum:

Course Format Options
Time
Online Prerequisite Details Quick Access
Friday-Sunday Times vary depending on clinic availability.
Saturday-Monday Times vary depending on clinic availability.

*View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fees:
$695.00

Part B Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Please review your Part A materials, especially Modules 3-4, as the Part B manual refers back to it on occasion
  • Read the textbook, THE CERVICAL AND THORACIC SPINE: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. In Canada, you can purchase this text through The Physio Store by calling 1-519-439-6333 or by visiting the Physio Store website.

Upcoming Part B Schedule
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Start Date Type Location Instructor(s) Registration Status
Oct 21, 2021 Part B Online & Thornhill, ON** MacKenzie FULL
Dec 3, 2021 Part B Montreal, QC** Davies / Dyck FULL

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Part C – MDT: Advanced Lumbar Spine and Extremities – Lower Limb

This course focuses on advanced McKenzie MDT principles and practical application for the lumbar spine and an introduction for the lower limb. Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to additional videos of MDT Procedures relevant to this phase in the curriculum.

Course Outline includes:

  • Centralization of pain and recovery of function
  • Exercises not taken far enough vs. inadequate time for reduction
  • Patient instructions and exercises performed 'actively'
  • Extension and flexion principles
  • Extension in the presence of a lateral shift
  • Adherent nerve root, sacroiliac and hip joints
  • Technique practice and clinician confidence
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Pre-requisite: Completion of Part A, or Parts A and B
Instructional Level:
Advanced
Program Goals and Objectives: click here
Eligibility Details: click here

Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to these great resources relevant to Part C curriculum:

Total Course: 28 hours
Standard Live Course Timeline*: 4 days

Course Format Options
Time
Thursday-Sunday Times vary depending on clinic availability.
Friday-Monday Times vary depending on clinic availability.

*View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fees:
$795.00

Part C Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Please review your Parts A and B materials
  • Read the textbook HUMAN EXTREMITIES: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. In Canada, you can purchase this text through The Physio Store by calling 1-519-439-6333 or by visiting the Physio Store website.
  • Make a list of any areas you still have questions about or that challenge you

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Part D – MDT: Advanced Cervical & Thoracic Spine and Extremities - Upper Limb

This course focuses on advanced McKenzie MDT principles and practical application for the cervical and thoracic spine and an introduction for the upper limb. Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to additional videos of MDT Procedures relevant to Parts A – D curriculum.

Course Outline includes:

  • Establishing correct diagnosis and identifying multiple diagnoses
  • Recognizing appropriate vs. inappropriate changes
  • Progression of forces in treatment
  • Reactivation / functional restoration
  • Patient compliance and reassessment
  • Indications for use of advanced manual therapy techniques
  • Application of advanced clinician techniques

Pre-requisite: Completion of Part A, B and C*
Instructional Level:
Advanced
Program Goals and Objectives: click here
Eligibility Details: click here

*Some Things to Consider
If you completed Part C prior to 2011 before the extremities were incorporated, we highly recommend:

  • Audit Part C before taking Part D
  • If you proceed to attend this Part D course, read the Human Extremities textbook before the course.

Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to these great resources relevant to Part D curriculum:

Total Course: 28 hours
Standard Live Course Timeline*: 4 days

Course Format Options
Time
Thursday-Sunday Times vary depending on clinic availability.
Friday-Monday Times vary depending on clinic availability.

*View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fees:
$795.00

Part D Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Please review your Parts A, B and C materials
  • Read the textbook, HUMAN EXTREMITIES: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. In Canada, you can purchase this text through The Physio Store by calling 1-519-439-6333 or by visiting the Physio Store website.
  • Make a list of any areas you still have questions about or that challenge you

Upcoming Part D Schedule
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Start Date Type Location Instructor(s) Registration Status
Nov 20, 2021 Part D Online MICanada, Online** Rosedale FULL

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Kick-starting MDT Clinicians in the Extremities

This two-day fully online course will introduce the principles and practical application of MDT in the extremities to clinicians that attended Part C and D before extremity content was introduced on McKenzie courses. Clinicians will kick-start their knowledge of MDT in the extremities through clinical reasoning, problem solving, analysis of case studies, assessment and treatment of patients, and technique work. Level D clinicians that completed Parts C and D after the extremity content was introduced may find this course to be a good review of the extremity content covered during their C and D courses. However, as the McKenzie Institute will soon require clinicians to complete the Advanced Extremities course before credentialling, it is recommended that Level D clinicians that were introduced to the extremities during their C and D courses, take a live Advanced Extremities course in their region.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify and discuss barriers to the use of MDT in the extremities.
  • Compare and contrast the application of MDT in the spine to the extremities.
  • Analyse how the history and the physical examination helps to identify and distinguish between the MDT extremity classifications, including Serious Pathology and its associated screening.
  • Perform a spinal assessment and analyse the findings to differentiate between symptoms that are spinal in origin or are arising from the extremity.
  • Perform an extremity assessment and analyse the findings to differentiate between MDT extremity classifications.
  • Demonstrate competence in using MDT terminology when completing an extremity assessment form.
  • Discuss and design appropriate management programmes for patients who present with MDT classifications in the extremities.

Pre-requisite: Completion of a Part C or higher course prior to the introduction of the extremity content. Also, Level D or higher clinicians that completed Part D in 2011 or later.

Instructional Level: Introductory

Standard Live Course Timeline*: 2 days; 14 contact hours

Course Days
Course Start and End Time
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:45pm Eastern
Sunday 10:00am - 4:15pm Eastern

*Please adjust the times accordingly for your local time zone. For further details please refer to the specific course page by clicking on the appropriate course link below.

Course Fee:
$400.00

Kick-Start Extremities Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Online courses require the student be visibly present throughout the course, therefore, the student requires computer equipment with both camera and audio capabilities.
  • 3 hours of pre-course prep will be required to update the student’s knowledge of MDT prior to the course. Prep details are included on the course description page on our website. The pre-course prep will be less for students that attended a C an D after the introduction of the extremity content.

Upcoming Extremities Introduction Schedule
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Start Date Type Location Instructor(s) Registration Status
Jan 15, 2022 Extremities Intro Online Canada-wide, ** Rosedale OPEN

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MDT: Advanced Extremities

This intensive two day course will focus on more advanced principles and practical application through clinical reasoning, problem solving, analysis of case studies, assessment and treatment of patients, and technique work.

The goal of this course is to build on prior knowledge gained from the introduction of extremities in Parts C and D to:

  • Appropriately apply the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy to patients with extremity problems;
  • Distinguish between the McKenzie Syndromes (Postural, Dysfunction, and Derangement) as applied to the extremities;
  • Provide appropriate management regimens for each of the syndromes;
  • Identify when force progressions and force alternatives are required for the resolution of symptoms using McKenzie's 'progression of forces' concept;
  • Design and apply appropriate MDT management for patients presenting with extremity symptoms to enable them to achieve their management goals.

Pre-requisite: Part D completion.

Instructional Level: Advanced
Program Goals and Objectives:click here
Eligibility Details: click here

Standard Live Course Timeline*: 2 days; 14 contact hours

Course Format Options
Time
Saturday-Sunday Times vary depending on clinic availability.
Sunday-Monday Times vary depending on clinic availability.

*View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fee:
$475.00

Advanced Extremities Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Read the textbook, HUMAN EXTREMITIES: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. In Canada, you can purchase this text through The Physio Store.

Upcoming Advanced Extremities Schedule
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Start Date Type Location Instructor(s) Registration Status
Oct 23, 2021 Adv Extremities Montreal, QC** Rosedale FULL
Nov 6, 2021 Adv Extremities Thornhill, ON** Davies VERY LIMITED

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MDT Clinical Skills Update

As its name implies, this course focuses on review and update of the principles and application of the McKenzie theory and techniques of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®. The course will include more intensive clinical reasoning and problem solving through a high volume of patient demonstrations and case study analysis involving all regions of the spine as well as the extremities. Each major subdivision of the course has very specific educational objectives that will reinforce the knowledge and skills which will further refine your own abilities in applying these principles.

With two instructors, the opportunity for one-on-one tutelage is significantly greater.

Following attentive participation and completion, this course will provide participants with advanced knowledge and skills to:

  1. More effectively apply the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy to patients with spine or extremity problems.
  2. Further cultivate patient interviewing skills to accurately determine the most efficient examination pathway.
  3. With the more challenging patient, distinguish between the McKenzie syndromes (postural, dysfunction, and derangement) as applied to the spine and extremity problems, and provide appropriate treatment regimens for each of the syndromes and their sub-classifications.
  4. More readily identify when the application of external forces is required for the resolution of symptoms using McKenzie's "progression of forces" concept.
  5. Refine the ability to teach patients to apply the therapeutic processes on their own to maintain treatment goals.

Pre-requisite:
Completion of Parts A, B, C and D (This course is not a requirement to sit the Credentialing Examination.)
Instructional Level: Advanced
Program Goals and Objectives: click here
Eligibility Details: click here

Standard Live Course Timeline*: 2 days, 15 contact hours

Course Format
Time
Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm

*View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fees:
Fees vary please see the specific course page for more details
Audit(Retake): Not Applicable

 

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MDT Workshop

From time to time, we will offer special one or two day, MDT Advanced Workshops or MDT Master Classes. These workshops have been specifically designed to provide MDT trained practitioners with an opportunity to refine their techniques and improve their clinical reasoning capabilities using a combination of lecture, case studies and role playing. 

The content will differ from course to course. However, each course will have very specific educational objectives, specifically designed to strengthen your MDT knowledge and skills and to further refine your own abilities in applying these principles.  An effort will be made to schedule these workshops regionally on an annual basis, except during a MII conference year. 

Attending a two-day workshop will enable Cert-Dip MDT’s to fulfill the CCES requirement to maintain their status on The McKenzie Institute Canada Provider Locator.

MDT Workshops may include any combination of:

  • Practice of techniques
  • Refine patient interview and compliance strategies
  • Advanced Case studies, role playing, and problem solving
  • Open forum discussion of issues clinicians face applying MDT
  • Patient assessment & problem solving (varies depending on course)
  • Multiple instructors
  • What’s new in MDT - latest research and trends.

Course Length:1 or 2 days (typically Saturday or Sunday)
Course Hours: Differs from course to course. Please read the specific course description.

Pre-requisite:
Please refere to the actual course listing, as pre-requisite may vary, depending on the course content.

Instructional Level:
Please refer to the actual course listing, as the instruction level will vary depending on the content of the workshop.

Eligibility Details: Please refer to the actual course listing, as pre-requisite may vary from region to region.

*Click on the course link below for specific details on each course.

Course Fees: The fees vary depending on the type of course offered. Please see the actual course listing for full details on price and content. Audit (Retake): not applicable.

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Part SE – Special MDT Events

From time to time, the McKenzie Institute Canada Branch will hold a special event specifically designed to introduce Canadian health practitioners to the world of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy.  The prime objective of these one day educational sessions is to fully demonstrate the benefits of MDT, an evidence-based patient assessment system, to health practitioners that have never been truly exposed to the McKenzie approach.  For many practitioners across the country, their only exposure to the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy was a brief two to three hour overview given during a school term.  These events will provide knowledge seeking practitioners an opportunity to learn why health professionals worldwide are working to attain their certification in the McKenzie Method of MDT.

These events, conducted by accredited McKenzie Institute instructors, include a comprehensive overview of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy, real patient demonstrations, a live workshop and an open forum giving attendees an opportunity to question the MDT experts.

Each special event will have its own individual format.  For more information on the individual events, please consult the details section under the course list.

Pre-requisite: None
Instructional Level: Entry
Standard Live Course Timeline*: partial day or full day

*View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fees: Course fees will vary depending on the location and course inclusions.   Please see the Special Event listing for more details.

Upcoming Special MDT Events Schedule
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Start Date Type Location Instructor(s) Registration Status
Oct 30, 2021 Special Event Exam Prep Workshop, Online** MacKenzie LIMITED

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