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Halliwick Advanced Course for Therapists in paediatric neurological rehabilitation

Halliwick Advanced Course for Therapists in paediatric neurological rehabilitation

  • 13 Aug, 2018 to 17 Aug, 2018
  • 09:00 - 17:00
St. Michael's House, Belcamp
Dublin 17

Presenter Name

Jean-Pierre Maes
MCSP, Senior Halliwick Lecturer

Target Participant Level


Speciality Tag

Musculoskeletal Therapy, Neurology, Pediatrics

Number Of Contact Hours


Are Refreshments Included On The Day ?


Cost to Attend

700 (Standard)
( ISCP Member )
(ISCP Student Member )
( CIG/EG/Branch Member )

Learning Objectives

Through active participation you will: • deepen & further develop the application of the Halliwick Concept gained during a Halliwick Foundation Course • develop a better understanding of the therapeutic needs of children with neurodevelopmental difficulties (Cerebral Palsy and similar conditions) and how to address these needs using the Halliwick concept at an advanced level • take part in problem-solving sessions in small groups about specific therapeutic issues related to treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy • develop treatment ideas and handling skills in the water • take part in practical sessions with clients in the water under supervision • reconcile the client’s needs on dry land with treatment aims in the pool • justify therapeutic intervention using clinical reasoning skills based upon the individual client’s unique presentation and needs

Event Description

Develop a better understanding of thetherapeutic need sof chidlren with neurodevelopmental difficulties (CP an similar conditins) an how to address these needs using the Halliwick Concept of swimming and rehabilitation in water at an advanced level. This course is for therapists (PT, OT, SLT) who have completed a full Halliwick Foundation course to use the Haliwick concept specifically in the context of therapy for children with neurodevelopmental difficulties. The couse includes two pool session per day with children.

Presenter Profile

Jean-Pierre Maes MCSP, Director of MAES Therapy International, is an expert in the field of Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions, with over 28 years’ experience of treating children and adults with movement disorders. He is renowned internationally for both his excellent clinical skills and teaching skills and leading courses for therapists related to a variety of neurodevelopmental conditions. For over 25 years he has been teaching and treating extensively worldwide (in over 35 countries), giving him unparalleled experience and insight into neuro-paediatrics. He graduated as a physiotherapist in 1989 in Brussels and early in his career, he specialised in the field of adult and child neurology. He is an international lecturer and also leads MAES Therapy International private practises. From 1991 to 1998 he worked first at the Belgian Bobath Society, then at the Belgium Bobath Centre, Brussels. For the next 15 years from 1998 to 2013 he was based at The Bobath Centre (London) as a Consultant Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapist, Senior Tutor and regular Course Leader. He continued his close relationship with The Bobath Centre, (London) as an occasional Course Leader until 2015. The vast amount of courses he led between 1998 and 2015 made him one of the most experienced and influential international Bobath-NDT Senior Tutors, leading and teaching a variety of Basic, Refresher and Advanced Courses about the NDT-Bobath Concept. He also mentored many colleagues, tutors and trainee tutors. He was an active member of EBTA (European Bobath Tutor Association) for 20 years until 2015. Jean-Pierre has since progressed and developed and has left Bobath-NDT and now practices and teaches MAES Therapy, a pioneering approach to the treatment and management of Children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions. He now leads MAES Courses world-wide, teaching the pioneering MAES Therapy Approach for paediatric therapists who want to specialise, or to further specialise, in the treatment of children with CP and similar neuro-developmental conditions and who want to gain deeper knowledge and expert clinical skills. Jean-Pierre is also a Senior Halliwick Lecturer and is internationally recognised for his application of the Halliwick Concept (Hydrotherapy for people with disability) in a recreational and therapeutic context for children with neurological conditions. He is a long-serving member of the Education and Research Committee of the International Halliwick Association (IHA). Jean-Pierre Maes is a Member of: APCP - Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists, UK CSP - Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, UK EACD - European Academy of Childhood Disability HCPC – Health and Care Professions Council, UK IHA - International Halliwick Association SANDTA – South African Neurodevelopmental Association (Honorary Member) For full information see:

Cost to Attend

For anyone who has not completed a Halliwick foundation course there is one in Carlow July 9-12. This course is usually €300 however a discount price for both courses is available at €850. Student discounts will also apply to a 2 course booking. Contact the organiser to discuss.

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