NDTA™ Certificate Course in the Contemporary Practice of NDT (Neuro-Developmental treatment) for the Management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury

Third Party Event

Venue Sacred Heart Hospital
City Castlebar
County Mayo
Event Type Course/Workshop
Specialities Neurology
Presenter Details INSTRUCTORS:
Teresa Siebold, PT, C/NDT
Cathy Hazzard, PT, C/NDT
Katy Kerris, OT, C/NDT
Mary Beth Trapani-Hanasewych, SLP, MS, C/NDT
Olivia Wilson, OT, C/NDT (Instructor Candidate)
The Sacred Heart Hospital is delighted to host the NDTA™ Certificate Course in the Contemporary Practice of NDT (Neuro-Developmental treatment) for the Management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury in May of 2024. This course has been a great success in Ireland, with participating therapists from around the world, and local stroke and brain injury clients enjoying the opportunity to improve while learning from each other. When working in neuro-rehabilitation, therapists use their hands to support and improve clients’ functional movements. Through this 3-week certificate course, therapists will improve, and gain problem solving and handling skills to ensure the wise and judicious use of therapeutic handling for detailed assessment and treatment progression. The concept of handling has evolved since it’s early Bobath approach. The NDT community continues to change with the times, and ensures that current evidence-based practices are utilized (please see enclosed handout comparing the Contemporary Practice of NDT with the Traditional Bobath Approach). For example, the WHO-ICF is used as a clinical model for treating the person as a whole. In addition, clinicians will learn that activity and set-up choices play significant roles in movement exploration, repetition, and client engagement. The recently published National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke UK & Ireland 2023 share that the main points of motor recovery are: Understanding the patient’s impairments, using activity and individualised goals, opportunities for high number of repetitions of relevant exercise and incorporating practice components into practice of whole functional tasks. The Contemporary Practice of NDT is informed by this research, and the certificate course provides therapists with achievable ways to realise skills in all of these areas. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the instructors who will be teaching at various times throughout the course in May. Teresa Siebold is an NDTA™ CI & PT instructor with over 25 years of experience in adult neuro-rehabilitation. She began instructing post-graduate courses for allied health clinicians in 2008, and teaches in Canada, the USA, India, Singapore, and Ireland. Teresa is a Clinical Neuro Specialist for the therapy assistant college program at SAIT, and has instructed practical sessions for nurses. She was an invited speaker at NDTA™ Annual Conferences: Virtual, 2022; Charlotte, NC 2019; Memphis, TN 2016. Teresa has served in clinical and leadership positions on stroke, neurosurgical, and neuro-investigating units, as well as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Currently, Teresa is a senior PT on the acute Stroke Unit at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. Cathy Hazzard is an NDTA™ CI & PT instructor with over 35 years’ experience working with adults with varied neurological diagnoses. Her clinical background also includes experience in orthopaedics. She obtained an MBA in 1993 while continuing to work as a PT. She has been an NDTA™ CI in Adult Courses since 1998 and has taught all levels of NDT courses extensively throughout NA and internationally in Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Estonia, Peru, Colombia, India, Qatar and Mexico. Cathy practiced in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for over 20 years in the acute, rehabilitation and outpatient phases of care. She is now working in public and private practice on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Cathy has been an invited speaker at the NDTA™’s annual conferences in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2022. Katy Kerris is an OT Instructor with over 30 years of experience working with neurologically impaired and orthopaedic patients. Katy is a Certified Hand Therapist and has a strong background in manual therapy. She works in an adult outpatient neuro-rehabilitation program, but collaborates with her colleagues in inpatient rehabilitation settings. Katy has presented at the NDTATM Annual Conference in Memphis in 2016, and she has done several NDTATM webinars that are received internationally. Katy lives in Alaska where she enjoys many outdoor activities including building her own cabin. Olivia Wilson is an NDTATM OT Instructor Candidate. She qualified with a BSc First Class Honours degree in Occupational Therapy in 2001. Olivia has been working in Adult Neuro-rehabilitation in the West of Ireland for the past 19 years. She completed her NDT Certificate in Adult Hemiplegia in 2011 and went on to complete a number of NDT Advanced courses before deciding to pursue becoming an NDTA instructor. Olivia has presented posters and workshops at a number of national stroke and rehabilitation conferences. She was invited to present at the NDTA Conference in 2022. Olivia has taught Introductory NDT courses in Ireland, and has assisted on NDT Certificate courses and webinars in Ireland and internationally.
Refreshments Included Yes
Free Event No
How to Book Contact Olivia Wilson
Contact Person Olivia Wilson
Contact Email [email protected]
Pre Course Requirement Interest In Stroke/ABI Rehab
Non-Member Price €2500.00
Date 24 May 2024 09:00 - 24 May 2024 17:00


NDTATM Certificate course includes didactic information informed by current evidence, hands-on lab work in which participants practice problem solving and application of intervention strategies, treatment demonstrations by instructors, and mentored clinical practice in which participants work with a variety of clients.


Instruction in the contemporary practice of NDT as an interdisciplinary team approach assures that all therapists learn to address each client using a holistic philosophy. All therapists, regardless of discipline, cover the same course material. Throughout the course, participants assess and treat clients with neuromuscular disorders to gain a thorough understanding of each individual’s underlying posture and movement impairments and the resultant functional consequences. The application of the ICF, as well as evidence from motor learning, neuroplasticity, and current rehabilitation trends, will be emphasized during assessment and treatment within the NDT contemporary practice model.



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

  • Analyze effective and ineffective components of posture and movement.
  • Identify the relationships between function, posture and movement components, and system integrities and impairments in individuals with neuromuscular disorders.
  • Discuss evidence-based practices when working with clients with neurological impairments.
  • Demonstrate effective NDT clinical reasoning & problem-solving, using assessment findings to develop appropriate treatment plans.
  • Develop and implement therapeutic handling strategies that result in changes in the client, including: improved sensorimotor performance, achievement of functional goals, and enhanced participation in meaningful activities.


RELEVANT FOR: Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language therapists. We recommend where possible that interdisciplinary team members attend the course together.

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