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CANCELLED – Teaching Mobility to Personal Support Workers in Ontario

October 1, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

A Course for Physical Therapists

Presented by the University of Toronto,

Department of Physical Therapy

October 1, 2016

8:00 am – 12:30 am


This half day course will provide physical therapists who are interested in teaching with the knowledge and skills to teach PSW in accredited programs in Ontario. The program is designed so that PTs can implement teaching and lesson plans related to mobility for PSWs immediately in a classroom and practical lab.

Personal support workers (PSWs) function as part of a health care team to provide hands-on assistance to individuals in their homes and other community settings. There is a growing cadre of PSWs given the Ontario demographic and the economic drive to provide care in the home rather than hospital.

One key function of PWS is to assist individuals with their mobilization through transfers, ambulation and range of motion exercises. Recent changes to the accreditation standards have specified that the content related to mobility is to be taught by physical therapists who specialize in this area.

This course will support physical therapists’ knowledge and skills in curriculum development, content delivery and evaluation classroom.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, physical therapists will be able to:

  • Describe the standards and performance indicators for PSWs in Ontario related to mobility (2015)
  • Discuss the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario regulations related to PSWs and mobility
  • Apply pedagogical principles to prepare and deliver lecture and lab/practical sessions
  • Apply adult learning principles to create an inter-active class room environment
  • Evaluate learners efficiently & effectively
  • Identify learners who are experiencing difficulty
  • Provide effective feedback and develop remediation strategies
  • Obtain a certificate of completion to teach mobility to PSWs at community college and/or private schools

Schedule A – Onsite -Classroom

  1. Pre-course self-directed learning
  1. Review of content covered in pre-course learning  (30 minutes)
    • Opportunity to provide clarification as needed
    • The approved program standard for Personal Support Worker program of instruction leading to an Ontario College Certificate delivered by Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (MTCU funding code 41469)
    • College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
  2. Essentials of teaching and learning  (30 minutes)
    • Encouraging interactivity in the classroom
    • Effective Feedback
    • Principles of Evaluation
  3. Introduction to Teaching Mobility Classroom and Lab  (30 minutes)
  4. Hands-on experience #1 Teaching/Learning  (30 minutes)
    • Participants will prepare and deliver teaching sessions
    • Small group lab activity to reinforce content covered
  5. Break  (15 minutes)
  6. Hands-on experience #2 Feedback  (30 minutes)
    • Participants will discuss performance with student in difficulty
    • Small group lab activity to reinforce content covered
  7. Small group scenario  (60 minutes)
    • Participants create plan for teaching
    • Small group activity with hands-on component
  8. Wrap up and course feedback  (15 minutes)

Location: University of Toronto, Rehab Science Bldg., 500 University Ave, Toronto

On the day of the course, please show up for 8 am to complete registration. The course will run from 8:30 – 12:30.

Registration Fees:

Early Bird Fee:   $125 on or before September 5th, 2016

Regular Fee:      $155 after September 5th, 2016

To register: Sorry this course has been cancelled

 Refund for withdrawal from the course is subject to a $50.00 administration fee

We reserve the right to limit registrations due to the hands-on nature of the course.


October 1, 2016
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:


Department of Physical Therapy – Continuing Education


Room 235 – Rehabilitation Sciences Building
500 University Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V7 Canada
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