Summit Certification Series

Hand Therapy

Expand your hand therapy knowledge

- Develop more effective plans of care and treatment approaches

- In-depth demonstrations of interventions to restore handfunction

- Earn your Summit Hand Therapy Certification

Hand Therapy

Hand therapy is an incredibly personal and complex area for rehabilitation professionals and patients alike. Hamasaki et al. (2018) highlight this complexity in their study emphasizing the interdependence of both motor and sensory aspects of functioning to impact pain reports for hand therapy patients. Having effective plans of care means developing comfort as a therapist to assess, thoroughly, a patient's pain and choose the best courses of intervention to achieve his or her goals.

What this certification series will address:

This certification will assist therapists in developing their skills in testing differential diagnosis and developing an understanding of pathology leading to dysfunction. Attendees will be able to identify tests needed for a number of differential diagnoses to enhance patient care and their knowledge as it relates to hand therapy preparation. Nerve entrapment and the physical dysfunction it causes, will be addressed as these two components are appearing hand in hand for our upper quadrant clients. Participants will be able to select appropriate functional evaluations to bridge physical dysfunctional and psychological impact to develop more effective plans of care and treatment approaches. Attendees will be guided through the fabrication process of many hand and wrist orthotics to develop their skills in fabrication and clinical application of functional orthotics. Both early mobilization and static splinting will be investigated to treat a wide variety of patients. Participants will be able to identify needed materials and apply protocols for immediate in-clinic application and utilization.


What courses are included

"Hand Over Hand Taping Techniques to Restore Function"

Taught by Ron Sheppard, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT, FABDA

"Hand Therapy Differential Diagnosis and Testing to Lead Effective Treatments"

Taught by Catherine Valentino, OTR/L, OTD, MHSc, MAAL, BS

"Innovative Treatments for the Hand, Wrist, and Elbow"

Taught by Tambra Marik, OTR/L, OTD, CHT

"Common Orthotics for the Hand and Wrist"

Taught by Catherine Valentino, OTR/L, OTD, MHSc, MAAL, BS