CFS: CoreFirst® Strategies

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CoreFirst® Strategies are genetically driven human forms of stability and locomotion.

Human genetics promote quadruped and bipedal locomotion for survival, self-care and reproduction. Throughout normal growth and development, genetically driven functional movements and tasks promote the development of three pressure systems which provide the underlying support for Automatic Core Engagement™ (ACE) during functional postures and movements. 

CFS is an exciting and challenging, lab-intensive course which guides the participant to self-explore efficient postures and positions, promoting CoreFirst® movement strategies.  During supervised lab sessions, the participant practices multiple facilitation techniques and methods for training a patient’s posture and facilitating the efficient performance of functional tasks with CoreFirst® training strategies. 

After taking CFS, you will be able to immediately utilize the valid and reliable Saliba Postural Classification System to enhance patients’ dynamic stability and controlled mobility during functional tasks. You will be able to adapt these principles to both sitting and standing activities. 

Finally, CFS presents a comprehensive exercise system with addresses:

  • Proprioceptive and kinesthetic training
  • Active elongation to promote more efficient mechanical capacity
  • Specific exercises for automatic core engagement
  • Motor control exercises which promote dissociation and options for  control and movement

Testimonials

This past week I have been able to use the postural training from CFS in a very diverse patient population, hypothesizing first, then confirming with my hands, and then teaching exercises with confidence. My youngest patient was 6 months old, and my oldest was 86!

March Dolphin

PT, DPT

CFS is probably the best thing that could have happened to me pre-pregnancy.  Prior to CFS, I had chronic back pain and now, two weeks away from my due date, I have had zero back pain and can still work with a gigantic baby boy sticking straight out in front of me on this 5-foot frame.  I couldn’t be more grateful for living the CFS principles on a day to day basis!

Sarah B.

PT, DPT, CFMT

Thank you so much for the CFS course last weekend!  All my patients are getting CFS today so far, and I’ve had 3 “ah-ha” moments in the 3-hours I’ve been at work today so far.  I also shaved a minute and a half off my 3-mile run last night just thinking about proper alignment!

Rachel L.

PT, DPT

Objectives

  • Identify the role of CoreFirst® Strategies (CFS) in Functional Manual Therapy®
  • Identify the correlation of CFS to motor learning theory
  • Present the Saliba Postural Classification System (SPCS) and examine the supporting evidence and rationale
  • In supervised lab sessions, practice three IPA functional tests and analyze the objective findings to identify efficient/inefficient postures and presence/absence of a CoreFirst® strategy for anticipatory and compensatory postural control
  • Identify CoreFirst® principles of acute care and positioning to maximize pain reduction, optimize healing, and prevent central sensitization
  • In supervised lab sessions, practice a step-by-step assessment and training for unsupported sitting, active sitting, sit to stand, standing, active standing, lifting, and push-pull activities
  • Design an appropriate, challenging, and individualized exercise program for enhancement of proprioceptive and kinesthetic awareness, flexibility, core stability, strength, endurance, and motor control
  • In supervised lab sessions, utilize CFS principles of motor learning to identify functional tasks and determine the mechanical, neuromuscular, and motor control parts which necessitate intervention
  • Discuss and correlate current research on core stabilization and exercise training to CFS material

Requirements & Additional Information

  • Required Course Preparation

    • Prior to the classroom portion of this course, all students must complete the required course preparation which includes videos, quizzes, and articles. Once enrolled in a course, required course preparation can be found by logging on to your IPA account and selecting “My Upcoming Courses.”  If you have any trouble accessing the required course preparation please email [email protected] for assistance.  Prep time varies by course so be sure to review required course work immediately following your purchase to allow for sufficient time to complete assignments prior to the start of the course.  To receive CEUs all required course preparation must be completed prior to course commencement.  
    • CFS requires the participation in multiple exercises sessions which can be physically demanding.  Please come prepared and rested.
    • Please read the following article:

  • Required Equipment

    • Release of Liability Form: Complete the Release of Liability Form and bring it to the course.
    • Swiss Ball: Sat and Sun.  The size of the Swiss Ball should allow you to sit on the ball with a 100+ (but not more than 110) degree hip-trunk angle. If you do not own a Swiss Ball or cannot use one from your facility, call Ball Dynamics at 800-752-2255 to order one. Please have a credit card number and shipping address available. If you are unable to bring your ball inflated, please arrive early to have this done. A pump will be available at the course.
    • Foam Roll (36″ x 6″) Sat. and Sun.  Foam Rolls may be ordered from a number of providers including: OPTP at 888-819-0121 or www.optp.com; Perform Better at 888-556-7464 or www.performbetter.com.
    • Towel
    • Pillow with 2 cases

  • CEU Information

    20 Contact Hours

    NOTE:  To receive a CEU certificate, you must complete all required pre-course preparation noted in your acceptance letter PRIOR to course commencement AND the course evaluation at the conclusion of the course.  You will receive an email prior to the class with directions on how to complete your evaluation and specific guidelines as to the time frame in which this can be completed. 

    Approved for PTs in NY, IL, and CA.  For a different state, please check with your state board for reciprocity of CEU approval from one of these states.  IPA will provide the standard documentation needed for individual state approval if your state does not accept reciprocity.  OTs, and PTAs should check with their approving body to determine if the PT approval is acceptable.

    To determine if any additional state approvals have been obtained, please check facility information for a specific course. (Select more info for the specific course at the bottom of this page and then select Facility Information tab.  Any additional approval will appear in the top left of the tab below the facility name.)

  • Price Information

    Earlybird Price: $625 / Regular Price: $695

    Earlybird Discounts: Register at least one month prior to course commencement and receive a discount of approximately 10%.  Register early and save!

    Student / New Professional Discounts: Students and First Year New Professionals can receive a 20% discount. Full details here.

    Repeat Discounts: IPA makes two (2) spots in each in-person course available at half-price for those repeating a course within five (5) years.  Registration for the half-price spots is on a first-come basis.  You must register by phone to receive a half-price repeat spot.  Registering online will result in you being charged full price. Credits cannot be issued once your transaction is complete.  Half-price tuition does not include a course manual or any supplies distributed at the course. Full details here.

  • Recommended Reading and Viewing
  • Audience & Attendance

    PT, PTA, OT, OTA, SPT, OTS

    Attendees agree to utilize all skills of evaluation, assessment and treatment learned in this course to the extent allowed under the regulations of their professional practice act. By registering you acknowledge that your attendance does not represent authorization by the IPA, or any of its officers, to utilize any of the material learned which may lie outside of the strict interpretation of your practice act.

    Each attendee is expected to complete the required pre-course work before the course begins, and attend all hours of instruction to receive a certificate of completion. Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the Directors.

  • Lab Clothing

    • Each participant’s body must be accessible for observation.
    • Women:  Halter tops, sports bras, or fitted t-shirts and shorts or sweat pants.  Avoid leggings as they do not allow sufficient access to the lower extremity.
    • Men:  shorts or sweat pants and a fitted t-shirt if uncomfortable being shirtless
    • Do not wear jeans or pants that button or zip.  All pants for men and women must have elastic waist.
    • Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry and watches.
    • On Sunday, please wear athletic or work shoes.
    • It is recommended to wear layers for comfort between labs as temperatures may vary in the room.

     

  • Breaks

    While we continue to cope with the presence of COVID-19, the IPA shall adhere to ongoing CDC guidelines related to food and beverage consumption at each course.  To avoid community spread, participants are requested to bring their own drink and any desired snack.  Each participant will be requested to step out of the room while consuming drink or food or create a socially acceptable distance from other participants.

  • Instructor Note

    While specific instructors are scheduled for each course, circumstance may necessitate instructor changes. In addition, the final number of instructors is determined by enrollment.  Course refunds or transfers are not granted related to changes in the designated instructor or number of instructors.

     

    Instructor/Participant Ratio:

    • 1 Instructor:  ≤ 20 participants
    • 2 Instructors:  22 – 32 participants
    • 3 Instructors:  ≥ 34 participants

Dates & Locations

  • Encompass Physical Therapy LLC
    Annapolis, MD

    Mar 22, 2024 EDT - Mar 24, 2024 EDT
    Seth Blee
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    Encompass Physical Therapy LLC
    Annapolis , MD
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm EDT
    Ends at 5:00 pm EDT
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    Encompass Physical Therapy LLC
    Annapolis , MD
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm EDT
    Ends at 9:30 pm EDT
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    Encompass Physical Therapy LLC
    Annapolis , MD
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am EDT
    Ends at 7:00 pm EDT
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    Encompass Physical Therapy LLC
    Annapolis , MD
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am EDT
    Ends at 4:00 pm EDT
  • Elite Sports Physical Therapy
    Fremont, CA

    Apr 5, 2024 PDT - Apr 7, 2024 PDT
    Vicky Saliba Johnson
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    Elite Sports Physical Therapy
    Fremont , CA
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm PDT
    Ends at 5:00 pm PDT
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    Elite Sports Physical Therapy
    Fremont , CA
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm PDT
    Ends at 9:30 pm PDT
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    Elite Sports Physical Therapy
    Fremont , CA
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am PDT
    Ends at 7:00 pm PDT
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    Elite Sports Physical Therapy
    Fremont , CA
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am PDT
    Ends at 4:00 pm PDT
  • Long Island University
    Brooklyn, NY

    Apr 12, 2024 EDT - Apr 14, 2024 EDT
    Sarah Nolan
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    Long Island University
    Brooklyn , NY
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm EDT
    Ends at 5:00 pm EDT
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    Long Island University
    Brooklyn , NY
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm EDT
    Ends at 9:30 pm EDT
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    Long Island University
    Brooklyn , NY
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am EDT
    Ends at 7:00 pm EDT
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    Long Island University
    Brooklyn , NY
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am EDT
    Ends at 4:00 pm EDT
  • Michigan Medicine Northville Health Center
    Northville, MI

    Apr 12, 2024 EDT - Apr 14, 2024 EDT
    Mark Lusk
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    Michigan Medicine Northville Health Center
    Northville , MI
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm EDT
    Ends at 5:00 pm EDT
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    Michigan Medicine Northville Health Center
    Northville , MI
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm EDT
    Ends at 9:30 pm EDT
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    Michigan Medicine Northville Health Center
    Northville , MI
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am EDT
    Ends at 7:00 pm EDT
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    Michigan Medicine Northville Health Center
    Northville , MI
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am EDT
    Ends at 4:00 pm EDT
  • TherapySouth - Vestavia
    Vestavia Hills, Alabama

    May 3, 2024 CDT - May 5, 2024 CDT
    Tracy Eisenbeis
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    TherapySouth - Vestavia
    Vestavia Hills , Alabama
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm CDT
    Ends at 5:00 pm CDT
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    TherapySouth - Vestavia
    Vestavia Hills , Alabama
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm CDT
    Ends at 9:30 pm CDT
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    TherapySouth - Vestavia
    Vestavia Hills , Alabama
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am CDT
    Ends at 7:00 pm CDT
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    TherapySouth - Vestavia
    Vestavia Hills , Alabama
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am CDT
    Ends at 4:00 pm CDT
  • Spooner Physical Therapy - North Phoenix
    Phoenix, AZ

    May 17, 2024 MST - May 19, 2024 MST
    Vicky Saliba Johnson
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    Spooner Physical Therapy - North Phoenix
    Phoenix , AZ
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm MST
    Ends at 5:00 pm MST
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    Spooner Physical Therapy - North Phoenix
    Phoenix , AZ
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm MST
    Ends at 9:30 pm MST
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    Spooner Physical Therapy - North Phoenix
    Phoenix , AZ
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am MST
    Ends at 7:00 pm MST
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    Spooner Physical Therapy - North Phoenix
    Phoenix , AZ
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am MST
    Ends at 4:00 pm MST
  • Atlas Physical Therapy
    Nampa, ID

    Jul 19, 2024 MDT - Jul 21, 2024 MDT
    Vicky Saliba Johnson
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    Atlas Physical Therapy
    Nampa , ID
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm MDT
    Ends at 5:00 pm MDT
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    Atlas Physical Therapy
    Nampa , ID
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm MDT
    Ends at 9:30 pm MDT
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    Atlas Physical Therapy
    Nampa , ID
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am MDT
    Ends at 7:00 pm MDT
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    Atlas Physical Therapy
    Nampa , ID
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am MDT
    Ends at 4:00 pm MDT
  • Hunter College
    New York, NY

    Aug 21, 2024 EDT - Aug 23, 2024 EDT
    Mark Lusk
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    Hunter College
    New York , NY
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am EDT
    Ends at 8:30 am EDT
    Course:
    Wednesday
    Location:
    Hunter College
    New York , NY
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am EDT
    Ends at 6:00 pm EDT
    Course:
    Thursday
    Location:
    Hunter College
    New York , NY
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am EDT
    Ends at 6:00 pm EDT
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    Hunter College
    New York , NY
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am EDT
    Ends at 12:30 pm EDT
  • Total Function Physical Therapy
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Aug 23, 2024 MDT - Aug 25, 2024 MDT
    Vicky Saliba Johnson
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    Total Function Physical Therapy
    Colorado Springs , CO
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm MDT
    Ends at 5:00 pm MDT
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    Total Function Physical Therapy
    Colorado Springs , CO
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm MDT
    Ends at 9:30 pm MDT
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    Total Function Physical Therapy
    Colorado Springs , CO
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am MDT
    Ends at 7:00 pm MDT
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    Total Function Physical Therapy
    Colorado Springs , CO
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am MDT
    Ends at 4:00 pm MDT
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute - Center for Spinal Cord Injury
    Fulton, MD

    Sep 20, 2024 EDT - Sep 22, 2024 EDT
    Seth Blee
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    Kennedy Krieger Institute - Center for Spinal Cord Injury
    Fulton , MD
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm EDT
    Ends at 5:00 pm EDT
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    Kennedy Krieger Institute - Center for Spinal Cord Injury
    Fulton , MD
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm EDT
    Ends at 9:30 pm EDT
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    Kennedy Krieger Institute - Center for Spinal Cord Injury
    Fulton , MD
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am EDT
    Ends at 7:00 pm EDT
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    Kennedy Krieger Institute - Center for Spinal Cord Injury
    Fulton , MD
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am EDT
    Ends at 4:00 pm EDT
  • Southern California Orthopedic Institute
    Van Nuys, CA

    Sep 20, 2024 PDT - Sep 22, 2024 PDT
    Vicky Saliba Johnson
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    Southern California Orthopedic Institute
    Van Nuys , CA
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm PDT
    Ends at 5:00 pm PDT
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    Southern California Orthopedic Institute
    Van Nuys , CA
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm PDT
    Ends at 9:30 pm PDT
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    Southern California Orthopedic Institute
    Van Nuys , CA
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am PDT
    Ends at 7:00 pm PDT
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    Southern California Orthopedic Institute
    Van Nuys , CA
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am PDT
    Ends at 4:00 pm PDT
  • On the Move PT & Pilates
    Belmont, CA

    Oct 18, 2024 PDT - Oct 20, 2024 PDT
    Vicky Saliba Johnson
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    On the Move PT & Pilates
    Belmont , CA
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm PDT
    Ends at 5:00 pm PDT
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    On the Move PT & Pilates
    Belmont , CA
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm PDT
    Ends at 9:30 pm PDT
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    On the Move PT & Pilates
    Belmont , CA
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am PDT
    Ends at 7:00 pm PDT
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    On the Move PT & Pilates
    Belmont , CA
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am PDT
    Ends at 4:00 pm PDT
  • Emory University Hospital
    Atlanta, GA

    Nov 8, 2024 EST - Nov 10, 2024 EST
    Tracy Eisenbeis
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    Emory University Hospital
    Atlanta , GA
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm EST
    Ends at 5:00 pm EST
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    Emory University Hospital
    Atlanta , GA
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm EST
    Ends at 9:30 pm EST
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    Emory University Hospital
    Atlanta , GA
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am EST
    Ends at 7:00 pm EST
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    Emory University Hospital
    Atlanta , GA
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am EST
    Ends at 4:00 pm EST
  • ReLive Physical Therapy
    Bloomingdale, IL

    Nov 8, 2024 CST - Nov 10, 2024 CST
    Sarah Nolan
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    ReLive Physical Therapy
    Bloomingdale , IL
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm CST
    Ends at 5:00 pm CST
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    ReLive Physical Therapy
    Bloomingdale , IL
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm CST
    Ends at 9:30 pm CST
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    ReLive Physical Therapy
    Bloomingdale , IL
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am CST
    Ends at 7:00 pm CST
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    ReLive Physical Therapy
    Bloomingdale , IL
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am CST
    Ends at 4:00 pm CST
  • Legacy Emanuel Orthopedic Rehabilitation
    Portland, OR

    Nov 8, 2024 PST - Nov 10, 2024 PST
    Vicky Saliba Johnson
    Schedule Location Date & Time
    Course:
    Course Check-in
    Location:
    Legacy Emanuel Orthopedic Rehabilitation
    Portland , OR
    Date:
    Starts at 4:30 pm PST
    Ends at 5:00 pm PST
    Course:
    Friday
    Location:
    Legacy Emanuel Orthopedic Rehabilitation
    Portland , OR
    Date:
    Starts at 5:00 pm PST
    Ends at 9:30 pm PST
    Course:
    Saturday
    Location:
    Legacy Emanuel Orthopedic Rehabilitation
    Portland , OR
    Date:
    Starts at 8:30 am PST
    Ends at 7:00 pm PST
    Course:
    Sunday
    Location:
    Legacy Emanuel Orthopedic Rehabilitation
    Portland , OR
    Date:
    Starts at 8:00 am PST
    Ends at 4:00 pm PST