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"Patients Have All The Answers": 

From a patient centered to a person centered approach

Pre-Conference Workshop

Instructor: David Poulter


Available: 23/30

February 24, 2022 & February 25, 2022

Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA 92109

Physical therapy CEU pending

David Poulter

About this workshop

This course will be an interactive participant centered course. Focusing on developing clinical skills aimed at allowing participants to leave the course with tools, resources and processes to progress from a person centered to a person focused approach. 



Feb. 24

7:30 am: Check in (registration must be made in advance, not accepted at door)

8 am -8:15 am: Introduction and welcome quiz

8:15 am - 9 am: group allocation and quiz

9 am - 9:30 am: Group discussion course group goals setting exercise

9:30 am - 10 am: Goals review application to clinical practice and clinical reasoning

10 am - 10:30 am: Mechanisms v source of nociception and pain production.

10:30 am - 10:45 am: Morning Break

10:45 am - 11:15 am: The active/inactive cycle and it’s clinical application

11:15 am - 12 pm: Person focused history and examination

12 pm - 1 pm: Lunch

1 pm - 1:30 pm: Receiving a patents narrative v taking a history

1:30 pm - 2 pm: Listening workshop

2 pm - 3 pm: Introduction to clinical  reasoning in a patient centered paradigm.

3 pm - 3:15 pm: Afternoon break

3:15 pm - 4 pm: Putting the day into action. Group work and review

4 pm: Close of day one.


Feb. 25

8 am - 9 am: Review of day one, CPR “content participate review” in action 

9 am - 9:30 am: The ladder of inference, clinical bias and our need to recognize it.

9:30 am - 10:30 am: Person focused clinical base lines.

10:30 am - 10:45 am: Morning break

10:45 am - 11:15 am: Person centered functional goal setting

11:15 am - 12 pm: Introduction to Poulter’s Rules of Too for injury mechanisms and rehab.

12 pm - 1 pm: Lunch

1 pm - 2 pm: Understanding the key principles of patient empowerment

2 pm - 3 pm: Putting it all in action to move from patient centered to patient focused care?

3 pm: Closing remarks



This interactive workshop is aimed at introducing the concepts of mechanical thinking, testing and treatment, incorporating patient empowerment and shared decision-making strategies.

Participants will at the end of the course have the tools and information to:

  • Identify the common sources and mechanisms of nociception  (pain) and symptom production.
  • Apply the Active /Inactive cycle to identify appropriate mechanical treatment strategies.
  • Identify key characteristics and content of a “Person Focused” history and examination.
  • Understand the process of “receiving a patient narrative.” 
  • Demonstrate and understand clinical reasoning including Hypothetico-deductive,, big picture and heuristics pattern recognition.
  • Utilize the Intent / Relevance cycle.
  • Analyze and utilize the Ladder of Inference in clinical practice. 
  • Understand the importance of patient generated self-baselines.
  • Utilize Person centered functional goal setting.
  • Demonstrate the key principles of Patient empowerment.
  • Understand the key components of “Shared decision making.”
  • Demonstrate the differences between empowering and dis-empowering educational strategies.
  • Utilize positive educational strategies.

About the Instructor

David Poulter, PT, B.Sc. Special Hon,  Dip MDT, is a British trained Physical Therapist. He emigrated to Australia in 1986 where he ran a private practice specializing in treating musculoskeletal problems.

He obtained his Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 1992. On completion of his diploma course he moved to New Zealand to teach the McKenzie Institute International Diploma course.

David spent 3 years working alongside Robin McKenzie developing the diploma program.

In 1995 he moved the McKenzie Diploma course to Coon Rapids, Minnesota, to its new home at Two Rivers Center.

David was the McKenzie Institute International Director of Education from 1996-1998 inclusive.

He taught the diploma course from 1995-2000 at the Two Rivers clinic and for NovaCare after 1998. He was a Senior Faculty Member of the US McKenzie Institute from 1995-2000, and a senior faculty member of the McKenzie Institute International from 1992-2000.

After leaving the McKenzie Institute, David  developed and taught his own courses based on the “Patient Centered Model.”  He has presented his two main courses “Patients have all the Answers”, and “Telling isn’t Teaching” in Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Ireland and the USA. He also developed and presented nationally and internationally two courses on “Spinal Differentiation” and “Manual techniques in a Patient Centered Paradigm.”

David has presented at numerous MSK conferences in both the USA & internationally.

He specializes in treating Musculoskeletal issues, patient empowerment and self treatment. He has extensive experience in treating the conditions of the spine, shoulder, hip, knee, and post surgical rehabilitation.

David is currently working as a consultant through his own company MT3 .  During the COVID pandemic he has been teaching &  presenting online webinars. Recently he has co-developed a clinical mentoring program, with Evie MartinPT,  through Physios Online UK