December 2018
 December 5, 2018 @ 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM

WPTA NE District Ethics Courses - Click here for a registration flyer.

Course 1: Informed Consent/Refusal in Practice: Taking a Deep Dive - 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Course 2: Teaching and Mentoring Patient Centered Care - 7 - 9 pm

**A light dinner will be provided 6:30-7:00pm

Instructor: Laurie B Kontney, PT, DPT, MS

Course is limited to 100 participants

Cancellation policy: 1 week notice required to receive refund minus $25 processing fee


Date: Wednesday December 5, 2018

2 CEU’s for each course – fulfills state ethics and juris prudence requirement

Location: Fox Valley Technical College

1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton WI

Please use Entrance 16 off the North parking lot. Maps and floor plans may be found at

Laurie Kontney is a Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1986, a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in 1994 and a transitional DPT from Simmons College in 2006.  Laurie is a former member and chair of the Physical Therapist Examining Board (PTEB) for Wisconsin.  She has been active in the APTA/WPTA at the district, state and national levels and teaches ethics and legal practice in Marquette’s curriculum.  She has also taken additional courses on medical ethics as part of her doctoral training and is an invited member of the Dreamcatchers; an interdisciplinary think tank for ethics in rehabilitation.  She is utilizing all these experiences along with her clinical practice within an inner-city hospital to present and discuss Informed Consent/Refusal in Practice: Taking a Deep Dive and Teaching and Mentoring Patient Centered Care.

Program Description

Maintaining our professional integrity while providing patient centered care within the business model of health care can lead to legal and ethical concerns and challenges.


Informed Consent/Refusal in Practice: Taking a Deep Dive is a short course that will address the legal and ethical aspects of informed consent/refusal and how it impacts the quality of care we provide.  This course will briefly review informed consent/refusal definitions and legal and ethical documents related to informed consent/refusal with an emphasis on how to use to provide patient centered care.  We will examine the impact of health literacy, risk and overall challenges to meeting the standards of informed consent/refusal.  Finally, we will discuss and practice strategies for securing and documenting informed consent/refusal, especially in relation to protecting self and your practice.  

Course objectives:  Informed Consent/Refusal in Practice: Taking a Deep Dive

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to…

1.  Discuss patient centered informed consent/refusal.

2.  Identify professional and legal standards of informed consent/refusal.

3.  Verbalize an understanding of health literacy as a contributor to questionable informed consent/refusal.

4.  Define 3 steps to ensure that informed consent is secured.

5.  Discuss strategies to ensure understanding of the risks/benefits to securing informed consent/refusal.

6.  Discuss strategies to avoid adverse complaints.

7.  Document informed consent/refusal.


Teaching and Mentoring Patient Centered Care is a short course that will address the importance of teaching and mentoring patient centered care as a legal and ethical imperative.  This course will explore various models of clinical reasoning and problem solving with strategies for making these thought processes transparent to teach and mentor this critical skill for patient centered care.  Informed consent/refusal will be emphasized as a means for narrative reasoning to better engage the patient in the decision-making process.  Small and large group discussion along with case-based discussion will allow participants to apply content learned.


Course objectives:  Teaching and Mentoring Patient Centered Care

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to…

1.   Define clinical reasoning and problem solving.

2.   Discuss the various models of clinical reasoning and problem solving.

3.   Describe patient centered care.

4.   Discuss patient centered informed consent/refusal.

5.   Apply clinical reasoning and problem-solving strategies to teach and mentor patient centered care.

7.   Use cases derived from clinical practice to develop strategies for teaching and mentoring patient centered


8.   Link course discussions and cases to one’s own practice.

January 2019
 January 31, 2019 @ 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

X-Ray education - X-ray Ordering for the Physical Therapist

This course fulfills the required competency continuing education for PTs to order Radiographs in WI.

When: January 31, 2019 5-9pm

Location: 2275 Deming Way, Basement Auditorium, Middleton WI 53562

Cost: $95 for members, $125 for potential-members

Questions? Contact Southwest District Chair Jennifer Jeschke at [email protected]


Course Description:

Physical therapists have the authority to order x-ray images in Wisconsin and routinely use the results of imaging studies to make patient care decisions.  This course will provide attendees the knowledge, skills, and confidence to order x-ray images in outpatient physical therapy care settings.  Through lecture and case-based learning, attendees will learn how to properly order specific projection views to evaluate all body regions.  Attendees will also understand the rights, responsibilities, and best practices for using x-ray imaging in clinical practice as well as situations when advanced imaging is indicated. This course includes a competency exam and was collaboratively designed by physical therapists and a radiologist. (4 contact hours)

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course attendees will:

  1. summarize the Wisconsin statute and administrative code governing physical therapist x-ray orders.
  2. compare the indications, limitations, and risks of plain film radiography and advanced imaging techniques.
  3. demonstrate competence and accuracy when ordering x-ray images.
  4. implement evidence-based strategies to optimize patient care, facilitate professional communication, and prevent imaging overutilization.
  5. distinguish patient scenarios requiring referral to appropriate providers for further evaluation or advanced imaging.

Course Developer Biographies:

Evan O. Nelson, PT, DPT, is a board certified orthopaedic clinical specialist and assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Family Medicine.  In his faculty role, Dr. Nelson teaches diagnostic imaging, medical screening, differential diagnosis, and clinical decision-making in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  Throughout his career, he has referred patients for x-ray images and treated patients in direct access sports and orthopedic physical therapy settings.  He serves as preceptor and instructor in the UW Health & UnityPoint Health-Meriter Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program.  He testified before the Wisconsin Senate Health Committee regarding the appropriateness of physical therapist ordered x-ray images in 2016.  Dr. Nelson earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University and is a PhD candidate in the Clinical Investigation program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an active member of the WPTA and APTA.

Scott P. Tauferner, PT, ATC is an Advanced Clinician Physical Therapist at UW Hospital and Clinics. A spine physical therapy specialist, his clinical interest and experience includes ordering x-ray images, direct access patient care, spinal manipulation, and interdisciplinary care collaboration. Mr. Tauferner is a musculoskeletal imaging instructor for the Physical Therapy Direct Access training program at UW Health. He also serves as a preceptor and lead instructor for the musculoskeletal imaging course in the UW Health & UnityPoint Health-Meriter Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program. A recognized clinical expert, he was an invited panelist to develop a musculoskeletal imaging competency exam for physical therapists. Mr. Tauferner earned his Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Jason W. Stephenson, MD is a board certified radiologist and assistant professor of Radiology in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Radiology. Dr. Stephenson is the Director of Medical Student Education for the department as well as the Integrated Block Leader for the UWSMPH Mind & Motion Course.  Dr. Stephenson has over 20 years of experience as an educator with academic interests that include medical education across health-related professional disciplines, radiology education, curriculum design, and instructional technology.  His clinical interests include soft tissue and bone biopsy, spine and joint injection, vertebroplasty, and small-part musculoskeletal MRI.  He currently sits on the board of directors for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and is a past chair of the UWSMPH Educational Policy Council. Dr. Stephenson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Stanford University and Doctor of Medicine degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.  He completed residency and Musculoskeletal fellowship training at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology.

Course Schedule



40 minutes


Types of imaging modalities

WI law, rights & responsibilities

Imaging guidance resources

Clinical decision rules

ACR Appropriateness Criteria



25 minutes

Imaging basics

Spine imaging

Projection views for:

Cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvis



50 minutes

Spine Imaging Case Study & Discussion



10 minutes




15 minutes

Lower extremity imaging

Projection views for:

Hip, knee, ankle, foot, long bone segments



35 minutes

Lower Extremity Imaging Case Study & Discussion



20 minutes

Upper extremity imaging

Projection views for:

Shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand



10 minutes

Upper Extremity Imaging Case Study & Discussion



30 minutes

Competency exam

February 2019
 February 2, 2019 @ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Save the Date! 

Location: Bryant & Stratton College - Wauwatosa, WI

April 2019
 April 25, 2019 @ 8:00 AM to April 26, 2019 @ 5:00 PM

Location: La Crosse Center, La Crosse.  Overnight rooms at the Radisson.  More details to follow. 

October 2019
 October 10, 2019 @ 8:00 AM to October 11, 2019 @ 10:00 PM

Location: Madison Marriott West, Middleton