The Studer Course

From Clinic to Classroom, Using the Knowledge Translation Highway


NOTE: The Studer Course is a private course offering, hosted in Salem, OR at the clinics of Northwest Rehabilitation Associates. The course outline, objectives, and timelines are customized by Mike Studer, to meet and exceed the specific learning objectives of each attendee. The general themes and timelines are listed below, yet are customized in collaboration (Mike and attendees) and submitted for state CEU approval.


Be prepared to be challenged. In this course, you will be challenged in your theoretical frameworks, the application of such, your “patient handling” both with verbal, manual and body-gesture cues, as well as your expectations of patient success. Have no fear! Just because YOU will be challenged, does not mean that the instructor (Mike) thinks that what he is doing is an absolute, requiring an indoctrination, or “has it all figured out”. If you would like to explore the most current theories in neurological rehabilitation and watch those (and more not yet in publication) be applied on real patients in a real clinical practice setting – THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU. Walk out of The Studer Course, ready to translate in any direction you need: clinic to lab; clinic to classroom; or clinic to clinic.

LEVEL OF INSTRUCTION: This course is taught at the advanced level of learning.  Participants will receive pre-course readings, projects, and be expected to have familiarity with the topics addressed.

COURSE METHODS of INSTRUCTION: Participants can expect a diverse approach in this course, including didactic lecture, patient videotaping, live patient demonstration, experimental side sessions, engaging with data, as well as explorations is new technologies as related to course descriptions and objectives, will be included in the course.


At the conclusion of the course, participants will:

  1. Identify current resources in scientific literature and popular culture that clarify knowledge translation in neurological rehabilitation.
  2. Identify principles utilized during patient treatment in the Northwest Rehabilitation Associates clinic that are congruent with current best practice.
  3. Analyze and apply concepts of dual tasking as a skill that can be screened, tested, and improved through neurological rehabilitation in order that learners gait environmental adaptability and autonomy of their motor control.
  4. Analyze application of elements including but not limited to: the OPTIMAL Theory, motivational principles, levels of awareness, parameters of attention, and technology in neurological rehabilitation.



WEDNESDAY (arrival and check in at the course: 4pm)

Dinner and discussions of patient care observations and theoretical underpinnings to be seen.

THURSDAY  – 6:30 am to 5pm patient care, observations

12-1:00 lunch break, recap of the morning and looking ahead to the afternoon

FRIDAY – 7am to 9:30am patient care

9:30-10:00 meeting and summarizing observations, clinical questions, knowledge translation back

to the classroom

*DEPARTURE FRIDAY – early afternoon flights home out of Portland International Airport (PDX)



Please plan to fly in and out of PDX, as noted above. The airport is about 58 miles from the clinic and (pending traffic) should take you about 75 minutes to arrive.

On departure, plan to leave the course 3 hours before your flight, due to traffic, rental car, and security

Lodging is most convenient and economical at the Phoenix Inn, on Commercial St. SE. About 2 miles from the clinic.

NWRA, “the clinic” is located at 3270 Liberty Rd S. Salem, 97302. The course will be primarily hosted at the Healthy Aging and Neurology site.

We will plan to have dinner on Wednesday and Thursday together. Meals are not included in the course. Food allergies and preferences should be stated on registration, so that we can make reservations accordingly. Both dinners will have lecture-presentations throughout.