Full Spectrum Falls Training for the Older Adult

Falls in the older adult population continue as a medical, social, and economic crisis. In fact, fall rates over the past decade have been steadily increasing. This, despite our efforts to reduce fall rates using Clinical Practice Guidelines and directing funding toward fall prevention strategies. Patients report they remain fearful of falling. What can we as clinical practitioners do to mitigate this upward trend? Perhaps we can initiate full spectrum fall training efforts. Full spectrum fall training involves assessment and treatment of the older adult in 4 phases of falls: Pre-fall, near fall, fall landing and fall recovery. Are clinicians aware of the 4 phases of falls? Can patients feel confident about falling and recovering from a fall? Including all 4 phases of falls may be the missing piece to addressing falls in the older adult. This course is designed for clinicians working with older adults who are falling, at risk of falls or concerned about falling. In it, we will examine all 4 phases of falling and equip the clinician to assess and treat patients in each phase. This hands-on course allows plenty of practice time for new skills development and for refinement of old skills. We will provide feedback to ensure the clinician has confidence with the concepts prior to completing the

Threaded throughout will be analysis of evidence-based postural control tools which will allow the attendee to construct an individualized treatment program for effective management of their older adult client who may be at risk for falls. In addition, we will utilize patient scenarios to promote clinical reasoning leading to best
treatment practices using the 4 phases of falls. This emerging area of falls preparedness is an exciting compliment to current falls prevention approaches. Ultimately, the goal of the course is to equip the practitioner with tools which may help to reduce falls rates and injuries among the older adult population.

What Participants Are Saying . . .

  1. Describe four phases of a full spectrum falls training program
  2. Implement evidence-based/evidence-informed fall risk assessment, screening, and intervention approaches for the older adult at risk for falls
  3. Integrate knowledge of the ICF into assessment and treatment for the older adult at risk for falls
  4. Execute use of the appropriate falls risk assessment tools based upon a client’s clinical presentation
  5. Evaluate the results of the assessment tool to guide individualized and effective falls reduction treatment plans
  6. Select the most effective treatment approaches based upon results of the assessment, considering patient clinical presentation, and patient goals
  7. Develop effective post fall progressions based upon presenting clinical symptoms of the older adult
  8. Demonstrate safe and effective fall training techniques in each of the four falls phases based upon case scenarios

EDUCATIONAL CREDIT: A certificate of attendance for 20 contact hours of educational activity (20 CEUs or 2.0 CEUs depending on how your Practice Act determines CEUs in your state) will be awarded to registrants upon completion of the seminar. Great Seminars and Books is an Approved CE Provider for PTs and PTAs in NY, KY, IL, TX and NC. Approved for PTs and PTAs in MD, CA and OK for 20 Clinical Contact Hours. Have applied for approval for PTs/PTAs in NJ, and SC. Have applied for AOTA approval. This 20 contact hour course meets the guidelines of the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy for an acceptable continuing education activity. Our courses also meet the guidelines for approval in KS, PA, DC, AL, GA, MI, IN, WY, VA, AZ, DE, NH, OR, RI, WI, and MO. Courses are accepted for CEUs in NE, ID, MT, WA, CT, IA, and ND. If you do not see your state listed, please give our office a call. This course is not approved by ASHA or Board of Certification. Your tuition is tax deductible. Any reference to or mention of state rules or regulations concerning continuing education requirements are true and accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. If you have questions, please contact your board or regulating body.


7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 Introduction; state of falls; phases of falls

8:30 Pre-Fall (balance strategies)

9:00 Fall risk algorithm

  • STEADI Screening tools for falls prevention
    • 4-stage balance test
    • 30-second chair stand (Fall risk prediction)
    • Timed Up and Go (TUG)

9:30 ICF and the role in patient assessment. Consideration for addressing the whole patient

10:30 BREAK

10:45 Risk factors for falling

11:45 Multifactorial fall interventions based upon assessment findings (Labs)

12:30 Working Lunch (Bring your own).

Determine assessment tool psychometrics

1:30 Near Fall (balance recovery)

  • Tools for dynamic balance assessment (Labs)
  • MiniBestest
  • 4 Square step Test
  • Berg Balance Scale

3:00 Treatment strategies to optimize fall reactions and postural control responses (Labs)

4:15 BREAK

4:30 Breakout groups – Select optimal intervention approaches based upon test parameters

5:30 Instruction and test parameter discussions

6:30 Adjourn



7:30 Continental Breakfast

8:00 Fall Landing (safe landing)

Basic principles

9:00 Functional components and progression of a fall (Labs)

10:30 BREAK

10:45 Completed Fall (post fall recovery) Getting up from the floor progressions (Labs)

11:15 Teaching fall recovery (Labs)

12:30 Working Lunch (Bring your own) Video review and assessment

1:30 Fall spectrum assessment and testing Lab time for skills refinement

3:00 Case scenarios for skills checks

  1. Pre-fall screen selection
  2. Near fall assessment and treatment strategies
  3. Principles/techniques of safe fall landing
  4. Demonstration of a fall recovery sequence

4:30 BREAK

4:45 Observation and analysis of select case scenario full spectrum fall approach

6:30 Adjourn


Participant cancellations must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to the seminar date for tuition refund less a $75 administration fee. NO refunds will be made after this date.

In the event that a course is cancelled by Great Seminars and Books, participants will be offered the equivalent number of hours of online or live courses, or a refund. Great Seminars and Books is not responsible for course related expenses that participants may incur such as transportation, lodging or meals.

For Mail/Email/Fax registrations, click here or call us at 877-794-7328.

Note: We cannot take online registrations beginning on the Monday of the week of the seminar. Instead, please call our office at (877) 794-7328 to register so we can ensure there will be a handout at the course for you.

Registration Cost

Early Bird = $50 discount

Regular = $545

Late Fee = add $25

Bel Air, MD – July 30-31, 2022

Course Location: Brass Mill Conference Center
1369 Brass Mill Road
Belcamp, Maryland 21017


Early Bird (thru 6/30/22) = $495

Regular Price (6/30/22) – 7/14/22) = $545

Late Fee (7/14/22 – 3/19/22) = $570

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Greenville, SC – Nov. 5-6, 2022

Course Location: Greenville Memorial Medical Campus
701 Grove Road
Greenville, SC 29605


Early Bird (thru 10/6/22) = $495

Regular Price (10/6/22 – 10/21/22) = $545

Late Fee (10/21/22 – 11/5/22) = $570

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October 7, 2022
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Your Instructor

Deborah Constantine, PT, DPT, GCS, GTCCS, CEEAA