Integrative Assessment Framework

4 Day Practical Workshop (14 credits)
Includes online lecture preparation.

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Learn to zero in on the real driver of your patient’s presentation—for more effective & efficient treatment

The Integrative Assessment Framework course teaches RMTs to assess every patient as a whole person and quickly devise a treatment plan designed to target the source(s) of the problem, beyond just easing symptoms.

As an RMT, you may have had the frustrating experience of a patient whose pain or limitation doesn’t seem to be getting better, week after week. Or maybe you’ve experienced a “treatment rut,” recommending a similar course of action for all of your patients no matter their lifestyle or goals.

While you’re not alone in these experiences, they can leave you with a back-of-mind feeling that you could be doing better for your patients. And because you believe in the power of massage therapy, you know you can provide meaningful, long-lasting results for every person who walks into your practice. You’re just not sure how to do that in a replicable way.

Course Description

The Integrative Assessment Framework has been developed and used for years by veteran RMT Mark Finch and physiotherapist Diane Lee to get to the bottom of their patients’ problems in the very first assessment, so that treatment is personalized and highly effective.

During this four-day course, you’ll learn how to apply the Integrative Assessment Framework in your own practice—so that you can transform your patients’ experiences for the better.

Course Details

  • April 17-20, 2020, at the beautiful Akasha Studio in White Rock, BC
  • Designed to make assessment more efficient and habitual
  • Interactive lessons, hands-on demonstrations, and guided practice
  • Online preparation and post-course support
  • Practical takeaways that can be adapted for any patient

Understanding the Patient

Becoming a better massage therapist starts with understanding your patients on a deeper level. You’ll learn strategies for uncovering your patient’s history, the story of their pain journey, and what’s truly motivating them to get better. Strategies include reading body language, motivational interviewing, and mirror listening.

You’ll also master the challenge of determining a “meaningful task” for each patient so that both you and the patient will immediately know when progress has been achieved.

The Integrative Systems Model

The Integrative Systems Model is a model for treating a patient as a whole person, looking beyond their symptoms to consider their history, personality, goals for improvement, and more. The model was developed by well-known physiotherapist Diane Lee to help bodyworkers serve a wider range of patients and achieve quicker results.

Using this model in your practice, you’ll always have a clear starting point with every new patient.

Screening and Clinical Reasoning

Don’t fall into the trap of applying techniques in response to symptoms. Building an effective practice requires sharp screening and clinical reasoning skills. This course teaches you how to create a patient-focused screening process and demonstrates how to use treatment for postural change.

Meet Your Course Instructors


Mark Finch

Mark is a Registered Massage Therapist in Canada, who has been in practice since 1996. He has trained in Massage Therapy, Structural Integration (KMI) & Visceral Manipulation (Barral Institute).

weekend-diane-mark-7Mark has a passion for treating myofascial tissues in all it’s forms & clinically reasoning the most appropriate strategies for each individual patient. He has treated successfully in a variety of therapeutic settings from touring internationally with the Riverdance Show to his current practice in Vancouver.\

Mark has taught Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains™ courses in many international venues from 2005-2011.  Mark now teaches his own Myofascial assessment & treatment courses in Canada & Australasia.  Mark resides in Vancouver BC where he maintains a busy practice & enjoys the outdoors with his family.

Diane Lee

Diane graduated with distinction from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor degree in the Science of Rehabilitation in 1976.

She has been a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1976 and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy since 1981 (FCAMT).

She completed her certification in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) in 2001, her Yoga teacher training in 2012 and received the special designation as a clinical specialist in Women’s Health from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2016. She was an instructor and a chief examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of CPA’s fellowship examinations (CAMT) for over 20 years and has extensive experience in curriculum development both for the CAMT program and her own series of courses. For this, she received the prestigious Golden Hands award in 2008.

She is well published (books, chapters and journal articles) and the innovator of two pelvic support belts for which she holds the patent; The Com-Pressor and the Baby Belly Pelvic Support.

Apply the Integrative Assessment Framework to your practice right away

This course is designed to be hands-on and accessible so that you feel confident implementing the training into your own practice. Interactive teachings, guided practice, real case studies, and digestible lessons ensure that you leave inspired, not overwhelmed.

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