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9/26/2015 to 9/27/2015
When: 9/26/2015

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2015 CPTA Annual Conference

September 26-27, 2015

Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101



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Attend the 2015 CPTA Annual Conference with more than 1,000 fellow Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants who will gather at the Pasadena Convention Center to exchange best practices and establish new strategies that will help elevate the profession. Just 16 minutes from Burbank Bob Hope Airport, Pasadena offers chic boutiques, fine dining, resort-style hotels, and priceless art. All this and more can be found in alluring Pasadena. The city is home to 500 restaurants, world-class museums, three shopping/entertainment districts, and a host of recreational opportunities.

This year's conference features two days of educational programming packed with more than 25 sessions, panels, and roundtable discussions on the latest physical therapy best practices and tools taught by leading industry experts. The tracks will cover some of the hottest topics in physical therapy right now including pain management, biomechanics of the spine, motor learning, mirroring, motor imagery, exercise and dosing, as well as the annual practice issues forum, peyment forum, and this year six courses designed to meet the ethics, law and regulation requirements for licensure renewal. Looking to network? Mix and mingle in the "Get Connected Lounge" in the Exhibit Hall or join the CAL-PT-FUND Beer & Wine Garden and CAL-PT-PAC Dinner.

In addition, the Annual Conference Exhibit Hall showcases the latest products, platforms, and services helping to drive healthcare innovation and cost reduction forward.

Session Evaluations

To obtain CEUs, evaluations must be recorded for each session you attended. If you did not complete the evaluations through our CPTA Mobile App, you can access each session evaluation below.


8:00-10:00 a.m. Keynote Address: From Explaining Pain to the Imprecision Hypothesis - Moseley
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Motor Control of the Spine in Acute, Recurrent and Chronic LBP -Armour Smith; Beneck
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Mechanisms of Patellofemoral Joint Dysfunction - Powers
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Tending the Garden for Successful Advocacy - Smith et al
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Introducing the Cortical Body Matrix - Moseley
2:00-3:30 p.m.Chronification of Low Back Pain - Asavasopon
2:00-3:30 p.m.Are You Pushing Your Patients/Clients Hard Enough?  - Moffat
2:00-3:30 p.m. Training the Brain - Moseley
10:00-11:30 a.m.Use of Orthotics in Pediatric PT - Craddock

10:00-11:30 a.m.Taking the "Sore Thumb" out of Manual Therapy - DaPrato
10:00-11:30 a.m.How to Build a Successful PT Owned Business Through Partnership - Hulsey
10:00-11:30 a.m.Payment Policy Forum - CPTA Payment Policy Committee
10:00-11:30 a.m.Dissecting Social Media Use in Physical Therapy - Pascoe
10:00-11:30 a.m.Clinical Practice Guidelines - Davenport; Torburn
1:30-3:00 p.m.Strengthening for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder - Menz
1:30-3:00 p.m.Clinical Patter Recognition for Low Back Pain - Wong; Yung
1:30-3:00 p.m.What Does Direct Access Mean to Me and My Private Practice - Hulsey
1:30-3:00 p.m.Practice Issues Forum - Byl et al
1:30-3:00 p.m.How to Set Up a Social Media Business Strategy - Flanagan
1:30-3:00 p.m.Research Podium Presentations
3:30-5:30 p.m. Sticky Situations: Ethical Considerations for the Pediatric PT - James
3:30-5:30 p.m.Ethical Dilemmas in Orthopedic Manual Therapy - Lucas
3:30-5:30 p.m.Ethics and Professionalism in Contemporary PT Practice - Katzman; Simas
3:30-5:30 p.m.Ethics in Women's and Men's Health - Brandon
3:30-5:30 p.m.End of Life Ethics - Steinberg

Registration Fees

(On-Site Registration)
APTA PT member $425
APTA PTA member $295
Non-member $575
PT/PTA Student Member $219
PT/PTA Student Non-member $275


One-Day Only Registration:

APTA PT Member $250

APTA PTA Member $150

Non-member $300

PT/PTA Student Member $125

PT/PTA Student Non-member $150

Information & Forms

Schedule Overview (.pdf) - See who's presenting and plan your schedule!
Registration Form (.pdf) - Download the 2015 registration form!

View Session Titles, Time Slots & Descriptions

Advertising & Sponsorship (.pdf)  

Promotional Flyer (.pdf) - Post this flyer in your offices and break rooms to help spread the word!
Direct Mail Brochure (.pdf)
Handouts - Available September 1, 2015
Mobile App - Download the app to network with other attendees, learn about sessions and more!

Conference Events & Activities

CAL-PT-FUND Beer & Wine Garden - Purchase Tickets Now!

"Barrels and Brews" - A year end celebration held at the California Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference following the Presidential Address and Awards Presentation. This year's event will be in Pasadena, CA on September 26th from 5:30-7:00pm.

CAL-PT-PAC Dinner - Purchase Tickets Now!


A year end celebration held at the California Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference following the Presidential Address and Awards Presentation. This year's event will be at Madeline Garden in Pasadena, CA on September 26th from 7:00 -10:00pm. (Cocktail Hour from 7:00 -7:30pm)

Professional Head Shots

2015 CPTA Conference Attendees are invited to make an appointment with our professional photographer to have a new professional head shot taken for just $15. There are limited appointments available so reserve your appointment today!

Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony

Join us after the conclusion of programming on Saturday for our Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony.  Listen to an exciting speech from CPTA President, Dr. Christopher Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA and recognize the leaders of CPTA. New this year - there will be a lip sync competition! Check out the promo video!

Exhibit Hall

Interested in exhibiting with us this year? Learn more by CLICKING HERE!

2015 Confirmed Exhibitors - Check out who's coming this year!

Exhibit Hall Buyer's Guide - Exclusive discounts, promotions and sales for conference attendees!

Transportation & Lodging

  Sheraton Pasadena Hotel
303 Cordova Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-4000

Conference rate: $149+tax per night  -- SOLD OUT for Saturday 9/26/2015
Group code:
CPTA 2015 Annual Conference
Registration Deadline: September 2, 2015


On-site parking fee: $10 daily / $18 overnight


Additional Lodging

Hilton Pasadena
168 South Paso Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

For Reservations, call: 626-577-1000 or complete online

Group rate: $149 single/double
                     $10 per person up to four adults
Group code: 2015 California Physical Therapy Association
Reservation deadline: September 14, 2015

$21 per day for overnight guests

Maps and Directions


Bob Hope/Burbank Airport 16 miles
Los Angeles International Airport 29 miles
Long Beach Airport 32 miles
Ontario International Airport 37 miles
Hollywood 16 miles
Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills 22 miles
Santa Monica Beach 25 miles


THANK YOU to Our Sponsors

CPTA District


Inland Counties



You can earn up to 14 Contact Hours (1.4 CEUs) for attending the CPTA's Annual Conference this year. There are 10 Contact Hours that can be earned by attending education sessions and 4 Contact Hours that are earned for attending a conference sponsored by the CPTA (1399.94. Authorized Pathways for Obtaining Hours)

Certificates will be emailed to participants no later than October 9, 2015.



Don't forget to follow us @CPTATweets and use the official hashtag #CPTAConference!

Save the Dates

Join us October 8-9, 2016 in Santa Clara for CPTA Annual Conference. Exhibit booths go on sale in March 2016. Attendee registration opens in April 2016!