ECMT 2023

European Congress Manual Therapy
+ IFOMPT Teachers Meeting

Patient-centered care:
a key to empower manual therapy

September 14-15-16
Ghent, Belgium


09.00h – 09.15h Welcome and introduction. Laura Finucane, IFOMPT president

09.15h – 09.30h Welcome and update from Standards Committee. Ronel Jordaan, Chair of the IFOMPT Standards Committee

09.30h – 10.45h Tim Noblet, “OMPT specialisation across the globe: How can we help each other?

10.45h – 11.00h Room changes

11.00h – 12.30h Concurrent Workshop session #1 with 2 parallel workshops *

12.30h – 13.30h Lunch break

13.30h – 15.00h Concurrent Workshop session #2 with 2 parallel workshops *

15.00h – 15.15h Room changes

15.15h – 16.30h Debrief and networking

16.30h – 16.45h Closing remarks. Laura Finucane, IFOMPT President

*  Workshop sessions

Workshop 1: Eric Robertson, “Teaching the integration of clinical reasoning models into manual therapy” (Hybrid format)

Workshop 2: Euson Yeung, “Designing effective learner assessments” (Hybrid format)

The Teachers Meeting is accessible for every manual therapist, not only colleagues involved in manual therapy formation.

Participants fee:

  • On campus: € 100 (including lunch and breaks) – for manual therapists from countries with a Member Organisation-status
  • On campus: € 75 (including lunch and breaks) – for manual therapists from countries with a Registered Interest Group-status
  • Online: € 50 – for manual therapists worldwide

Note: on campus participants limited till 100 pax / online participants limited till 50 pax

Venue: Auditorium C and D @ Faculty of Medecine, University Ghent (15 minutes walk from hotel)

Language: English

Plenary sessions

08.00h – 08.30h Registration + coffee

08.30h – 08.45h  Welcome

08.45h – 10.45h Session 1Chair: Prof. Dr. Barbara Cagnie (UGent)

  • 08.45h – 09.30h Keynote 1: Laura Finucane (UK)
    The increasing global burden of musculoskeletal conditions: the role as manual therapists and the need to move away from a biomedical model to personalised care
  • 09.30h – 10.15h Keynote 2: Chad Cook (USA)
    Which is most effective, active or passive interventions? How conclusive is the evidence?
  • 10.15h – 10.45h Keynote 3: Lenerdene Levesque (Canada)
    Experiences and perceptions of leadership characteristics and leadership development of advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapists

10.45h – 11.15h Coffee break 1 + visit poster panels

11.15h – 12.45h Session 2, Chair: Prof. Dr. Laurent Pitance (UCL)

  • 11.15h – 12.00h Keynote 4: Tasha Stanton (AUS)
    Rethinking back pain in the context of modern pain science: from individualised pain narratives to bioplastic potential
  • 12.00h – 12.45h Young Investigator session (5 presenters)

12.45h – 13.45h Lunch + visit poster panels

13.45h – 15.15h Session 3, Chair: to be announced later

  • 13.45h – 14.30h Keynote 5: Karlien Hollanders (Belgium)
    Patient-centered care: a hype, a reality or a dream?
  • 14.30h – 15.15h Keynote 6: Bart Depreitere (Belgium)
    How to empower patient-centeredness from a surgeon’s perspective?

15.15h – 15.45h Coffee break 2 + visit poster panels

15.45h – 17.45h Session 4, Chair: Dr. Martijn Stenneberg (VUB/SOMT)

  • 15.45h – 16.15h Best poster session-award / Lifetime Achievement award
  • 16.15h – 17.00h Keynote 7: Nathan Hutting (the Netherlands)
    Delivering patient-centered care: how to provide this in orthopedic musculoskeletal therapy
  • 17.00h – 17.45h Keynote 8: Nadine Foster (AUS)
    Patient-centered manual therapy: what research is needed next

17.45h End of congress day 1 and accreditation

Language: English

Plenary sessions

08.00h – 08.30h Registration + coffee

08.30h – 10.30h Session 1, Chair: Prof. Dr. Christophe Demoulin (ULiège)

  • 08.30h – 09.30h Masterclass 1: Ben Cormack (UK)
    Person centered care is more than just about treatment choice.
  • 09.30h – 10.30h Masterclass 2: Louie Puentedura (USA)
    Practicing as a Manual Therapist: Why “just OK” is NOT OK!

10.30h – 11.00h Coffee break

11.00h – 13.00h Session 2, Chair: Prof. Dr. Wim Dankaerts (KUL)

  • 11.00h – 12.00h Masterclass 3: Kieran O’Sullivan (Ireland)
    How to support patients in patient-centered care and what is self-management.
  • 12.00h – 13.00h Masterclass 4: Paul Mintken (USA)
    Patient expectations: Why you should care.

13.00h – 14.00h Lunch

14.00 h – 16.00h Session 3, Chair: Dr. Joke De Pauw (UAntwerpen)

  • 14.00h – 15.00h Masterclass 5: Mike Stewart (UK)
    I feel so stupid because I can’t give you a proper answer.” Exploring the challenges & potential solutions of expressing a pain experience.
  • 15.00h – 16.00h Masterclass 6: Renée de Ruijter (Switzerland)
    How to enhance communication and clinical reasoning skills and recognition of red and yellow flags in a patient-centered perspective

16h00 End of congress and accreditation

Language: English

The pre-/post-congress courses will be organised by ABSG MATHERA’s partner-formations in manual therapy.

  • September 13th, 2023:
    Pre-congress course Louie Puentedura (USA) & Paul Mintken (USA)
    ‘Patient-centered spinal manipulation: a key to creating greater safety in manual therapy’
    Venue: University of Antwerp
    Info & registration HERE
  • September 13th:
    Pre-congress course Mandy Röscher (AUS)
    ‘The integrated pelvic floor approach: assessing and managing pelvic dysfunctions in males and females.’
    Venue: University of Ghent
    Info & registration HERE
  • September 13th, 2023:
    Pre-congress course Tasha Stanton (AUS)
    ‘Osteoarthritis: reconceptualising our understanding and how to apply this in practice’
    Venue: University of Ghent
    Info & registration HERE
  • September 17th, 2023:
    Post-congress course Mike Stewart (UK)
    ‘Do you want an easier work life? A practical guide to empowering patients’
    Venue: University of Leuven
    Info & registration HERE

Language: English

Have you ever dreamed of presenting to a large group of colleagues or announcing your research results worldwide through a poster? Here’s your chance !

Click HERE

Do you know colleagues who would love to present a poster? Please forward them this link and spread the news via your (social) network.

Join us during the Jubilee Dinner to celebrate, with colleagues from all over the world (including IFOMPT’s Executive and Educational Standards Committee), the 10th edition of the ECMT congress and the 10th anniversary of MATHERA.

The Jubilee Dinner will take place in the Van der Valk hotel.

Van der Valk Hotel, Ghent

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Parking is situated next to the hotel.
Distance from Brussels airport = 60 km
Distance from Deurne airport = 60 km
Distance from Gent Sint-Pieters station = 3 km

University Forum, Ghent

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Distance from hotel to congress venue is a 50 minutes walk (4 km)
Bus-transport will be provided between hotel and congress venue.
We are also looking for bikes for the morning and evening transport between hotel and congress venue.

On Friday, best public parking will be Interparking Gent Zuid
On Saturday (no classes for students) participants can park for free in the parking underneath the UFO (University Forum).

Faculty of Medicine
UZ Campus, Ghent

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Distance from hotel to auditorium C & D is a 15 minutes walk (1,5 km)



IFOMPT Teachers meeting

  • € 100 / MO-members on campus
  • € 75 / RIG-members on campus
  • € 50 / Worldwide online

ECMT – European Congress Manual Therapy

  • Members ABSG MATHERA
    • 2 days: € 395
    • 1 day (friday or saturday): € 240
  • Members endorsing organisations (more info see below)
    • 2 days: € 495
    • 1 day (friday or saturday): € 260
  • Non-members
    • 2 days: € 550
    • 1 day (friday or saturday): € 290
  • (PhD-) Students
    • 2 days: € 175
    • 1 day (friday or saturday): € 125

Jubilee Dinner

  • € 95

Rooms (breakfast, tax and tourist tax included)

  • € 185 in single room
  • € 115 in double room

Registration is only valid after total payment:

  • We will send you clear instructions with the correct amounts to pay on both bank accounts !!
  • IFOMPT Teachers meeting and congress fee on BE16 0017 9751 4474 in the name of Manual Therapy Association stating ‘ECMT 2023 + name of participant’.
  • Speaker’s dinner and hotel expenses on BE35 0017 0842 5937 in the name of Sesam stating ‘ECMT 2023 + name of participant’.
  • Online payment via credit card is not an option


Registration, payments and cancellation policy

  • Only forms that are fully completed, will be accepted
  • Registration is only valid if total payment is received
  • We will send you clear instructions with the correct amounts to pay on both bank accounts
  • Payment by (international) banktransfer to
    • (for IFOMPT Teachers meeting & congress fee)
      Ottergemsesteenweg 209
      9000 Gent, Belgium
      IBAN BE16 0017 9751 4474
    • Sesam Events BV (for speaker’s dinner & hotel expenses)
      Corbeillestraat 40
      2235 Westmeerbeek
      IBAN BE35 0017 0842 5937
  • All payments must be made in Euro, and must be completely free of all bank or other charges for ECMT 2023 at any time
  • We confirm all payments. If you don’t receive a confirmation mail within 2 weeks, please let us know at
  • (PhD-)Students will be asked to show their student-card at the registration desk
  • Cancellation before August 31st will incur an administration fee of € 50
  • Cancellation later than August 31st: no refunds


Accreditation is requested for Belgian physical therapists (General Quality Label and Special Skills in manual therapy: Bijzondere Beroepsbekwaamheid MT / Qualification Professionelle Particulière TM).
Also for Dutch manual therapists (KNGF / Kwaliteitshuis Fysiotherapie) and for Belgian Medical Doctors (RIZIV / IMAMI).
All Others will receive a certificate of attendance which will prove that they have participated in ECMT2023.


The entire congress, including teachers meeting, pre- and post-courses, will be in English.


Practical organisation of “ECMT 2023” is with SESAM.
Please contact Jan Caers via or at +32 479 600 990 in case you have any questions.
All communication via Sesam.


You need to register individually on

Your registration is only valid after receipt of total payment.
Rooms are allocated in order of payment.
If the hotel is fully booked, unfortunately we cannot arrange for your overnight stay.
So be quick to register.
Registration closes at September 1 st.


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(*) AXXON (if you're not a member of the ABSG MATHERA) (*) an IFOMPT member organisation / Registered Interest Group / AMO (*) World Congress Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain (if you attended the two last editions of the WCLBPP-congress in Singapore 2016 and/or Antwerp 2019

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