VCFS: Virtual CoreFirst® Strategies

Virtual CFS: CoreFirst® Strategies
Principles of Posture and Movement which promote an Automatic Core Engagement (ACE)

Sign In and Systems Check: 
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern Time 
4:00pm - 9:00 pm Eastern Time  (short break at 7:00)
11:00 am - 6:30 pm ET  (short break at 1:30)
11:00 am - 6:30 pm ET  (short break at 2:00)

COST:  $595 

Prerequisites: None

Required Course Preparation:  Prior to the classroom portion of this course, all students must complete required course preparation.  The preparation for CFS includes videos, quizzes, and articles.  Plan to spend approximately 2 ½ hours learning this important information.  Once enrolled in a course, required course preparation can be found by logging on to your IPA account and selecting "My Upcoming Courses."  If you have any trouble accessing the required course preparation please email our office at for assistance. Please note that approved CEUs may vary depending on individual states' treatment of recorded vs instructor lead training.

Required Equipment:
Adjutable stool or seating surface without a back
Exercise mat and at least two pillows and a couple of towels
Swiss Ball

36" x 6" Foam Roll
Sport cord or theraband with a pelvic belt
Lab Subject :  Must be available all of class.  Will inform if blocks of time can be free by August 1.

  • Friday:  Subject needed 7:30 to 9:00 ET
  • Saturday:  Subject needed  12:30 to 5:00 ET  (balance of time exercise, subject welcome to join)
  • Sunday:  Subject needed 12:00 to 6:30 ET (balance of time exercise, subject welcome to join)

Lab Clothing for participation in exercise sections

The size of the Swiss Ball should allow you to sit on the ball with a 100+ (but not more than 110) degree hip-trunk angle. If you do not own a Swiss Ball or cannot use one from your facility, call Ball Dynamics at 800-752-2255 to order one. Please have a credit card number and shipping address available. If you are unable to bring your ball inflated, please arrive early to have this done. A pump will be available at the course.

Foam Rolls may be ordered from a number of providers including: OPTP at 888-819-0121 or; Perform Better at 888-556-7464 or
NOTE:  If you have access to more than one foam roller, you can participate in a fun motor control exercise lab.

NOTE:  At end of class, we cover about 45 minutes of bed mobility, and over the barrier lifting and cervical exercises.  Patient can use actual bed, or a treatment table.  If using treatment table for over the barrier, be able to put against wal to create stability of surface.

Recommended Reading and viewing

It is recommended that each participant reviews the Bibliography and read any article they are unfamiliar with prior to the course. All Course Bibliographies

MNM Clinical Reasoning Intro video

CoreFirst® Strategies presents a methodical and unique functional assessment and treatment program for patients with dysfunctions of the spine. The CFS approach, originated and developed by Vicky Saliba Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT, trains the therapist to directly correlate an evaluation of the patient’s base of support, alignment, and Lumbar Protective Mechanism to the patient’s motor activation and strength response. Building on this assessment, the participant is trained in five principles to enhance efficient posture, movement, and the automatic-not volitional-activation of the core stabilizers. These principles serve as a kinesthetic checklist for patients during ADL such as sitting and lifting. To complete this dynamic approach to active functional rehabilitation, the therapist is trained in a progressive functional exercise program which addresses flexibility, coordination, strength, stability, and functional movement patterns. The course includes an extensive manual with over 200 photos of posture, movement, and exercise.

Become proficient in three IPA Functional Tests which provide immediate objective data to the therapist and the patient as to the efficiency of the patient’s alignment related to function and pain.

Learn principles of acute care, positioning, and CoreFirst® principles of posture and movement which empower a patient to be independent in ADL.

Acquire the understanding and knowledge to design an appropriate and challenging exercise program that meets the individual needs of each patient for activation of the core, strength, endurance, and motor control.


2.5 Days, 19 hours instructor led online learning, 1-3 hours pre-course work  (Approved CEUs vary by state.)

Approved for 2.0 CEUs in CA, IL and NY.  CFS requires attendees to complete online course preparation before virtual instruction.  Attendees from states other than NY, IL and CA must obtain individual CEU..  

Short breaks will be scheduled during the course and on Sat and Sun the class will take a 1/2 hour lunch break.

Attendees agree to utilize all skills of evaluation, assessment and treatment learned in this course to the extent allowed under the regulations of their professional practice act. By registering you acknowledge that your attendance does not represent authorization by the IPA, or any of its officers, to utilize any of the material learned which may lie outside of the strict interpretation of your practice act.

Each attendee is expected to complete the required pre-course work before the course begins, and attend all hours of instructor led online learning to receive a certificate of completion. Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the Directors.

Lab Clothing
For exercise sections, please be in comfortable clothing that allows for full ROM.  Your subject needs to be in shorts or pants with elastic waist and a top that allows for fulll visual assessment of the thoracic aligment.

Course Preparation
This 2 1/2 day workshop is quite demanding and intense.  Please come prepared and rested.  Review the basic anatomy and philosophy of muscle function.  This knowledge will serve as an important foundation for the principles and procedures taught. Be sure to complete the required course preparation listed above.

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