Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS): Principles and Application in Rehabilitation Education, Research, and Clinical Practice IC 28

NOTE  Attendees are expected to watch the recorded course anytime at their convenience & then JOIN the one-hour LIVE discussion with presenters & other rehab. pros on Sat 20Mar.

DAY Saturday March 20 2021

TIME 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

TOPIC AREAS Cross Cutting, Clinical Practice, Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System

CAREER LEVEL Intermediate


This course will orient learners to the NIDILRR- and PCORI-funded Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS), an interprofessional standardized system for defining and specifying rehabilitation treatments. Examples of clinical treatments and case scenarios will be discussed to: (1) elucidate the structure, principles, and terminology of the RTSS; (2) facilitate reflection on active ingredients and targets of rehabilitation interventions; and (3) demonstrate how the RTSS can stimulate critical thinking and strengthen clinical reasoning underlying the planning and delivery of interventions. Learners will be provided opportunities to practice applying the RTSS to treatments used in their clinical, academic, and/or research work.


  1. Define key concepts that are part of the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS, a formally developed procedure for specifying treatments), such as treatment theory, target, aim, ingredient, treatment component.
  2. Gain experience using the RTSS to specify treatments used in one’s own clinical practice or research.
  3. Identify ways in which the basic concepts of the RTSS may be integrated into rehabilitation-related curricula.
  4. Discuss how RTSS concepts can be used to support research design and reporting.
  5. Describe strategies for using RTSS concepts to promote clinical reasoning.


This course is pre-recorded from the ACRM 2020 Annual Conference. Buy now and watch the course anytime and anywhere at your convenience and earn CME/CEUs right away. Then, take the evaluation and complete the steps to earn CME/CEUs and don’t miss the 1-hour LIVE DISCUSSION with presenters on Saturday, 20 March.

Registration includes a Certificate of Attendance and /or CME/CEU processing for the following disciplines:

  • Certified Case Managers (CCMC)
  • Disability Management Specialists (CDMS)
  • Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • Massage Therapists (NCBTMB)
  • Nurses (ANCC)
  • Occupational Therapists (AOTA)
  • Physical Therapists (TBD)
  • Physicians (ACCME Includes Canada Physicians and Physician Assistants)
  • Registered Dietitians (CDR)
  • Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCC)
  • Rehabilitation Psychologist (APA Division 22)
  • Social Workers (NASW)
  • Speech-Language-Hearing Pathologists (ASHA)


  • 4 hours of pre-recorded instruction
  • 1 hour of Live Discussion/Q&A
  • Continuing education credit processing
  • Access to presentation slides (if provided by presenters)
  • NON-members receive introductory 6- month membership


$99 members / $149 non-members
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Jeanne Zanca, PhD, MPT, FACRM
Senior Research Scientist
Kessler Foundation
West Orange, New Jersey


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Mary Ferraro, PhD, OTR/L
Education Coordinator
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania


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Andrew Packel, PT, NCS
Locomotor Coordinator
Cheltenham, Pennsylvania


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John Whyte, MD, PhD
Institute Scientist Emeritus
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania


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Susan E. Fasoli, ScD, OTR/L
Professor, Occupational Therapy
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Boston, Massachusetts


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Jarrad H. Van Stan, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Speech Language Pathologist, Adjunct Professor
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Boston, Massachusetts


Sue Ann Sisto

Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, PhD, FACRM
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Rehabilitation Science
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York


The Spring Meeting is host to the ACRM Training Institute, providing rehabilitation researchers and clinicians seeking CME/CEUs with exciting opportunities for in-depth training and the translation of evidence-based knowledge into clinical practice for rehabilitation clinicians and researchers

Choose from ten courses and earn a Certificate of Attendance and/or up to 20 contact hours of Continuing Education credit in your choice of 13 disciplines via the 2020 Annual Conference Pre-recorded Sessions.

The ACRM Spring Meeting is also a venue for networking and collaborating within the ACRM interdisciplinary community groups and committees. Come find your tribe, contribute to the field, and become a member of this vibrant and welcoming community. These groups are the heart of ACRM, working to IMPROVE LIVES through rehabilitation research.

PRO members may join community group meetings free-of-charge and learn how to get involved — to help get the research into practice faster and move the rehabilitation field forward.

Two days-worth of continuing education with up to 20 contact hours CME/CEUs


*Although no significant changes are anticipated, all courses and presenters are subject to change.