ASHT Foundations in Hand Therapy AND Hands-on Orthotics – Concord, NC 06/17-18/2022

ASHT is proud to offer a two-day course consisting of "Foundations in Hand Therapy" Traveling Course on Day 1 and "Hands-on Orthotics" course on Day 2. 

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
401 Medical Park Drive
Concord, NC 28025

Mary Barnes, MOT, CHT, CIND

"Foundations in Hand Therapy: Elbow to Finger Topics" - Day 1 (June 17)

Date: June 17, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 8 am – 5:00 pm

Course Description:
This is an evidence-informed course for the upper extremity practitioner to survey topics relevant to proficiency in hand therapy and CHT Exam Prep. Fundamentals and algorithms for therapeutic evaluation and intervention will be reviewed. The course begins with a hands-on anatomy lab. Participants will identify structures on themselves, a partner and the instructor. An in-depth review of the extensor mechanism is presented with an evidence-informed review of treatments, protocols and orthotics. Evidence-informed treatment for flexor and extensor tendon injuries, OA, neuropathies and wrist pain will be explored. This course will present information-focused interventions based on a strong body of evidence and clinical experience. 

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Utilize improved evaluation techniques, differential diagnostic skills and provocative tests to improve patient care.
  • Gain insight into how chronic pain can be cortically sustained and develop treatment strategies. 
  • Describe effective treatment techniques and the elements of orthotic design for most common upper extremity injuries.
  • Discuss the extensor mechanism and identify treatments and orthotics to avoid and correct deformities. 
  • Demonstrate clinical judgment by choosing provocative tests considering sensitivity, specificity, PPR, and LR.
  • Utilize evidence-informed programs for fractures, stiff hands and wrists, nerve injuries, tendon injuries, CRPS, arthritis, sprains and strains.

"Hands-on Orthotics" Course - Day 2 (June 18)

Date: June 18, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 8 am – 5:00 pm

Course Description:
Hands-on Orthotics is a lab-intensive, customized course designed to improve orthotic fabrication skills. This course is for beginner/intermediate practitioners/hand therapists. Participants receive a course manual, and orthoses are customized according to the class.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to fabricate the custom orthoses shown below
  • Identify indications/contraindications of the orthoses shown below
  • Demonstrate knowledge of practical applications of orthoses


  • Ulnar gutter
  • Mallet and boutonniere
  • Thumb spica
  • Relative motion and anti-claw
  • Radial nerve
  • Wrist cock-up with optional outrigger
  • Resting hand
  • Short opponens and trigger finger

Continuing Education Credit:
The course has been approved for 16 contact hours, or 1.6 CEUS, from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Board of Certification of Certified Athletic Trainers (BOC-ATC)

Registration Fee:
Members:  $450
Non-members:  $510

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited enrollment is planned to ensure quality of course and ample instructor-participant attention. Cancellation of registration up to two weeks prior to course date will result in a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS AFTER THIS ESTABLISHED DEADLINE. It is the responsibility of the registrant to notify ASHT of cancellation in writing or by email to Refunds will be issued within 30 days of notification. In the unlikely event that a course is canceled, ASHT will provide full refund of the registration fee only.

All grievances may be directed to the ASHT Education Division by sending an email to

Hotel Accommodations:
The following hotel is approximately 10 minutes from the course location. There may be other hotels in the area, but this is one suggestion. ASHT does not offer a room block at any hotel for this course.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa…

For further information or questions regarding these courses, contact or call 856-380-6862.

Mary Barnes, MOT, CHT, CIND

Mary has over 30 years experience as an occupational therapist. She has been a certified hand therapist and a member of the American Society of Hand Therapist for over 20 years. She served on the Legislative and Reimbursement Committee and currently serves on the International Committee and the Education Division of the ASHT. She is Continuing Education Chair of TnOTA.

Mary has taught hand therapy and orthotics courses on the state, national and international levels for ASHT, TNOTA and other organizations. She will be teaching ASHT’s first international Traveling Course later this year. Mary has been the recipient of multiple awards from ASHT and TnOTA. She is the former Chair of the Tennessee Board of Occupational and Physical Therapy Examiners. She is a Certified Dry Needling Practitioner.

Mary earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Tennessee Technological University and her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman's University.