Set inside the new Anvil Centre in New Westminster just north of the Fraser River, bright sunlight streamed through the glass-covered building into the main lobby which was used as a dining area. The auditorium seating reminded me of a TEDx Talk that I attended at UCSD in 2012 that allowed everyone a full and clear view of the speaker and visuals.
Besides the opportunity to travel in British Columbia for the first time, what also got me interested in attending are the speakers, especially the first keynote speaker Dr. Eyal Lederman, who is a practicing osteopath in London and manual therapy researcher. Dr. Lederman is well-known in our profession for his 2011 paper, “The fall of the postural–structural–biomechanical model in manual and physical therapies: Exemplified by lower back pain,” which challenged and questioned the currently predominant biomechanical model to explaining pain.
While most of the stuff he discussed is similar to what is presented in his paper, the major theme he and a few other speakers emphasized that I find very important and relevant to what I do is patient-centered care. This includes how we frame our words and narratives when explaining the patients' or clients' problems, giving and holding space during their recovery, and adopting process model rather than the structural model.