UCP Professional Learning Series

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Welcome to UCP’s ongoing Professional Learning Series of webinars on cerebral palsy research.

The series is hosted by United Cerebral Palsy in collaboration with the UCP National Research Committee, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare (UCP of Minnesota) and UCP of Central Arizona.

The 90-minute sessions are aimed at professionals who work with children and adults with cerebral palsy, but are also open to the general public. The presenters are all associated with UCP affiliates.

Our Next Presentation

Dr. Darcy Fehlings, head of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics and is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Toronto. (Biography)

This event is February 24, beginning at 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT / Register today.

Description: Constraint therapy is a form of intense motor practice that helps to promote hand use in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Utilizing research from a translational neuroscience network called CP-NET, Dr. Fehlings will present findings on how constraint therapy impacts the brain and highlight the importance of starting constraint therapy as early as possible. The talk will also cover practical aspects of providing constraint therapy within a developmental framework for babies, preschoolers and school age children. Important partnerships with parents and occupational therapists will be highlighted.

About Dr. Fehlings:

Dr. Darcy Fehlings is Head of the Division of Developmental Paediatrics and is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, at the University of Toronto. She is the inaugural holder of the Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Developmental Paediatrics. She is the Senior Physician Director of the Child Development Program at Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital and provides medical leadership for a large ambulatory program for cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Fehlings is also a Senior Scientist in the Bloorview Research Institute. Her research focuses on the innovation and evaluation of interventions for children with cerebral palsy. She is the lead investigator of an Ontario Brain Institute integrated neuroscience network focused on children with cerebral palsy (CP-NET) and leads the CP Discovery Project in the Canadian NeuroDevNet Networks of Centres of Excellence. Dr. Fehlings was the president of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) in 2015.

A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants 48 hours prior to the start of the event. All participants must register.

NOTE: CEUs and CMEs will be awarded. See objectives and accreditation details below.

Register today


Next up: Dr. Mark Gormley, June 2, 2022, 6 p.m. Eastern

Presentation: “Outcomes in Difficult Cases of Children with Cerebral Palsy”


Mark Gormley, Jr., M.D., is a pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician at Gillette. He treats children and adolescents who have cerebral palsy, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular disorders, and other conditions, with a special interest in spasticity management. He joined Gillette in 1993. Dr. Gormley received his medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Ky. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Tufts Affiliated Hospitals in Boston, and completed a fellowship in pediatric rehabilitation medicine and traumatic brain injury at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Dr. Gormley is board-certified in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation. His professional memberships include the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Association of Academic Physiatrists and the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics. Dr. Gormley is on the UCP Board of Trustees and is the Board Liaison for the UCP Research Committee.

Registration information coming soon.

Our Previous Presentations

  • “Cerebral Palsy: Early Evaluation and Intervention,” presented by Dr. Angela Sinner. Angela Sinner, DO has worked as a Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Physician at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare for nearly a decade. She is the co-director of Gillette’s inpatient rehabilitation unit and Sinner specializes in treating cerebral palsy, muscle spasticity and tone management, as well as traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Here’s a link to her webinar.
  • “The evolving impact of genetic findings on the diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy” was presented by Dr. Michael Kruer, a pediatric movement disorders neurologist, developmental pediatrician and molecular geneticist. If you missed it, here’s the link to the video recording of Dr. Kruer’s presentation.
  • “The Critical Role of Gait Analysis in the Care of Individuals with Cerebral Palsy” was presented by Dr. Tom Novacheck, an orthopedic surgeon and Associate Medical Director at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare specializing in cerebral palsy and other complex orthopedic conditions with an emphasis on hip reconstruction. About Dr. Novacheck. If you missed this webinar and would like to watch a recording of the presention, click here.

Learning Series Objectives

  • Appreciate the complex nature of gait dysfunction caused by cerebral palsy
  • Recognize why visual observation of gait and physical examination are not sufficient to diagnose and treat gait problems
  • Identify the types of equipment and data gathered during comprehensive gait analysis


Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is accredited by the Minnesota Medical Association to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) through the joint providership of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and United Cerebral Palsy. Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is accredited by MMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Gillette designates this live webinar for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This webinar is designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 1.5 contact hours. It is the responsibility of the participant to determine if this program meets Minnesota Board of Nursing rules relating to mandatory continuing education provisions of the Minnesota Nurse Practice Act.

This live activity is worth a maximum of 1.5 clock hours. It is the responsibility of the non-physician individual to determine if this activity meets their professional requirements for continuing education credit.


It is the policy of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, in accordance with the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA), to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME activities. Tom Novacheck, MD and the planning committee members have no relevant personal financial relationships to disclose.

Questions? Please contact Valerie Pieraccini at vpieraccini@ucpofcentralaz.org, 602.682.1820; or Tara Swedberg at TaraSwedberg@gillettechildrens.com, 651- 265 -7361.