Keynote Lectures

The ENPHE Seminar 2020 will have two keynote lectures.

Lecture A (3rd of April) The Importance of Ethics in Physiotherapy Practice

The increasing of professional autonomy brings new ethical challenges and the need for an ethical thinking in order to solve the ethical different situations. In daily context, physiotherapists take decisions that affect their clients, organizations and colleagues or other professionals. Daily ethical decisions can be simple or complex, where multiple values contribute to one or multiple decisions. When difficulties arise, have a structured ethical decision making is important and can help physiotherapist taking the best decision. Ethical is the new frontier for success in clinical practice.Training future physiotherapists transcends teaching technical skills. Teaching professional ethics, values, responsibility, attitudes and behaviors is essential during the physiotherapist study cycle, due the importance of the relation with the clients, colleagues and other professionals. Traditionally, the expository method is used to teach ethics, and the risk of the student interpreting this theme as too theoretical is high and so with less practical applicability. This teaching resource can limit the students’ reasoning ability and critical attitude, essential skills in ethical decision-making. Several teaching strategies have already been tried in the teaching of ethics in physiotherapy, such as problem-based learning, case discussions, use of digital technologies, among others, however there is no consensus on which is the best teaching method. So, in order to promote critical thinking and empowering students, learning resources were implemented during ethical classes based on active methodologies. In this seminar we propose to discuss the use of this teaching methodology during our experience from the students and professor’s perspective. And discuss some ethical issues that physiotherapy faces currently.


José Luís Alves Sousa
Sónia Gonçalves-Lopes
  • José Luís Alves Sousa is a Physiotherapist, with a PhD in Public Health. He is a lecturer of Professional History in Jean Piaget School of Health – Vila Nova de Gaia.
  • Sónia Gonçalves-Lopes is a Physiotherapist, with a PhD in Education. She is a lecturer of Ethics and Professional Deontology in Jean Piaget School of Health – Vila Nova de Gaia.

Lecture B (4th of April) – Person-centered communication

Person-centered approach in health systems should focus on the individual, its characteristics and uniqueness towards health and towards life. It is the ability to listen and empathetically comprehend that allows us to connect in a human and then in a professional level. The better health professionals connect, the more they will be able to understand the person’s clinical needs and to adapt towards a more efficient compliance. Rather than “giving what the person wants”, communication skills rely on the possibility of reaching out to the person in a meaningful way and facilitate behavioral changes instead of forcing changes. In a Person-centered paradigm, education takes place by learning from the person’s (patient) beliefs, daily routines, attitudes and behaviors, using the person’s language patterns, with a non-judgmental attitude, focusing on the functional potential towards life… away from purely structural reasoning, professional Egos and unconditional truths associated with diagnosis and clinical approaches.


Tiago Freitas
  • Tiago Freitas is a Physiotherapist, with a Master in Physiotherapy. He is an invited lecturer at CESPU – ESSVA and ESSVS. He is the owner and Technical Director of “Neurodor”, a private practice physiotherapy clinic.

Students Workshops

On the 2nd of April, three workshops are available in parallel sessions. The students will have the opportunity to choose their preference on site.

Workshop A – Can we use innovation to take physiotherapy to the next level?

The world is changing at a fast pace and with that, we have a new consumer, a new client, a new patient. We can ignore this or we can try to understand the trends that are shaping this new consumer and how will they affect physiotherapy. How can we use this trends to create solutions that can improve the life of our patients, and even the life of physiotherapists? Is technology a friend or a foe? Should we leave this innovation exclusively to the engineering professions or shouldn’t physiotherapists be an active part on this process of change?


Pedro Sousa

Francisco Pinho
  • Pedro Sousa is a Physiotherapist, with a Master in Sports Physiotherapy, and an Executive MBA. Pedro is currently working in management. His focus is to connect management and physiotherapy worlds.
  • Francisco Pinho is a Physiotherapist, and an Electronic and Computer Engineer, with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Francisco is currently developing several devices that will empower Physiotherapist in a near future.

Workshop B – Let’s talk about the elephant in the room

Statistics is one of the least appreciated subjects of healthcare students. However, most of them later recognize the importance of this knowledge in order to effectively apply an evidence based practice approach. In this workshop we will demystify statistics, analyze practical examples, and provide hints to a quick critical analysis.


Daniela Simões
  • Daniela Simões is a Physiotherapist, with a Master in Epidemiology, a PhD in Public Health, and an Executive MBA. Daniela is a lecturer, mostly teaching research methods, statistics, evidence based practice and healthcare promotion in Physiotherapy.

Workshop C – Pain and the spirituality of being

Pain is a multifactorial experience that can induce profound changes in human beings, especially chronic pain bringing people far apart from their natural paths. However, it is also an opportunity for a reunification with the inner being, with life’s purpose and perhaps with everything that makes people feel like humans. Spirituality rises as a subjective, yet an important aspect of our lives and plays a fundamental role in the contemporary health paradigm, from acceptance and commitment, to compassion towards the self and others. It is crucial that Physiotherapists embrace the opportunity to integrate different dimensions towards a better education in health and life promotion.


Tiago Freitas
  • Tiago Freitas is a Physiotherapist, with a Master in Physiotherapy. He is an invited lecturer at CESPU – ESSVA and ESSVS. He is the owner and Technical Director of “Neurodor”, a private practice physiotherapy clinic.