Suggestions for Starting a Study Group

Suggestions for Starting a Study Group

Please note: All groups are independent from the Institute. These are simply suggestions provided from the input of study group leaders to assist those interested to start local groups.

  1. Join the online MDT Study Group and get started listening and posting to the fascinating dialogue of case studies, clinical observations, and more. You will gain some great ideas for your local group. Ask the online group for additional tips or guidance to start your own group, or email group leaders.

  2. Identify a leader or a committee who share key tasks to coordinate the group, be point of contact for interested attendees, to communicate with The McKenzie Institute to keep the Online Directory current, to organize the agenda and run the meetings. Depending on your needs and growth, you might also consider having a treasurer and a membership coordinator.

  3. Determine a date, time and location for the initial meeting. A central location for the defined area is best.

  4. Complete the New Study Group Data Form online at so that your study group will be listed on the McKenzie website.

  5. Prepare your own letter or flyer announcing the meeting and consider sending it to all PT facilities in your area if you want to increase the interest in the McKenzie approach. Also, have the information distributed at any upcoming courses in the area; if the Institute is holding a course within the area where you desire to engage participants, provide us a copy of the flyer and we will include it with course materials.

  6. If you are a member of MIUSA, we will send out an email blast on your behalf to clinicians in our database in your defined area (up to 300 max). You need to determine the area from which you would like to draw practitioners. Identify the ZIP code range covering that area and contact Marissa at The McKenzie Institute at 1-800-635-8380 or email: [email protected]. You will need to provide the pertinent details to be included in the email.

  7. Hold the initial meeting. The agenda should include: Getting acquainted - determine the level of skill, knowledge and interest of the participants through informal discussion.
    • Set regular meeting time - set a regular day, time and location or altering locations for the meetings.
    • Create a group mailing list with both email and street address for future contact.
    • Financial considerations - consider having members of the study group pay a nominal membership fee to cover postage. An alternative would be to have a facility or medical supply vendor sponsor the group.
    • Send any changes regarding group details to Marissa to update the website directory.

  8. Format of future meetings: determine what the group would like to accomplish. Some suggestions are workshops in areas of difficulty, case studies, guest speakers, literature review and discussion of McKenzie Journal articles. Determine topics for the next few months!