How to Become A MAPS HOST or SPONSOR

Would you like to bring a MAPS course to your clinic?  Why not fill out an application to become a MAPS HOST or SPONSOR facility?  If you are interested in holding a public course at your clinic you want to HOST a course.  If you prefer to have a private course for just your staff you want to SPONSOR a course.  It only takes a few minutes of your time to fill out an application.  Follow these two easy steps: 

STEP 1:  See if your facility meets the minimum requirements detailed below for HOSTING or SPONSORING a MAPS course. 

STEP 2:  If you feel that you qualify, please complete a “NEW MAPS HOST APPLICATION FORM” and fax it to 631-298-5872 or e-mail it to Please note that courses are booked up to three years in advance, and we receive multiple requests weekly.  It may take up to 45 days to receive a response from MAPS.  However, if you do not hear back from us within that time, please contact us at 631-298-5367 to check on the status of the application.

Minimum Requirements for All Potential SPONSOR or HOST sites :

  • 10 Treatment tables (one per 3 participants). High-Low are preferred. Ideally we prefer to have 50% of the available treatment table be High-Low for any spinal course, although peripheral courses need only 1-2 High-Low tables. NOTE: Fixed tables often require additional steps or wooden boxes to help the more vertically challenged participants.
  • Sufficient chairs and lecture and/or laboratory space to accommodate at least 30 course participants. 
  • Wheelie stools, towels, pillows, linen as available
  • A back-up computer projection unit (in case the instructor’s unit breaks down) for displaying “PowerPoint” presentations
  • Slide projection screen or “clean” wall for displaying slideshow
  • Black/White board OR flip chart OR Overhead projector
  • Flexible Spine (MT-2, 3, and 4) and Peripheral joint models (MT-1, and 4) as available
  • Reflex hammer and goniometer
  • “Live” patients as described below

HOST/SPONSOR and the Selection of “Live” Demonstration Patients

The “Live” patient demonstrations are VERY IMPORTANT to the success of the seminar.  Although we do occasionally have courses in which we choose patients from the course participants, we prefer that the SPONSOR or HOST facility be able to select physical therapy patients from their own clinics, that they see on a regular outpatient basis.  There are no special criteria for the selection of patients.  Select a variety of patients who present with both pain and hypomobility.  Patients with vague or minor symptoms, or patients with chronic or multiple complaints are poor candidates for demonstration.  It is often helpful to have your therapists attending the seminar, choose one of their own patients.  Proper dress for adequate exposure of the area to be treated is essential.  Shorts, bathing suits, sports bras, and halter tops are fine.  Surgical gowns are unacceptable.