ACA Pediatrics Council


Symposium: October 28 & 29, 2023

The ACA Pediatric Council is offering a 12-hour conference to help guide your pediatric chiropractic practice. We are offering a wide variety of classes to elevate your practice and guide your patients through parenthood. We focus on the chiropractic of teen athletes, sleep issues, enuresis, but also dive into the red flags of practice and touch on the importance of handling abuse and trafficking of children that may appear in your office. The education from this conference will raise your standard of care and make you a better doctor.


  1. Take history, examine, and treat teen athletes while supporting their goals within their sport.
  2. Beable to recognize abuse/neglect/trafficking and know who and how to report your findings.
  3. Recognize conditions that are “red flags” meaning they are conditions that can become dangerous very quickly and knowing what to do when they present in your office.
  4. Teach parents the art of sleep for their infants and techniques to achieve this goal.
  5. Teach the causes and chiropractic care of bedwetting in children.
  6. Review the exciting advancements in chiropractic pediatric research


Jennifer T. Murphy, DC, DICCP
Allison Harvey, DC, DICCP
Mary Beth Minser, D.C., F.I.C.P.A.
Mari Park, Pediatric Sleep Consultant

Jessie Young, DC, ICBLC

12 CE hours, On-campus

Oct 28-29, 2023

Sat, 8am-5:30pm

Sun, 8am-12pm

Student Rate $150

ACA CCP Member Rate. DC, Faculty, or Retired: $300

Log-in to your ACA account to register:

CEU available in PACE states

Contact: Natalie Muth, DC


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Introducing the ACA CCP 300-Hour Pediatric Diplomate Education Program

Caring for the pediatric population necessitates extra training and study. The ACA Pediatrics Council has designed 300 hours of pediatric focused education to prepare you to better serve your youngest patients!

In this course, Doctors of Chiropractic will become familiar with the normal developmental milestones of all systems within the pediatric population – from birth to age 16. Treatments, both chiropractic and integrative care, will be discussed to best support our youngest patients.

The program is designed to be a hybrid between online education and in- person instruction. The program consists of 4 sections, broken down into several online units, and two in-person intensives.

The initial cohort begins in September 2023. You can finish the work in as few as 17 months, or take up to 24 months to complete the coursework. Learn on your schedule, and at the pace that fits your needs and lifestyle.

We understand that your time and travel dollars are precious. Therefore, we have created this hybrid program to honor that! Two intensive, in-person learning sessions are planned. This hybrid program is enhanced with Virtual Grand Round sessions, led by instructors and focused on the questions from your learning cohort.

Registration is now available

Call for Nominations📣 2023 Pediatric Chiropractor of the Year

You are invited to submit a nomination for Pediatric Chiropractor of the Year 2023! We invite you to reflect and consider those leaders who are making a significant contribution to the field of pediatrics in leadership, research, and/or service to the profession. Nomination deadline is October 3, 2023.

Nominees do not need to be Council members, however, Council membership will be a factor in deliberations to choose a winner. Send questions or concernt to

The award winner will be announced on 10/28/2023 during the ACA CCP Annual Symposium in Bloomington, Minnesota. Watch upcoming ACA CCP newsletter and emails for event details.

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Share your passion, knowledge, and expertise!

ACA Pediatrics Council Speaker’s Bureau

The Speaker's Bureau is designed to bring together speakers on a variety of topics in pediatrics to recommend as presenters to state associations, LearnACA webinars, and future ACA Pediatrics Council Conferences and Seminars. Interested parties are encouraged to apply, applications may be submitted to Dr. Mary Beth Minser,

Healthy Living: Choosing the Right Backpack

As summer vacation comes to a close and the start of the school year nears, many families are adding backpacks to their back-to-school shopping lists. But what should one look for when buying a backpack? It might have your child's favorite character on it, but will it protect them from the early onset of back pain?

Back pain is pervasive among American adults, but they are not alone: Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor for some, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

“In my own practice, I have noticed an increase in the number of young children who are complaining about back, neck and shoulder pain,” said ACA member Dr. Scott Bautch, who practices in Wausau, Wis., and is president of ACA’s Council on Occupational Health. “The first question I ask these patients is, ‘Do you carry a backpack to school?’ Almost always the answer is ‘yes.’”

This back pain trend among young people isn’t surprising when you consider the disproportionate amounts of weight they carry in their backpacks—often slung over just one shoulder. Surveys show children today carry everything from books, laptops and school supplies to sports uniforms, shoes and water bottles in their backpacks at any given time.

One study examining the impact of backpacks on children found that over 70% of children surveyed had a backpack that exceeded the recommended 10% of their body weight. Of these children, 32% complained of back pain.

Another study on backpack weight and schoolchildren’s posture showed that head and spinal posture were affected by backpack weight, with heavier backpacks causing a child’s head and spine to bend farther forward.

What Can You Do?

Dr. Bautch suggests using an ergonomically designed backpack. He offers parents the following tips on choosing the right backpack for their child and wearing it properly:

  • Make sure your child’s backpack, when packed, weighs no more than 10 percent of their body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward to support the weight on the back, rather than the shoulders.
  • The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
  • A backpack with individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back.
  • Bigger is not necessarily better. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry and the heavier the backpack will be.
  • Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low back pain.
  • Wide, padded straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable and can dig into your child’s shoulders.
  • The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can fit to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle, causing spinal misalignment and pain.
  • If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child’s teacher. Ask if your child could leave the heaviest books or items at school and bring home only lighter hand-out materials or workbooks.
  • Roller packs—or backpacks on wheels—should be used cautiously and on a limited basis by only those students who are not physically able to carry a backpack. They present their own risks if they clutter hallways, potentially resulting in dangerous trips and falls.

Chiropractic Care Can Help

If you or your child experiences any pain or discomfort resulting from backpack use, call your chiropractor. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. In addition, chiropractors can recommend ­­exercises designed to help children develop strong muscles, along with instruction in good nutrition, posture and sleeping habits.

More Resources from ACA

Want to learn more about backpack safety? Check out ACA's Choosing the Right Backpack page on Hands Down Better for information about backpacks endorsed by ACA, media mentions and more.


  1. Chen Y-L, Mu Y-C. Effects of backpack load and position on body strains in male schoolchildren while walking. PLoS ONE. 2018;13(3): e0193648.

  2. Perrone M, Orr R, Hing W, Milne N, Pope R. The impact of backpack loads on school children: A critical narrative review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018;15(11):2529. Published 2018 Nov 12. doi:10.3390/ijerph15112529

Brought to you by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and reviewed by the ACA Editorial Advisory Board. This information is for educational purposes. It is not a replacement for treatment or consultation with a healthcare professional. If you have specific questions, contact your doctor of chiropractic.

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Need online CEU- We partnered with ACA to deliver more options!

Register to attend this series of courses presented by the ACA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics and the Sports Council and receive 25% off each webinar as a member of these specialty councils! To receive this discount, use the code: JNT25 on any of the following products:

This 1-hour webinar will provide the current understanding of concussion pathophysiology and an overview of clinical guidelines relating to diagnosing and managing head trauma in the pediatrics and adolescent population.

This two-hour presentation will discuss evaluation, management, and treatment of common sports injuries in the elementary and middle school pediatric population.

Do you have a MINUTE?

As part of this community, we want to connect with you, learn more about who you are, and know who we can refer patients to. We are looking for members of the ACA Pediatrics Council to feature on our website and social media pages.

Would you like to be featured as our member of the month? Member Minute consists of a one minute video of you answering your favorite questions below an introducing yourself. Please take a few minutes to answer these questions, and email your responses with a video to us.

Application for Member Minute

  • Full name:
  • Company Name:
  • Website:
  • Pick one or more of the following questions to answer:
  • Why did you become a chiropractor?
  • What motivates you to serve your community?
  • Do you have an area of expertise?
  • What is your favorite thing about being part of the pediatrics council?
  • Who do you love providing care for, who can we send your way?
  • What 3 words would you use to describe the ACA pediatrics council?
  • How has being involved with the ACA helped your career?
  • What is your favorite pediatric chiropractic memory or case?
  • What advice do you have for doctors considering joining the ACA pediatrics council?
  • Share one thing you do for fun.

Please send an email to our membership chair, Dr. Jo Nell Shaw at, include a headshot/photo you’d like used with your answers, a video answering any of the above questions, and links to your business’ social media profiles.

Join or Renew!

There are so many more advantages to being a member that will enhance your pediatric practice. We invite students and first year graduates to join, as their membership fees are FREE! General membership is only $85.00 for ACA members.

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The views and comments expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the ACA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics or the American Chiropractic Association.