Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive health condition that results in fluid accumulation in the body (swelling/edema). This condition affects millions of people worldwide. Some of the causes of Lymphedema include genetic deformation, a parasitic infection, as well as a cancer treatment side effect.
Combined Decongestive Therapy is the best practice standard for treating lymphedema clients. The EHIS MLA post graduate course is 135 hours of theoretical and practical training which meet the requirements of the CDT designation. Theoretical hours will be completed through an online training portal while practical training will be completed with in-person lab work:
Level 1-2 September 8-13
Level 3-4 October 13-18
final location to be determined based on majority registrant locations
9:00AM – 5:00PM
After the completion of this course, participants will be able to challenge the Lymphedema Association of North America (LANA) certification exam.
It is recommended that participants take all four levels of the MLA course before treating clients affected by lymphedema. There are many other conditions that benefit from this treatment approach after level 1 has been completed.
‘Additional training in this course includes taping for edema management as well as cupping, stretching, and myofascial release for radiation and surgical scarring’
The MLA course has been tailored to meet the needs of therapists practicing in Saskatchewan Canada. We cover a few additional topics to make your transition into practice as smooth as possible.
- Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living funding program understanding and use.
- Vendors available in Saskatchewan and how to order from them (additional certifications will be made available from Valco Medi and Lymphedema Depot)
- Review of the Sask CDT therapist program paperwork and network
- Introduction to the Lymphedema Association of Saskatchewan
Participants will need to provide proof of registration in one of the following professions as a pre-requisite to this course: Massage Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Assistant, Physician, Nurse, or Exercise Therapy. Or proof of 192 hours in post-secondary level human anatomy, physiology, and/or pathology.
About The Trainer
Heidi Watson is an Occupational Therapist by trade. After graduating from the University of Manitoba she started her training with the Toronto Lymphocare Center to attain her Combined Decongestive Therapy designation. After completing the CDT training she started the development of a lymphedema treatment clinic in South Eastern Saskatchewan. With support, this program has become a success.
After seeing the need for lymphedema care in the province Heidi decided to develop a local CDT certification course. The Manual Lymph Activation course was first launched in 2016. Heidi works hard to maintain a safe, casual, learning environment where questions are always welcome and the needs of each participant are met.