Continuing Education

The AATA and CATA offer a wide range of opportunities for members seeking professional development and personal enrichment. The page offers a list of courses available to Athletic Therapists in the province of Alberta. The information on this page (course costs, dates, or CEUs) is subject to change.


Lymphatic Balancing

Lymphatic Balancing (LB) is a curriculum specifically designed to utilize the philosophy, approach, and specialized manual lymphatic drainage techniques, which were originally designed to treat lymphedema, and apply them to the orthopedic patient. LB is be used to treat excess fluid or swelling, fluid stagnation or lymphedema in the cranium, spine, rib cage, visceral system, and the upper extremities (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand). LB expands on the work and teachings of Dr. Emil Vodder (Vodder Method), Bruno Chikly MD (Lymphatic Drainage Technique), Dr. Albert Leduc PT, PhD (Leduc method) and osteopathic lymphatic pumping techniques.

The LB procedure involves both short and long lever manual pumping techniques to simulate gentle, specific wave-like movements to stimulate fluid motion, and aid in the re-circulation of the venous and lymphatic flow. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation, as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.

Date:
Apr 5-8 2018, Edmonton, AB – TOTAL BODY (TB)
Sept 13-16 2018, Edmonton, AB – UPPER QUADRANT (UQ)
Instructor: Kerry D’Ambrogio D.O.M., A.P., B.Sc., P.T.
Registration Fee:
TB: Early bird $729.27 (USD), regular $834.75 (USD)
UQ: Early bird $519.75 (USD), regular $834.75 (USD)
Information: Here
CEU: Contact CATA


SomatoEmotional Release 2

This workshop was designed to teach you how the SomatoEmotional Release technique may integrate with various creative imagery and dialoguing methods. By attending this class, you will become more proficient in the SER techniques and focus on the development of therapeutic imagery and dialoguing skills. You will also review and enlarge upon the release techniques for the avenue of expression. The goal is a comfortable wholistic mind-body approach to the resolution of problems and obstacles related to patient/client progress and growth.

Prerequisite: SomatoEmotional Release 1 (SER1)

Date:
Apr 5-8 2018, Edmonton, AB
Instructor:  Stan Gerome LMT, CST-D
Registration Fee:  $939.75 (USD)
Information: Here
CEU: Contact CATA


Neurokinetic Therapy Level 1

NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system, is a sophisticated assessment and treatment modality that addresses the causes of dysfunctional movement/coordination problems at their root in the motor control center in the cerebellum. The motor control center stores these patterns and directs their completion through the spinal cord and the muscles. The motor control center learns through failure. You will learn the basics of motor control theory and the NeuroKinetic Therapy® system’s protocol. Manual muscle testing will be demonstrated for each segment of the body. How to recognize compensation patterns, whether they are from reciprocal inhibition or a dysfunction in a kinetic chain, will comprise much of the classroom theory. There is sufficient time for hands on practice.

If you are an Athletic Therapist, NeuroKinetic Therapy® can be used as a manual therapy technique employing soft tissue mobilization. This technique allows you to become a somatic detective.

Date:
Apr 7-8 2018, Calgary, AB
Instructor: Dr. Brock Easter
Registration Fee: Early bird $650, regular $750
Information: http://neurokinetictherapy.com/
CEU: Contact CATA


Mastering the Shoulder Essential Level I

Our Mastering the Shoulder course is for all physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals seeking post graduate information with an emphasis on the essential skills for treating a variety of shoulder disorders.  Mastering the Shoulder ESSENTIAL covers all the fundamental topics to update your shoulder expertise:

  • Updated Clinical Anatomy & Pathology – acromial differences, rotator interval, rotator cable effects, cuff tears, SLAP types, key imaging findings to name a few!
  • Efficient examination & differentials – how to examine quickly and precisely, along with differentiating injuries properly

Introducing Tissue Specific Treatment protocols (TSTp) for a variety of disorders:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis and non-inflammatory contractures of the shoulder.
  • Bursitis & Tendinopathy – specific treatments for each problem.
  • Cuff Tears – functional grading for all levels of cuff injury – non-surgical and surgical rehabilitation.
  • AC Joint – stability training post injury and pain prevention techniques.
  • Shoulder Impingement – Subacromial, subcoracoid, internal (ASI and PSI)

Additional time has been added to this course for Q&A periods, along with significant practical time to improve your understanding of the course material.

Date:
April 14-15 2018, Sherwood Park/Edmonton, AB
June 9-10 2018, Calgary, AB
Registration Fee: Early bird $745, regular $895
Information: www.activeshoulderseminars.com
CEU: Contact CATA


Contemporary Cupping Methods (CCM)

Contemporary Therapeutic Cupping techniques and apparatus for intervention, treatment and rehabilitation of a wide range of soft tissue conditions. (muscle/fascia/ligament/tendon/joint capsule/circulatory/digestive/integumentary systems). Presentation methods include: Lecture (Visual presentations and live audio delivery, Q&A interaction with students); Hands on demonstration by instructor; Student exchange with guidance by instructor.

Date:
Apr. 19-21 2018, Edmonton, AB
Jun 22-24 2018, Calgary, AB
Oct. 12-14 2018, Edmonton, AB
Nov 10-12 2018, Calgary, AB
Instructor: Herb Longworth, MSc, CSMTA
Registration Fee: Regular fees are $US605; early bird fees are $US545 and group discounts are offered (inquire).
Information: www.cuppingtherapy.org
Registration: www.cuppingtherapy.org
Contact: Herb Longworth, Herb@cuppingtherapy.org
CEU: 9.6


Muscle Energy Techniques (Lumbar, Pelvis, Hip)

This course covers palpation and range of motion testing of the lumbar spine, hip, and pelvis to identify common dysfunctions. Students will also be taught how to treat these dysfunctions using specific patient positioning techniques and gentle contractions grounded in neuromuscular theories – Muscle Energy Techniques. Last, students and novice practitioners will be briefly introduced to common manual therapy techniques and professional development streams.

Date:
Apr 28-29, 2018, Calgary AB
May 12-13,2018, Calgary AB
Instructor: Dennis Valdez, PhD, CAT(C) MET, CST, LDT, NKT, PDTR, MFR
Registration Fee: $500
Information: dvaldez@sport-icon.com
Registration: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4ba5a62cabfe3-muscle
CEU: 6.4


R2P™ Acute Management of Sport-Related Concussion

Course objectives emphasize the continuum of care from pre-injury baseline testing using R2P SCREEN™, through acute on-field assessment, and symptom management, to sport-specific return to play protocols in the context of the most recent literature. Emergency head and facial injuries not to be missed following head trauma will also be discussed. Additionally, participants will gain an understanding of how to prescribe rest, and the impact of concussion on academic performance at school and in the workplace. Return-to-Learn strategies will be discussed and applied to various case studies. Short- and long-term implication of mild traumatic brain injury will be discussed, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Interactive learning is emphasized through hands-on practice and case studies.

Date:
May 5, 2018 Calgary, AB
Instructor: Jacquie van Ierssel PT, PhD(candidate), FCAMPT, SPC Diploma, CAFCI
Registration Fee: $295.00
Information: www.r2pconcussions.com
Registration: www.r2pconcussions.com
Contact: Jacquie van Ierssel, R2Pconcussion@gmail.com
CEU: 3.2


R2P™ Advanced Management of Post-Concussion Syndrome

This full day course builds upon R2P SCORE™. Key principles of progressive overload within sub-threshold activity levels will guide the selection of criteria-based treatment progressions using R2P PATH™. Participants will learn innovative rehabilitative techniques such as advanced vestibular, and ocular motor exercises, and how to apply them within the framework of international guidelines. Common co-pathologies will be discussed in the context of post-concussion, with a focus on post-traumatic headache, depression, and anxiety. Strategies for differential diagnosis will be explored using a series of unique algorithms.

Prerequisite: R2P™ Management of Post Concussion Syndrome

Date:
May 6, 2018 Calgary, AB
Instructor: Jacquie van Ierssel PT, PhD(candidate), FCAMPT, SPC Diploma, CAFCI
Registration Fee: $295.00
Information: www.r2pconcussions.com
Registration: www.r2pconcussions.com
Contact: Jacquie van Ierssel, R2Pconcussion@gmail.com
CEU: 3.2


Best Practices in Concussion Management

This course offers a comprehensive overview of evidence-based concussion assessment procedures, rehabilitation methods, baseline testing and return-to-play considerations. We offer concise literature reviews on topics such as acute concussion pathophysiology, post-concussion syndrome, rest and activity post-concussion and offer strategies for building individualized return to learn and return to work programs. We utilize a multidisciplinary speaking panel and offer information geared to rehabilitation and medical professionals regarding best practice management for concussion. This information is applicable for those who work with athletes and sport-related concussion as well as those working with the general population and non-sport-related concussion.

Date:
May 25-27 2018, Richmond, BC
Registration Fee: $895+HST, Student $675+HST
Information: https://www.shiftconcussion.ca/
CEU: Contact CATA


Active Shoulder Expert Examination Masterclass

SPECIAL TESTS, DIAGNOSTIC BETS & COMPLEX CASES

Expert Examination is for all physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals seeking an in-depth understanding of the shoulder. Patients may be seeking a second opinion, have failed to improve or need to make a surgical / non-surgical decision. An accurate examination and correct interpretation of imaging results – commonly x-ray, US or MRI – will be critical in providing expert advice to your patient.

Some key clinical examples:

  • Are there residual effects post acute inflammatory bursitis?
  • Are there effective tests for biceps tendinopathy? SLAP tears?
  • Is an MRI needed before choosing a stabilization procedure for dislocation?
  • What common pathologies are missed on MRI?
  • What clinical tests confirm a cuff tear? Can you estimate the size clinically?
  • What x-rays are important to take for a shoulder failing to improve?
  • Is a 12 mm SSP cuff tear in a 58 year old a surgical need? For a 45 year old?

Some teachers choose to divide the shoulder into broad diagnostic groups such as the weak shoulder, the unstable or stiff shoulder. These categories can provide basic treatment direction but are insufficient for managing labral tears, partial thickness cuff tears, calcific tendinopathy, acute inflammatory bursitis and more.

This Masterclass will review the ActiveShoulder screening examination, special tests and combinations, diagnostic accuracy and reliability, understanding imaging of the shoulder and differential diagnosis.

Date:
June 24 2018, Sherwood Park/Edmonton, AB
Registration Fee: Early bird $445, regular $525
Information: www.activeshoulderseminars.com
CEU: Contact CATA


Masterclass – The Post Surgical Shoulder

The Post Surgical Shoulder offers a critical update for all physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals involved in post surgical shoulder care. Surgical approaches for dislocations, cuff repairs and joint replacement have changed significantly in the past 5 years requiring new understandings for successful rehabilitation.A clear understanding of the surgery balanced against ideal patient outcomes are essential in crafting a safe and effective post surgical program for your patient. Avoid post surgical complications, streamline your rehabilitation tasks and achieve best outcomes for your patient.

  • SHOULDER RECONSTRUCTIONS – Do you understand the different rehabilitation issues for Bankart, Remplissage and Latarjet procedures? Reverse Bankart with bone graft? Is CT more important than MRI/A now? Is MRA required still? What are the long term recommendations for various stabilization procedures? Ongoing rehab required? – how should it be offered and long term followup?
  • ROTATOR CUFF REPAIRS – What are critical phases of post op recovery for cuff repairs to avoid post surgical GH contractures? Is there a specific order of post op exercises? What exercises are safe during sling time (it’s more than pendular exercises…)? How much movement is ok? Is there a difference based on cuff tear size? What are the stages of strengthening?
  • SHOULDER REPLACEMENTS – Are modular shoulder replacements a compromise? What range of motion can I expect from a TSA vs a reverse? Can reverse shoulder replacements generate full shoulder movement and can patients resume sport? What are the current surgical guidelines – why are things changing so fast?

Date:
July 7 2018, Calgary, AB
Registration Fee: Early bird $445, regular $525
Information: www.activeshoulderseminars.com
CEU: Contact CATA


Advanced Cupping Techniques

This workshop is designed for Cupping Therapists at the Intermediate Level of Cupping competency and who have been actively providing Cupping Therapy in their practice for at least 6 months. This curriculum builds upon the foundation of the Negative Pressure Massage and the Contemporary Cupping Methods Programs. During this intensive 2 days you will spend during the Advanced Cupping Techniques Program your instructor will guide you through 24 protocols to effectively deal with dozens of issues most common among your patients and clients. You’ll walk away from this workshop, not only with a deeper understanding of how to provide relief, recovery and healing in these problems, but also richer intuitive skills to translate the theory and application to numerous other issues that will broaden your practice in ways that will amaze you and you’ll feel prepared to do it. This workshop is approximately 85% hands-on lab exchange format. The amount of time each team of practitioners gets hands on, is reliant on the level of Cupping competency those practioners have. The equipment used will be the Baguanfa Cups, Haciwuxing, EarthSpa Bells and Bell Tools. Each practitioner brings their own equipment for labwork. You will cover the following Sports, Orthopedic, Stubborn Problems – upper body, lower body, prone and supine.

Date:
Jun. 5-7, Calgary, AB
Aug 16-19, Edmonton, AB
Instructor: Herb Longworth, MSc, CSMTA
Registration Fee: Regular fees are $US465; early bird fees are $US420 and group discounts are offered (inquire).
Information: www.cuppingtherapy.org
Registration: www.cuppingtherapy.org
Contact: Herb Longworth, Herb@cuppingtherapy.org
CEU: 9.6


CranioSacral Therapy (CST)

This course will introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of the CranioSacral System through our practical hands-on “learning by discovery” method. You will learn advanced palpatory skills, fascial and soft tissue release techniques, and a concise 10-step protocol for evaluation and treatment of the entire body via the CranioSacral System. To supplement class instruction you will receive a fully-illustrated, comprehensive study guide.

Date:
Sept 13-16 2018, Edmonton, AB
Mar 21-24 2019, Calgary, AB
Sept 19-22 2019 Edmonton AB
Instructor: Michael Morgan, LMT, CST-D
Registration Fee:
Early bird $624.75 (USD), regular $834.75 (USD)
Tuition Discount available to Full-Time Healthcare Students who qualify – call 561.622.4388 for details.
Information: Here
CEU: Contact CATA


Neural Manipulation: Neuromeningeal Manipulation; An Integrative Approach to Trauma

In this course, you will study the three primary areas of trauma as they relate to whiplash: physical laws, evaluation and treatment. The instructor will present appropriate lecture, demonstration, and supervised hands-on lab sessions addressing such topics as restrictions in the meningeal system; soft tissues of the cervical and cervicobrachial regions; and the lumbosacral region.

You will obtain maximum benefit from the class if you have a working knowledge of cranial bones, sutures and intracranial membranes. A few sample questions you should be able to answer are:

1. The coronal suture is between what 2 bones?
2. The occipito-mastoid suture/jugular foramen is between what 2 bones?
3. The falx cerebri is predominately (or mostly) under what suture?
4. The attachments of the tentorium cerebelli are:
a. frontal bone, petrouss part of temporal bone, occiput
b. occiput, parietal, temporal, bones, anterior and posterior clinoid processes of sphenoid bone
c. occiput, parietal and temporal bones, maxilla

Prerequisite: Experience with sensitive, light-touch palpation, and palpation of the craniosacral rhythm. It is expected you have a working knowledge of this anatomy: cranial bones, sutures and intracranial membranes.

Date:
Sept 28-30 2018, Edmonton, AB
Instructor: Annabel Mackenzie R.S.T., BI-D
Registration Fee:
Early bird $624.75 (USD), regular $834.75 (USD)
Tuition Discount available to Full-Time Healthcare Students who qualify – call 561.622.4388 for details.
Information: Here
CEU: Contact CATA


Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1

In this course, you will be introduced to the models and concepts of functional biomechanics as viewed from Jean-Pierre Barral’s Visceral Manipulation approach. This method of evaluation and treatment is based on the concept that each of our internal organs rotates on a physiological axis. Focus is on the abdominal cavity and includes the organs, their membranes, ligaments, innervation and their spatial functional interrelationships. You will learn basic manipulations for correcting abnormal motions and stress patterns within this cavity. The manual techniques are not advised for pregnant participants.

Date:
Oct 18-21, Calgary, AB
Instructor: Brandi Kirk, PT, PRPC, CVTP
Registration Fee:
Early bird $624.75 (USD), regular $834.75 (USD)
Tuition Discount available to Full-Time Healthcare Students who qualify – call 561.622.4388 for details.
Information: Here
CEU: Contact CATA


Mastering the Shoulder Advanced Level II

Our Mastering the Shoulder ADVANCED course is for all practitioners wanting to cover the more advanced shoulder rehabilitation topics. These disorders are placed in the ‘hard to treat’ category by many practitioners and we will simplify these problems by offering a range of clinically tested treatment strategies.
Mastering the Shoulder ADVANCED takes an indepth look at all the advanced shoulder topicsthat can challenge every practitioner:

  • Advanced Examination – tissue specific examination, key metrics and combined testing for diagnostic accuracy.
  • Dislocation Management – surgical updates, complete rehabilitation methods and successful outcomes.
  • Shoulder Replacements – TSR & rTSR – how to rehabilitate pre and post surgically for the best outcomes.​
  • Calcific Tendinopathy – Physiotherapy as the primary carer for treating and managing calcific tendinopathy successfully.
  • Scapular Dyskinesis – Identify which ones we should treat along with detailed rehabilitation methods.

Integrated Case Studies (I-II) will be introduced to test your skills along with the opportunity to apply for Advanced Certification after the completion of this course. Applications for certification will begin in late October 2017.

Substantial time has been added for in depth practical sessions!

Date:
Oct 27-28 2018, Calgary, AB
Nov 10-11 2018, Sherwood Park/Edmonton, AB
Registration Fee: Early bird $745, regular $895
Information: www.activeshoulderseminars.com
CEU: Contact CATA