Continuing Education

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Join fellow graduates to continue your passion for learning

Advance. Learn. Grow.

At Vicars School, we believe in lifelong learning. It’s essential to both you and your practice that you continue to push yourself, build on your knowledge, and explore new research, techniques, and ideas.

That’s why we offer a regular series of ongoing continuing education courses specifically designed to complement the core training that you received for your diploma. These courses will be run at the Edmonton and Calgary campuses throughout the year.

We hold our own courses, and we also partner with other experts to offer courses that we believe will be of interest to our alumni community.

Check back regularly for updates!

Upcoming Courses


Massage Therapy and Cannabis: Guidelines for Manual Therapy Practice

Instructor: Randy Persad Dip Pharm., RMT, MEd

(June 4, 2018 in Calgary)

Cannabis legalization is just around the corner: is your practice prepared?

As a massage therapist, you are likely to see an increase in clients who use cannabis recreationally or medically. They will expect you to understand its physiological effects, and how it can influence your treatments and homecare – and answer their questions.

In this one-day workshop, you’ll cover:

  • Up-to-date information on the upcoming Canadian legalization of cannabis
  • The anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the endocannabinoid system
  • The general pharmacology and administration of cannabis and considerations for client history, treatment applications, contraindications to treatment, and rehabilitation and homecare activities.

The legalization of cannabis is one of the most significant changes to drug policy that Canada has experienced in recent history. By ensuring that you’re educated on what this mean for your clients, you’ll raise the standard of care that you’re able to offer.

This course is appropriate for Vicars graduates and second-year students, as well as other massage therapists and manual therapists.

About the instructor: Randy Persad is an educator, RMT, and former pharmacist with over 30 years or experience in health care. He lives in Burnaby, BC.

Credits:  

MTAA – 9 primary credits
NHPC – 5 CCP credits
RMTA – 4 credits

Cost: $115.50

Hours: Monday, June 4, 8:30-5:30

To Register: email randypersad62@gmail.com by April 30
Note: this course is currently full. Contact Randy Persad at the above email address to be added to the waitlist.


Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science

Instructor: Greg Lehman, MSc, DC, MScPT

(July 24-25 in Calgary; July 26-27 in Edmonton)

Your clients are in pain. You want to help…

At its simplest, this is a biomechanics and pain science course. Greg Lehman has distilled the best of both to create a practical and effective approach to pain and injury management.

This is a two-day course that mixes a lecture, case study and hands-on learning format. This course has been taught throughout the world with the aim of simplifying the biomechanical approach to injury and pain management. An evidenced-based biomechanical approach allows the therapist to develop skills that address all areas of the biopsychosocial contributors to the pain experience.

Traditional rehabilitation practice is steeped in the biomedical model of treating pain and injuries. While the biopyschosocial model of care is touted as being the superior approach it is often difficult to incorporate traditional biomechanical training within this model. After all, therapists are not psychotherapists. The aim of this course is to help reconcile and reconceptualize the biomechanical approach. You will learn that you need not throw the baby out with the bath water when you embrace the biopsychosocial (BPS) approach. Remember, the BPS model starts with “Bio”: you will learn how biomechanics matters and how pain science education and cognition changing can fit together.

Objectives

  • Provide a framework to simplify and improve the role of biomechanics and therapeutic neuroscience in the treatment of pain and injury
  • Demonstrate how biomechanical treatments and explanations can address the multidimensional nature of pain
  • Provide exercise prescription that is informed by biomechanics and therapeutic neuroscience
  • Learn to different methods of applying therapeutic neuroscience to a traditional biomedically based practice
  • Learn the practical applications of the best research on tendon pathology, symptom modification and graded motor exposure.

This course is recommended for anyone working with people in pain or injuries. Physiotherapists, Chiros, Massage Therapists, Osteopaths, Sport Therapists, Movement Pros/Teachers and Strength Coaches are welcome.

Download the course outline here.

About the Instructor: Greg Lehman is an internationally-recognized clinician and researcher in exercise and spine biomechanics. He received his MSc in Spine Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo studying manual therapy and spinal function. Greg has been teaching for more than 15 years in the clinical biomechanics field but with an emphasis on how biomechanics fits within the biopsychosocial model of care.
Greg has a special interest in pain science and how neuroscience research can better explain many clinical conditions than the traditional biomechanical model.

Hours: 9am-3pm each day

Cost: $330 for Vicars students and 2018 graduates; $400 for others

Continuing Education credits:
RMTA: 12 primary credits
NHPC: eligible for CCP credits upon submission of certificate

Register Now!


First Aid Level C with Piece of Mind First Aid (for Edmonton students and grads)

Earn or renew your first aid credentials on-campus! All MH Vicars students are required to have earned their Standard First Aid Level C certification by Module 5 in first year, and practicing RMTs must maintain their certification as part of their association membership.

At this course, you can either take the training for the first time over two days, or renew your training in one day.

Your instructor has over 16 years of experience in Emergency Medical Services as an Advanced Life Support-Paramedic. Their hands-on experience will give you the professional instruction and personal knowledge that you need to keep your clients safe.

Course includes instruction on: Adult, Child, Baby, Two-rescuer CPR, Choking & AED
Re-certification (8 hour course) is held on day 2 (of the 2-day SFA course)

Next course dates TBA

To Book: Call 780-919-8017


First Aid Level C with Cochrane Safety (for Calgary students and grads)

Complete your First Aid certification the same way you’re going to school – through a combination of hands-on and online training. All MH Vicars students are required to have earned their Standard First Aid Level C certification by Module 5 in first year, and practicing RMTs must maintain their certification as part of their association membership.

With Cochrane Safety’s First Aid Level C CPR course, you can either renew your certification with only one 8 hour day of in-class training or receive your certification with a self-paced online component and an 8 hr in-class component.

Instructor has over 20 years’ experience with emergency services to provide real life scenarios to enhance your training experience.

Course includes instruction on: Adult, Child, Baby, Two-rescuer CPR, Choking & AED

Next course dates TBA

To Book: Call 587-777-5533