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Out of province temporary license:  If you are not a Saskatchewan resident with a current Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapist (SCPT) license, for courses involving hands on/practical requirements, participants are required to acquire temporary license (for the dates of the course) with the SCPT. You are required to provide proof of temporary license to CPTE.  Visit scpt.org on how to obtain a temporary license.

The Role of Practitioners in Indigenous Wellness – Interactive Online Course

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A jointly created online course by Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Physical Therapy Education (CPTE) that explores the health and wellness of Indigenous patients in our province. The course starts from a historical perspective and moves to current institutional experiences with the goal of creating an evidence-based communications plan to assist in providing improved health care to your indigenous patients.

Course runs April 3 - June 30, 2017

Course Poster

Registration fees

All Health Professionals: $575 + GST

Full-time Students/Residents:  $350 + GST (proof of enrollment required)

Group Rate Discount Rate: $510 + GST is available for groups of 10 or more.  To arrange please contact conference.events@usask.ca or 306-966-5539.

Course Description

The content was designed from an Indigenous world view, delivered through the voices and stories of Indigenous community members and scholars. Health care practitioners who complete the course will have the knowledge, skills and insights to implement an inter-professional approach to understanding and supporting the wellness of Indigenous patients, families and communities. The final assignment will be to develop a Culturally Responsive Health Care Plan and Indigenous Communications Strategy applicable to your work-place environment.

We have chosen to deliver this course through the voices and stories of leaders in Indigenous health care. You will be taken on a journey of personal reflection while exploring the experiences of Indigenous peoples – both past and present – that negatively impact their health and well-being as individuals and as communities.

  • Personal Reflection, Indigenous World View, and How These Affect Health Care
  • How the Past Informs the Present (Access and Health Care Governance Issues)
  • Culturally Responsive Care: The Challenge of Finding Middle Ground

Target Audience

The course is suitable for health care professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, clinicians, physical therapists, etc.) who directly support indigenous people as part of their patient population. Enrollment is open to health care practitioners across Canada.


This online course is self-directed. Participants are expected to complete the online modules at their own pace, within their registered twelve-week session. Sessions will be available to commence on April 3, 2017 to June 30, 2017. Access will cease on July 3, 2017

Learning Objectives

Through your participation in the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how ‘cultural genocide’ led to intergenerational trauma that impacts the health and wellness of Indigenous peoples
  • Identify how the current health disparities faced by Indigenous peoples have their roots in their historical and current institutional experiences
  • Explain how reclaiming Indigenous culture and beliefs may allow for healing
  • Describe how the current environment contributes to health disparities
  • Develop communication strategies that create and enhance culturally respectful health care

Course Modules and Topics


Topic 1: The Influence of Personal Beliefs on Providing Patient Care

Topic 2: Intergenerational Trauma – Racism in Health Care

Topic 3: Relationship Building and Communication Strategies to Enhance Cultural Safety



Topic 4: Access to Care

Topic 5: Residential Schools and Intergenerational Trauma

Topic 6: What is Cultural Safety?



Topic 7: What are Culturally Responsive Health Care Environments?

Topic 8: Creating a Culturally Responsive Care Plan


Level 1 Challenge Exam Study Group

Online Registration is NOW OPEN!

Level 1 National Orthopaedic Division Syllabus - Challenge Exam Study Group

March 19 - June 10, 2017

Multiple Instructors

Facilitator: CPTE

Target Audience:  
1.  Primary:  Physical Therapists who plan to challenge the Level 1 exam in order to gain entry to the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy system.  Level 1 is a pre-requisite for all other courses in the syllabus. Proof of successful completion of the Level 1 Challenge Exam will be required for Level 2 syllabus courses.

2. Secondary:  Physical therapists who wish to review their theory and techniques at this level in preparation for writing the Intermediate or Advanced Examination for the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy.  

The Study Group will provide review coverage of the orthopaedic theory and clinical techniques required in preparation for writing the Level 1 Challenge Exam for the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy. Theory and clinical techniques manuals will be provided for those challenging the Level 1 Exam.  An opportunity to sit for the Level 1 exam in Saskatoon will be provided by CPTE June 10, 2017.

Dates, Time:  Lectures will be delivered using Blackboard Collaborate, a web based conferencing system.  They will e-facilitated by Stacey Lovo Grona, Program Director of CPTE.  Classes will be recorded and hosted on a permanent virtual classroom called Blackboard Learn at the Universitiy of Saskatchewan.  Lectures will be delivered live on varied evenings, 7-9 pm (exact dates yet to be posted).  On occasion depending on content, it may be necessary to begin at 6:30 pm.  

Course Outline (tentative) 

Registration Fee: $450 + manuals

Exam: June 10, 2017

The exam requires an application submission and fees paid to the National Orthopaedic Division.  This fee is NOT included in the registration fee.

NOTE:  Application deadline for the June Level 1 Challenge Exam is May 15, 2017.  
Applications can be downloaded from the CPA National Orthopaedic Division website  (student section: general info and exams: Level 1 to 3 mail out examination application)
For more information, contact Kaely MacMillan at orthoexams@shaw.ca.

Transforming the Care of Older Adults Through Interprofessional Teams Conference

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April 7 & 8, 2017

Saskatoon, SK

An interprofessional conference for health care providers including, but not limited to, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other professionals who work with and support older adults in acute, community or long term care, in urban, rural and remote locations.

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Conference Agenda

Level 5

Level 5 of the National Orthopaedic Division Syllabus

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April 28-30, 2017 Saskatoon, SK (Academic Health Sciences, Room 3460)

     Friday 28th 3:30pm-8:30pm

     Saturday 29th 8am-5pm

     Sunday 30th 8am-4pm

May 27 & 28, 2017 Edmonton, AB (Millard Health)

     Saturday 27th 8am-5pm

     Sunday 28th 8am-5pm

Instructors: Richard Bourassa & Hilary Reese

If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Function

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Integrating Cardiopulmonary and Postural Control Strategies in the Pediatric and Adult Populations

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May 5-7, 2017

(May 5th 8am-5:30pm / May 6th 8am-5:30pm / May 7th 8am-3pm)

Saskatoon, SK (University of Saskatchewan)

Option #1: Day 1 (May 5): A lecture presentation open to all health care providers (PT, OT, RT, SLP, RN, Physicians) 

Option #2: Days 1-3 (May 5-7): A lecture presentation followed by two days of labs.

Sponsored by:University of Saskatchewan, Continuing Physical Therapy Education in conjunction with St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation   

Instructor: Mary Massery

Course objectives, schedule and contact information

Course Poster

(*One segment per day of this couse may be taught by affiliated faculty under Dr. Massery's on-site supervision)

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)

Online Registration is NOW OPEN!

Online Modules: will be available beginning April 7, 2017

In Person Weekend: May 5 - 7, 2017

Saskatoon, SK 

Instructors: Ryan Dueck & Ryan Fitzpatrick

Target Audience:  Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Kinesiologists, Chiropractors.

Course Description:

This course will prepare registrants to use clinical reasoning during functional capacity evaluation.

  • The online course modules will include:
    • Introduction to FCE & the clinical reasoning course
    • Instruction on relevant history-taking/interviewing for FCE
    • Instruction on neuromusculoskeletal structural assessment
    • Didactic sessions on testing material handling abilities, dexterity/gripping/handling abilities, positional tolerance abilities, effort testing, administering self-reported outcome measures and observing for symptom behavior
    • Presentation from SK Workers’ Compensation Board will provide information & examples of what are referral source requirements for FCE report
  • The in-person clinical component will include:
    • Practice in administering functional assessment components
    • Data collection & observations with assistance and guidance from instructors
    • Didactic lecture on FCE report writing, with participant interaction through analysis of recorded data & observations.  Participants will produce an FCE report.

In Person Course Schedule (May5-7):


  • Introduction
  • Review, discussion & questions & practice of intake/history-taking process
  • Review of structural exam intent & necessary team communication
  • Review, discussion, questions & practice of Questionnaires/Perceived Disability
  • Review, discussion, questions, & practice on Material Handling, Positional Tolerance Testing & Dexterity/Gripping Assessment


  • Introduction - Q & A from day 1 components
  • Continued practice / administration on Material Handling, Positional Tolerance Testing & Dexterity/Gripping Assessment
  • Instruction on MET Testing, Job Simulation Testing, Repetitive Movement Testing (RMT) & Repeat Testing
  • Practice on MET Testing, Job Simulation Testing, Repetitive Movement Testing (RMT) & Repeat Testing


  • Introduction – Q & A from Day 2
  • Report Writing using Clinical Reasoning

Learning Objectives:

On completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Design and complete an initial FCE intake process, history and interview.
  • Understand required components of a structural exam, administer and interpret a structural assessment, and identify critical findings from a structural exam that should be communicated with the functional assessor.
  • Demonstrate the ability to record FCE findings in a systematic and consistent manner.
  • Evaluate and interpret client material handling ability.
  • Evaluate and interpret client dexterity/gripping/handling ability.
  • Evaluate and interpret client positional tolerance ability.
  • Complete and interpret a work simulation evaluation.
  • Evaluate and interpret client effort.
  • Describe strengths and weaknesses of different effort tests.
  • Discuss areas of debate in FCE administration
  • To be able to evaluate and interpret perceived disability and understand the relationship between the client’s pain, perceived disability and observed function.
  • Describe appropriate valid and reliable outcome measure tools to evaluate perceived functional or pain status.
  • Demonstrate in groups, selection of appropriate methods to assess perceived disability and understand scoring of the forms.
  • Describe and demonstrate the use of MET testing, job simulation testing, repetitive movement testing and repeat testing.
  • Produce an FCE report that demonstrates clinical reasoning and connection between structural and functional assessments
Level 3 Upper Quadrant

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Dates are being set for a Fall 2017 offering.

Level 3 Upper Quadrant of the National Orthopaedic Division Syllabus

Saskatoon, SK

Biomedical Dry Needling

Registration for this course is now at maximum capacity.

Smart Semiars are managing all course registration.  To be added to a waitlist please contact Scott Gallant directly at: Scott.Gallant@athletico.com

Sept 8-10 & Oct 20-22. 2017

Saskatoon, SK

Instructor: Scott Gallant with Smart Seminars

Registration and course information via Smart Seminars

Yoga as Medicine I - Professional Yoga Therapist Certification Module 8

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Oct 26-30, 2017

Saskatoon, SK

Professional Yoga Therapy Institute Course

Instructor: Shelly Prosko 

Module 8 is an intensive on-site module that is part of the practical, applied lab portion of the Professional Yoga Therapist certification program. This course puts the lectures of Modules 1-7 into motion with application of the concepts learned in those pre-requisite distance modules.  There is an course exam which is graded by Professional Yoga Therapy Institute.

Topics covered include:

  • Biopsychosocial (BPS) model of assessment and application
  • Interdisciplinary 10 Precept application and case study analysis
  • Yoga posture, breath, and meditation prescription using Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MTY) methods (including mudras)

Clinical Objectives

  1. Apply the 15 MTY precepts to your clinical demographic and practice in order to increase clinical efficacy and safety of yoga prescription in healthcare and wellness care.
  2. Discuss the interrelationship of psychotherapy and rehabilitation in the clinical practice of MTY.
  3. List public health and clinical practice implications of MTY practice.
  4. Identify quantitative and qualitative characteristics of outcome measures used in PYT.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the FMA algorithm in the context of evaluation, diagnosis, and prescription in clinical practice.
  6. Demonstrate multidisciplinary knowledge of indications and contraindications for practicing PYT Level I and II postures as prescriptive movement and/or manual therapy in medicine and rehabilitation.
  7. Critically analyze physical yoga movement and respiratory therapies and their modifications in a lab setting.
  8. Complete case studies via real time assessment with your peers using live models and/or case presentations.
  9. Integrate cardiorespiratory principles into rehab practice in a lab setting.
  10. Prescribe MTY sequences for individual and group-based therapy wellness and pathophysiological-based therapies.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of the guidelines to practice, teaching, manual cuing, and instruction in yoga postures, hand postures, breathing techniques, and meditation.
  12. Integrate the scientific theories introduced in Modules 1-7 into practical clinical yoga prescription and practice.
  13. Describe the code of ethics for becoming a Professional Yoga Therapist.
  14. Practice the tenets of stabilization in the context of “pre-postures” and yoga postures as therapeutic exercise and intervention in an interactive lab setting.
  15. Practice evidence-based yoga to address multi-joint and systemic stabilization in an interactive lab setting.
  16. Verbalize the tenets of safe neural mobilization within professional yoga therapy (skilled, licensed care) practice.
  17. Identify how myofascial and neurovascular restriction can be addressed through medical therapeutic yoga.
  18. Utilizing current science, apply the 7 requisites for stabilization to standing postures aligned in the PYT method.
  19. Demonstrate 4 blanket-folding techniques for postural modification.
  20. Experience daily meditation and postural practice sequences.
  21. Synthesize yoga philosophy into current evidence-based clinical practice in order to construct plans of care for persons with complex medical histories.
  22. Complete business matrix analysis, including understanding legal documentation requirements for implementing business models for private or public integrated organizational medical practice.
  23. Understand coding and billing impact practices for licensed health care professionals who become Professional Yoga Therapists.
  24. Safely sequence and prescribe therapeutic yoga in realtime clinical environment(s) with your peers, using appropriate east/west medical terminology, and evidence based MTY methods.
  25. Safely prescribe and prescribe therapeutic yoga in an oral practical setting with your peers.
  26. Complete and pass a Mid-Term Examination to demonstrate educational competency and proficiency of the skills learned at Module 8/Yoga as Medicine I.

Target Audience

This course is for Licensed Health Professionals

Course Materials

Registrants will need to purchase Medical Therapeutic Yoga: Ginger Garner.  Suggested Canadian purchase site: Amazon.ca

Supplementary course information will be provided electronically prior to the course.


  • Registrant should have at least a basic knowledge of yoga.
  • Registrants should have completed online Modules 1 - 7 before attending Module 8. These modules are to be purchased separately from your module 8 registration fees.

How to purchase and access Modules 1-7 via Allied Health.

Allied Health Education (Modules 1-2)

Allied Health Education (Modules 3 & 4)

Allied Health Education (Module 5)

Allied Health Education (Modules 6 & 7)

These online modules have content comprehension quizzes.

Required Equipment and Texts

This equipment must be brought with you to the course, without exception, in order to complete the course.
• Yoga mat
• 2 sturdy, equal in size yoga blankets (Mexican blankets work best)
• Yoga belt/strap (quick release buckle is preferred)
• 2 yoga blocks
• Course text

Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions: An Advanced Vestibular-Balance Course

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November 17 & 18, 2017

Saskatoon, SK

Instructor: Karen Skop PT, DPT of North American Seminars


Level 2 Lower Quadrant

Level 2 Lower Quadrant of the National Orthopaedic Division Syllabus

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Spring 2018

Saskatoon, SK 

The Physio Detective

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April 14-15, 2018

Instructor: Antony Lo

The Physio Detective