CPTE Course Calendar

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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.

CPTE does not manage course registration payments.  For any COURSE REGISTRATION information or inquires (payments, reciepts etc), please contact the Registration office directly at: 306.966.5539 or via email at: conference.events@usask.ca.

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

Level 3 Upper Quadrant

Registration is NOW OPEN!

Level 3 Upper Quadrant of the National Orthopaedic Division Syllabus

Session Times:  

Sept 29 - Oct 1, Oct 13 - 15, November 24 - 26, 2017

82 hours + 3 hours for exam = 85 hours total (61 in class hours + 24 independent online)

24 independent online hours to be completed prior to September 29th.


Fri Sept 29         4 – 9pm

Sat Sept 30        8am – 5pm

Sun Oct 1          8am – 5pm

Weekend 1 = 21


Fri Oct 13          4 – 9pm

Sat Oct 14         8am – 5pm

Sun Oct 15        8am – 5pm

Weekend 2 = 21 hours


Fri Nov 24          4 – 9pm

Sat Nov 25         8am – 5pm

Sun Nov 26        8am-12pm and exam 1-4pm

Weekend 3 = 17 hours plus exam 3 TOTAL 61 in person 


Exam: Sunday November 26th

Saskatoon, SK

The Role of Practitioners in Indigenous Wellness – Interactive Online Course

Registration is NOW OPEN! for the course offering October 1, 2017 to January 15, 2018.  

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 Brochure

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. 

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


Yoga as Medicine I - Professional Yoga Therapist Certification Module 8

Registration for this course is now at maximum capacity.  To be added to the waitlist, proceed to the registration site

Oct 26-30, 2017

Saskatoon, SK

Hosted by: Continuing Physical Therapy Education

Course Content Provider: Professional Yoga Therapy Institute

Instructor: Shelly Prosko 

Early Bird Registration (until August 1, 2017): $2135.00

Regular Registration Fees (August 2-September 30, 2017): $2400.00

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) (US$55 - 2.5 Hours)

Allied Health Education (Modules 3 & 4) (US$55 - 2.5 Hours)

Allied Health Education (Module 5) (US$39 0 1.5 Hours)

Allied Health Education (Modules 6 & 7) (US$55 - 2.5 Hours)

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

Current Options for Managing Pain and Addiction

Registration is NOW OPEN!

This two-day conference is expected to bring together stakeholders from a wealth of healthcare disciplines to learn about the latest trends in managing pain and addiction. 

Conference Poster

Conference Agenda

View the conference website for more information

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

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November 17 - 19, 2017

Saskatoon, SK

Instructor: Karen Skop PT, DPT of North American Seminars

This course is a three day, advanced seminar focusing on balance and vestibular sequellae that may arise following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The cause of concussions can be varied, from sports related injuries, car accidents, falls, to the more unique and complex mTBI sustained by the thousands of returning soldiers from war zone regions.

This course is designed to aid in the identification of vestibular and balance deficits following a concussion. The participant will learn what types of diagnoses are most common following a concussion, expected recovery, outcomes and prognosis. We will cover a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, complex cases of BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve damage, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance, exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions. We will discuss current ‘return to play’ guidelines, their limitations and how balance plays an important role.

Case studies will be introduced so that participants will learn to systematically approach the examination, establish a working diagnosis and develop treatment plan and finally exercise prescription. Case studies will include several videos examples, focusing on key features to aid in interpretation of eye movement patterns and developing differential diagnosis from skills learned during lab. 

This course is organized to build in complexity, through case presentations, guided lab and lectures to allow the learner to have a thorough understanding of how to manage this population without getting overwhelmed! Throughout the course evidence based practice is emphasized. Participants will be able to develop clear, concise treatment regimen, learn how to educate patient, families and coaches on when is the best time to ‘return to play’. Finally, participants will learn what is known in the literature, what is not known and how you as a health care provider can play a prominent role.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

• Understand the core features and overlap of symptoms from mild traumatic brain injury to post concussion syndrome protracted recovery), expected outcomes and literature updates.

• Identify possible barriers to rehabilitation following a concussion and how to address them to maximize

outcomes in the most efficient, cost effective manner.

• Identify the areas of possible damage to the vestibular system following a mTBI or concussion.

• Develop advanced understanding and knowledge of how to choose the most appropriate tests to differentially diagnose vestibular and balance deficits following TBI.

• Build on your “usual” balance and vestibular interview & evaluation tools and apply it to this complex population.

• Learn to evaluate the visual system and identify abhorrent eye movement and what it means to rehab and outcomes.

• Describe how to effectively manage whiplash associated dizziness.

• Identify and develop appropriate examination and treatment options for a variety of pathologies including diffuse axonal injury, skull fractures, BPPV, vestibular loss, cranial nerve injuries, fistulas, traumatic Meniere’s, whiplash, motion intolerance, exercise induced dizziness and balance dysfunctions.

• Master individualized treatment programs for peripheral, central vestibular and/or balance deficits following a head injury.

• Describe the importance of multi-sensory damage and interdisciplinary management.

• Apply “return to play” guidelines in a more useful, clinically relevant manner.

• Understand how technological advances can help in your clinic, and how to utilize low cost evaluation and treatment tools.

Level 2 Lower Quadrant

Level 2 Lower Quadrant of the National Orthopaedic Division Syllabus

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Spring 2018

Saskatoon, SK 

Level I: The Physical Therapy Approach to Female and Male Urinary Incontinence

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April 6-8, 2018

Instructors: Carolyn Vandyken of Pelvic Health Solutions

Target Audience:  Physical Therapists, Naturopathic Doctors, Registered Nurses, Midwives and Physicians. 

Course Description:

Urinary incontinence is an important health issue that has traditionally not been well managed. One in four women and one in nine men are affected by urinary incontinence. Ongoing research into core dynamics recognizes the pelvic floor as an important component of core retraining, and yet, accurate assessment and treatment techniques of the pelvic floor are lacking in clinical practice. Hypertonicity vs. hypotonicity of these muscles needs to be addressed through palpatory assessment of the pelvic floor. The Cochrane Collaboration (2010) has demonstrated that internal pelvic floor muscle training has Level 1 evidence in treating urinary incontinence. Physiotherapists need to go beyond teaching externally driven Kegels in order to effectively rehabilitate the pelvic floor.
Support documents, including assessment forms, patient handouts and audio files are included in the course cost.
Through completion of this course, participants will:
  • Acquire knowledge of anatomy and physiology of micturition, as well as pertinent pathologies for male and female incontinence
  • Acquire knowledge of anatomy and physiology of pelvic organ prolapse
  • Acquire knowledge of the urodynamic and urological investigation procedures, as well as medical and surgical treatments for urinary incontinence
  • Perform an evaluation of the pelvic floor rectally and vaginally
  • Establish and perform a treatment plan and its progression for incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse
  • Use manual and behavioural techniques, biofeedback and electrical stimulation to treat male and female urinary incontinence, as well as pelvic organ prolapse
To be determined
Registration begins on the first day 15 minutes prior to the start time.
Please Note:
This course is both lecture format and practical labs with vaginal and rectal palpation.
The Non-internal Introductory Pelvic Floor Course is not a prerequisite to register for this course
Pre-AGM Workshop

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April 27, 2018

Regina, SK

CPTE hosts a workshop in conjunction with the annual AGM.  

Masters of Physical Therapy Knowledge Sharing Day

Please join us!

June 2018 (date tba)

The School of Physical Therapy and CPTE invite you to attend the eighth annual Knowledge Sharing Day. This event marks the completion of the program for the MPT students and their transition from students to Health Care Professionals. 

Target Audience:  The target audience for this event is Master of Physical Therapy students, Academic and Clinical Faculty of the School of Physical Therapy, as well as Saskatchewan Physical Therapy clinicians. 

The Physio Detective

Stay Tuned!  Fall 2018 dates and course being finalized soon!

Instructor: Antony Lo of the The Physio Detective

Level 1 Challenge Exam Study Group

Registration is now closed.  Future Fall 2018 course date tba.

Level 1 National Orthopaedic Division Syllabus - Challenge Exam Study Group

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.  

Registration Fee: $450 + manuals

Exam: tba

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 Level 1 Challenge Exam is tba.  
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.

Mulligan Concept Upper Quadrant

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November 3-4, 2018

Saskatoon, SK

Instructor: Jack Miller BSc(PT), DipMT(NZ), MClSc, DPT, FCAMPT

View the Mulligan Concept website for more information.