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March 2019

Calgary Quest School (CQS) is pleased to be hosting a workshop with Kimberly Barthel

March 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

There is always a reason for the behaviour! This one-day workshop will provide an understanding of the integrated neurobiology of sensory processing and emotional/ relational problems that result in “challenging behaviour”. Participants will be invited to forevermore become behavioural detectives, using clinical reasoning, to look deeper than the surface actions we observe. By seeking to understand why people do the things we do, from a myriad of perspectives, we allow compassion into the equation. This alone changes the brain –…

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April 2019

WEBINAR: Is a Career Refresh What You Need to Overcome Burnout & Fatigue?

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Burnout is something that we often don’t talk about, but it’s a serious issue with rehab therapists. From interviews and surveys with physical therapists from across Canada, Andrew discovered that 13% of clinicians were looking to change careers or pursue non-clinical careers. Therapists enjoy seeing patients, but day-in, day-out patient care can often lead to clinical fatigue and burnout. For therapists struggling with their career, the options may seem limited. They are left finding a non-clinical management role, opening their…

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Introduction to Osteopathic Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

INTRODUCTION TO OSTEOPATHIC DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF LOW BACK PAIN This is a 3 hour workshop for therapists interested in gaining an insight into the Osteopathic Approach to the treatment of lower back pain. INTRODUCTION AND SCOPE There exists a high incidence and prevalence of medical clinical consultations due to vertebral column dysfunctions in general and to the lumbopelvic region in particular; in fact, its approach and management demands an extensive and methodical analysis of the different and multiple structures…

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Responding Appropriately to Grief and Loss as a Healthcare Professional or Wellness Provider

April 26 @ 8:30 am - April 27 @ 4:30 pm
Healthcare Solutions, 2nd Floor, 5920 Gateway Blvd NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 2H6 Canada
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$245 – $425 149 tickets left

Healthcare professionals are in a unique and challenging position when it comes to supporting people with life changing and life threatening illness and death. These professionals, caregiving in the front lines,are dealing with difficult and emotional situations everyday, sometimes without the formal training on how to be supportive. Grief is the internal and natural response to loss that human being experience, and everyone, either in their personal or professional life, will inevitably be faced with a situation of significant loss…

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Lower Extremity Edema Management

April 27 @ 8:00 am - April 28 @ 4:30 pm
Grey Nuns Community Hospital – Room 0647, 1100 Youville Drive W Northwest
Edmonton, Alberta T6L 5X8 Canada
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Presenter: Glyn Murgatroyd, BPE, BScOT SAOT Members Receive a $50 Discount on this Two-Day Workshop Lower Extremity Edema Management is a comprehensive two-day seminar, focusing on developing strong foundational skills in the practice of edema management. This course covers the full spectrum from theory, assessment, technical skills of vascular and sensory assessments, compression therapy and compression stockings/systems. Participants will have an opportunity to practice vascular assessments using doppler ultrasound and photoplethysmograph machines. Vendors from 3M Canada, BSN Medical and Market…

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May 2019

Chronic Pain Management

May 3 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Healthcare Solutions, Edmonton, AB, 2nd Floor, 5920 Gateway Blvd
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 2H6 Canada
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$150 – $265 37 tickets left

This is a dynamic, interactive workshop with an emphasis on making a complex, biopsychosocial experience and its treatment easier to explain to your colleagues and clients. It includes group learning and small group discussion and problem solving. Stories and metaphors will be used to illustrate concepts. You will apply the information provided in the workshop to case examples. Discussion of the participants’ various practice environments will add further opportunity to apply this learning to real world clients and settings. Learning…

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May 4 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Carewest Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre, 722 16 AVE NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E6V7 Canada
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COURSE DESCRIPTION During this one day workshop, the instructor uses videos and group discussion to educate the participants about the administrative and scoring guidelines of the Chedoke-McMaster Stroke Assessment (CMSA). Lectures include information about the measure’s development and psychometric properties and its clinical application. At the end of the workshop, the scoring competency of the participants is tested. Those who meet the scoring criterion will receive a certificate of scoring competency. All participants will receive written feedback regarding their performance…

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Online course – Wheelchair & Seated Mobility: Assessment and Prescription

May 6 @ 8:00 am - June 14 @ 5:00 pm
Online, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G4 Canada
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$50 – $250

It is critical that rehab professionals working with clients with seating needs have a thorough understanding of the factors that impact manual wheelchair propulsion, seating, and positioning. This online course covers theoretical models guiding seating practice, client centered assessment, common wheelchair types, wheelchair set up for effective propulsion, common seating components, goal setting, and management of commonly encountered postural deformities. Through this online course participants will gain a better understanding of the factors involved in client assessment and wheelchair/seating prescription.…

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June 2019

Getting Kids “In Sync” at Home and School

June 14 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Healthcare Solutions, 2nd Floor, 5920 Gateway Blvd NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 2H6 Canada
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$175 – $285 60 tickets left

Some children resist participating in family and school activities or respond in unusual ways to ordinary sensations of touch and movement, sights and sounds. Because of a common disability called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), they don't behave as we expect – not because they won’t, but because they can’t. SPD interferes with the neurological process of organizing information about ordinary sensations that we get from our body and environment to use in daily life.  A child, adolescent or adult with SPD may…

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Parent Workshop – Sensory Savvy Activities at Home and School

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Healthcare Solutions, Summit Room, 5920 Gateway Boulevard
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 2H6 Canada
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$35 – $60 88 tickets left

Do you have a child who struggles with sensory processing challenges? Does your child have difficulty functioning at home? At school? Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child, is coming to Edmonton! Join Carol and co-presenter, Julia Berry, for this hands-on workshop designed to teach you strategies that will help your child develop sensory-motor, social, and language skills.  Using simple items like paper plates, bubble wrap, bicycle inner tubes, and other loose parts, participants will learn enjoyable ways to…

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