Certification Course in Lymphedema Management

Certification Course in Lymphedema Management

‌Schedule:  
Week 1 - JUL 21-25, 2014 (45 hours)
Week 2 - AUG 15-17, 2014 (27 hours)
Week 3 - AUG 22-24, 2014 (27 hours)
Week 4 - AUG 29-31, 2014 (27 hours)

Participants must attend all classes as well as complete the 9-hour home study unit to be able to sit for the written and practical examinations given at the end of this course.  This course meets the standards set by The Lymphology Association of North America (LANA).

Breakfast and lunch will be provided on all days of the course.

Time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Instructor: Bonnie B. Lasinski, MA, PT, CI-CS, CLT-LANA
Location: Cambridge Campus, 7 Cambridge Drive, Trumbull, CT
Cost: $3,100 (-$2,250 scholarship*) = $850 (your cost).  *Scholarship support provided by the Breast Cancer Alliance of Greenwich and a special contribution by one of Sacred Heart University’s donors and alumni, Karin Douglas ’84.
Credit: 126 CEHs

To Register: Download the Mail-in Registration Form and submit with payment. Enrollment is limited to the first 20 registrants.

Registration Deadline extended to Monday, June 9th!


Course Description:

An intensive 135-hour clinical course for Allied Health Professionals provides the participant with the theoretical background and practical skills necessary to effectively evaluate and treat individuals with both primary and secondary lymphedema, lipedema, and phlebolymphedema.  Emphasis is on the medical model/team approach to lymphedema management.  The goal is for participants to develop problem-solving skills to individualize treatment programs, with emphasis on patient education and self-care.  Format will combine lecture, lab, case presentations and discussion to maximize student/teacher interaction.  Detailed instruction in lymphatic drainage, short-stretch multi-layer compression bandaging, skin care, infection management, individualized lymphedema exercise programs, patient education/self-care program including self-lymphatic drainage and bandaging.  Training/certification in measuring/fitting for custom Beiersdorf/Jobst/Elvarex compression garments, as well as a variety of ready-made garments (Medi, Sigvaris, Juzo) and compression alternatives (Tribute, Circ-Aid, Reid Sleeve, Jovi) is provided.  The latest research on the lymphatic system, assessment and treatment of lymphedema and related disorders will be presented and discussed.

Participants will be provided with a nine-hour home study unit with examination to be completed prior to the first day of classes.  Participants will hand in their completed home-study examination on the first day of class.  These will be graded and reviewed the first week of class.


Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the normal anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of primary and secondary lymphedema and related lymph system disorders.
  • Distinguish between lymphedema and other peripheral edemas.
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of secondary acute infections in individuals with lymphedema or a limb at risk for lymphedema.
  • Describe the components of CLT and indications and contraindications for its clinical application in managing lymphatic system disorders.
  • Demonstrate competent in applying the components of Complex Lymphedema Therapy (CLT) evaluation and Treatment.
  • Design an individual CLT treatment program for individuals with primary and secondary lymhedema.
  • Discuss the principles and techniques for measuring and fitting for compression garments.
  • Describe how exercise influences lymph flow.
  • Perform circumferential limb girth measurements and document skin and tissue changes to document progress
  • Select appropriate functional tools to document impairment to comply with Medicare requirements and G-codes.
  • Be able to advise individuals with lymphedema or a limb at risk about risk reduction strategies, including how to modify aerobic and resistive exercises.
  • Understand the impact of lymphedema on quality of life.


Instructor Biography:

Bonnie B. Lasinski, MA, PT, CI-CS, CLT-LANA is the Clinical Director of Lymphedema Therapy in Woodbury, Long Island, NY and the Boris/Lasinski School, which teaches the Casley-Smith Method of CLT.  She is a 1976 graduate of the PT program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and a 1981 graduate of the Masters program in Motor Learning at Columbia University. Ms. Lasinski studied Lymphology and the treatment of lymphedema with Drs. John and Judith Casley-Smith of Adelaide, South Australia in 1992.  In 1995, she assisted the Casley-Smiths in teaching their course in Complex Lymphedema Therapy treatment in Adelaide, South Australia, and was certified as an instructor in their method.  In June of 1999, Ms. Lasinski participated in a course on lymphedema and its treatment for physicians and therapists given at the Földi School in Germany.  In the fall of 1999, she taught the first University based course for therapists to be certified in Complex Lymphedema Therapy (CLT), at the University of Vermont.  In June/July 2009, she presented this post-graduate 135-hour course in CLT in conjunction with the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. 

Since 1992, Ms. Lasinski has dedicated her practice to the evaluation and comprehensive treatment of patients with lymphatic system disorders.  She facilitates a support group for persons living with lymphedema, and has done numerous in-service educational programs for community hospitals and breast cancer support groups.  She has presented at many educational conferences including the International Society of Lymphology, The International Lymphoedema Framework, The American Lymphedema Framework Project, The National Lymphedema Network, and The American Physical Therapy Association.  She has co-authored three clinical studies on the treatment of lymphedema published in Oncology and Lymphology, and has contributed case studies published in the Casley-Smith's book entitled "Modern Treatment for Lymphoedema, (1997).  She authored the chapter on the Lymphatic System in the book "Pathology: Implications for the Physical Therapist" published by Saunders in 2002, 2009, and the revised edition in press. Ms. Lasinski is an active member of the International Society of Lymphology, and the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.  She is a member of the National Lymphedema Network’s Medical Advisory Committee and Lymphlink Editorial Committee, a Board member and past Vice President of the Lymphology Association of North America, a founding and current Board member of Casley-Smith International, member of the Education Committee of the International Lymphoedema Framework, and a Steering Committee member of the American Lymphedema Framework Project.   She was named Oyster Bay Town’s Woman of Distinction 2001 in healthcare, adjunct Faculty Member University of Missouri at Columbia 2009 to present, and Komen Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing in 2011.