Become a Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (DLT) Practitioner
Are you interested in the lymphatic system? Do you have clients presenting to your clinic with a history of cancer, lymphoedema, lipoedema or other chronic congestive condition, but you’re unable to treat them because you haven’t yet had the appropriate training?
Then the Casley-Smith Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (DLT) course will be perfect for you! Done over two separate modules. This course is Module A, a 6-day intensive course covering theory and manual lymphatic drainage. This course is
You may also know this as Complex Lymphatic Therapy (CLT) or Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).
It’s more than just Manual Lymphatic Drainage
How does Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (DLT)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is just one component of a bigger picture and when done in isolation on a client who has a problem with their lymph nodes (via a congenital cause or through surgery, resection, radiation or trauma) without a thorough understanding of the consequences and contraindications, you could inadvertently be putting your client at risk of developing or worsening lymphoedema. MLD training alone is beneficial for general use.
Module A covers MLD, skin care, exercise (basic), home program (activity modification). This includes prophylactic, reduction and maintenance of their lymphoedema. You will be given an awareness of compression including garments and bandaging, however, this is covered extensively in Module B, which you may choose to undertake at a later date.
Please note: This is more than just “moving fluid” and “gentle touch”. Classes are small. The training is intensive and you need to be present. I keep the classes to a maximum of 4-6. (Private classes maximum of 2). Have you ever attended training in a large class? It can be difficult to find the time to have your questions answered, you may not feel brave enough to ask a question in a large class for fear of feeling silly and sometimes there just isn’t enough time to have 1:1 with the teacher to check techniques. My small classes give you plenty of time to learn and
Module A topics covered include:
- History of lymphoedema
- Anatomy and physiology of lymphatics
- Pathology of oedema, lipoedema and lymphoedema
- Classification and stages of lymphoedema
- Treatment of lymphoedema
- Principles of Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy
- Taking an accurate health history for decongestive conditions
- Lymphatic drainage techniques and sequence
- Case studies
- Demonstration of bandaging and garments
- Down to business – how to add this to your service menu, marketing and how to run an event
- Practical skills assessment during the course
Treat Clients with Conditions during the Course:
During the course, I
This really embeds learning, builds confidence and opens up a good chain of communication, encouraging students to think laterally and problem-solve in a safe and supervised environment before they have to “go it alone”.
Objective / Learning Outcome:
- Detailed understanding of the lymphatic system
- Competent to treat/assess clients with lymph node removal with an effective manual lymphatic drainage, diaphragmatic breathing and other tools
- Delivery of an effective manual lymphatic drainage to a healthy person
- Liaising with other medical professionals
- Recognise that a patient requires
- Work within your scope
What is included:
- Comprehensive manual
- Tote bag with other resources/tools
- Customisable letter templates
- Customisable in-service form
NB: Module A and Module B are separate courses with separate fees.
Module A undergoing accreditation.
Module B lecturer is Elsebeth Petersen – next course 03 – 08
Is it difficult to attend courses away from home?
Gather a group of 4-6, set a mutual date, help with a venue and I will come to you.
Enquire re Private* Classes:
– Gold Coast
– Sunshine Coast
* discounts do not apply
Why choose a private class?
It’s so worth doing the training at my home clinic or one of my other private class locations, as you also get to see and use the resources I implement in my treatment plan. You will leave feeling more confident having had this experience (as opposed to working on your otherwise healthy classmates).
PRIVATE CLASSES - TBA
Early bird: not applicable
Venue: My clinic, Morayfield, Qld
Next class: TBA
Accom: AirBnB nearby
Accommodation and meals package available
Treat 3 to 4 different clients with different conditions
Qualifications / Memberships
Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy Practitioner
Remedial Massage Therapist
Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA)
National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR)
Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (Casley-Smith Method)
Massage & Myotherapy Australia (MMA)
Diploma Remedial Massage
Trainer & Assessor - TAE40116
About your Facilitator
My career change came after a long history of working in executive medical administration in both the public and private sector with a strong organisational skill set seeing me organising medical conferences and events and as secretariat for 20+ meetings some months, plus all the other “admin” tasks.
A lot of this time was working around cancer services. I felt there had to be more for the patient going through such a life-altering experience than doctor’s appointments, tests, surgery. The impact on friends and family, with them not knowing how to respond in word or touch and then there were those with nobody at all for support.
I needed a change and this was the perfect next step for me…..
Students’ Say So…
Just writing to say a massive Thank you to Jacqui and to Sophie for getting Jacqui to come to Tamworth. And the rest of you for allowing me to practise on you!
I just had the MOST amazing day in my clinic today.
I saw all my people I suspected of lymphoedema today – it was truly a revelation to look at them through this new lens -combine it with my scars skills and see the most fantastic results. Thank you for putting yourself out there and teaching Jacqui – today i significantly helped 3 people with what i had learnt over the last week.” Christine, Armidale
“Jacqui is a fantastic knowledgeable person. She is always willing to help and advise us and pass on her experience and knowledge.”
“Jacqui is very good at engaging the class in the learning process”.
“My trainer, Jacqui, is an exceptional trainer with a bulletproof work ethic. She has gone above and beyond what I would expect from a trainer”.
“Jacqui has been of great assistance in ensuring content of the course material is presented in a manner that is understood by all”.
“Jacqui is a fantastic, supportive, very knowledgeable teacher. Always encouraging”.
Answers to the most commonly asked questions:
If your question is not answered here, please get in touch.
Who can attend this course?
Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Podiatrists, Remedial Massage Therapists. If you are interested in attending and your vocation is not listed, or you are a carer, please get in touch to discuss.
What do I need to bring?
- Basic stationery
- Two bath sheets/sarongs
- Small bath towel
- Suitable clothing for massaging
- Cardigan/socks – can get chilly
- Chinagraph pencil (if you have one)
Please notify any special requests for learning, dietary requirements, etc. 100% attendance is required – please advise any extenuating circumstances that may prevent this.
Is a payment plan available?
An initial deposit of $500 is required to secure your booking. You can then make regular payments with payments finalised no later than 14 days before
What qualification will this give me?
The Casley-Smith Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy course structure has been rearranged so that the main theory and manual drainage are taught within what will now be called Module A, held over 6 consecutive days. There are also compulsory units of home study.
Module B will cover compression therapy, measuring and special considerations.
This new structure allows graduates to function with completion of Module A. A certificate of attendance will be issued upon completion of this module, but obviously cannot be the full ALA accreditation.
It will now be possible to attend Module B at a later date that better suits students.
If Module B is not attended within 2 years, refresher study will be required prior to attendance.
ALA education requirements are periodically reviewed, which may impact all accredited courses. For this reason, it is recommended that graduates from Module A complete Module B as soon as they are able.
When Module B is completed, graduates will receive the certificate recognised by the ALA.