Advanced Certification Course in Research in Lymphology and Lymphedema Management

COURSE: August 26, 27, 2017


Jean-Paul Belgrado 

Physical therapist,   Master in Health Science, PhD. Principal Researcher at the Lymphology Research Unit – Free University of Brussels, Belgium.

Teacher in Lymphology at the Free University of Brussels. Board member of the European Society of Lymphology (ESL) .

Member of the International Society of Lymphology (ISL).


Anne-Marie Vaillant-Newman, PT, MA.

Member of the International Society of Lymphology.

Member of the European Group of Lymphology.

Master of Arts from Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY. Former student of Prof. Leduc with thirty two years of expertise in lymphedema management Leduc method.

Maria Josette Mullins, P.T.

Director, Rehab Services Department

Memorial Hospital Miramar, Florida.

23 years of expertise in lymphedema management.


August 26, 27, 2017
Memorial Miramar Hospital
1951 SW 172nd Ave.

Miramar, FL 33029.

Instructional Level:

The instructional level of this program is Advanced according to the definition of APTA.  This level assumes thorough familiarity with the topic and focuses on advanced techniques, recent advances, and future directions.

Educational Credit

This program was approved for 16.5 contact hours, 1.6 CEUs by the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA# 17-223).


Certification level II will be received upon successful completion  of the course.

Completion of this course and the basic or initial course will enable the attendees to take the International Certification in Lymphedema Management Examination: ICLM Examination

Once they pass the examination and submit a case study, attendees will be ICLM certified.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, participants will demonstrate the:

  1. Understanding of the anatomical and physiological concepts underlying lymphedema management.
  2. Understanding of the psychological issues raised by cancer & lymphedema.
  3. Ability to perform manual lymph drainage and multi-component bandaging addressing lymphedema of the limbs, head and neck and trunk as described by the Leduc school with updates from Jean-Paul Belgrado.
  4. Understanding of the use of compression devices (Indications & contraindications).
  5. Understanding of patients education (self-care, compression garments management, precautions, H.E.P.)
  6. Ability to evaluate patients suffering from lymphedema , edema, lipidema and to design a comprehensive plan of care
  7. Ability to treat various pathologies showing symptoms of lymphedema or edema, using the techniques of  lymphedema management.
  8. Ability to answer most of the questions raised by the patients.
  9. Ability to recognize when the intervention of the physician is necessary. (for instance if there is suspicion of DVT)
  10. Understanding of the most recent research performed in the field of   treatment of lymphedema.
  11. Understanding of the role, strength and weakness of imaging methods in lymphedema.

Hotel Accommodations:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Pembroke Pines

1650 SW 145th Ave|

Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

P: (954) 447  9662 ext 103  |  F: (954) 447 9682.

The rate of $99.00 has been offered to the course participants. You will receive a link to register when you send us your registration form.


Travel Arrangements:

TRAVEL INFORMATION:  The closest airport to Memorial Miramar Hospital is: Hollywood Fort Lauderdale Airport.



8.00am: Start

10:15-10:30am or 10:30-10:45am: Break

12:00noon-1:00pm: Lunch

3:00-3:15pm: Break.

For hands-on lab, student-to-faculty ratio = 10:1.

Saturday, august 26, 2017 – Jean-Paul Belgrado
  • 8:00-10.00am: Fluid balance in the skin, subcutaneous tissue & muscle.  Architecture Role & Mechanism  of lymphatic system.  Topography of the lymphatic collectors of the limb. Impact on the anatomical variation.
  • 10:45-12:00noon-1:00-3:00pm: Near infrared fluorescence imaging: physics principles-Application to the conservative treatment- Application in early detection of the 2ary lymphedema and in surgery.
  • 3:15-5:00pm: Conservative treatment of lymphedema: How can we improve the technique?
  • 5:00-6:00pm: A.M. Vaillant-Newman: :  Venous edema: Pathophysiology &  physical Rx. Lab:  Manual techniques.  Exercises.  Precautions. Life style.  Compression garments addressing the needs of venous insufficiency. Symptoms of deep venous thrombosis. Case study.
sunday, august 27, 2017 – Jean-Paul Belgrado
  • 8:00-10:00am: Multi-component bandaging (mcb): Multi-component bandaging (mcb): better understanding of physiological & physical principles improve the treatment.  The  mechanical & thermal effect of different foam and bandages.
  • 9:00-10:15am: Best strategy combining mld & mcb.
  • 10:30-12:00noon: Lab. Mld & mcb.
  • 1:00-3:00pm: Lab; Q&A.
  • 3:00-4:30pm: A.M. Vaillant-Newman: Lymphedema of head and neck.  Lab: Treatment: manual lymph drainage, multi-component bandaging of the U.E
  • 4:30-5:30pm: Lipidema & Dercum’s disease.
  • Note: For lab practice, participants should bring appropriate clothing such as shorts ,sport bra or tank top or bathing suits.

Registration fee includes: pre-course material, tuition, course handout.

Early registration will be accepted until:

August 8, 2017

Regular registration will be applicable after this date until August 15, 2017 after which late registration will apply.

Cancellations and requests for refunds will be accepted until   August 26, 2017 minus a $300.00 administrative fee.

Conference Fees:

  • Early Registration: $350.00
  • Regular Registration: $380.00
  • Late Registration: $400.00

Register prior to August 1 , 2017  and benefit from a $100.00 discount.

Please complete the registration form and mail it with a check or money order payable to:

Pacific Therapy Education, Inc.

27475 Ynez Road # 318

Temecula, CA 92591

Tel: 951 347 0362

Fax: 650 898 1771    

For credit card payment, please contact us at 951 347 0362.  Thank you.

Confirmation of registration will be mailed with pre-course material.