Continuing Professional Development Opportunities

CSRT Course: Managing Long COVID: Key Strategies for Respiratory Therapists
Facilitator: Jessica DeMars, PT
December 11, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Eastern
Registration fee: $75 (CSRT members), $150 (non-members)

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this full day course, learners will be able to:
  1. Describe Long COVID, its phenotypes, prevalence and pathophysiology.
  2. Understand the perspective of those with Long COVID.
  3. Discuss post-viral illness.
  4. Understand and describe breathing pattern disorders.
  5. Outline assessment and management strategies for Long COVID.

Learners will have an opportunity to interact with other learners and with the facilitator in this course. Certificates of completion will be provided to all learners upon completion of the course.

(Jessica DeMars graduated from the University of Alberta in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy (with distinction) and is the owner of Breathe Well Physio. She continued her education with numerous post-graduate courses in manual therapy, myofascial release, and acupuncture. In 2006, after attending a physiotherapy symposium, she discovered the missing element in her practice - breathing. After attending her first course in breathing biofeedback, she began to integrate breathing retraining into her practice. In 2010, she traveled to New Zealand to become certified in the BradCliff Method® of breathing retraining. In 2016 she completed a Master of Science in Applied Breathing Sciences from the Graduate School of Behavioural Health Sciences, which allows her to focus on the behavioural aspects of dysfunctional breathing. Jessica has transitioned her practice to include a focus on the management of Long COVID since the long-term impacts of COVID infection became apparent.)
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Upcoming CSRT Webinars

CSRT webinars are complimentary for CSRT members. Non-members may register by e-mailing, and will be charged $35.00 per webinar

CSRT Industry Webinar: Pandemic Warriors: Fostering the Mental Health of Respiratory Therapists (Getinge)

Presenter: Lisa A. Butcher, MACP, RCC, BPEH, RT

December 1, 2021, 12:00 p.m. Eastern

Educational Objectives:
  • To discuss the effects of the pandemic on the mental health of RTs
  • How to maintain a work-life balance, on and off the frontline
  • To foster an awareness of the importance of self-care and self-assessment for RTs
  • To learn tools to regain and/or protect mental health and wellness
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Past Webinars


Log into the CSRT Members Portal to view past webinars in the Video Library tab

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CSRT Systematic and Integrative Review Initiative

Ever had a burning practice question?
Wondering if there are better ways to do things in your daily practice?
Wondering if they way things have ‘always been done’ might be the wrong way?
Looking to learn some new research skills?

Join the CSRT’s new Systematic and Integrative Review Initiative (SIRI). No research experience is needed!

Together with a group of your peers you will complete a practice informing systematic review that answers an important clinical question, and benefit from the support of an experienced mentor. SIRI incorporates a 13-week fully online course in systematic and integrative review with practical experience in completing a review.

SIRI is only available to CSRT registered and associate members.
As part of SIRI you will learn:
  • the skills you need to do a systematic or integrative review
  • a deeper understanding of research designs
  • increased confidence in understanding research
  • additional expertise in the topic area of your group’s review

On completion of SIRI requirements, you will receive:
  • publication of your findings in the CJRT
  • the opportunity to present your findings at the 2020 CSRT Annual Education Conference in Montreal, QC. (If you are selected to present, you will also receive a complimentary conference registration.)
  • a certificate of course completion and CSRT accredited CE credits
  • the chance to inform and improve practice!

What you will need to contribute:
  • a commitment to participate in one hour of online class time over a 13-week period between June and August 2019 (classes are anticipated to occur on Wednesday’s at 7:00 pm EST)
  • a commitment to approx. 3 hours/week of additional work outside of the scheduled class time
  • a commitment to collaborate with your team for completion of your chosen project
  • your clinical experiences, alongside your critical thinking and team work skills
  • a desire to develop their research skills – no prior research experience is necessary

The Application period for the first iteration of SIRI has closed.
Stay tuned to CSRT communications for more information on future SIRI opportunities