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Therapist Training Program


Learn about our new modular training program here: New Therapist Training


For excellence in training and quality results, the Dr. Vodder School offers the best possible combination of didactic and practical experience.  Through careful, systematic training of your hands and a thorough training in the scientific basis of lymphology you will gain all the skills necessary to excel in this work.

The post-graduate training offered by the Dr. Vodder School is the most extensive and thorough program on Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD®) and Combined Decongestive ThVodder methoderapy (CDT). The Dr. Vodder School - International teaches the original Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage, a full lymphedema management program and many more applications for MLD.

The Therapist Training Program offers health-care practitioners the best available education in the original Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT).  Our teachers have a passionate, caring focus that will help you to realize the best possible outcomes for your patients.

The courses are open to licensed or certified health care practitioners who have graduated from a practitioner training program.  Please click acceptable qualifications for full list.


Course description

The training is offered in four consecutive parts: Basic, Therapy I, Therapy II & III. Each is five days duration. The total training is 160 hours of classroom education which is the most extensive available and exceeds the requirements of the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA). In addition, advanced classes are offered each year to therapists who have completed the training.

For the convenience of health care practitioners who are often not able to leave work for a four - week time period, these courses may be taken independently at various locations and times. However we do ask that you complete the full training within a 2 year period.

Please view the Course Schedule for an up-to-date schedule of classes and call the organizer direct for further class information.

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"Dr. Vodder School - International" is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.




ARRANGE A CLASS IN YOUR CITY: contact the Dr. Vodder School to arrange a certified Dr. Vodder instructor to come to your city if you do not see your location on the schedule.