now called Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

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Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

1-Day PH1 Bridge Course

Pelvic Pain and Bowel Dysfunction

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy

Copy of Women's Health (3)

Obstetric Physical Therapy

PH1, PH2, PH3 recognized by ICS


Collaborative education consists of courses offered outside of the Section on Women’s Health Certificate of Achievement in Physical Therapy program (CAPP-Pelvic and CAPP-OB). These course have been developed and are instructed by expert U.S. and international speakers from around the world to offer more specialized education and skills training in topics outside of the SoWH’s core education offerings. If you are an educator and are interested in developing or offering your existing in-person or online course through the Section on Women’s Health, please completed our Emerging Education Leader Application for consideration.

Pelvic Floor Intervention Strategies for Urogenital and Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

Instructor: Mary Jane Strauhal, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD

This course will provide the basis for pelvic physical therapy interventions within the context of urogenital cancers and discuss the impact on the pelvic floor related to breast cancer treatments. Pelvic physical therapists play an important role in the multidisciplinary treatment of the long-term sequelae of intervention for urogenital cancers. In defining quality cancer care, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) believes that cancer patients should have access to care that adheres to practice guidelines and evidence-based standards of care, comprehensive cancer care that assures proper treatment of the symptoms and side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, coordinated care with strong communication among all the providers and the patient, and honest discussion with their physicians regarding prognosis, the intent of therapy and the patient’s values and preferences regarding care…

Contact Hours: 8.0

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Gynecologic Visceral Manipulation

Instructor: Gail Wetzler, PT, DPT, EDO, BI-D

This unique 4-day course is designed to educate participants on the anatomy, mobility, and motility of the pelvic viscera. Specific focus will include the bladder, rectum, uterus, ovaries, and an introduction to the kidneys. Video and patient demonstration will focus on examination and intervention strategies. Internal pelvic techniques will be presented from Jean Pierre Barral’s advanced pelvic class…

Contact Hours: 30.0

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Tackling Sacroiliac and Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction

Instructor: Deborah Riczo, PT, DPT, MEd

This 1-day in-person course provides an excellent foundation for understanding, effectively diagnosing and treating people with sacroiliac dysfunction and pelvic girdle pain. Literature is reviewed and an evidenced based approached is emphasized. Topics include anatomy and biomechanics, diagnosis including special tests literature review, current recommendations, pregnancy and postpartum considerations and interventions. The Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method ℠ (PGM Method℠), developed by Deborah Riczo, is presented and evidence to support this simplified yet…

Contact Hours: 7.5

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(Pre)Menopause Matters in Physical Therapy: Early Planning for a Healthier Future

Instructors: Karen Litos, PT, DPT, WCS, and Karen Snowden, PT, DPT, WCS

This 2-day course is designed to put Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants at the forefront of menopause practice. Menopause is not a disease needing to be cured, but a natural life-stage transition. Baby boomers represent approximately 25% of the US population with female survival rates higher than male rates, and account for one-third of all healthcare spending. Menopause is a neglected topic in healthcare, leaving many women confused when making important healthcare decisions…

Contact Hours: 16.0

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Physical Therapy Treatment of the Pediatric Pelvic Floor Patient: Birth to 18 Years

Instructor: Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT, WCS

This course will allow the participants to learn about the development of the pelvic floor through the early life span.  Early development of bladder and bowel control will be discussed for both typically developing and developmentally disabled children.  Toilet training techniques for typically developing children will be shared.  Common neurological dysfunctions…

Contact Hours: 16.0

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Treating Male Pelvic Pain: A Biopsychosocial Approach (MPP)

Instructor: Dr. Susie Gronski, DPT, PRPC, WCS, WHC

a comprehensive 2-day course designed to make you the expert in helping men recover from pelvic pain. This course integrates the multifaceted complexities of male pelvic pain, combining neuroscience with a hands- on approach, giving you practical knowledge and training to help your patients get on the road to recovery. You’ll learn advanced assessment and manual treatment skills that will increase your confidence and comfort treating men with pelvic pain. This course includes live male models. Previous pelvic health experience is highly recommended…

Contact Hours: 12.55

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Pelvic Floor Implications for the Running Athlete (PFIRA)

Instructor: Amanda Olson, PT, DPT, PRPC

Running is a complex biomechanical process which can be derailed by pelvic floor dysfunction. Conversely, the impact of running can result in pelvic floor dysfunction and injury to the pelvic floor muscles. Runners have unique physical, nutritional, and psychological needs that require special attention from pelvic floor physical therapists. Additionally, runners often present to orthopedic specialists with knee and hip injuries that do not resolve as expected due to the presence of pelvic floor impairments that are missed by orthopedic physical therapists. Pelvic floor practitioners can provide necessary physical therapy treatment to address issues for runners and work in tandem with orthopedic colleagues for optimal rehabilitation of runners with pelvic floor dysfunction.

Contact Hours: 15

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[NEW] Physical Therapy in Gender-affirming Care: Transgender Health

Instructor: Sandi Gallagher, PT, WCS

This 2-day lecture style and class activity course is aimed at teaching physical therapist who already have skills in pelvic physical therapy how to expand those skills into working with people of all gender identities regarding medical or surgical aspects of transition. It would also be appropriate for any physical therapist who has an interest in better serving people who are gender diverse. There will be particular education regarding gender affirming genital surgeries as well as discussion of other gender affirming surgeries and medical interventions that people transitioning might choose.

Contact Hours: 15

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