now called Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Event: Physical Therapy in Gender-Affirming Care: Transgender Health in Oakland, CA (Oct 19-20, 2019)

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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.

Topics covered will include:

  • Societal influence on gender transition including interactions with health care providers;
  • Recognizing difference between sex, sexuality, and gender;
  • Understand the complexities of the legal system for the person transitioning gender;
  • Tips and tools for a trauma informed intake and examination;
  • Health effects of hormones for gender transition as related to differential diagnosis in PT;
  • Supporting healing after gender affirming surgery;
  • Operative procedures for face and chest;
  • Operative procedures for masculinizing and feminizing genital surgery;
  • Pre-operative evaluation, treatment and education issues, post- operative evaluation, treatment, education and follow up for genital surgeries;
  • Outcome measures with rehab focus for people undergoing gender affirming surgeries and.
  • Fertility and pregnancy in transgender people

What others have said about this course:

  • “Excellent practice of changing word choice (reducing gendered language) and increasing awareness of all variations of people.”
  • “I will end up making recovery of some simple orthopedic patients better, too.”
  • “It is powerful when you take a course and keep thinking about it for days afterwards. It was a great combination of didactic information, PT treatment focused activities, incredible talks and moving gender affirming videos.
  • “My favorite part of the course was learning the language surrounding all variations for the transgender and non-binary individuals in healthcare I think we all could use more education with this respect.”
  • “I enjoyed the talks about surgical procedures..videos…photos…learning about the details on surgeries and post-op physical therapy.”
  • “I liked learning about actual surgical procedures I had no idea about and progression of great care.”
  • “Great resources and material in the manual, great to see the spectrum of gender and peoples experiences.”

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Course Schedule & Contact Hours

Saturday, Day 1: 8:00am-6:00pm (8.5 hours)
Sunday, Day 2: 8:00am-3:30pm (6.5 hours)

Total: 15 Contact Hours

Format: Lectures and external lab work.

Sandi Gallagher, PT, WCS


Sandi specializes in caring for people with pelvic floor problems and pain during pregnancy. She has advanced training in evaluating conditions of the pelvic floor including bowel and bladder problems and pain. She sees women, men and children who have these problems. Sandi enjoys working with people and having the opportunity to teach them how to reduce their symptoms.

Active with the APTA Section on Women’s Health as CAPP-OB committee chair and teaching assistant, Sandi takes part in training therapists in the evaluation and treatment of pregnant patients and patient with pelvic floor dysfunction. She is the recipient of Volunteer of the Year award along with the six member committee of 2013 Section on Women’s Health. In her spare time, Sandi enjoys spending time with her family, bicycling, reading, and gardening. View Sandi’s CV.

Dates & Locations

Physical Therapy in Gender-Affirming Care: Transgender Health (TRANS)

DatesLocationEarly-Bird Rate Ends:Regular Rate Beings:Registration
Oct 19-20, 2019Oakland, CA09/19/2019
Member: $525
Non-M: $600
Member: $575
Non-M: $650



Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Define sex, gender, and sexuality or sexual orientation

2. Learn open ended questions regarding relationship and sexual activity intake questions

3. Understand societal and legal aspects of gender transition

4. Describe hormone related issues for people during transition

5. Review suggested outcome measures with rehab focus for people undergoing gender affirming surgeries.

6. Describe the surgical procedures for orchiectomy, vaginoplasty, vulvoplasty, phalloplasty, metoidioplasty, and mastectomy and breast augmentation

7. Describe common musculoskeletal and pelvic floor issues to address prior to and after female-to-male gender affirming genital surgery. Metoidioplasty Phalloplasty, scrotoplasty, Vaginectomy, hysterectomy

8. Describe common musculoskeletal and pelvic floor issues to address prior to and after male-to-female gender affirming genital surgery. Orchiectomy, Vulvoplasty, Vaginoplasty.

9. Demonstrate knowledge of the varied vaginoplasty dilation protocols across the USA.

Pre-Requisites & Requirements

Open to: Licensed Physical Therapists (PTs), Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs), Student Physical Therapists (SPTs). You do not have to specialize in pelvic health physical therapy, all types of PTs, PTAs and SPTs are eligible to take this course.

Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours will occur for participants who leave the course early. 

Lab Participation: More details to come soon!

Pre-Readings: More details to come soon!

English Language Proficiency: If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist/assistant, you will need to pass the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and meet the score requirements. There are some exemptions to the TOEFL requirement for individuals who are exempt under the USCIS regulations. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to SoWH for the purposes of determining eligibility for course attendance. The minimum TOEFL scores we require are the following: Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Writing: 24; Speaking: 26.

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