HWConnect 2025 is scheduled for March 28-30, 2025 in Seattle Washington. Register before April 1 to save money with early bird pricing!

Are you ready to level up your professional game and connect with industry leaders from around the world? Look no further than HWConnect 2025 - the must-attend event of the year for anyone serious about staying ahead of the curve. In this article, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about registering for HWConnect 2025 and securing your spot for an unforgettable experience. From speakers and breakout sessions to networking opportunities and registration details, we've got you covered. Get ready to immerse yourself in three days of innovation, education, and networking that will leave you inspired and empowered. Don't miss out - let's dive in!

Why Attend HWConnect 2025
At HWConnect 2025, you'll have the opportunity to engage with top-notch keynote speakers and insightful sessions that will expand your knowledge and skills in the industry. Let's take a closer look at what you can expect from this year's lineup.

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Who are you? Describe your clinical practice.
Hi! I’m Molly O’Brien-Horn. I’m a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist practicing in an outpatient hospital-based clinic in California. I work with patients of a variety of ages, gender identities, and body variations.

What has your educational journey as a pelvic rehab therapist looked like and how did you get involved in the pelvic rehabilitation field?
I started my career in pediatrics and outpatient orthopedics. I began to notice that those patient populations also had pelvic floor dysfunction, in addition to the diagnoses I was seeing them for. I was fortunate enough to shadow a colleague at the time who did pelvic health. That colleague recommended I take Pelvic Function Level 1 with Herman & Wallace, which I did, and I loved it. During the course, I decided that Pelvic Health was what I wanted to do with my life and the rest is history.

What patient population do you find most rewarding to treat and why?
I know it may sound cliché, but variety is the spice of life, right? I like having the ability to treat a variety of diagnoses within the pelvic health field and be able to help as many different people from as many different walks of life as possible. Being able to treat people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, ability levels, body variations, ages, etc. within the pelvic health field is what’s the most rewarding to me.

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Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, Ph.D., WCS, CLT  graduated from Louisiana State University (Shreveport, LA) with her physical therapy degree, performed residency training in Women’s Health PT at Duke University, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Her dissertation research focus was on using non-invasive brain stimulation to augment behavioral interventions for women with lifelong vaginismus, and her ongoing line of research will continue to center around pain with intercourse. Darla is part of Herman & Wallace's core faculty and recently launched her own course Vaginismus and Vulvovaginal Dyspareunia. She sat down with the Pelvic Rehab Report to discuss working with vaginismus and vulvovaginal dyspareunia patients.


I believe one of the most important things that we as pelvic therapists can do for patients experiencing vaginismus and vulvovaginal dyspareunia is to offer HOPE!

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There are currently two scheduled course offerings available for Modalities and Pelvic FunctionPhiladelphia PA in April 6-7 and Manchester NH in August 24-25. If neither of these work for your location or schedule then consider hosting! The hosting requirements and interest form can be found on the Host a Course page. 

The new Modalities and Pelvic Function - Pelvic Health Clinical Toolkit is an in-person two-day continuing education course targeted to pelvic health clinicians covering frequently used modalities in pelvic health, including biofeedback and EStim. This course was designed to answer the clinician’s need to understand how to choose and access the right tools, both for in-clinic care and for patient self-care application.

One of the course co-creators, Mora Pluchino shared “This class will be unlike one you've taken before. The H&W curriculum team sat down and thought about how we could make this the most interactive, hands-on, and practical course while still staying evidence-based and professional. This will be an in-person learning opportunity with 2 days of lab, demonstration, and interactive learning opportunities. If there is a modality that exists in pelvic health, it will likely have a debut here. This class is made for anyone who wants to learn to apply modalities in the variety of uses possible for pelvic health!"

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We are pleased to announce the following changes and additions to our core series of courses. These changes are being undertaken by our Curriculum Development Team based on evolving realities of our field and the body of evidence and literature. In keeping with the way the field has evolved, we will be making the following changes to our core coursework.  

Two courses will be joining our Pelvic Function Series: 

  1. Pelvic Function Modalities - This brand new course is an in-person two-day continuing education course targeted to pelvic health clinicians covering frequently used modalities in pelvic health, including biofeedback and EStim. Hands-on labs using a variety of equipment necessitate that this course be offered in-person, where participants can practice using the equipment.
  2. Pelvic Function Level 2C: the Male Pelvic Floor and Men’s Pelvic Health - formerly the stand-alone course, Male Pelvic Floor Function Dysfunction and Treatment, this course is now being adapted and reformatted to be a part of the Pelvic Floor Series, reflecting the inclusive stance of H&W core series instructing in the care of all patients. This course will be offered as satellite, self-hosted, and in-person options in order to provide the most flexible pathway for participants.

In addition to these two new offerings, you will see greater inclusion of all genders throughout the series, starting with PF1. The modified titles and topics will be as follows: 

Pelvic Function Level 1: Introduction to Pelvic Health - this course will provide a thorough and comprehensive introduction to anatomy and physiology of the pelvis and surrounding structures in all genders. Includes an introduction to performing intra-vaginal exam. This course will be offered in satellite and in-person formats.

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HW is excited to announce the addition of a brand-new course to our Pelvic Function (PF) Series! 

Pelvic Function Level 2C (PF2C): the Male Pelvic Floor and Men’s Pelvic Health

Formerly the stand-alone course, Male Pelvic Floor Function Dysfunction and Treatment, this course is now being adapted and reformatted to be a part of the PF Series, reflecting the inclusive stance of H&W core series instructing in the care of all patients. This course is intended for the pelvic health clinician who treats patients with conditions including post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and chronic pelvic pain (CPP). 

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Within the walls of the pelvic rehabilitation clinics, we often hear more intimate details than we ever imagined we would, could, or perhaps should. With increasing patient care experiences, most therapists demonstrate increased knowledge, awareness, and with some practice, increased skill at discussing sensitive issues such as sexuality. Every person and relationship is unique and we are sometimes asked questions by our patients such as "Should I be having more sex?" or "Am I normal?"

I have sometimes been surprised when a patient reports that he or she is "not having sex often enough" and for that patient it means that daily sexual activity is no longer happening. Other patients are quite satisfied with their sexual activity occurring 2-3x/month. We meet patients who have gone for years without engaging in sexual activity, perhaps because of pain, or lack of intimate partnership, or medical issues with a partner. It is very useful to avoid having expectations for what we as therapists think a patient should or should not be doing, whether that pertains to a particular sexual practice or to a level of involvement with a partner.

-Holly Tanner. Sexuality and the Older Patient. Tuesday, 13 September 2011.

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The upcoming Modalities and Pelvic Function course is a collaboration of different faculty members working to bring participants the information they have been asking for about modalities, ever since COVID forced a shift in Herman & Wallace's course format. This is a two day, in-person, hands-on course, created to be a very research based and intervention heavy learning experience for participants.

The majority of the in-person learning is interactive or lab based with the lectures being primarily focused on how to apply these modalities to clinical experiences and practice. If you can think of a modality, it is probably mentioned, if not practiced or sampled during this class. You can check out the schedule for an extensive list of all of the modalities included in this class. If there was a modality that could not be experienced as a group, there are interspersed expert interviews reviewing those concepts.

This class is for all types of learners and will definitely meet the needs of people missing in person learning opportunities. Because this class is so lab focused, hands-on and has so much equipment involved, there will only be a few offerings with small in person class sizes.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Allison Ariail, PT, DPT, CLT-LAANA, BCB-PMD is one of the creators of the Herman & Wallace Oncology of the Pelvic Floor Course Series. Allison Ariail is a physical therapist who started working in oncology in 2007 when she became certified as a lymphatic therapist. She worked with breast cancer, lymphedema patients, head and neck cancer patients, and the overall oncology team to work with the whole patient to help them get better. When writing these courses, Allison was part of a knowledgeable team that included Amy Sides and Nicole Dugan among others.


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Special thanks to faculty member Mora Pluchino, PT, DPT, PRPC, and Carole High Gross, PT, DPT, PRPC taking time during HWConnect 2023 to sit down and do this interview. Carole earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 2015, and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1992 from Thomas Jefferson University, and earned her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification and enjoys working as a Pelvic Clinical Rehabilitation Specialist for Lehigh Valley Health Network. She is a Lead Teaching Assistant and instructor with Herman & Wallace. You can meet Carole in her upcoming course Eating Disorders and Pelvic Health Rehabilitation: The Role of a Rehab Professional scheduled for October 28-29, 2023.


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