Continuing Education Courses > Pelvic Floor Series Capstone
|Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
Experience Level: Advanced
Contact Hours: 22.5
This three-day (8 hours of online lecture plus 2 days of in-person learning), advanced-level course is intended for the therapist who is experienced in treating the pelvic floor patient, has a strong understanding of pelvic anatomy including muscles and nerves, and strong pelvic floor palpation skills. Lab work instructed will cover manual therapy treatments addressing fascia and nerves.
This course is designed to build on the skills learned in Pelvic Floor Levels 1, 2A, and 2B and covers advanced topics in women’s health including endometriosis, infertility, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Day one lecture includes discussions on the endocrine system and an advanced discussion on pelvic anatomy, focusing on connective tissues (organ ligamentous support and the endopelvic fascia). Day two lecture and lab topics includes surgery complications and gynecological cancers, as well as the role of pharmacology and nutrition in pelvic health/pelvic pain. Labs include hands-on manual therapy techniques to address complications from surgery or oncology treatments. On day three, participants will have the opportunity to discuss case studies and complex patients with the instructors on the final day of the course.
Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.
As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient unless medically contraindicated (if unsure please check with your physician prior to attending the course). Internal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.
Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Participants who are pregnant who wish to participate fully in the entire course including in lab must bring a clearance letter from their physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. Participants who are pregnant also have the option of bringing their own lab model for examination, or they have the option of working in a group of three during lab times. Read more about What to Expect During Courses with Internal Lab Work.
PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending.
This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.
This advanced-level course assumes a working knowledge and anatomical understanding of material presented in Pelvic Floor Levels 1, 2A, and 2B, and it will build from that knowledge. Please take time to review those course manuals before attending.
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the connective tissue of the pelvic floor (organ ligamentous supports and fascia-scarpa’s, camper’s, endopelvic fascia)
2. Describe the common vulvar skin and connective tissue dysfunctions
3. List the common female pelvic surgery complications
4. Demonstrate three manual therapy techniques for common female pelvic floor surgery complications
5. List the female gynecologic oncology conditions
6. Demonstrate three manual techniques for common oncology complications
7. Describe the hormonal dysfunction considerations throughout the life cycle
8. Demonstrate perineal release techniques
9. Describe the role of pharmacology and nutrition in pelvic health/ pelvic pain
10. Describe nutritional approaches to decrease inflammation
Similar to Pelvic Floor Level 1, this course is shifting from a 3-day in-person format, to 8 hours of online lecture and a 2-day in-person event. The total number of contact hours, and hands-on lab time will remain the same. We have not finalized the schedule for this new format yet, but we will post it here once we have done so. The new schedule will have much of the same content as the below schedule for the 3-day in-person version, but it will be re-organized to better suit this new format. We are leaving the old 3-day schedule here as a reference, but please realize that this schedule will be updated to reflect the new content and format once we have finalized the shift. To read more about this change to our Pelvic Floor Series, check out our FAQ on the subject.
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Excellent advanced course to tie together Pelvic Floor Series. I feel like I have so many new tools to immediately use with my patients. I also feel motivated and prepared to start studying for PRPC.
- Amanda Lasseter, PT, DPT - Phoenix, AZ
This was my favorite out of all the pelvic floor classes!
- Addie Long, DPT - Shawnee, KS
This course was amazing. So many wonderful techniques and advanced knowledge to proper my practice forward. I feel empowered to problem solve through more complex patients.
- Katherine Sartorius, PT, DPT - Jefferson City, MO
Great class, not just for my pt (learning new info/skill) but for myself.
- Rihab Sayed, DPT - Vienna, VA
Allison and Jennafer are awesome. This is my second class with each of them. I was looking forward as they have so much information to show and long days do not seem long at all.
- Smita Mehta, PT, DPT - San Antonio, TX
Perfect combination of confirming existing knowledge and filling in knowledge gaps. All goals met!
- Lisette Webre, PT, BCB-PMD - Destrehan, LA
Excellent course! The instructors were very well prepared, up-to date with current research and knowledge on all different treatment strategies! The la TA’s were all very helpful in treatment /lab techniques. I loved all of the holistic approaches and research presented to go back to the clinic and integrate into our practice!
- Alyssa Itzkowitz, DPT - Vernon, CT
Excellent course – Full of advanced education of techniques.
- Jenna Sires, PT, DPT - Greer, SC
Wonderful course! Tied all the PF series together along with new knowledge and techniques that were really clinically applicable.
- Iwalani Crush, DPT - New York, NY
Love that this course gave more at the “now what?” options for taking treating patients to the next level with both manual and life style information.
- Kristen M Murphy, DPT - Arden, NC
This course was amazing! The instructors and TA’s were all top match. What an incredible weekend of promoting personal and professional growth.
- Irina Samson DPT, CSRS - Summerville, SC
The pelvic series were the best classes I have ever taken. I am so thankful to have come in this field and Nari and Jenn were the most amazing, inspiring instructors I’ve had the pleasure to learn from.
- Aimee Bean, DPT, OCS - Lynden, WA
PF Capstone is an amazing course and I am grateful to have taken it from Jen and Nari! I have so many new clinical stores and advance knowledge to share with my patients to enhance their treatment and care.
- Alexis Eusterbrock, DPT, COMT, OCS - Seattle, WA
The Capstone course really put things together for me. As a pelvic floor specialist always want to help my patients and try new things. This course gave me the tools to get to another level of treatment. This course also taught me to slow cane and you don’t have to treat the entire body in one day.
- Caitlin Ruggiero DPT - Salisbury, MD
Absolutely phenomenal! Excellent balance of evidence and clinical experiences.
- Jennifer Hammitt - Jonesborough, TN
This course helped tie up the pelvic series beautifully. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and as usual, I always leave Herman Wallace courses feeling so proud of what I do for a living.
-Laura Valentine, PT,DPT,OCS - Valencia, CA
This course was very informative. All concepts will be immediately used clinically. The manuals are always great to have for reference. Thanks for a great weekend!
-Carolyn Low DPT, PRPC - Cleona, PA
I have never walked out of a PF Series Course feeling so relaxed and confident that I can immediately use the information that I learned. Thanks, Nari and Jenn! I thoroughly enjoyed your laid-back teaching styles and your adorable teaching toys!
-Eileen Geary, PT, DPT - Plainsboro, NJ
Great source of information to add on top of my previous pelvic course. Feel that I can give my patient a mine well-rounded treatment.
-Elizabeth Neuman PT, DPT, OCS - Deerfield, IL
This course gave me so many tools both manually and knowledge-based to help serve my patients and myself! I feel prepared to return to the clinic and implement all of these tools.
-Emily Cate Schaffer, PT, DPT- Charleston, SC
Returning to my practice and treating patients I feel like I have taken my techniques to a new level. With every patient, I have some new technique or idea on how to improve treatment. A couple of the patients I have been treating for a while and have gotten lost it how to help them. What I learned in Capstone was so applicable and effective! And my hands feel better with the lighter touch. So, once again, thank you for the awesome teaching staff you keep bringing in for us.
RE: the diastasis section. I did the technique on a patient and decreased her 4years old separation by a good 50%! I explained it wouldn't last and she needed to follow up with all the exercises...but the motivation she felt following treatment and the knowledge that it could change with soft tissue work was awesome!
-Julie D. Tanaka, PT
Comprehensive, excellent course & easy to use handouts. The holistic approach to treating the pelvic floor.
I just appreciate so much the amazing knowledge you guys brought to this class! You guys are helping so many patients by improving our knowledge and skills! Thank you! Thank you! Also... additional time in the diastasis rectus lab was super helpful!!
Perfect course to take before preparing for the PRPC! I feel the course has rounded out my knowledge and given me advanced skills to take my rehab practices to the next level.
-Amanda Land, PT, DPT- Portland, OR
Beginning the PF series was the beginning of discovering my passion for treating pelvic dysfunction. Not only have I learned wonderful techniques to help treat my patients, but [it] has been an amazing personal experience learning so much about myself that has helped me relate to my patients even better. Each time I come to a course I am even more motivated to become a better therapist- this course especially tied it all together.
-Carrie Schofield, PT, DPT - Scottsdale, AZ
I really appreciated this course material and all of the techniques we learned. I felt lab and lecture were both great and I learned an incredible amount. This community is very powerful.
-Jamie Huebner, PT, DPT - Colorado Springs, CO
This course was amazing! I feel like I have so many new techniques to utilize when I return to work this week. Moreover, all of the instructors were fantastic with their eagerness to share new information & in their supportiveness of all participants.
-Rebecca Barrett, PT, DPT - Denver, CO
I truly felt that I could ask any question and the instructors were equipped to answer with evidence-based information. It was so very helpful!
-Lee Sowada, PT, DPT - Gillette, WY
Overall, I really liked this course. It touched on a lot of more complex topics and some new manual therapy concepts. Very knowledgeable & experienced instructors.
-Sara Gagliano, PT, DPT - Scottsdale, AZ
An email to Herman & Wallace: It was the best H& W class that I have ever taken! Nari, Allison, and Jen delivered their information with passion and the evidence to back it up. The labs were very helpful as well as the didactic lecture info. It was an honor to be present in the room with so many smart and dedicated women. I would highly recommend this Capstone course to an advanced level practitioner.
-Nancy Suarez, MS, PT, BCB-PMD, PRPC - Boulder, CO
I had a fabulous time at the Capstone course. The instructors were both AWESOME and I learned a ton. I've worked half of my Monday and already used several of the new techniques, and have two more afternoon patients that I plan to use more of the techniques on!
-Edie Sperling, PT, DPT