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Sexual Medicine in Pelvic Rehab - Sacramento, CA - October 10-11, 2020

Due to concerns about COVID19, this course has been switched to an entirely remote option which can be taken from the safety of home. Registration for the remote event is availabe here.

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Price: $495 (Early Registrant Price $475)
Experience Level: Intermediate
Contact Hours: 15

This 2-day continuing education course is designed for the pelvic rehab specialist who wants to expand their knowledge, experience, and treatment in sexual health and dysfunction and provides thorough introduction to male and female pelvic floor sexual function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. The course will provide an evidence-based perspective on the value of physical therapy interventions for patients with chronic pelvic pain related to sexual conditions, disorders, and multiple approaches for the treatment of sexual dysfunction including understanding medical diagnoses and surgical procedures.

Lecture topics include female and male sexual response cycles, biopsychosocial influences, hormonal influence on sexual function, anatomy and physiology of pelvic floor muscles in sexual arousal, orgasm, and function. Specific dysfunction treated by physical therapy in detail including vaginismus, dyspareunia, erectile dysfunction, hard flaccid, prostatitis as well as recognizing medical conditions such as persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), FOS, FOIS, vestibulodynia, endometriosis, and adenomyosis will also be discussed.

During labs, participants will have the opportunity to review multiple case studies, patient interviewing, and practice manual therapy techniques to treat sexual dysfunction. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to confidently treat sexual dysfunction related to the pelvic floor as well as refer to medical practitioners as needed and instruct patients in the proper application of self-treatment and diet/lifestyle modifications.


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 course requires prior experience with internal exams. Pelvic Floor Level 1 is a prerequisite course.

Assignments and Readings


Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Introductions
8:15 Lecture 1: Sexual Function/Role of the PFM: Anatomy/Physiology/Sexual function, Sexual Response Cycle, Influences on Sexual Response Cycle
9:15 Break
9:30 Lecture 2: Hormones: Overview of hormones, Reproductive cycle, Birth Control  Physiological changes HRT: Estrogen, Testosterone, Progesterone 
11:30 LAB 1: Case Scenarios/breakout groups
1:00 Lecture 3: Physical Therapist Role/Treatment
1:30 LAB 2: Internal/external/exam/techniques
2:45 Lecture 4: Special Population Considerations
3:45 Lecture 5: Intake/Interview: Patient screening/counseling/history taking, health questionaires, FOT
4:15 LAB 3: Practice Intake/screening with partner
5:00 Adjourn

Day Two:
7:45 Questions from Day 1
8:00 Lecture 1: Sexual Dysfunctions/Conditions effecting sexual function in females: Pregnancy, Postpartum, Vaginismus, Dyspareunia
9:30 LAB 1: Case Scenarios for women, breakout groups
10:15 Break
10:30 LAB 2: Treatment of Sexual Pain/teach patient how to use dilator
11:30 Lunch
12:30 Lecture 2: Sexual Dysfunctions/Conditions effecting sexual function in males: Premature ejaculation, Hard flaccid, Erectile dysfunction, Prostatectomy, (Changes in erections, ejaculation), Prostatitis
1:15 LAB 3: Case Scenarios for men, breakout groups
1:45 Lecture 3: Medical Conditions/Diagnosis/Treatment: Sexual pain disorders, Desire disorders, Arousal disorders, Orgasm disorders, Surgeries, Other Healthcare providers
3:30 Evaluations and Wrap up
4:00 Adjourn

Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor muscels and their role in sexual function
2. Define and list the stages of the female and male sexual response cycle
3. Describe the influences on sexual response cycle including pain, abuse, emotions, and hormones
4. Describe the role of hormones throughout the lifecyle from infancy to reproduction and menopause
5. Demonstrate how to self-treat with dilators
6. Recognize and Identify considerations in special populations including LGBTQ, geriatrics, orthopedic limitations, and comorbidities
7. Describe medical treatment approach to pain, arousal, and orgasm disorders including PGAD, ED, endometriosis, adenomyosis, vulvodynia
8. Define the role of other healthcare professionals including MDs, Naturopath, and sex counselors and recognize appropriate referral

9. Describe different surgical procedures including laser, vaginal rejuvenation, vaginoplasty and others

  Name Street Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

East Sacramento Physical Therapy

3400 Elvas Ave
Sacramento, CA 95819
Recommended Lodging

Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento

1875 65th St
Sacramento, CA 95819, USA
Nearest Airport

Sacramento International Airport
Airport Code: SMF

6900 Airport Blvd,
Sacramento, CA 95837,USA


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Tara Sullivan, PT, DPT, PRPC, WCS, IF

Tara Sullivan, PT, DPT, PRPC, WCS, IF

Tara Sullivan, PT, DPT, PRPC, WCS, IF started in the healthcare field as a massage therapist, practicing over ten years including three years of teaching massage and anatomy and physiology. During that time she attended college at Oregon State University earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science, and continuing on to earn her Masters of Science in Human Movement and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University. Tara has specialized exclusively in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction treating bowel, bladder, sexual dysfunctions and pelvic pain since 2012. She has studied through Herman and Wallace and earned her PRPC, as well as becoming a board certified clinical specialist in women’s health (WCS) through APTA and a fellow of the International Society for the study of Women Sexual Health (IF)

Tara established the pelvic health program at HonorHealth in Scottsdale and recently expanded the practice to 2 other locations across the valley. She continues to treat patients with her hands-on individualized approach, taking the time to listen and educate her patients, empowering them to return to a healthy and improved quality of life. She is adjunct faculty speaking at the annual conference for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and teaches an elective course at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Franklin Pierce University on Pelvic Health. Tara is very passionate about creating awareness on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and recently launched her website pelvicfloorspecialist.com to continue educating the public and other healthcare professionals.

Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code Student2021. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

First-Time Registrant Discount

This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2020 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".