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Trauma Awareness for the Pelvic Therapist - Philadelphia, PA - November 14-15, 2020

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Price: $425 (Early Registrant Price $395)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15

Note: The course description is currently being revised. The below description may change before the next course offering.

In this two-day course, participants will learn about trauma influences within the patient and the medical provider, as well as within our society. This course was developed and is taught by Lauren Mansell, DPT, CLT, PRPC, who worked in counseling/advocacy for sexual assault survivors prior to becoming a physical therapist, and uses the skills she learned for the emotional/psychological aspect of working with these patients while making sure patients are undergoing trauma-based counseling in addition to pelvic rehab.

Special consideration of pelvic trauma will be discussed with manual modifications and resource planning initiatives. Additionally, the effects of trauma on the medical provider will be discussed and along with techniques to prevent fatigue. This course will include extensive labs on evidence-based Yoga. Sensitive Yoga is taught in an experiential manner with handouts and YouTube resources to continue one’s practice. Upon completion of the course, the therapists will be able to bring their increased awareness of trauma to the successful, holistic treatment of patients with pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, bowel dysfunction and bladder dysfunction.

Skills and content covered are to increase trauma awareness and ability to provide appropriate physical therapy for trauma survivors and will NOT prepare a physical therapist for any type of counseling or mental health servicing.





What to bring:
Yoga mat or blanket


Note: The schedule is currently being revised. The below schedule may not reflect the actual schedule for future courses.

Day One:

8:00 Registration
8:30 Introductions
9:30 Trauma-defining trauma, boundaries for the course
10:45 Mindfulness for Trauma Processing lab
11:15 Neurobiology of trauma 
12:30 Lunch
1:00 Retraumatization/Secondary Trauma/Compassion Fatigue
2:00 Pelvic trauma and somatic response
3:00 Break
3:15 Mindful movement/ Trauma Sensitive Yoga lab
4:00 Somatic Trauma Processing (introduction)
4:30 Questions
5:00 Adjourn

Day Two:

8:00 Check in, Review of Day 1
8:30 Somatic Trauma Processing (continued)
9:45 Break
10:00 Mindful Movement/ Trauma Sensitive Yoga lab
10:30 Coordinating with local resources 
11:15 Evidence Based Yoga for Trauma/Trauma Sensitive Yoga Lab
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Modifications of Interventions for the Trauma Survivor
2:00 Break
2:15 Physiological Exhaustion Prevention  
3:15 Evidence-based mindfulness lab
3:30 Questions/ Discusision/ Resources/ Check out 
4:00 Adjourn

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

  1. Describe trauma and evidenced based trauma interventions
  2. Perform boundary setting for professional and personal health
  3. Perform physical, emotional and mental check-ins to assure provider health
  4. Describe anatomy, neurobiology and physiology of trauma
  5. Differentiate between acute traumatized needs and chronic traumatized needs
  6. Determine what other medical providers to bring in for supportive care
  7. Recognize when higher level of care is needed and facilitate care transfer and follow up
  8. Understand constant vigilance to prevent compassion fatigue
  9. Describe self-care, wellness management and supportive resourcing within one’s practice
  10. Utilize strategic techniques to complete one’s somatic experience within trauma
  Name Street Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Thomas Jefferson University Edison Building

25 S 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Recommended Lodging

Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia-Midtown

1305 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Nearest Airport

Philadelphia International Airport
Airport Code: PHL



Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: (click here if no map appears below)

Lauren Mansell DPT, CLT, PRPC

Lauren Mansell DPT, CLT, PRPC

Lauren received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Governors State University and a Bachelor Degree in psychology and sociology from Northwestern University. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Lauren counseled suicidal and homicidal SES at-risk youth who had survived sexual violence. Lauren was certified as a medical and legal advocate for sexual assault survivors in 1999 and has advocated for over 130 sexual assault survivors of all ages in the ED. Lauren's physical therapy specialty certifications include Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), Pelvic Rehabilitation Professional Certificate (PRPC) and Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT). She is a board member of Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium, American Physical Therapy Association Section of Women's Health and Section of Oncology.

As adjunct faculty, Lauren teaches Special Topics: Pelvic Rehabilitation Physical Therapy at Governors State University. Lauren works at University of Chicago providing pelvic rehabilitation, lymphedema and oncological physical therapy within Therapy Services and the Center of Supportive Oncology. She treats pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, lymphedema, lymph node transfer/bypass, stem cell transplant, and bowel/bladder/sexual/functional concerns of patients undergoing HIPEC (hyperthermal intraperitoneal chemotherapy). Lauren is a 2017 Fellow of the Chicago Trauma Collective. As a trauma-sensitive practitioner her goal is to empower patients to create meaningful, healthful lifestyle changes to improve their physiology and wellness.

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".