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Trauma Awareness for the Pelvic Therapist - Remote Course - November 14-15, 2020 8:00am - 2:20pm Pacific Time

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Price: $425(Early Registrant Price $395)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 14

In this two-day course, participants will learn trauma informed care and empowerment of the sexual assault survivor. This course was developed and is taught by Lauren Mansell, DPT, CLT, PRPC, CYT who worked in counseling and advocacy for sexual assault survivors prior to becoming a physical therapist. Lauren also brings her experience as a 2017 Fellow of the Chicago Trauma Collective to teach trauma informed care to medical providers.

Special considerations of trauma within pelvic, oncological and lymphedema patient populations will be explored. Additionally, the effects of trauma on the medical provider will be discussed and along with techniques to prevent compassion fatigue. This course includes Trauma Informed Yoga lab work and break out groups to facilitate learning. Upon completion of the course, the practitioners will be able to bring their increased awareness of trauma to holistic treatment of patients with pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, bowel dysfunction and/or bladder dysfunction.

Skills and content covered are to increase trauma awareness and the ability to provide appropriate medical care for trauma survivors. This course will NOT prepare a practitioner for any type of counseling or mental health services.



Day One:

8:00 Introductions and group activity
8:30 Somatic check in with interoception
8:50  lecture preparation/break
9:00 Interventions I lecture
10:30 Break
11:00 Break out groups
11:20 Interventions II lecture
12:20 Trauma Informed Yoga
1:00 Recap/self-care

Day Two:

8:00 Day 1 review/questions/concerns
8:30 Somatic check in with neuroception
8:50 Lecture preparation/break
9:00 Interventions I lecture
10:30 Break
11:00 Break out groups
11:20  Interventions II lecture
12:20 Trauma Informed Yoga
12:50 Break out groups
1:20 Group synopsis
2:00 Self-care and guideline planning

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

  1. Define compassion fatigue and trauma informed care
  2. Describe the polyvagal autonomic nervous system
  3. Describe the neuro anatomy and physiology of trauma
  4. Describe anatomy, neurobiology and physiology of trauma
  5. Identify risk factors and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  6. Describe Trauma informed interventions during patient care · Scene safety- self and patient · Assess situation · Triage needs- per policy or guideline · Suicidal screening · Medical intervention · Legal intervention · Community supports and resourcing
  7. Formulate techniques for reducing compassion fatigue, secondary trauma and retraumatization
  8. Discuss the epidemiology of sexual violence
  9. List and describe medical and legal considerations for survivor
  10. Identify and describe trauma informed response during patient care/li>
  11. Solidify techniques for reducing compassion fatigue, secondary trauma and retraumatization

Attending a remote course is easy and safe, and you can do it entirely from the security and comfort of your own home or clinic without having to find a lab partner.


Important thing to note: 

- To attend a remote Herman & Wallace course, registrants will need Zoom video conferencing software. This is a requirement. One can create an account and download the software to their computer at https://zoom.us/

- We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our remote course start and end times (this is not the case for in-person and satellite lab locations). Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.

- A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.

- Still have questions about Remote Courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on Remote Courses

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.