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Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

jessica reale

Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

 

Courses Instructed by Jessica Reale

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    Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Alexandria, VA - February 22-24, 2019 (SOLD OUT)

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    Alexandria
    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day seminar designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

     

    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.

     

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants 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.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

     

    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. 

     

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form<
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introductions, Goals, Objectives
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Function
    9:30 Break
    9:45 Pelvic Floor Evaluation
    11:15 Lab 1: Pelvic Floor Exam Techiques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    2:15 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus*
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Managing Movement Part I: Pressure Systems, Breathing & Load Transfer
    4:15 Lab 3: Screening Breathing and Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
    8:15 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions 
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Urinary Incontinence (Continued)
    10:45 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    11:15 Lab 4: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Lab 5: Bladder Diary Activities
    2:00 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    3:00 Break
    3:15 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    4:15 Introduction to Pelvic Pain
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    7:45 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    8:00 Sexuality & Trauma Issues in Female Pelvic Pain
    9:00 General Treatment of Female Pelvic Pain
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:45 Lunch
    12:30 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    2:00 Break
    2:15 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    *Lab includes internal evaluations

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

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

      Name Street Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Inova Physical Therapy Center

    4700 King Street, Suite 200
    Alexandria, VA 22302
    Recommended Lodging

    Hampton Inn Alexandria/Pentagon South
    +1 703-671-4800

    4800 Leesburg Pike
    Alexandria, VA 22302
    Nearest Airport

    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
    Airport Code:DCA

    Arlington, VA 22202, USA

     

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

    Pany Nazari, PT, DPT, PRPC, BCB-PMD

     Pany Nazari, PT, DPT, BCB-PMDDr. Pany Nazari received her BS degree in 1994 from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her doctorate degree in 2016 from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. For the first decade of her career she focused on mastering the assessment and treatment of a variety of orthopedic issues, with a focus on the spine, sacro-iliac joint, and pelvis. Since 2005, Pany has dedicated her educational and clinical concentration on pelvic floor rehabilitation. Her passion is to use various forms of biofeedback in conjunction with manual therapy along with a strong emphasis on patient education to facilitate optimal function for individuals. She is a fellow and is board certified in the use of Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Disorders and holds certification as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner from the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

    Pany truly believes that knowledge is power; as mentioned, she has a strong focus on education and increasing awareness of the importance of pelvic health among the community, physicians and other practitioners. Aside from teaching for Herman and Wallace Rehab Institute, she has recently been appointed as a clinical instructor for George Washington University in the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Science. She is also continuously expanding her own knowledge by attending various conferences and is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society and National Vulvodynia Association.

    Pany established a tremendously well respected pelvic rehab program at her local hospital from the ground up, where she worked for 18 years. She now works in a multidisciplinary wellness center in McLean, Virginia. Cooking while listening to music, reading, cross-training, and being with her family are some of Pany's other passions.

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Atlanta, GA - June 5-7, 2020

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    Atlanta
    • Description

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    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day seminar designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

     

    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.

     

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants 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.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

     

    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. 

     

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form<
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introductions, Goals, Objectives
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Function
    9:30 Break
    9:45 Pelvic Floor Evaluation
    11:15 Lab 1: Pelvic Floor Exam Techiques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    2:15 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus*
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Managing Movement Part I: Pressure Systems, Breathing & Load Transfer
    4:15 Lab 3: Screening Breathing and Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
    8:15 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions 
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Urinary Incontinence (Continued)
    10:45 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    11:15 Lab 4: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Lab 5: Bladder Diary Activities
    2:00 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    3:00 Break
    3:15 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    4:15 Introduction to Pelvic Pain
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    7:45 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    8:00 Sexuality & Trauma Issues in Female Pelvic Pain
    9:00 General Treatment of Female Pelvic Pain
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:45 Lunch
    12:30 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    2:00 Break
    2:15 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    *Lab includes internal evaluations

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

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Emory Healthcare

    2701 N Decatur Rd
    Decatur, GA 30033
    Recommended Lodging

    Courtyard Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/ Emory
    (404) 371-0204

    130 Clairemont Ave
    Decatur, GA 30030
    Nearest Airport

    Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
    Airport Code: ATL

    6000 N Terminal Pkwy
    Atlanta, GA 30320

     

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

    Instructors - Reale

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     


    Instructor - Fugate

    Amanda Hayes-Fugate, MPT

    Amanda Hayes-Fugate, MPT

    Amanda Hayes Fugate MPT is a pelvic health physical therapist specializing in urinary, bowel and pain conditions for men and women. She went to Western Carolina University in 2007 with the unique goal of being a pelvic health therapist and even won a national scholarship because of her passion in this area. Upon graduation she created a pelvic health program, from the ground up, for a outpatient physical therapy practice in the Asheville, NC area. She has continued to expand her expertise over the past 10 years and has recently started her own pelvic health practice Pelvic Forward PT to provide more comprehensive and patient directed care in the changing medical climate. Using her unique perspective as a lifelong runner and athlete, Amanda has a made treating athletes with pelvic floor dysfunction, pain, or desires for optimal performance a cornerstone of her practice.

    She has built her business on the core values of education, embodiment and empowerment for all. As an tireless educator and in her goal to start a global conversation around pelvic health, Amanda has been involved with many community-based education programs, including lectures and demonstrations to crossfit gyms, the YMCA and pilates studios, providing instructor trainings to DONA, REI, pre-postpartum support groups, and many more.

    Amanda truly loves and is interested in all things pelvic and is so grateful to have joined the Herman and Wallace team. Outside of the clinic she loves all things food, outdoors and spending time with family.

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Instructors

    • Location/Lodging

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day seminar designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

     

    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.

     

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants 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.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

     

    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. 

     

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form<
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introductions, Goals, Objectives
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Function
    9:30 Break
    9:45 Pelvic Floor Evaluation
    11:15 Lab 1: Pelvic Floor Exam Techiques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    2:15 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus*
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Managing Movement Part I: Pressure Systems, Breathing & Load Transfer
    4:15 Lab 3: Screening Breathing and Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
    8:15 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions 
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Urinary Incontinence (Continued)
    10:45 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    11:15 Lab 4: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Lab 5: Bladder Diary Activities
    2:00 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    3:00 Break
    3:15 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    4:15 Introduction to Pelvic Pain
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    7:45 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    8:00 Sexuality & Trauma Issues in Female Pelvic Pain
    9:00 General Treatment of Female Pelvic Pain
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:45 Lunch
    12:30 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    2:00 Break
    2:15 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    *Lab includes internal evaluations

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

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     


    Susannah Haarmann, PT, CLT, WCS

    Susannah Haarmann

    Susannah Haarmann, PT, CLT, WCS graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2003. In 2007 she attended North Georgia College and State University obtaining a masters degree in Physical Therapy. Before focusing her attention on the practice of women’s health, Susannah became a well-rounded therapist working in various settings from acute care to outpatient manual therapy. She completed a residency in women’s health at Duke University in 2012 and currently treats the women’s health, lymphedema and orthopedic populations at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Susannah’s passion for improving quality of life in cancer thrivers shows in her dedication to oncology rehabilitation program development at Mission Hospital and sharing her knowledge with other therapists via the course ‘Rehabilitation for the Breast Cancer Patient.’ Outside of being a dedicated therapist, Susannah enjoys traveling, the arts and is an outdoors woman.

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Emory Healthcare

    2701 N Decatur Rd
    Decatur, GA 30033
    Recommended Lodging

    Courtyard Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/ Emory
    (404) 371-0204

    130 Clairemont Ave
    Decatur, GA 30030
    Nearest Airport

    Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
    Airport Code: ATL

    6000 N Terminal Pkwy
    Atlanta, GA 30320

     

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

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day seminar designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

     

    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.

     

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants 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.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

     

    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. 

     

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form<
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introductions, Goals, Objectives
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Function
    9:30 Break
    9:45 Pelvic Floor Evaluation
    11:15 Lab 1: Pelvic Floor Exam Techiques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    2:15 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus*
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Managing Movement Part I: Pressure Systems, Breathing & Load Transfer
    4:15 Lab 3: Screening Breathing and Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
    8:15 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions 
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Urinary Incontinence (Continued)
    10:45 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    11:15 Lab 4: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Lab 5: Bladder Diary Activities
    2:00 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    3:00 Break
    3:15 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    4:15 Introduction to Pelvic Pain
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    7:45 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    8:00 Sexuality & Trauma Issues in Female Pelvic Pain
    9:00 General Treatment of Female Pelvic Pain
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:45 Lunch
    12:30 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    2:00 Break
    2:15 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    *Lab includes internal evaluations

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

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

      Name Street Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Shelby Baptist Medical Center

    1010 1ST N
    Alabaster AL, 35007
    Recommended Lodging

    Candlewood Suites Alabaster
    (205)-620-0188

    1004 Balmoral Drive
    Alabaster, AL 35007
    Nearest Airport

    Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
    Airport Code: BHM

    5900 Messer Airport Hwy
    Birmingham, AL 35212

     

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    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     


    Susannah Haarmann, PT, CLT, WCS

    Susannah Haarmann

    Susannah Haarmann, PT, CLT, WCS graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2003. In 2007 she attended North Georgia College and State University obtaining a masters degree in Physical Therapy. Before focusing her attention on the practice of women’s health, Susannah became a well-rounded therapist working in various settings from acute care to outpatient manual therapy. She completed a residency in women’s health at Duke University in 2012 and currently treats the women’s health, lymphedema and orthopedic populations at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Susannah’s passion for improving quality of life in cancer thrivers shows in her dedication to oncology rehabilitation program development at Mission Hospital and sharing her knowledge with other therapists via the course ‘Rehabilitation for the Breast Cancer Patient.’ Outside of being a dedicated therapist, Susannah enjoys traveling, the arts and is an outdoors woman.

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Description

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    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day seminar designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

     

    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.

     

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants 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.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

     

    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. 

     

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form<
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introductions, Goals, Objectives
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Function
    9:30 Break
    9:45 Pelvic Floor Evaluation
    11:15 Lab 1: Pelvic Floor Exam Techiques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    2:15 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus*
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Managing Movement Part I: Pressure Systems, Breathing & Load Transfer
    4:15 Lab 3: Screening Breathing and Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
    8:15 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions 
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Urinary Incontinence (Continued)
    10:45 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    11:15 Lab 4: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Lab 5: Bladder Diary Activities
    2:00 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    3:00 Break
    3:15 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    4:15 Introduction to Pelvic Pain
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    7:45 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    8:00 Sexuality & Trauma Issues in Female Pelvic Pain
    9:00 General Treatment of Female Pelvic Pain
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:45 Lunch
    12:30 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    2:00 Break
    2:15 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    *Lab includes internal evaluations

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

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Washington Regional Medical Center

    12 East Appleby Road
    Fayetteville, AR 72703
    Recommended Lodging

    Courtyard by Marriott Fayetteville
    (479)-571-4900

    600 E Van Asche Dr,
    Fayetteville, AR 72703
    Nearest Airport

    Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
    Airport Code: XNA

    1 Airport Blvd
    Bentonville, AR 72712

     

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

    Instructors - Cathcart

    Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

    Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

    Darla graduated from Louisiana State University (Shreveport, LA) with her physical therapy degree, performed residency training in Women’s Health PT at Duke University, and is currently pursuing a PhD at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Her dissertation research focus is on using non-invasive brain stimulation to augment behavioral interventions for women with lifelong vaginismus.

    Darla’s certifications and training include: Women’s Health Certified Specialist (WCS, board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties). Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic). Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT).

    Darla began her women’s health physical therapy career in her first job while working with pregnant women with musculoskeletal problems in a private outpatient therapy clinic in Shreveport, LA (with a focus on spine rehab). While there, she developed and hosted an exercise class for pregnant women. She would go on to develop a mom and baby postpartum exercise class while in her Duke residency in Durham, NC. She went on to develop the pelvic, pregnancy, and post-breast cancer/lymphedema PT program at Christus-Schumpert Health system in Shreveport, LA. During this time, she participated in educating women in the labor and birth preparatory classes hosted by the hospital; she also taught the women’s health course for physical therapy students at LSU-Shreveport. Darla went on to serve as a full-time faculty member in the physical therapy program at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, where she taught women’s health topics, documentation, therapeutic exercise, professional development, and human physiology. She now owns a private PT practice that is dedicated to pelvic (bowel, bladder, and pelvic pain) and pregnancy/postpartum conditions in Conway, AR.

    Darla has several peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed scientific publications. Amongst some of these, she co-authored “Clinical Summary: Urinary Incontinence” for PTNow.org in April 2015. She authored the chapter titled “The Female Hip and Pelvis” in Orthopedic Management of the Hip and Pelvis (S Cheatham, M Kolber, Elsevier, 2015). She chaired the committee for and participated heavily in the development of the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy/Postpartum (CAPP-OB) course series for the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association. Darla has spoken and instructed many courses in local, national, and international settings on a variety of pelvic, pregnancy/postpartum, and other women’s health physical therapy topics. Darla has served as the Director of Education (2011-2014) and as Vice President (2015-2016) for the Section on Women’s Health, American Physical Therapy Association. She also served a technical expert panel member on Treatments for Fecal Incontinence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2014-2015. She also volunteered as a Women’s Health Certified Specialist Exam Standardization Task Force member in May 2013. Darla received several awards from the Section on Women’s Health: CAPP-OB Instructor of the Year (2017); Course Site Hostess of the Year (2018); and Volunteer of the Year (2015). She also received Clinical Instructor of the Year while serving as a clinical instructor a pelvic health physical therapy student from Elon University in 2011.

    On a personal note, Darla has twin boys who were born in 2008. She is a life-long runner and exerciser who loves dark chocolate, craft beer, and her Basset hound (George) and Basset-Dachshund mix (Peanut).

    Instructors - Reale

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Description

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    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day seminar designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

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    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.

     

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants 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.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

     

    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. 

     

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form<
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introductions, Goals, Objectives
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Function
    9:30 Break
    9:45 Pelvic Floor Evaluation
    11:15 Lab 1: Pelvic Floor Exam Techiques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    2:15 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus*
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Managing Movement Part I: Pressure Systems, Breathing & Load Transfer
    4:15 Lab 3: Screening Breathing and Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
    8:15 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions 
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Urinary Incontinence (Continued)
    10:45 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    11:15 Lab 4: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Lab 5: Bladder Diary Activities
    2:00 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    3:00 Break
    3:15 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    4:15 Introduction to Pelvic Pain
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    7:45 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    8:00 Sexuality & Trauma Issues in Female Pelvic Pain
    9:00 General Treatment of Female Pelvic Pain
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:45 Lunch
    12:30 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    2:00 Break
    2:15 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    *Lab includes internal evaluations

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

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Washington Regional Medical Center

    12 East Appleby Road
    Fayetteville, AR 72703
    Recommended Lodging

    Courtyard by Marriott Fayetteville
    (479)-571-4900

    600 E Van Asche Dr,
    Fayetteville, AR 72703
    Nearest Airport

    Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
    Airport Code: XNA

    1 Airport Blvd
    Bentonville, AR 72712

     

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

    Instructors - Cathcart

    Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

    Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

    Darla graduated from Louisiana State University (Shreveport, LA) with her physical therapy degree, performed residency training in Women’s Health PT at Duke University, and is currently pursuing a PhD at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Her dissertation research focus is on using non-invasive brain stimulation to augment behavioral interventions for women with lifelong vaginismus.

    Darla’s certifications and training include: Women’s Health Certified Specialist (WCS, board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties). Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic). Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT).

    Darla began her women’s health physical therapy career in her first job while working with pregnant women with musculoskeletal problems in a private outpatient therapy clinic in Shreveport, LA (with a focus on spine rehab). While there, she developed and hosted an exercise class for pregnant women. She would go on to develop a mom and baby postpartum exercise class while in her Duke residency in Durham, NC. She went on to develop the pelvic, pregnancy, and post-breast cancer/lymphedema PT program at Christus-Schumpert Health system in Shreveport, LA. During this time, she participated in educating women in the labor and birth preparatory classes hosted by the hospital; she also taught the women’s health course for physical therapy students at LSU-Shreveport. Darla went on to serve as a full-time faculty member in the physical therapy program at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, where she taught women’s health topics, documentation, therapeutic exercise, professional development, and human physiology. She now owns a private PT practice that is dedicated to pelvic (bowel, bladder, and pelvic pain) and pregnancy/postpartum conditions in Conway, AR.

    Darla has several peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed scientific publications. Amongst some of these, she co-authored “Clinical Summary: Urinary Incontinence” for PTNow.org in April 2015. She authored the chapter titled “The Female Hip and Pelvis” in Orthopedic Management of the Hip and Pelvis (S Cheatham, M Kolber, Elsevier, 2015). She chaired the committee for and participated heavily in the development of the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy/Postpartum (CAPP-OB) course series for the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association. Darla has spoken and instructed many courses in local, national, and international settings on a variety of pelvic, pregnancy/postpartum, and other women’s health physical therapy topics. Darla has served as the Director of Education (2011-2014) and as Vice President (2015-2016) for the Section on Women’s Health, American Physical Therapy Association. She also served a technical expert panel member on Treatments for Fecal Incontinence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2014-2015. She also volunteered as a Women’s Health Certified Specialist Exam Standardization Task Force member in May 2013. Darla received several awards from the Section on Women’s Health: CAPP-OB Instructor of the Year (2017); Course Site Hostess of the Year (2018); and Volunteer of the Year (2015). She also received Clinical Instructor of the Year while serving as a clinical instructor a pelvic health physical therapy student from Elon University in 2011.

    On a personal note, Darla has twin boys who were born in 2008. She is a life-long runner and exerciser who loves dark chocolate, craft beer, and her Basset hound (George) and Basset-Dachshund mix (Peanut).

    Instructors - Reale

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Greenville
    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day seminar designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

     

    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.

     

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants 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.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

     

    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. 

     

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form<
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introductions, Goals, Objectives
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Function
    9:30 Break
    9:45 Pelvic Floor Evaluation
    11:15 Lab 1: Pelvic Floor Exam Techiques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    2:15 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus*
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Managing Movement Part I: Pressure Systems, Breathing & Load Transfer
    4:15 Lab 3: Screening Breathing and Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
    8:15 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions 
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Urinary Incontinence (Continued)
    10:45 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    11:15 Lab 4: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Lab 5: Bladder Diary Activities
    2:00 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    3:00 Break
    3:15 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    4:15 Introduction to Pelvic Pain
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    7:45 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    8:00 Sexuality & Trauma Issues in Female Pelvic Pain
    9:00 General Treatment of Female Pelvic Pain
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:45 Lunch
    12:30 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    2:00 Break
    2:15 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    *Lab includes internal evaluations

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

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

      Name Street Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

    1 St. Francis Drive,
    Greenville, SC 29601
    Recommended Lodging

    Aloft Greenville Downtown
    (864) 297-6100

    5 N Laurens St.
    Greenville, SC 29601
    Nearest Airport

    Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
    Airport Code: GSP

    2000 GSP Dr
    Greer, SC 29651

     

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

     

    Instructors - Cathcart

    Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

    Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

    Darla graduated from Louisiana State University (Shreveport, LA) with her physical therapy degree, performed residency training in Women’s Health PT at Duke University, and is currently pursuing a PhD at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Her dissertation research focus is on using non-invasive brain stimulation to augment behavioral interventions for women with lifelong vaginismus.

    Darla’s certifications and training include: Women’s Health Certified Specialist (WCS, board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties). Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic). Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT).

    Darla began her women’s health physical therapy career in her first job while working with pregnant women with musculoskeletal problems in a private outpatient therapy clinic in Shreveport, LA (with a focus on spine rehab). While there, she developed and hosted an exercise class for pregnant women. She would go on to develop a mom and baby postpartum exercise class while in her Duke residency in Durham, NC. She went on to develop the pelvic, pregnancy, and post-breast cancer/lymphedema PT program at Christus-Schumpert Health system in Shreveport, LA. During this time, she participated in educating women in the labor and birth preparatory classes hosted by the hospital; she also taught the women’s health course for physical therapy students at LSU-Shreveport. Darla went on to serve as a full-time faculty member in the physical therapy program at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, where she taught women’s health topics, documentation, therapeutic exercise, professional development, and human physiology. She now owns a private PT practice that is dedicated to pelvic (bowel, bladder, and pelvic pain) and pregnancy/postpartum conditions in Conway, AR.

    Darla has several peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed scientific publications. Amongst some of these, she co-authored “Clinical Summary: Urinary Incontinence” for PTNow.org in April 2015. She authored the chapter titled “The Female Hip and Pelvis” in Orthopedic Management of the Hip and Pelvis (S Cheatham, M Kolber, Elsevier, 2015). She chaired the committee for and participated heavily in the development of the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy/Postpartum (CAPP-OB) course series for the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association. Darla has spoken and instructed many courses in local, national, and international settings on a variety of pelvic, pregnancy/postpartum, and other women’s health physical therapy topics. Darla has served as the Director of Education (2011-2014) and as Vice President (2015-2016) for the Section on Women’s Health, American Physical Therapy Association. She also served a technical expert panel member on Treatments for Fecal Incontinence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2014-2015. She also volunteered as a Women’s Health Certified Specialist Exam Standardization Task Force member in May 2013. Darla received several awards from the Section on Women’s Health: CAPP-OB Instructor of the Year (2017); Course Site Hostess of the Year (2018); and Volunteer of the Year (2015). She also received Clinical Instructor of the Year while serving as a clinical instructor a pelvic health physical therapy student from Elon University in 2011.

    On a personal note, Darla has twin boys who were born in 2008. She is a life-long runner and exerciser who loves dark chocolate, craft beer, and her Basset hound (George) and Basset-Dachshund mix (Peanut).

    Instructors - Reale

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Instructors

    • Location/Lodging

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day seminar designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

     

    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.

     

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants 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.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

     

    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. 

     

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form<
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introductions, Goals, Objectives
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Function
    9:30 Break
    9:45 Pelvic Floor Evaluation
    11:15 Lab 1: Pelvic Floor Exam Techiques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    2:15 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus*
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Managing Movement Part I: Pressure Systems, Breathing & Load Transfer
    4:15 Lab 3: Screening Breathing and Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
    8:15 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions 
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Urinary Incontinence (Continued)
    10:45 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    11:15 Lab 4: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Lab 5: Bladder Diary Activities
    2:00 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    3:00 Break
    3:15 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    4:15 Introduction to Pelvic Pain
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    7:45 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    8:00 Sexuality & Trauma Issues in Female Pelvic Pain
    9:00 General Treatment of Female Pelvic Pain
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:45 Lunch
    12:30 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    2:00 Break
    2:15 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    *Lab includes internal evaluations

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

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     


    Holly Tanner, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, WCS, PRPC, LMP, BCB-PMD, CCI

    Holly Tanner

    Holly Tanner, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, WCS, PRPC, LMP, BCB-PMB, CCI was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. At Herman & Wallace, Holly is a faculty member and the Director of Education. She owns a private practice that focuses on pelvic rehabilitation and on chronic myofascial pain. She graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 1995 with a Masters of Arts degree in Physical Therapy and in 2013 she completed a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is also a licensed massage practitioner, licensed in Washington since 2003. Prior experience includes working for Apple Physical Therapy where she developed and directed the Women's and Men's Health programs for the company’s many clinics. She is Board-certified in Orthopedics, Women's Health, and is also certified in Pelvic Rehabilitation and in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. Holly served as adjunct faculty at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, for whom she continues to teach in the transitional DPT program. Along with H&W faculty member Stacey Futterman she co-authored the "Male Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction, and Treatment" course. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Massage Therapy Association. Her physical therapy and massage practice, Flow Rehab, is located in the Fremont neighborbood of Seattle.

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital

    1635 N Loop W
    Houston, TX 77008
    Recommended Lodging

    Courtyard Houston Brookhollow
    (713) 688-7711

    2504 North Loop West
    Houston, TX, 77092
    Nearest Airport

    George Bush Intercontinental Airport
    Airport Code: IAH

    2800 N Terminal Rd
    Houston, TX 77032

     

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

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Instructors

    • Location/Lodging

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day seminar designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

     

    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.

     

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants 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.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

     

    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. 

     

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form<
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introductions, Goals, Objectives
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Function
    9:30 Break
    9:45 Pelvic Floor Evaluation
    11:15 Lab 1: Pelvic Floor Exam Techiques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    2:15 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus*
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Managing Movement Part I: Pressure Systems, Breathing & Load Transfer
    4:15 Lab 3: Screening Breathing and Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
    8:15 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions 
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Urinary Incontinence (Continued)
    10:45 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    11:15 Lab 4: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Lab 5: Bladder Diary Activities
    2:00 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    3:00 Break
    3:15 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    4:15 Introduction to Pelvic Pain
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    7:45 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    8:00 Sexuality & Trauma Issues in Female Pelvic Pain
    9:00 General Treatment of Female Pelvic Pain
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:45 Lunch
    12:30 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    2:00 Break
    2:15 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    *Lab includes internal evaluations

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

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

    Pany Nazari, PT, DPT, PRPC, BCB-PMD

     Pany Nazari, PT, DPT, BCB-PMDDr. Pany Nazari received her BS degree in 1994 from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her doctorate degree in 2016 from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. For the first decade of her career she focused on mastering the assessment and treatment of a variety of orthopedic issues, with a focus on the spine, sacro-iliac joint, and pelvis. Since 2005, Pany has dedicated her educational and clinical concentration on pelvic floor rehabilitation. Her passion is to use various forms of biofeedback in conjunction with manual therapy along with a strong emphasis on patient education to facilitate optimal function for individuals. She is a fellow and is board certified in the use of Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Disorders and holds certification as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner from the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

    Pany truly believes that knowledge is power; as mentioned, she has a strong focus on education and increasing awareness of the importance of pelvic health among the community, physicians and other practitioners. Aside from teaching for Herman and Wallace Rehab Institute, she has recently been appointed as a clinical instructor for George Washington University in the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Science. She is also continuously expanding her own knowledge by attending various conferences and is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society and National Vulvodynia Association.

    Pany established a tremendously well respected pelvic rehab program at her local hospital from the ground up, where she worked for 18 years. She now works in a multidisciplinary wellness center in McLean, Virginia. Cooking while listening to music, reading, cross-training, and being with her family are some of Pany's other passions.

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Columbia St. Marys

    2350 N Lake Dr
    Milwaukee, WI 53211
    Recommended Lodging

    Courtyard Milwaukee Downtown
    (414)-291-4122

    300 w michigan st
    milwaukee, wi 53203
    Nearest Airport

    General Mitchell International Airport
    Airport Code: MKE

    5300 S Howell Ave
    Milwaukee, WI 53207

     

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

     

     

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day seminar designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

     

    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.

     

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants 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.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

     

    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. 

     

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form<
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introductions, Goals, Objectives
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Function
    9:30 Break
    9:45 Pelvic Floor Evaluation
    11:15 Lab 1: Pelvic Floor Exam Techiques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    2:15 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus*
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Managing Movement Part I: Pressure Systems, Breathing & Load Transfer
    4:15 Lab 3: Screening Breathing and Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
    8:15 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions 
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Urinary Incontinence (Continued)
    10:45 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    11:15 Lab 4: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications*
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Lab 5: Bladder Diary Activities
    2:00 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    3:00 Break
    3:15 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    4:15 Introduction to Pelvic Pain
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    7:45 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    8:00 Sexuality & Trauma Issues in Female Pelvic Pain
    9:00 General Treatment of Female Pelvic Pain
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:45 Lunch
    12:30 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    2:00 Break
    2:15 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    *Lab includes internal evaluations

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

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

    Pamela Downey, MSPT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD

    Pamela A. Downey, MSPT, DPT, BCIA-PMDB

    Pamela A. Downey, PT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMB, is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy and Board Certified in Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction. Owner of Partnership in Therapy, a private practice in Coral Gables, Florida, she treats women and men with pelvic floor dysfunction, related urogynecological and colorectal issues, spine dysfunction, osteoporosis and complaints associated with pregnancy and the postpartum period. Her mission is to educate and integrate healthy lifestyles for patients on the road to wellness.

    Dr. Downey has been honored to teach with the Herman and Wallace Institute since 2006. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University Of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Coral Gables, Florida, and Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A certified Polestar Pilates Educator, she utilizes Pilates and therapeutic exercise interventions specifically designed for patients with pre/post-natal, pelvic floor muscle and other lumbo-pelvic pain-related dysfunctions.

    Dr. Downey received her Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and her Master of Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami School Of Medicine. She is actively involved in professional activities of the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association, presently sitting as Coordinator of Research Submissions for annual meetings and as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Women’s Health. Dr. Downey has lectured nationally and internationally at professional conferences and is the author of multiple published research articles and a book chapter on chronic pelvic pain in the medical text, Women’s Health in Physical Therapy.

    She can be reached at 305 666-3232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    The George Washington University

    2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Suite 2000
    Washington, DC 20006
    Recommended Lodging

    Avenue Suites Georgetown
    (202)333-8060

    2500 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    Nearest Airport

    Washington Dulles International Airport
    Airport Code: IAD

    Dulles International Airport, 1 Saarinen Cir
    Dulles, VA 20166

     

    Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: Click here if map is not shown below.

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Intermediate
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day intermediate-level seminar designed as a next step in completing the clinicians’ ability to more comprehensively evaluate and treat the female and male pelvic floor. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about two common bowel dysfunctions, fecal incontinence and constipation, and how the pelvic rehabilitation provider can play a crucial role in overcoming these issues that affect quality of life so dramatically. In the US, adult estimates of fecal incontinence is over 8%, and greater than 15% in people over age 70. (Whitehead, 2010) According to the National Institutes of Health, constipation affects up to 15% of people, and is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints that affects 42 million people. (Constipation, 2013) Pelvic rehabilitation providers are able to teach patients how to significantly improve quality of life through simple behavioral techniques and approaches that optimize abdominopelvic health.

    Participants will learn how to evaluate the patient who presents with bowel dysfunction including fecal incontinence and constipation, and also with defecation disorders such as paroxysmal puborectalis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and fecal urgency. Knowledge of pelvic anatomy expands into the gastrointestinal system with detailed instruction about the rectum and anal canal, anal sphincters, and with instruction in important physiologic principles such as the gastrocolic reflex, sampling response, and intrinsic defecation reflex. There are other conditions that can cause pain or bleeding such as hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, and proctalgia fugax; the clinician will learn how to apply skills of external and internal pelvic muscle assessement (via the anorectal canal) for these conditions.

    Many pelvic rehabilitation providers attend this course to learn clinical skills for coccyx pain and for pudendal neuralgia, two conditions that are included on Day 2 of this continuing education course. As either condition can contribute to chronic pelvic pain, this course provides significant lab time so that participants will have the opportunity to practice any new skills. Day 3 of the course introduces the participant to pelvic rehabilitation of the male patient with an emphasis on topics of male pelvic anatomy, urinary incontinence, prostatectomy, and male pelvic pain. The content in this course prepares the therapist to work with male pelvic conditions by reinforcing what is common to the care of both men and women, as well as teaching that which is unique for the male patient.Current medical evaluation (with tests such as defecography, manometry), medical management (for anorectal pain and for colorectal conditions), and evidence-informed clinical interventions will be instructed.

     

    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.

     

    Special Considerations:

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    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. 

     

    Audience:

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    Prerequisites:

    Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.

     

    Required Readings:

    1. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse Handout on Fecal Incontinence
    2. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Article on Constipation
    3. The International Pelvic Pain Society Article on Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE)
    4. The European Urology Association'sGuidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    5. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website electrotherapy.org
    6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Ebook available at a 20% discount at the preceding link (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy, are not required to purchase an additional one. Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Additional Helpful Resources:

    1. Male Pelvic Pain - go to malepelvicfloor.com
    2. Many participants also find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum


    References

    Constipation. (2013) National Institutes of Health. Retrieved January 22, 2014 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation
    Whitehead, W. E., Borrud, L., Gode, P. S., Meikle, S., Mueller, E. R., Tuteja, A.,...Ye, W. (2009). Fecal incontinence in US adults: epidemiology and risk factors. Gastroenterology, (137)2, 512-517

    Day One:
    8:00 Objectives & Course Introduction
    8:15 Colorectal anatomy
    9:15 Colorectal Physiology
    10:00 Break
    10:15 Colorectal Medical Testing
    10:45 Anorectal Examination & Muscle Mapping
    11:15 Lab: Sidelying Assessment: Visual Inspection, Pelvic floor Muscle Testing
    12:00 Fecal Incontinence Evaluation & Interventions
    12:30 Lunch
    1:30 Fecal Incontinence Evaluation & Interventions Continued
    2:45 Case Study: Fecal Incontinence
    3:30 SEMG Lecture
    4:00Lab: Pelvic Floor Uptraining
    4:30 Post-test, Questions
    5:00 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions
    8:15 Constipation Evaluation & Interventions
    10:00 Break
    10:15 SEMG Lecture
    Lab: Pelvic Floor Downtraining
    11:30 Case Study: Constipation
    11:45 Colorectal Conditions and the Pelvic Floor
    12:45 Lunch
    1:45 Coccyx dysfunctions
    2:45 Break
    3:00 Lab: External & Internal Interventions for Coccyx Pain
    4:30 Post-test and Questions
    5:00 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    8:00 Questions
    8:30 Pudendal Nerve Dysfunction
    9:30 Male Pelvic Anatomy
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Male Pelvic Anatomy
    11:30 Male Pelvic Pain
    12:30 Case Study: Male Pelvic Pain
    12:45 Lunch
    1:30 Final Lab: Pudendal Palpation, Muscle Releases
    2:15 Post-Prostatectomy Dysfunction
    3:15 Marketing, Business, Program Development
    3:30 Post-test & Questions
    4:00 Adjourn

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

    1.   Describe anatomy of the colorectal region.
    2.   Explain physiology of the gastrointestinal system including pathophysiology pertaining to bowel dysfunction.
    3.   Perform examination and evaluation of pelvic floor function related to anorectal structures.
    4.   Recognize types of fecal incontinence and develop plans of care for intervention including behavioral training and education.
    5.   Recognize and treat constipation, name the signs, symptoms, and interventions for hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, and other common colorectal conditions.
    6.   Identify specific pelvic floor muscles and key bony landmarks within the anorectal canal.
    7.   Perform external and internal rectal myofascial treatment techniques such as Thiele’s massage and trigger point release.
    8.   Perform patient education and behavioral training for constipation, fecal incontinence and pelvic pain syndromes.
    9.   Describe and teach three SEMG downtraining (relaxation) strategies for the overactive pelvic floor.
    10. Describe and demonstrate coccyx evaluation and treatment using internal and external coccyx mobilizations.
    11. Describe male urogenital and pelvic floor anatomy, identify signs and symptoms of prostatodynia
    12. List key medical diagnostic procedures for colorectal conditions.

    Pamela Downey, MSPT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD

    Pamela A. Downey, MSPT, DPT, BCIA-PMDB

    Pamela A. Downey, PT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMB, is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy and Board Certified in Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction. Owner of Partnership in Therapy, a private practice in Coral Gables, Florida, she treats women and men with pelvic floor dysfunction, related urogynecological and colorectal issues, spine dysfunction, osteoporosis and complaints associated with pregnancy and the postpartum period. Her mission is to educate and integrate healthy lifestyles for patients on the road to wellness.

    Dr. Downey has been honored to teach with the Herman and Wallace Institute since 2006. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University Of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Coral Gables, Florida, and Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A certified Polestar Pilates Educator, she utilizes Pilates and therapeutic exercise interventions specifically designed for patients with pre/post-natal, pelvic floor muscle and other lumbo-pelvic pain-related dysfunctions.

    Dr. Downey received her Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and her Master of Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami School Of Medicine. She is actively involved in professional activities of the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association, presently sitting as Coordinator of Research Submissions for annual meetings and as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Women’s Health. Dr. Downey has lectured nationally and internationally at professional conferences and is the author of multiple published research articles and a book chapter on chronic pelvic pain in the medical text, Women’s Health in Physical Therapy.

    She can be reached at 305 666-3232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Emory Healthcare

    2701 N Decatur Rd
    Decatur, GA 30033
    Recommended Lodging

    Courtyard Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/ Emory
    (404) 371-0204

    130 Clairemont Ave
    Decatur, GA 30030
    Nearest Airport

    Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
    Airport Code: ATL

    6000 N Terminal Pkwy
    Atlanta, GA 30320

     

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

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Intermediate
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day intermediate-level seminar designed as a next step in completing the clinicians’ ability to more comprehensively evaluate and treat the female and male pelvic floor. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about two common bowel dysfunctions, fecal incontinence and constipation, and how the pelvic rehabilitation provider can play a crucial role in overcoming these issues that affect quality of life so dramatically. In the US, adult estimates of fecal incontinence is over 8%, and greater than 15% in people over age 70. (Whitehead, 2010) According to the National Institutes of Health, constipation affects up to 15% of people, and is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints that affects 42 million people. (Constipation, 2013) Pelvic rehabilitation providers are able to teach patients how to significantly improve quality of life through simple behavioral techniques and approaches that optimize abdominopelvic health.

    Participants will learn how to evaluate the patient who presents with bowel dysfunction including fecal incontinence and constipation, and also with defecation disorders such as paroxysmal puborectalis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and fecal urgency. Knowledge of pelvic anatomy expands into the gastrointestinal system with detailed instruction about the rectum and anal canal, anal sphincters, and with instruction in important physiologic principles such as the gastrocolic reflex, sampling response, and intrinsic defecation reflex. There are other conditions that can cause pain or bleeding such as hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, and proctalgia fugax; the clinician will learn how to apply skills of external and internal pelvic muscle assessement (via the anorectal canal) for these conditions.

    Many pelvic rehabilitation providers attend this course to learn clinical skills for coccyx pain and for pudendal neuralgia, two conditions that are included on Day 2 of this continuing education course. As either condition can contribute to chronic pelvic pain, this course provides significant lab time so that participants will have the opportunity to practice any new skills. Day 3 of the course introduces the participant to pelvic rehabilitation of the male patient with an emphasis on topics of male pelvic anatomy, urinary incontinence, prostatectomy, and male pelvic pain. The content in this course prepares the therapist to work with male pelvic conditions by reinforcing what is common to the care of both men and women, as well as teaching that which is unique for the male patient.Current medical evaluation (with tests such as defecography, manometry), medical management (for anorectal pain and for colorectal conditions), and evidence-informed clinical interventions will be instructed.

     

    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.

     

    Special Considerations:

    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Rectal 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.

    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. 

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Prerequisites:

    Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.

     

    Required Readings:

    1. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse Handout on Fecal Incontinence
    2. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Article on Constipation
    3. The International Pelvic Pain Society Article on Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE)
    4. The European Urology Association'sGuidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    5. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website electrotherapy.org
    6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Ebook available at a 20% discount at the preceding link (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy, are not required to purchase an additional one. Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Additional Helpful Resources:

    1. Male Pelvic Pain - go to malepelvicfloor.com
    2. Many participants also find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum


    References

    Constipation. (2013) National Institutes of Health. Retrieved January 22, 2014 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation
    Whitehead, W. E., Borrud, L., Gode, P. S., Meikle, S., Mueller, E. R., Tuteja, A.,...Ye, W. (2009). Fecal incontinence in US adults: epidemiology and risk factors. Gastroenterology, (137)2, 512-517

    Day One:
    8:00 Objectives & Course Introduction
    8:15 Colorectal anatomy
    9:15 Colorectal Physiology
    10:00 Break
    10:15 Colorectal Medical Testing
    10:45 Anorectal Examination & Muscle Mapping
    11:15 Lab: Sidelying Assessment: Visual Inspection, Pelvic floor Muscle Testing
    12:00 Fecal Incontinence Evaluation & Interventions
    12:30 Lunch
    1:30 Fecal Incontinence Evaluation & Interventions Continued
    2:45 Case Study: Fecal Incontinence
    3:30 SEMG Lecture
    4:00Lab: Pelvic Floor Uptraining
    4:30 Post-test, Questions
    5:00 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions
    8:15 Constipation Evaluation & Interventions
    10:00 Break
    10:15 SEMG Lecture
    Lab: Pelvic Floor Downtraining
    11:30 Case Study: Constipation
    11:45 Colorectal Conditions and the Pelvic Floor
    12:45 Lunch
    1:45 Coccyx dysfunctions
    2:45 Break
    3:00 Lab: External & Internal Interventions for Coccyx Pain
    4:30 Post-test and Questions
    5:00 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    8:00 Questions
    8:30 Pudendal Nerve Dysfunction
    9:30 Male Pelvic Anatomy
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Male Pelvic Anatomy
    11:30 Male Pelvic Pain
    12:30 Case Study: Male Pelvic Pain
    12:45 Lunch
    1:30 Final Lab: Pudendal Palpation, Muscle Releases
    2:15 Post-Prostatectomy Dysfunction
    3:15 Marketing, Business, Program Development
    3:30 Post-test & Questions
    4:00 Adjourn

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

    1.   Describe anatomy of the colorectal region.
    2.   Explain physiology of the gastrointestinal system including pathophysiology pertaining to bowel dysfunction.
    3.   Perform examination and evaluation of pelvic floor function related to anorectal structures.
    4.   Recognize types of fecal incontinence and develop plans of care for intervention including behavioral training and education.
    5.   Recognize and treat constipation, name the signs, symptoms, and interventions for hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, and other common colorectal conditions.
    6.   Identify specific pelvic floor muscles and key bony landmarks within the anorectal canal.
    7.   Perform external and internal rectal myofascial treatment techniques such as Thiele’s massage and trigger point release.
    8.   Perform patient education and behavioral training for constipation, fecal incontinence and pelvic pain syndromes.
    9.   Describe and teach three SEMG downtraining (relaxation) strategies for the overactive pelvic floor.
    10. Describe and demonstrate coccyx evaluation and treatment using internal and external coccyx mobilizations.
    11. Describe male urogenital and pelvic floor anatomy, identify signs and symptoms of prostatodynia
    12. List key medical diagnostic procedures for colorectal conditions.

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Emory Healthcare

    2701 N Decatur Rd
    Decatur, GA 30033
    Recommended Lodging

    Courtyard Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/ Emory
    (404) 371-0204

    130 Clairemont Ave
    Decatur, GA 30030
    Nearest Airport

    Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
    Airport Code: ATL

    6000 N Terminal Pkwy
    Atlanta, GA 30320

     

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

    Instructors - Cathcart

    Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

    Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

    Darla graduated from Louisiana State University (Shreveport, LA) with her physical therapy degree, performed residency training in Women’s Health PT at Duke University, and is currently pursuing a PhD at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Her dissertation research focus is on using non-invasive brain stimulation to augment behavioral interventions for women with lifelong vaginismus.

    Darla’s certifications and training include: Women’s Health Certified Specialist (WCS, board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties). Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic). Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT).

    Darla began her women’s health physical therapy career in her first job while working with pregnant women with musculoskeletal problems in a private outpatient therapy clinic in Shreveport, LA (with a focus on spine rehab). While there, she developed and hosted an exercise class for pregnant women. She would go on to develop a mom and baby postpartum exercise class while in her Duke residency in Durham, NC. She went on to develop the pelvic, pregnancy, and post-breast cancer/lymphedema PT program at Christus-Schumpert Health system in Shreveport, LA. During this time, she participated in educating women in the labor and birth preparatory classes hosted by the hospital; she also taught the women’s health course for physical therapy students at LSU-Shreveport. Darla went on to serve as a full-time faculty member in the physical therapy program at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, where she taught women’s health topics, documentation, therapeutic exercise, professional development, and human physiology. She now owns a private PT practice that is dedicated to pelvic (bowel, bladder, and pelvic pain) and pregnancy/postpartum conditions in Conway, AR.

    Darla has several peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed scientific publications. Amongst some of these, she co-authored “Clinical Summary: Urinary Incontinence” for PTNow.org in April 2015. She authored the chapter titled “The Female Hip and Pelvis” in Orthopedic Management of the Hip and Pelvis (S Cheatham, M Kolber, Elsevier, 2015). She chaired the committee for and participated heavily in the development of the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy/Postpartum (CAPP-OB) course series for the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association. Darla has spoken and instructed many courses in local, national, and international settings on a variety of pelvic, pregnancy/postpartum, and other women’s health physical therapy topics. Darla has served as the Director of Education (2011-2014) and as Vice President (2015-2016) for the Section on Women’s Health, American Physical Therapy Association. She also served a technical expert panel member on Treatments for Fecal Incontinence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2014-2015. She also volunteered as a Women’s Health Certified Specialist Exam Standardization Task Force member in May 2013. Darla received several awards from the Section on Women’s Health: CAPP-OB Instructor of the Year (2017); Course Site Hostess of the Year (2018); and Volunteer of the Year (2015). She also received Clinical Instructor of the Year while serving as a clinical instructor a pelvic health physical therapy student from Elon University in 2011.

    On a personal note, Darla has twin boys who were born in 2008. She is a life-long runner and exerciser who loves dark chocolate, craft beer, and her Basset hound (George) and Basset-Dachshund mix (Peanut).

    Instructors - Reale

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Intermediate
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day intermediate-level seminar designed as a next step in completing the clinicians’ ability to more comprehensively evaluate and treat the female and male pelvic floor. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about two common bowel dysfunctions, fecal incontinence and constipation, and how the pelvic rehabilitation provider can play a crucial role in overcoming these issues that affect quality of life so dramatically. In the US, adult estimates of fecal incontinence is over 8%, and greater than 15% in people over age 70. (Whitehead, 2010) According to the National Institutes of Health, constipation affects up to 15% of people, and is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints that affects 42 million people. (Constipation, 2013) Pelvic rehabilitation providers are able to teach patients how to significantly improve quality of life through simple behavioral techniques and approaches that optimize abdominopelvic health.

    Participants will learn how to evaluate the patient who presents with bowel dysfunction including fecal incontinence and constipation, and also with defecation disorders such as paroxysmal puborectalis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and fecal urgency. Knowledge of pelvic anatomy expands into the gastrointestinal system with detailed instruction about the rectum and anal canal, anal sphincters, and with instruction in important physiologic principles such as the gastrocolic reflex, sampling response, and intrinsic defecation reflex. There are other conditions that can cause pain or bleeding such as hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, and proctalgia fugax; the clinician will learn how to apply skills of external and internal pelvic muscle assessement (via the anorectal canal) for these conditions.

    Many pelvic rehabilitation providers attend this course to learn clinical skills for coccyx pain and for pudendal neuralgia, two conditions that are included on Day 2 of this continuing education course. As either condition can contribute to chronic pelvic pain, this course provides significant lab time so that participants will have the opportunity to practice any new skills. Day 3 of the course introduces the participant to pelvic rehabilitation of the male patient with an emphasis on topics of male pelvic anatomy, urinary incontinence, prostatectomy, and male pelvic pain. The content in this course prepares the therapist to work with male pelvic conditions by reinforcing what is common to the care of both men and women, as well as teaching that which is unique for the male patient.Current medical evaluation (with tests such as defecography, manometry), medical management (for anorectal pain and for colorectal conditions), and evidence-informed clinical interventions will be instructed.

     

    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.

     

    Special Considerations:

    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Rectal 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.

    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. 

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Prerequisites:

    Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.

     

    Required Readings:

    1. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse Handout on Fecal Incontinence
    2. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Article on Constipation
    3. The International Pelvic Pain Society Article on Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE)
    4. The European Urology Association'sGuidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    5. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website electrotherapy.org
    6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Ebook available at a 20% discount at the preceding link (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy, are not required to purchase an additional one. Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Additional Helpful Resources:

    1. Male Pelvic Pain - go to malepelvicfloor.com
    2. Many participants also find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum


    References

    Constipation. (2013) National Institutes of Health. Retrieved January 22, 2014 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation
    Whitehead, W. E., Borrud, L., Gode, P. S., Meikle, S., Mueller, E. R., Tuteja, A.,...Ye, W. (2009). Fecal incontinence in US adults: epidemiology and risk factors. Gastroenterology, (137)2, 512-517

    Day One:
    8:00 Objectives & Course Introduction
    8:15 Colorectal anatomy
    9:15 Colorectal Physiology
    10:00 Break
    10:15 Colorectal Medical Testing
    10:45 Anorectal Examination & Muscle Mapping
    11:15 Lab: Sidelying Assessment: Visual Inspection, Pelvic floor Muscle Testing
    12:00 Fecal Incontinence Evaluation & Interventions
    12:30 Lunch
    1:30 Fecal Incontinence Evaluation & Interventions Continued
    2:45 Case Study: Fecal Incontinence
    3:30 SEMG Lecture
    4:00Lab: Pelvic Floor Uptraining
    4:30 Post-test, Questions
    5:00 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions
    8:15 Constipation Evaluation & Interventions
    10:00 Break
    10:15 SEMG Lecture
    Lab: Pelvic Floor Downtraining
    11:30 Case Study: Constipation
    11:45 Colorectal Conditions and the Pelvic Floor
    12:45 Lunch
    1:45 Coccyx dysfunctions
    2:45 Break
    3:00 Lab: External & Internal Interventions for Coccyx Pain
    4:30 Post-test and Questions
    5:00 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    8:00 Questions
    8:30 Pudendal Nerve Dysfunction
    9:30 Male Pelvic Anatomy
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Male Pelvic Anatomy
    11:30 Male Pelvic Pain
    12:30 Case Study: Male Pelvic Pain
    12:45 Lunch
    1:30 Final Lab: Pudendal Palpation, Muscle Releases
    2:15 Post-Prostatectomy Dysfunction
    3:15 Marketing, Business, Program Development
    3:30 Post-test & Questions
    4:00 Adjourn

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

    1.   Describe anatomy of the colorectal region.
    2.   Explain physiology of the gastrointestinal system including pathophysiology pertaining to bowel dysfunction.
    3.   Perform examination and evaluation of pelvic floor function related to anorectal structures.
    4.   Recognize types of fecal incontinence and develop plans of care for intervention including behavioral training and education.
    5.   Recognize and treat constipation, name the signs, symptoms, and interventions for hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, and other common colorectal conditions.
    6.   Identify specific pelvic floor muscles and key bony landmarks within the anorectal canal.
    7.   Perform external and internal rectal myofascial treatment techniques such as Thiele’s massage and trigger point release.
    8.   Perform patient education and behavioral training for constipation, fecal incontinence and pelvic pain syndromes.
    9.   Describe and teach three SEMG downtraining (relaxation) strategies for the overactive pelvic floor.
    10. Describe and demonstrate coccyx evaluation and treatment using internal and external coccyx mobilizations.
    11. Describe male urogenital and pelvic floor anatomy, identify signs and symptoms of prostatodynia
    12. List key medical diagnostic procedures for colorectal conditions.

      Name Street Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

    1 St. Francis Drive,
    Greenville, SC 29601
    Recommended Lodging

    Aloft Greenville Downtown
    (864) 297-6100

    5 N Laurens St.
    Greenville, SC 29601
    Nearest Airport

    Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
    Airport Code: GSP

    2000 GSP Dr
    Greer, SC 29651

     

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

     

    Instructors - Cathcart

    Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

    Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

    Darla graduated from Louisiana State University (Shreveport, LA) with her physical therapy degree, performed residency training in Women’s Health PT at Duke University, and is currently pursuing a PhD at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Her dissertation research focus is on using non-invasive brain stimulation to augment behavioral interventions for women with lifelong vaginismus.

    Darla’s certifications and training include: Women’s Health Certified Specialist (WCS, board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties). Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic). Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT).

    Darla began her women’s health physical therapy career in her first job while working with pregnant women with musculoskeletal problems in a private outpatient therapy clinic in Shreveport, LA (with a focus on spine rehab). While there, she developed and hosted an exercise class for pregnant women. She would go on to develop a mom and baby postpartum exercise class while in her Duke residency in Durham, NC. She went on to develop the pelvic, pregnancy, and post-breast cancer/lymphedema PT program at Christus-Schumpert Health system in Shreveport, LA. During this time, she participated in educating women in the labor and birth preparatory classes hosted by the hospital; she also taught the women’s health course for physical therapy students at LSU-Shreveport. Darla went on to serve as a full-time faculty member in the physical therapy program at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, where she taught women’s health topics, documentation, therapeutic exercise, professional development, and human physiology. She now owns a private PT practice that is dedicated to pelvic (bowel, bladder, and pelvic pain) and pregnancy/postpartum conditions in Conway, AR.

    Darla has several peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed scientific publications. Amongst some of these, she co-authored “Clinical Summary: Urinary Incontinence” for PTNow.org in April 2015. She authored the chapter titled “The Female Hip and Pelvis” in Orthopedic Management of the Hip and Pelvis (S Cheatham, M Kolber, Elsevier, 2015). She chaired the committee for and participated heavily in the development of the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy/Postpartum (CAPP-OB) course series for the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association. Darla has spoken and instructed many courses in local, national, and international settings on a variety of pelvic, pregnancy/postpartum, and other women’s health physical therapy topics. Darla has served as the Director of Education (2011-2014) and as Vice President (2015-2016) for the Section on Women’s Health, American Physical Therapy Association. She also served a technical expert panel member on Treatments for Fecal Incontinence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2014-2015. She also volunteered as a Women’s Health Certified Specialist Exam Standardization Task Force member in May 2013. Darla received several awards from the Section on Women’s Health: CAPP-OB Instructor of the Year (2017); Course Site Hostess of the Year (2018); and Volunteer of the Year (2015). She also received Clinical Instructor of the Year while serving as a clinical instructor a pelvic health physical therapy student from Elon University in 2011.

    On a personal note, Darla has twin boys who were born in 2008. She is a life-long runner and exerciser who loves dark chocolate, craft beer, and her Basset hound (George) and Basset-Dachshund mix (Peanut).

    Instructors - Reale

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Intermediate
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day intermediate-level seminar designed as a next step in completing the clinicians’ ability to more comprehensively evaluate and treat the female and male pelvic floor. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about two common bowel dysfunctions, fecal incontinence and constipation, and how the pelvic rehabilitation provider can play a crucial role in overcoming these issues that affect quality of life so dramatically. In the US, adult estimates of fecal incontinence is over 8%, and greater than 15% in people over age 70. (Whitehead, 2010) According to the National Institutes of Health, constipation affects up to 15% of people, and is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints that affects 42 million people. (Constipation, 2013) Pelvic rehabilitation providers are able to teach patients how to significantly improve quality of life through simple behavioral techniques and approaches that optimize abdominopelvic health.

    Participants will learn how to evaluate the patient who presents with bowel dysfunction including fecal incontinence and constipation, and also with defecation disorders such as paroxysmal puborectalis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and fecal urgency. Knowledge of pelvic anatomy expands into the gastrointestinal system with detailed instruction about the rectum and anal canal, anal sphincters, and with instruction in important physiologic principles such as the gastrocolic reflex, sampling response, and intrinsic defecation reflex. There are other conditions that can cause pain or bleeding such as hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, and proctalgia fugax; the clinician will learn how to apply skills of external and internal pelvic muscle assessement (via the anorectal canal) for these conditions.

    Many pelvic rehabilitation providers attend this course to learn clinical skills for coccyx pain and for pudendal neuralgia, two conditions that are included on Day 2 of this continuing education course. As either condition can contribute to chronic pelvic pain, this course provides significant lab time so that participants will have the opportunity to practice any new skills. Day 3 of the course introduces the participant to pelvic rehabilitation of the male patient with an emphasis on topics of male pelvic anatomy, urinary incontinence, prostatectomy, and male pelvic pain. The content in this course prepares the therapist to work with male pelvic conditions by reinforcing what is common to the care of both men and women, as well as teaching that which is unique for the male patient.Current medical evaluation (with tests such as defecography, manometry), medical management (for anorectal pain and for colorectal conditions), and evidence-informed clinical interventions will be instructed.

     

    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.

     

    Special Considerations:

    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Rectal 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.

    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. 

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Prerequisites:

    Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.

     

    Required Readings:

    1. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse Handout on Fecal Incontinence
    2. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Article on Constipation
    3. The International Pelvic Pain Society Article on Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE)
    4. The European Urology Association'sGuidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    5. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website electrotherapy.org
    6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Ebook available at a 20% discount at the preceding link (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy, are not required to purchase an additional one. Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Additional Helpful Resources:

    1. Male Pelvic Pain - go to malepelvicfloor.com
    2. Many participants also find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum


    References

    Constipation. (2013) National Institutes of Health. Retrieved January 22, 2014 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation
    Whitehead, W. E., Borrud, L., Gode, P. S., Meikle, S., Mueller, E. R., Tuteja, A.,...Ye, W. (2009). Fecal incontinence in US adults: epidemiology and risk factors. Gastroenterology, (137)2, 512-517

    Day One:
    8:00 Objectives & Course Introduction
    8:15 Colorectal anatomy
    9:15 Colorectal Physiology
    10:00 Break
    10:15 Colorectal Medical Testing
    10:45 Anorectal Examination & Muscle Mapping
    11:15 Lab: Sidelying Assessment: Visual Inspection, Pelvic floor Muscle Testing
    12:00 Fecal Incontinence Evaluation & Interventions
    12:30 Lunch
    1:30 Fecal Incontinence Evaluation & Interventions Continued
    2:45 Case Study: Fecal Incontinence
    3:30 SEMG Lecture
    4:00Lab: Pelvic Floor Uptraining
    4:30 Post-test, Questions
    5:00 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions
    8:15 Constipation Evaluation & Interventions
    10:00 Break
    10:15 SEMG Lecture
    Lab: Pelvic Floor Downtraining
    11:30 Case Study: Constipation
    11:45 Colorectal Conditions and the Pelvic Floor
    12:45 Lunch
    1:45 Coccyx dysfunctions
    2:45 Break
    3:00 Lab: External & Internal Interventions for Coccyx Pain
    4:30 Post-test and Questions
    5:00 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    8:00 Questions
    8:30 Pudendal Nerve Dysfunction
    9:30 Male Pelvic Anatomy
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Male Pelvic Anatomy
    11:30 Male Pelvic Pain
    12:30 Case Study: Male Pelvic Pain
    12:45 Lunch
    1:30 Final Lab: Pudendal Palpation, Muscle Releases
    2:15 Post-Prostatectomy Dysfunction
    3:15 Marketing, Business, Program Development
    3:30 Post-test & Questions
    4:00 Adjourn

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

    1.   Describe anatomy of the colorectal region.
    2.   Explain physiology of the gastrointestinal system including pathophysiology pertaining to bowel dysfunction.
    3.   Perform examination and evaluation of pelvic floor function related to anorectal structures.
    4.   Recognize types of fecal incontinence and develop plans of care for intervention including behavioral training and education.
    5.   Recognize and treat constipation, name the signs, symptoms, and interventions for hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, and other common colorectal conditions.
    6.   Identify specific pelvic floor muscles and key bony landmarks within the anorectal canal.
    7.   Perform external and internal rectal myofascial treatment techniques such as Thiele’s massage and trigger point release.
    8.   Perform patient education and behavioral training for constipation, fecal incontinence and pelvic pain syndromes.
    9.   Describe and teach three SEMG downtraining (relaxation) strategies for the overactive pelvic floor.
    10. Describe and demonstrate coccyx evaluation and treatment using internal and external coccyx mobilizations.
    11. Describe male urogenital and pelvic floor anatomy, identify signs and symptoms of prostatodynia
    12. List key medical diagnostic procedures for colorectal conditions.

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Middlesex Hospital

    534 Saybrook Rd
    Middletown, CT 06457
    Recommended Lodging

    Inn at Middletown
    (860) 854-6300

    70 Main St
    Middletown, CT 06457
    Nearest Airport

    Bradley International Airport
    Airport Code: BDL

    Schoephoester Rd
    Windsor Locks, CT 06096

     

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

    Lila Abbate, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, PRPC

    Lila Abbate, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, PRPCLila Abbate graduated from Touro College in Dix Hills, NY with a Bachelors of Science (BS) in Health Sciences and a Masters of Arts (MA) in Physical Therapy in 1997. Lila completed her Advanced Masters in Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy (MS) at Touro College, Bayshore, NY in 2003 and continued to obtain her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2005. Currently, Dr. Abbate is pursuing her PhD at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and plans to conduct research in Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Health. Dr. Abbate is also a Physical Therapy Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS) deemed by the American Physical Therapy Association in 2004.

    Dr. Abbate has been faculty at Touro College (2003 – 2006), Manhattan Campus, teaching the biomechanical approach to orthopedic dysfunction, therapeutic exercise as well as massage/soft tissues work that highlighted trigger point work, scar management and myofascial release.

    Currently, Dr. Abbate currently owns a private practice in Manhasset, NY specializing in complex orthopedic conditions and pelvic floor dysfunction.


    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Instructors

    • Location/Lodging

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Intermediate
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day intermediate-level seminar designed as a next step in completing the clinicians’ ability to more comprehensively evaluate and treat the female and male pelvic floor. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about two common bowel dysfunctions, fecal incontinence and constipation, and how the pelvic rehabilitation provider can play a crucial role in overcoming these issues that affect quality of life so dramatically. In the US, adult estimates of fecal incontinence is over 8%, and greater than 15% in people over age 70. (Whitehead, 2010) According to the National Institutes of Health, constipation affects up to 15% of people, and is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints that affects 42 million people. (Constipation, 2013) Pelvic rehabilitation providers are able to teach patients how to significantly improve quality of life through simple behavioral techniques and approaches that optimize abdominopelvic health.

    Participants will learn how to evaluate the patient who presents with bowel dysfunction including fecal incontinence and constipation, and also with defecation disorders such as paroxysmal puborectalis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and fecal urgency. Knowledge of pelvic anatomy expands into the gastrointestinal system with detailed instruction about the rectum and anal canal, anal sphincters, and with instruction in important physiologic principles such as the gastrocolic reflex, sampling response, and intrinsic defecation reflex. There are other conditions that can cause pain or bleeding such as hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, and proctalgia fugax; the clinician will learn how to apply skills of external and internal pelvic muscle assessement (via the anorectal canal) for these conditions.

    Many pelvic rehabilitation providers attend this course to learn clinical skills for coccyx pain and for pudendal neuralgia, two conditions that are included on Day 2 of this continuing education course. As either condition can contribute to chronic pelvic pain, this course provides significant lab time so that participants will have the opportunity to practice any new skills. Day 3 of the course introduces the participant to pelvic rehabilitation of the male patient with an emphasis on topics of male pelvic anatomy, urinary incontinence, prostatectomy, and male pelvic pain. The content in this course prepares the therapist to work with male pelvic conditions by reinforcing what is common to the care of both men and women, as well as teaching that which is unique for the male patient.Current medical evaluation (with tests such as defecography, manometry), medical management (for anorectal pain and for colorectal conditions), and evidence-informed clinical interventions will be instructed.

     

    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.

     

    Special Considerations:

    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Rectal 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.

    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. 

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Prerequisites:

    Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.

     

    Required Readings:

    1. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse Handout on Fecal Incontinence
    2. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Article on Constipation
    3. The International Pelvic Pain Society Article on Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE)
    4. The European Urology Association'sGuidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    5. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website electrotherapy.org
    6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Ebook available at a 20% discount at the preceding link (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy, are not required to purchase an additional one. Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Additional Helpful Resources:

    1. Male Pelvic Pain - go to malepelvicfloor.com
    2. Many participants also find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum


    References

    Constipation. (2013) National Institutes of Health. Retrieved January 22, 2014 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation
    Whitehead, W. E., Borrud, L., Gode, P. S., Meikle, S., Mueller, E. R., Tuteja, A.,...Ye, W. (2009). Fecal incontinence in US adults: epidemiology and risk factors. Gastroenterology, (137)2, 512-517

    Day One:
    8:00 Objectives & Course Introduction
    8:15 Colorectal anatomy
    9:15 Colorectal Physiology
    10:00 Break
    10:15 Colorectal Medical Testing
    10:45 Anorectal Examination & Muscle Mapping
    11:15 Lab: Sidelying Assessment: Visual Inspection, Pelvic floor Muscle Testing
    12:00 Fecal Incontinence Evaluation & Interventions
    12:30 Lunch
    1:30 Fecal Incontinence Evaluation & Interventions Continued
    2:45 Case Study: Fecal Incontinence
    3:30 SEMG Lecture
    4:00Lab: Pelvic Floor Uptraining
    4:30 Post-test, Questions
    5:00 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions
    8:15 Constipation Evaluation & Interventions
    10:00 Break
    10:15 SEMG Lecture
    Lab: Pelvic Floor Downtraining
    11:30 Case Study: Constipation
    11:45 Colorectal Conditions and the Pelvic Floor
    12:45 Lunch
    1:45 Coccyx dysfunctions
    2:45 Break
    3:00 Lab: External & Internal Interventions for Coccyx Pain
    4:30 Post-test and Questions
    5:00 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    8:00 Questions
    8:30 Pudendal Nerve Dysfunction
    9:30 Male Pelvic Anatomy
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Male Pelvic Anatomy
    11:30 Male Pelvic Pain
    12:30 Case Study: Male Pelvic Pain
    12:45 Lunch
    1:30 Final Lab: Pudendal Palpation, Muscle Releases
    2:15 Post-Prostatectomy Dysfunction
    3:15 Marketing, Business, Program Development
    3:30 Post-test & Questions
    4:00 Adjourn

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

    1.   Describe anatomy of the colorectal region.
    2.   Explain physiology of the gastrointestinal system including pathophysiology pertaining to bowel dysfunction.
    3.   Perform examination and evaluation of pelvic floor function related to anorectal structures.
    4.   Recognize types of fecal incontinence and develop plans of care for intervention including behavioral training and education.
    5.   Recognize and treat constipation, name the signs, symptoms, and interventions for hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, and other common colorectal conditions.
    6.   Identify specific pelvic floor muscles and key bony landmarks within the anorectal canal.
    7.   Perform external and internal rectal myofascial treatment techniques such as Thiele’s massage and trigger point release.
    8.   Perform patient education and behavioral training for constipation, fecal incontinence and pelvic pain syndromes.
    9.   Describe and teach three SEMG downtraining (relaxation) strategies for the overactive pelvic floor.
    10. Describe and demonstrate coccyx evaluation and treatment using internal and external coccyx mobilizations.
    11. Describe male urogenital and pelvic floor anatomy, identify signs and symptoms of prostatodynia
    12. List key medical diagnostic procedures for colorectal conditions.

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     


    Stacey Futterman Tauriello, PT, MPT, WCS, BCB-PMD

     Stacey Futterman Tauriello, PT, MPT, WCS, BCB-PMD

    Stacey Futterman Tauriello, PT, MPT, WCS, BCB-PMD certified, received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in South Florida in 1996. After graduation she relocated to Chicago where she began specializing in women’s health issues including the treatment of incontinence, pelvic pain and prenatal/postpartum musculoskeletal issues. She returned to the east coast in 2003 and is now the owner of 5 Point Physical Therapy, a specialty physical therapy clinic for male and female pelvic dysfunction in New York City. Stacey, along side Dr. Deborah Coady, recently presented for International Pelvic Pain Society’s annual meeting in Chicago on their research of hip pathology and its relationship to pelvic pain. She has been featured on CBS New York and has presented for the APTA National Conference 2007 for the treatment of male pelvic pain.

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    360 Sports Medicine & Aquatic Rehabilitation Centers

    4210 E. Baseline Rd. Ste 106
    Mesa, AZ 85206
    Recommended Lodging

    Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix East Mesa
    (480) 654-4000

    1825 North Higley Road
    Gilbert, AZ 85234
    Nearest Airport

    Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
    Airport Code: PHX

    3400 E Sky Harbor Blvd
    Phoenix, AZ 85034

     

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

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Instructors

    • Location/Lodging

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Intermediate
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day intermediate-level seminar designed as a next step in completing the clinicians’ ability to more comprehensively evaluate and treat the female and male pelvic floor. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about two common bowel dysfunctions, fecal incontinence and constipation, and how the pelvic rehabilitation provider can play a crucial role in overcoming these issues that affect quality of life so dramatically. In the US, adult estimates of fecal incontinence is over 8%, and greater than 15% in people over age 70. (Whitehead, 2010) According to the National Institutes of Health, constipation affects up to 15% of people, and is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints that affects 42 million people. (Constipation, 2013) Pelvic rehabilitation providers are able to teach patients how to significantly improve quality of life through simple behavioral techniques and approaches that optimize abdominopelvic health.

    Participants will learn how to evaluate the patient who presents with bowel dysfunction including fecal incontinence and constipation, and also with defecation disorders such as paroxysmal puborectalis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and fecal urgency. Knowledge of pelvic anatomy expands into the gastrointestinal system with detailed instruction about the rectum and anal canal, anal sphincters, and with instruction in important physiologic principles such as the gastrocolic reflex, sampling response, and intrinsic defecation reflex. There are other conditions that can cause pain or bleeding such as hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, and proctalgia fugax; the clinician will learn how to apply skills of external and internal pelvic muscle assessement (via the anorectal canal) for these conditions.

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    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.

     

    Special Considerations:

    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Rectal 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.

    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. 

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Prerequisites:

    Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.

     

    Required Readings:

    1. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse Handout on Fecal Incontinence
    2. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Article on Constipation
    3. The International Pelvic Pain Society Article on Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE)
    4. The European Urology Association'sGuidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    5. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website electrotherapy.org
    6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Ebook available at a 20% discount at the preceding link (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy, are not required to purchase an additional one. Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Additional Helpful Resources:

    1. Male Pelvic Pain - go to malepelvicfloor.com
    2. Many participants also find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum


    References

    Constipation. (2013) National Institutes of Health. Retrieved January 22, 2014 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation
    Whitehead, W. E., Borrud, L., Gode, P. S., Meikle, S., Mueller, E. R., Tuteja, A.,...Ye, W. (2009). Fecal incontinence in US adults: epidemiology and risk factors. Gastroenterology, (137)2, 512-517

    Day One:
    8:00 Objectives & Course Introduction
    8:15 Colorectal anatomy
    9:15 Colorectal Physiology
    10:00 Break
    10:15 Colorectal Medical Testing
    10:45 Anorectal Examination & Muscle Mapping
    11:15 Lab: Sidelying Assessment: Visual Inspection, Pelvic floor Muscle Testing
    12:00 Fecal Incontinence Evaluation & Interventions
    12:30 Lunch
    1:30 Fecal Incontinence Evaluation & Interventions Continued
    2:45 Case Study: Fecal Incontinence
    3:30 SEMG Lecture
    4:00Lab: Pelvic Floor Uptraining
    4:30 Post-test, Questions
    5:00 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions
    8:15 Constipation Evaluation & Interventions
    10:00 Break
    10:15 SEMG Lecture
    Lab: Pelvic Floor Downtraining
    11:30 Case Study: Constipation
    11:45 Colorectal Conditions and the Pelvic Floor
    12:45 Lunch
    1:45 Coccyx dysfunctions
    2:45 Break
    3:00 Lab: External & Internal Interventions for Coccyx Pain
    4:30 Post-test and Questions
    5:00 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    8:00 Questions
    8:30 Pudendal Nerve Dysfunction
    9:30 Male Pelvic Anatomy
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Male Pelvic Anatomy
    11:30 Male Pelvic Pain
    12:30 Case Study: Male Pelvic Pain
    12:45 Lunch
    1:30 Final Lab: Pudendal Palpation, Muscle Releases
    2:15 Post-Prostatectomy Dysfunction
    3:15 Marketing, Business, Program Development
    3:30 Post-test & Questions
    4:00 Adjourn

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

    1.   Describe anatomy of the colorectal region.
    2.   Explain physiology of the gastrointestinal system including pathophysiology pertaining to bowel dysfunction.
    3.   Perform examination and evaluation of pelvic floor function related to anorectal structures.
    4.   Recognize types of fecal incontinence and develop plans of care for intervention including behavioral training and education.
    5.   Recognize and treat constipation, name the signs, symptoms, and interventions for hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, and other common colorectal conditions.
    6.   Identify specific pelvic floor muscles and key bony landmarks within the anorectal canal.
    7.   Perform external and internal rectal myofascial treatment techniques such as Thiele’s massage and trigger point release.
    8.   Perform patient education and behavioral training for constipation, fecal incontinence and pelvic pain syndromes.
    9.   Describe and teach three SEMG downtraining (relaxation) strategies for the overactive pelvic floor.
    10. Describe and demonstrate coccyx evaluation and treatment using internal and external coccyx mobilizations.
    11. Describe male urogenital and pelvic floor anatomy, identify signs and symptoms of prostatodynia
    12. List key medical diagnostic procedures for colorectal conditions.

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     


    Holly Tanner, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, WCS, PRPC, LMP, BCB-PMD, CCI

    Holly Tanner

    Holly Tanner, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, WCS, PRPC, LMP, BCB-PMB, CCI was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. At Herman & Wallace, Holly is a faculty member and the Director of Education. She owns a private practice that focuses on pelvic rehabilitation and on chronic myofascial pain. She graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 1995 with a Masters of Arts degree in Physical Therapy and in 2013 she completed a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is also a licensed massage practitioner, licensed in Washington since 2003. Prior experience includes working for Apple Physical Therapy where she developed and directed the Women's and Men's Health programs for the company’s many clinics. She is Board-certified in Orthopedics, Women's Health, and is also certified in Pelvic Rehabilitation and in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. Holly served as adjunct faculty at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, for whom she continues to teach in the transitional DPT program. Along with H&W faculty member Stacey Futterman she co-authored the "Male Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction, and Treatment" course. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Massage Therapy Association. Her physical therapy and massage practice, Flow Rehab, is located in the Fremont neighborbood of Seattle.

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Comprehensive Therapy Services

    5677 Oberlin Drive, Suite 106
    San Diego, CA 92121
    Recommended Lodging

    Holiday Inn Express Sorrento Valley
    (858) 731-0100

    5925 Lusk Blvd
    San Diego, CA 92121
    Nearest Airport

    San Diego International Airport
    Airport Code: SAN

    3225 N Harbor Dr
    San Diego, CA 92101

     

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

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Description

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    • Instructors

    • Location/Lodging

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Intermediate
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This three day intermediate-level continuing education course further defines skills and knowledge learned in the foundational Pelvic Floor Level One course. Specific, advanced examination techniques such as pelvic muscle mapping and interventions including downtraining of overactive muscles is instructed. With a specific focus on urogynecologic conditions including prolapse and pelvic organ descent, various pelvic pain diagnoses, and abdominal wall rehabilitation, the participant will be able to learn specific skills to treat these conditions that have a significant negative impact on a woman's health. . Evidence-based references and case studies will be presented for thorough understanding of current medical evaluation and management of each condition.

    Instruction in female urogynecologic anatomy occurs throughout this continuing education course, along with education in current terminology and clinical models related to trunk and pelvic control. Detailed internal vaginal and external perineal examinations are included in the practical lab activities, during which the participant will have two instructors and several experienced lab assistants as guides. An entire lecture is dedicated to the management of prolapse and pelvic organ descent so that the pelvic rehabilitation provider will be able to develop clinical and home program strategies for the patient who presents with conditions such  rectocele, cystocele, or uterine prolapse.

    Common conditions associated with female pelvic pain are included throughout the three days of education. Such diagnoses may include vulvar pain, vestibulitis, interstitial cystitis or bladder pain syndrome, episiotomy, dyspareunia, lichen sclerosis, lichen simplex, or lichen planus. Both abdominal and pelvic muscle tenderness is higher in patients who have chronic pelvic pain, and increased pelvic muscle tender points have been noted to correlate with higher rates of depression, dyspareunia (pain with sexual function), and bowel dysfunction. (Montenegro et al., 2009; Montenegro et al., 2010) Assessment and treatment of pelvic and abdominal wall tender points is instructed along with abdominopelvic nerve dysfunction and relaxation training- all are strategies that the clinician can employ immediately following completion of this continuing education course. The important and sensitive topic of sexual abuse and trauma as it relates to pelvic dysfunction and to care of the patient is discussed.

    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.

    Special Considerations:

    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants 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. 

     

    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. 

     

     

     

    Prerequisites:

    Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.

     

    Audience:

    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.

    Assignments:

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar.

    Prerequisite Skills Review

     

     

    Required Readings

    1. Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Load Transfer by Diane Lee and Linda-Joy Lee
    2. Read the articles from the National Vulvodynia Association website on vulvodynia and its diagnosis
    3. Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis by Jane M. Meijlink
    4. Review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    5. The Standardization of Terminology of Pelvic Floor Muscle Function and Dysfunction Report from the Pelvic Floor Clinical Assessment Group of the ICS
    6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Ebook available at a 20% discount at the preceding link (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy, are not required to purchase an additional one. Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.


    References

    De Souza Montenegro, M. L. L., Mateus-Vasconcelos, E. C. L., Silva, J. C. R. E, Nogueira, A. A., Dos Reis, F. J. C.,& Poli Neto, O. B. (2010). Importance of pelvic muscle tenderness evaluation in women with chronic pelvic pain. Pain Medicine, 11(2), 224-228.
    Montenegro, M. L. L. S., Gomide, L. B., Mateus-Vasconcelos, E. L., Rosa-e-Silva, J. C., Candido-dos-Reis, F. J., 
    Nogueira, A. A., & Poli-Neto, O. B. (2009). Abdominal myofascial pain syndrome must be considered in the differential diagnosis of chronic pelvic pain. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 147(1), 21-24.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Objectives, introductions, overview
    8:15 Pelvic rehab oncepts, anatomy, and specific palpation
    9:15 Prolapse anatomy, evaluation and treatment
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Prolapse anatomy, evaluation and treatment (continued)
    11:15 Lab 1: Specific layer palpation and prolapse
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Medical and multidisciplinary management of pelvic pain
    2:15 Examination skills pelvic pain
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Lab 2: Examination techniques for pelvic pain
    4:30 Mini prolapse & pain case discussions
    5:00 Summary and Questions, post-test
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1
    8:15 Specific conditions: vulvar pain, dyspareunia and vaginismus
    9:45 Break
    10:00 Neuromuscular relaxation training
    11:00 Lunch
    12:45 Specific conditions: Interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, PCOS, UTI
    2:30 Break
    2:45 Pelvic pain manual skills
    3:45 Lab 4: Pelvic pain manual skills
    5:00 Summary and questions, post-test
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    8:00 Questions
    8:15 Trauma Informed Care
    9:15
     Breathing and pressure management
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Lab 5A: Breathing and pressure management
    11:15 Abdominal neuromyofascial techniques
    12:15 Lunch
    1:00 Lab 5B: Abdominal neuromyofascial techniques
    2:15 Break 
    2:30 Case studies, treatment progressions, resources 
    3:15 Post-test, course evaluations, questions and course summary, wrap-up
    3:30 Adjourn 

     

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

    1. Identify anatomy/pathophysiology of the female reproductive and urologic systems with reference to vaginismus, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, pelvic organ prolapse and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome.
    2. Identify specific pelvic floor muscle locations with external and internal vaginal examinations.
    3. Perform internal vaginal myofascial and soft tissue treatment techniques to the pelvic muscles.
    4. Describe and teach three neuromuscular relaxation training techniques for the pelvic muscles.
    5. Perform an SEMG pelvic floor muscle assessment and interpretation for appropriate treatment intervention.
    6. Perform external perineal examinations appropriate for vaginismus, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, pelvic organ prolapse and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome.
    7. Perform patient related education and behavioral instruction pertaining to discussed urogynecologic conditions.
    8. Demonstrate muscle assessment tests to identify anterior and posterior vaginal wall relaxation (pelvic organ prolapse).
    9. Develop treatment plans for pelvic pain syndromes.
    10. Complete appropriate screening and referral as needed for patients who are healing from sexual trauma.

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     


    Susannah Haarmann, PT, CLT, WCS

    Susannah Haarmann

    Susannah Haarmann, PT, CLT, WCS graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2003. In 2007 she attended North Georgia College and State University obtaining a masters degree in Physical Therapy. Before focusing her attention on the practice of women’s health, Susannah became a well-rounded therapist working in various settings from acute care to outpatient manual therapy. She completed a residency in women’s health at Duke University in 2012 and currently treats the women’s health, lymphedema and orthopedic populations at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Susannah’s passion for improving quality of life in cancer thrivers shows in her dedication to oncology rehabilitation program development at Mission Hospital and sharing her knowledge with other therapists via the course ‘Rehabilitation for the Breast Cancer Patient.’ Outside of being a dedicated therapist, Susannah enjoys traveling, the arts and is an outdoors woman.

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Emory Healthcare

    2701 N Decatur Rd
    Decatur, GA 30033
    Recommended Lodging

    Courtyard Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/ Emory
    (404) 371-0204

    130 Clairemont Ave
    Decatur, GA 30030
    Nearest Airport

    Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
    Airport Code: ATL

    6000 N Terminal Pkwy
    Atlanta, GA 30320

     

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

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Description

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    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Intermediate
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This three day intermediate-level continuing education course further defines skills and knowledge learned in the foundational Pelvic Floor Level One course. Specific, advanced examination techniques such as pelvic muscle mapping and interventions including downtraining of overactive muscles is instructed. With a specific focus on urogynecologic conditions including prolapse and pelvic organ descent, various pelvic pain diagnoses, and abdominal wall rehabilitation, the participant will be able to learn specific skills to treat these conditions that have a significant negative impact on a woman's health. . Evidence-based references and case studies will be presented for thorough understanding of current medical evaluation and management of each condition.

    Instruction in female urogynecologic anatomy occurs throughout this continuing education course, along with education in current terminology and clinical models related to trunk and pelvic control. Detailed internal vaginal and external perineal examinations are included in the practical lab activities, during which the participant will have two instructors and several experienced lab assistants as guides. An entire lecture is dedicated to the management of prolapse and pelvic organ descent so that the pelvic rehabilitation provider will be able to develop clinical and home program strategies for the patient who presents with conditions such  rectocele, cystocele, or uterine prolapse.

    Common conditions associated with female pelvic pain are included throughout the three days of education. Such diagnoses may include vulvar pain, vestibulitis, interstitial cystitis or bladder pain syndrome, episiotomy, dyspareunia, lichen sclerosis, lichen simplex, or lichen planus. Both abdominal and pelvic muscle tenderness is higher in patients who have chronic pelvic pain, and increased pelvic muscle tender points have been noted to correlate with higher rates of depression, dyspareunia (pain with sexual function), and bowel dysfunction. (Montenegro et al., 2009; Montenegro et al., 2010) Assessment and treatment of pelvic and abdominal wall tender points is instructed along with abdominopelvic nerve dysfunction and relaxation training- all are strategies that the clinician can employ immediately following completion of this continuing education course. The important and sensitive topic of sexual abuse and trauma as it relates to pelvic dysfunction and to care of the patient is discussed.

    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.

    Special Considerations:

    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

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    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. 

     

     

     

    Prerequisites:

    Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.

     

    Audience:

    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.

    Assignments:

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar.

    Prerequisite Skills Review

     

     

    Required Readings

    1. Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Load Transfer by Diane Lee and Linda-Joy Lee
    2. Read the articles from the National Vulvodynia Association website on vulvodynia and its diagnosis
    3. Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis by Jane M. Meijlink
    4. Review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    5. The Standardization of Terminology of Pelvic Floor Muscle Function and Dysfunction Report from the Pelvic Floor Clinical Assessment Group of the ICS
    6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Ebook available at a 20% discount at the preceding link (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy, are not required to purchase an additional one. Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.


    References

    De Souza Montenegro, M. L. L., Mateus-Vasconcelos, E. C. L., Silva, J. C. R. E, Nogueira, A. A., Dos Reis, F. J. C.,& Poli Neto, O. B. (2010). Importance of pelvic muscle tenderness evaluation in women with chronic pelvic pain. Pain Medicine, 11(2), 224-228.
    Montenegro, M. L. L. S., Gomide, L. B., Mateus-Vasconcelos, E. L., Rosa-e-Silva, J. C., Candido-dos-Reis, F. J., 
    Nogueira, A. A., & Poli-Neto, O. B. (2009). Abdominal myofascial pain syndrome must be considered in the differential diagnosis of chronic pelvic pain. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 147(1), 21-24.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Objectives, introductions, overview
    8:15 Pelvic rehab oncepts, anatomy, and specific palpation
    9:15 Prolapse anatomy, evaluation and treatment
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Prolapse anatomy, evaluation and treatment (continued)
    11:15 Lab 1: Specific layer palpation and prolapse
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Medical and multidisciplinary management of pelvic pain
    2:15 Examination skills pelvic pain
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Lab 2: Examination techniques for pelvic pain
    4:30 Mini prolapse & pain case discussions
    5:00 Summary and Questions, post-test
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1
    8:15 Specific conditions: vulvar pain, dyspareunia and vaginismus
    9:45 Break
    10:00 Neuromuscular relaxation training
    11:00 Lunch
    12:45 Specific conditions: Interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, PCOS, UTI
    2:30 Break
    2:45 Pelvic pain manual skills
    3:45 Lab 4: Pelvic pain manual skills
    5:00 Summary and questions, post-test
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    8:00 Questions
    8:15 Trauma Informed Care
    9:15
     Breathing and pressure management
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Lab 5A: Breathing and pressure management
    11:15 Abdominal neuromyofascial techniques
    12:15 Lunch
    1:00 Lab 5B: Abdominal neuromyofascial techniques
    2:15 Break 
    2:30 Case studies, treatment progressions, resources 
    3:15 Post-test, course evaluations, questions and course summary, wrap-up
    3:30 Adjourn 

     

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

    1. Identify anatomy/pathophysiology of the female reproductive and urologic systems with reference to vaginismus, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, pelvic organ prolapse and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome.
    2. Identify specific pelvic floor muscle locations with external and internal vaginal examinations.
    3. Perform internal vaginal myofascial and soft tissue treatment techniques to the pelvic muscles.
    4. Describe and teach three neuromuscular relaxation training techniques for the pelvic muscles.
    5. Perform an SEMG pelvic floor muscle assessment and interpretation for appropriate treatment intervention.
    6. Perform external perineal examinations appropriate for vaginismus, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, pelvic organ prolapse and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome.
    7. Perform patient related education and behavioral instruction pertaining to discussed urogynecologic conditions.
    8. Demonstrate muscle assessment tests to identify anterior and posterior vaginal wall relaxation (pelvic organ prolapse).
    9. Develop treatment plans for pelvic pain syndromes.
    10. Complete appropriate screening and referral as needed for patients who are healing from sexual trauma.

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

    350 Lafayette Ave SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Recommended Lodging

    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    (616) 774-2000

    187 Monroe Ave NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Nearest Airport

    Gerald R. Ford International Airport
    Airport Code: GRR

    5500 44th St SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49512

     

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

    Jennafer Vande Vegte, MSPT, BCB-PMD, PRPC

    Jennafer Vande Vegte

    After graduating from Ithaca College Jennafer began her career as a PT at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids MI.  Since 2002 Jen has focused her professional attention on treating women, men and children with pelvic floor disorders.  She is energized through education and enjoys guest teaching at a local college, speaking at community events, organizing a regional pelvic floor study group, and part time home schooling her two daughters.  She has been faculty for Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute since 2009 and loves to inspire other rehabilitation professionals with her knowledge and experience in treating pelvic floor dysfunction.  She is certified in pelvic floor physical therapy and biofeedback for pelvic floor disorders. Outside of PT, She loves to read, run, cook, travel, do yoga and spend time with her family. 

     


    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Pelvic Floor Level 2B - Houston, TX - August 21-23, 2020

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    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructor

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Intermediate
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This three day intermediate-level continuing education course further defines skills and knowledge learned in the foundational Pelvic Floor Level One course. Specific, advanced examination techniques such as pelvic muscle mapping and interventions including downtraining of overactive muscles is instructed. With a specific focus on urogynecologic conditions including prolapse and pelvic organ descent, various pelvic pain diagnoses, and abdominal wall rehabilitation, the participant will be able to learn specific skills to treat these conditions that have a significant negative impact on a woman's health. . Evidence-based references and case studies will be presented for thorough understanding of current medical evaluation and management of each condition.

    Instruction in female urogynecologic anatomy occurs throughout this continuing education course, along with education in current terminology and clinical models related to trunk and pelvic control. Detailed internal vaginal and external perineal examinations are included in the practical lab activities, during which the participant will have two instructors and several experienced lab assistants as guides. An entire lecture is dedicated to the management of prolapse and pelvic organ descent so that the pelvic rehabilitation provider will be able to develop clinical and home program strategies for the patient who presents with conditions such  rectocele, cystocele, or uterine prolapse.

    Common conditions associated with female pelvic pain are included throughout the three days of education. Such diagnoses may include vulvar pain, vestibulitis, interstitial cystitis or bladder pain syndrome, episiotomy, dyspareunia, lichen sclerosis, lichen simplex, or lichen planus. Both abdominal and pelvic muscle tenderness is higher in patients who have chronic pelvic pain, and increased pelvic muscle tender points have been noted to correlate with higher rates of depression, dyspareunia (pain with sexual function), and bowel dysfunction. (Montenegro et al., 2009; Montenegro et al., 2010) Assessment and treatment of pelvic and abdominal wall tender points is instructed along with abdominopelvic nerve dysfunction and relaxation training- all are strategies that the clinician can employ immediately following completion of this continuing education course. The important and sensitive topic of sexual abuse and trauma as it relates to pelvic dysfunction and to care of the patient is discussed.

    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.

    Special Considerations:

    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. 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.

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants 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. 

     

    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. 

     

     

     

    Prerequisites:

    Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.

     

    Audience:

    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.

    Assignments:

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar.

    Prerequisite Skills Review

     

     

    Required Readings

    1. Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Load Transfer by Diane Lee and Linda-Joy Lee
    2. Read the articles from the National Vulvodynia Association website on vulvodynia and its diagnosis
    3. Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis by Jane M. Meijlink
    4. Review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    5. The Standardization of Terminology of Pelvic Floor Muscle Function and Dysfunction Report from the Pelvic Floor Clinical Assessment Group of the ICS
    6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Ebook available at a 20% discount at the preceding link (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy, are not required to purchase an additional one. Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.


    References

    De Souza Montenegro, M. L. L., Mateus-Vasconcelos, E. C. L., Silva, J. C. R. E, Nogueira, A. A., Dos Reis, F. J. C.,& Poli Neto, O. B. (2010). Importance of pelvic muscle tenderness evaluation in women with chronic pelvic pain. Pain Medicine, 11(2), 224-228.
    Montenegro, M. L. L. S., Gomide, L. B., Mateus-Vasconcelos, E. L., Rosa-e-Silva, J. C., Candido-dos-Reis, F. J., 
    Nogueira, A. A., & Poli-Neto, O. B. (2009). Abdominal myofascial pain syndrome must be considered in the differential diagnosis of chronic pelvic pain. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 147(1), 21-24.

     

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Objectives, introductions, overview
    8:15 Pelvic rehab oncepts, anatomy, and specific palpation
    9:15 Prolapse anatomy, evaluation and treatment
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Prolapse anatomy, evaluation and treatment (continued)
    11:15 Lab 1: Specific layer palpation and prolapse
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Medical and multidisciplinary management of pelvic pain
    2:15 Examination skills pelvic pain
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Lab 2: Examination techniques for pelvic pain
    4:30 Mini prolapse & pain case discussions
    5:00 Summary and Questions, post-test
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1
    8:15 Specific conditions: vulvar pain, dyspareunia and vaginismus
    9:45 Break
    10:00 Neuromuscular relaxation training
    11:00 Lunch
    12:45 Specific conditions: Interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, PCOS, UTI
    2:30 Break
    2:45 Pelvic pain manual skills
    3:45 Lab 4: Pelvic pain manual skills
    5:00 Summary and questions, post-test
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    8:00 Questions
    8:15 Trauma Informed Care
    9:15
     Breathing and pressure management
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Lab 5A: Breathing and pressure management
    11:15 Abdominal neuromyofascial techniques
    12:15 Lunch
    1:00 Lab 5B: Abdominal neuromyofascial techniques
    2:15 Break 
    2:30 Case studies, treatment progressions, resources 
    3:15 Post-test, course evaluations, questions and course summary, wrap-up
    3:30 Adjourn 

     

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

    1. Identify anatomy/pathophysiology of the female reproductive and urologic systems with reference to vaginismus, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, pelvic organ prolapse and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome.
    2. Identify specific pelvic floor muscle locations with external and internal vaginal examinations.
    3. Perform internal vaginal myofascial and soft tissue treatment techniques to the pelvic muscles.
    4. Describe and teach three neuromuscular relaxation training techniques for the pelvic muscles.
    5. Perform an SEMG pelvic floor muscle assessment and interpretation for appropriate treatment intervention.
    6. Perform external perineal examinations appropriate for vaginismus, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, pelvic organ prolapse and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome.
    7. Perform patient related education and behavioral instruction pertaining to discussed urogynecologic conditions.
    8. Demonstrate muscle assessment tests to identify anterior and posterior vaginal wall relaxation (pelvic organ prolapse).
    9. Develop treatment plans for pelvic pain syndromes.
    10. Complete appropriate screening and referral as needed for patients who are healing from sexual trauma.

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Texas Children's Hospital
    Feigin Center

    1102 Bates Ave
    Houston, TX 77030
    Recommended Lodging

    Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center
    (713) 313-4000

    6633 Travis St
    Houston, TX 77030
    Nearest Airports

    George Bush Intercontinental Airport
    Airport Code: IAH


    William P. Hobby Airport
    Airport Code: HOU

    2800 N Terminal Rd
    Houston, TX 77032


    7800 Airport Blvd
    Houston, TX 77061

     

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

    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     


    Sara Reardon, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD

    Sara Reardon, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD

    Sara specializes in treating women and men with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, particularly chronic pelvic pain, bowel dysfunction, bladder dysfunction including post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence, and prenatal and postpartum conditions. She currently practices in her hometown of New Orleans, La. She has served as a clinical faculty member of University of Texas Physical Therapy Program teaching the Women’s Health Elective. She frequently presents to physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and community support groups on physical therapy treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction.

    Sara is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in 2000 and Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree in 2007. She has achieved her Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic) and certification in Biofeedback Treatment of Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction (BCB-PMD). She earned her board-certification as a Women's Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2010.

    Sara was named the 2008 Section on Women’s Health Research Scholar for her published research on pelvic floor dyssynergia related constipation. She was recognized as an Emerging Leader in 2013 by the American Physical Therapy Association. She served as Treasurer of the APTA’s Section on Women's Health and sat on their Executive Board of Directors from 2012-2015.

    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 2020Student. (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).

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  • Pelvic Floor Level 2B - Houston, TX - August 21-23, 2020

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