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Trauma & The Pelvic Floor

Trauma & The Pelvic Floor

Trauma & The Pelvic Floor

This course includes
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Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion

About The Course:

This online physiotherapy course by Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS) will focus on understanding the impact of trauma on physical and emotional health and the barriers that trauma may present to patient’s experiences in healthcare, particularly pelvic physiotherapy. Throughout the workshop, we will explore the two most common types of trauma impacting pelvic health – childhood sexual abuse and birth trauma. Learn how physiotherapists can apply a trauma-informed lens to their practice resulting in greater awareness, understanding, and sensitivity for patients identifying as survivors of trauma. Through this increased sensitivity, physiotherapists will better support their patients and in turn observe higher levels of trust, adherence, and cooperation from their client base.

In This Online Physiotherapy Course, You’ll Learn:

  • Defining trauma – an overview.
  • Signs and symptoms.
  • Understanding the impact of trauma: the shattered worldview.
  • Types of trauma – similarities and differences.
  • Childhood sexual abuse.
  • Birth trauma.
  • Defining childhood sexual abuse (CSA).
  • Defining birth trauma.
  • Why is a trauma lens important for pelvic health physiotherapists?
  • Disclosures of trauma: appropriate and inappropriate responses by healthcare workers.
  • Trauma & trust and the healthcare system.
  • What does a trauma survivor feel when disclosing?
  • Coping techniques for patients.
  • Chronic pain.
  • Vicarious trauma: impact of trauma on the healthcare worker.
  • What to do if you are triggered about a past personal experience?
  • How to practice self-care for yourself and others.
  • How to support colleagues facing vicarious trauma.

What’s Included In This Online Physiotherapy Course?

  • More than 6 hours of video lessons.
  • Bite-sized information: All of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
  • Lifetime access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • Certificate of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
  • Downloadable slides/workbook so you can follow along as you take the course.
  • Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content may be downloadable (such as a workbook or slides if included), the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants and for tax purposes.
  • A special coupon for 15% off any other online course on Embodia Academy when you’ve completed this course!

Who Is This Course For? 

This online course is for all rehabilitation professionals, including physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, athletic therapists, massage therapists, exercise therapists, medical doctors, nurses, midwives, kinesiologists among others. This course is also relevant for movement specialists, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and those interested in learning more about pelvic floor health and wellness.

Can I Share a Course with a Friend or Colleague? How does the Group Discount Work?

Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. If you are interested in group/staff viewing, please contact us at to arrange a group discount code specifically for your group. The larger the group, the larger the discount. Each individual must purchase separately with the discount code, and agree to the terms and conditions (legal). This provides each participant with their own copy to review at their pace, in addition to the opportunity to interact with colleagues as you all work collectively through the material.


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The instructors
Pelvic Health Solutions

Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS) is an evidence-based teaching company that aims to educate and empower physiotherapists, healthcare professionals, and everyday people about pelvic health. PHS was founded in 2010 out of the need to develop pelvic health resources in Ontario at a time when it was an under-serviced health concern. PHS provides continuing education courses, mentoring, and clinical resources for a variety of practitioners with the goal of equipping them to deliver evidence-based, biopsychosocial assessment and treatment of pelvic health problems in our province and abroad. Our company also exists as a way to connect people experiencing pelvic health concerns to pelvic health physiotherapists in their area. PHS has ultimately blossomed into a community of curious people who are committed to providing hope and healing to those who suffer from pelvic health issues.

Lisa Aldworth
Lisa is a social worker and psychotherapist in private practice at Southern Ontario Counselling Centre in Waterloo, Ontario. In her practice she works with clients on a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, post partum mood disorders, coping with chronic pain/illness, relationship issues, and trauma. Within her trauma practice Lisa works with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, survivors of relationship violence, and survivors of birth trauma. As a social worker Lisa has worked in a number of in-patient settings including oncology, labour and delivery, NICU and pediatric cardiology. This front line experience has informed Lisa’s therapeutic practice and brings an acute awareness of the vulnerability of the patient experience as well as the inherent hierarchies patients must face within the healthcare system. Lisa’s experiences and observations within this context have resulted in a deep understanding of the patient experience and an understanding of both the complexity and healing potential of patient/healthcare provider relationship. It is Lisa’s firm belief that with a trauma-focused lens, healthcare providers can excel at supporting even the most vulnerable of populations.
Course Material included in this course
  • Introduction
  • Slides
  • Introduction to Lisa Aldworth
  • Advice on Working with Trauma
  • Criteria for PTSD
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse Definition
  • Canadian Statistics
  • PTSD & The Brain
  • Impact of Childhood Abuse
  • The Effects of Abuse on Personality and Trust
  • Feedback
  • Section 2
  • Survivor Profile: Part 1
  • Survivor Profile: Part 2
  • How to Recognize a Survivor
  • Recognizing Survivors as a Healthcare Professionals
  • Behavioral & Emotional Signs of a Survivor
  • Dissociation
  • Physical Signs
  • Self Soothing & Self Harm
  • Feedback
  • Section 3
  • Trauma Lens
  • Understanding Triggers
  • Reaction to Triggers
  • Creating a Survivor Friendly Office
  • Responding to a Triggered Patient
  • When to Refer to Therapy
  • The Value of Therapy
  • Feedback
  • Section 4
  • Grounding Techniques
  • Coping with Anxiety
  • Canadian Birth Statistics, Part 1
  • Canadian Birth Statistics, Part 2
  • Trauma as a Subjective Experience
  • Feedback
  • Section 5
  • Post Natal PTSD
  • Fear & Birthing
  • Post Partum Depression and PTSD Symptoms
  • Birth Trauma & Characteristics
  • Clinical Implications
  • Causes of Birth Trauma: Group Discussion
  • Feedback
  • Section 6
  • Physical Harm
  • Psychological Harm
  • Recognizing Birth Trauma
  • Trauma & Loved Ones
  • Understanding People with PTSD
  • Disclosure of Birth Trauma
  • Fear of Recurrence
  • Feedback
  • Part 7
  • Healing & Therapy
  • Compassion Stress & Trauma
  • Triggered by your Client
  • Supporting Your Staff
  • Feedback
  • Resources
  • Beck's Depression Inventory
  • Alpha Self Report for Women
  • Trauma Screening Questionnaire
  • Birth Trauma Questionnaire
  • Self-Assessment of Maternal Distress After a Difficult Birth
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) Trauma Checklist
  • Article: Mothering as a Rape Survivor
  • The Therapeutic Relationship As The Foundation for Treatment with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
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