Pelvic PT Clinical Skills Boot Camp + Transgender Specialty Focus in Greenville, SC (was Asheville)

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Pelvic PT Clinical Skills Boot Camp + Transgender Specialty Focus  

Course Faculty: Tracy Sher, MPT, CSCS & Heather Edwards, PT

Description

The Pelvic PT Clinical Skills Boot Camp with Transgender Specialty Focus is designed to help you increase your clinical skills and comfort in helping pelvic health patients in a short amount of time.

✅ Geared towards immediately improving your clinical skills and critical thinking skills

✅ Full of clinical pearls that you won’t see in the standard pelvic health series courses

✅ We cover many topics related to pelvic health for women and men – bowel, bladder, pelvic pain, postnatal and so much more. (Yes – there’s usually a male model for a demo at this course!)

✅ Plenty of time for your questions and individual case studies

✅ Increased lab time assures you will feel confident about identifying anatomy and treatment techniques

✅ Learn how to integrate the latest research into clinical applications and language with patients

✅ Ideal for relatively new to intermediate-level pelvic therapists or physicians or ARNPs who want to learn more about the musculoskeletal components of pelvic floor

✅ Ideal for pelvic PTs who feel like they are doing the same treatment for years and want to learn new ways to enhance their clinical practices

✅ Have a low faculty to student ratio of no greater than 8:1

The transgender portion of this Pelvic Guru Boot Camp course is designed to be an authentic, educational conversation. We’re going to talk about some things that are challenging and work through some of our collective discomfort together in a safe, supportive space. When we can change our perspective, the transgender patient no longer seems like “the other”. Instead, we can learn to lead from a place where we offer all of our patients a chance to tell the story of their body on their own terms… knowing that the medical provider in front of them can treat them as the ENTIRE person that they are.

The research for pelvic PT on this population is lacking and instead of trying to piece together an incomplete story, we’re going to focus on how the clinical skills we have and the research we know already apply. The true learning offered is for participants to be more comfortable in a social context with discussing some of the most challenging topics with trans patients… genitals.

It’s going to be fun and it’s going to be challenging. Come curious and with an open mind.

Hours

Registration: Friday, August 17 from 5:30 – 6 pm

Day 1: Friday, August 17 from 6 – 9 pm

Day 2: Saturday, August 18 from 8 am – 6 pm

Day 3: Sunday, August 19 from 8 am – 4 pm

Format

This course is both lecture format and includes practical labs.

CEUs

PT CEUs are approved for this course. If you are coming from another state, please check with your state on reciprocity for CEUs.

Testimonials

Tracy Sher & Pelvic PT Clinical Skills Boot Camp

🌺 A welcome opportunity to learning in a relaxed open environment!  I look forward to taking more courses with Tracy!

🌺 Tracy’s Pelvic Boot Camp course is wonderful. She adjusts the content to meet the needs and concerns of the attendees. She creates a warm, inviting environment and encourages open discussion, which was very helpful. She has a plethora of knowledge and experience to bring to the content. The time flew by, as she kept the class well engaged. If you haven’t yet, take this course.

🌺 I loved the flow that Tracy has. It’s a good mix of case studies, sharing knowledge, and labs. It’s low key and the class goes with the flow of whatever topic is brought up. I gained so much knowledge and feel more confident as a clinician. Thank you!  

🌺 One of the best courses I’ve taken, looking forward to taking more.

🌺 Best course instructor I’ve had in the 25yrs I’ve been going to PF courses! Thank you Tracy!

🌺 Tracy, you made me feel comfortable in the class, you offer great incite, knowledge, experience and “food for thought”. Thank you.

🌺 Tracy is a wealth of knowledge and is on a mission to share and spread this information!!  She is approachable and so passionate about pelvic PT.

Heather Edwards & Transgender Module

🌺 I couldn’t be more thrilled about how inspired I feel after working with Heather. She lovingly challenged me to think and live so far outside of the box that I couldn’t even tell a box existed anymore. I was able to turn around and immediately apply my knowledge and skills in working with two different clients identifying as transgender and it was a game changer for all of us. I felt grounded, confident, and empathetic to their needs, which spoke volumes to their experience with me as well. I couldn’t recommend her course highly enough. So don’t just sit there — sign up to learn from her as soon as you can!

Objectives

  • Develop and improve current level of clinical skills, and how this relates to research, for treating pelvic health conditions in men and women
  • Review and discuss current patients or case studies for learning opportunities and improved patient care immediately
  • Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor at an intermediate to advanced level
  • Identify specific pelvic pain conditions and physical therapy interventions at an intermediate to advanced level
  • Identify urinary, bowel, prolapse conditions and physical therapy interventions at an intermediate to advanced level
  • Develop treatment plans that are evidence-based for common pelvic floor dysfunctions with inclusion language based on latest pain science research
  • Experience small group discussions and demonstrations facilitated by faculty members

Trans Module Official Objectives:

  • Participants will have a basic understanding of terminology associated with gender identity and medical transition.
  • Participants will be able to take a medical and sexual history without projecting cisnormative or heteronormative narratives onto patients, regardless of gender and sexual orientation.
  • Participants will have a basic understanding of the social, emotional, political, and economic barriers to seeking medical care for the trans patient.
  • Participants will be able to name 3 considerations for trans bodies that might be different than cis bodies.

Tracy Sher, MPT, CSCS

Tracy is recognized as one of the leading experts for urogynecologic pelvic pain, sexual pain, and postnatal conditions. Her private practice, Sher Pelvic Health, in Maitland specializes in pelvic physical therapy and serves the Orlando community and patients from all over the U.S. and world. Her global platform, Pelvic Guru, provides courses, mentoring, and resources to health professionals and patients internationally.

Tracy was a faculty member for Herman and Wallace Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Institute for four years and teaches internationally on a wide range of women’s and men’s health topics.

Tracy has successfully started two large hospital-based women’s health programs and a cashe-based private practice.

Heather Edwards, PT

Heather Edwards is the founder of Vino & Vulvas, a monthly event series about sexual health that is inclusive of all genders, orientations, ages, and abilities. As a local trans ally, leads a research team for a transgender pelvic health survey.  She has practiced as a pelvic PT in North Carolina since 2003 at Haywood Regional Medical Center. She also has her own private practice, Resilient Pelvic Healing. She is currently in school at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work to get her certificate in Sexuality Counseling and Sexuality Education.

Audience

This course is for you if:

  • Eligible if you are a practicing pelvic physical therapist, physician, nurse, midwife, GYNARNP or any other licensed professional who does pelvic exams.
  • If you are a pelvic physical therapist, you have taken at least Pelvic Floor Level 1 and are wanting to expand your skill set or you realize you want and need more direct mentoring in a learning environment.
  • You want to learn clinical pearls that you won’t get in the typical didactic courses. You can ask ANY question and be able to apply the information right away.
  • You want more info about how to position patients that enhances potentially creating better patient outcomes.
  • You want to increase understanding of male treatment options that aren’t typically covered in basic pelvic floor classes. (Every attempt is made to have a male model on site for demo of anatomy and clinical pearls.)
  • You’re limited in your knowledge and understanding of how you can best help patients with treatment in the anal/rectal and prostate regions. A quote from a participant was: “This section alone was worth the price of the course!”
  • If you’d like a fun approachable learning environment.

Schedule

Day 1

Registration: 5:30 – 9 pm

6 – 6:45 pm: Intros

6:45 – 8 pm: Core concepts, anatomy, review, internal pelvic health clinical pearls

8 – 9 pm: Core concepts and clinical skills  – hot topics /hot seat cases

Day 2

8 – 10:30 am: Initial Lab – learn clinical pearls and identify key pelvic health anatomical structures

10:30 am – 12 pm: Case studies and live demo – observation of manual treatments for bowel, bladder, pelvic pain

12 – 1 pm: Lunch

1 – 2 pm: Case studies and live demo – observation of manual treatments

2 – 3 pm: Slides/discussion (male/prostate, treatment options)

3 – 4 pm: Male anatomy demo

4 – 5:30 pm: Anal lab and positioning

5:30 pm – 6pm: Lab discussion and continued clinical pearls

Day 3

8 – 10 am: Manual treatment lab and case studies

10:30 am – 11 pm: Case Studies

11 am – 12 pm: Q&A, Summary of skills learned  

12 – 4 pm: Transgender module – Updates and latest terms

FAQs

What is the refund policy?

Refunds are honored up to 30 days before the course and may be subject to a $75 administrative fee. Within 30 days before the course, refunds will not be provided.  

If the course does not reach a minimum number of students up to 30 days before the course, the course may be canceled, and a full refund will be provided.

What are the course hours?

Most Pelvic Guru Academy courses last two full days, typically from 8 am to 5 pm. Please review the course registration hours for specific hours for the course you are taking.

Will I get CEUs or a certificate?

Pelvic Guru Academy applies for PT/PTA CEU credits for each course we host in the state where the course is taking place. We will make a note at the top of the course registration page once CEUs have been approved for each course. If you are coming from another state, please check with your state on reciprocity for CEUs.

What if I have to leave class early, will I still get CEUs?

In order to get full CEU credit for the course, you will need to attend all hours of the course for each day. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly. Having stated that, we are aware that sometimes there are circumstances in which you have to leave a little early on the last day of the course. Please let the instructor know during the course and put your sign out time on our forms. We may need to adjust education credits and will do this on a case by case basis.  

Will there be a printed course manual or workbook?

Pelvic Guru does not print workbooks or course manuals for our in-person courses. All attendees will receive slides and any additional materials from the instructor prior to the course. If desired, attendees can print these and bring along to class or bring a laptop, tablet, or mobile device to follow along and take notes.

How in demand by pelvic pain professionals is this course?

There has been a growing awareness of the needs of the transgender population in the pelvic PT community. Many are eager to learn about how they can be as effective as possible to anyone who walks through their door… which is fantastic!

Are trans and non-binary patients being included in the wider conversation surrounding pelvic pain?

The wider conversation seems to be tip-toeing in the direction of trans pelvic health by way of transgender women who have had gender affirmation surgery and need help with healing of their neovaginas. The percentage of the trans population that has bottom surgery (genital changes) is estimated to be less than 10%. This means that we’re only starting to work with a small slice of an already small population.

People currently are working on understanding what it means to be transgender. This is true for pelvic pain professionals as well. For people who haven’t studied gender or had much of a reason to look into their own gender, the idea that gender can potentially be nonbinary (meaning neither male nor female) is still pretty new. When we start to understand the trans experience by thinking of it as someone is going from one gender to “the other” gender, that’s binary – two options. That’s not too terribly hard to understand and is where the “born in the wrong body” thinking comes from. In the larger social media pelvic health circles, the questions that seem to come up are almost always about transgender women with new vaginas. Trans women often are still binary identified. Talking to a trans woman about her neovagina is not so different than talking to a cis woman about her vagina (especially if she’s not very familiar with it- which many cis women aren’t). We can use the same words such as “clitoris”, “vagina”, and “labia” and use she/her/hers pronouns. It fits more easily into our pre-existing categories than someone who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.

So, as far as the wider conversation is concerned, we’re not really to the point where we’re including non-binary genders very often. Even remembering that transgender does not equal “surgical transition” is not always on the radar. So, some of the more challenging parts of working with transgender parts can be working with a man who is dysphoric about his vagina and doesn’t want to call it “vagina” but still needs help with the pain he’s having there. Or a woman who is having penile pain but really struggles to discuss this part of her body without feeling uncomfortable and judged by her health care provider. This is not to say that all trans and nonbinary people suffer from dysphoria. Many don’t. But there are certainly more layers of trust, competence, and understanding that one must understand when working with transgender patients in a more holistic manner for pelvic health. We’re working on it. That’s a big part of what we’re aiming to do with this Pelvic Guru course.

Do a lot of trans and non-binary people seek treatment for pelvic pain and do you have an idea of what their experiences tend to be like? (Positive/negative?)

The increase in surgeons performing gender affirmation surgeries in the US is growing and more hospitals and clinics are figuring out protocols for post-surgical considerations. This is fantastic and it’s been really exciting to see these therapists reaching out in discussion groups to figure out the best standards of care to start seeing patients.

However, there are several barriers to care for trans and nonbinary patients that don’t necessarily exist for cis patients. Income is often an issue for trans and nonbinary patients as gender discrimination for work and housing is legal in many states. Access to health insurance may be an issue, inability to self-pay, and even if someone has insurance, it might not cover the care that person needs. For example, if someone is legally female, it might be hard to get coverage for pelvic pain caused by prostatitis. Likewise, a trans man might not have coverage for pelvic pain from endometriosis.

In addition to those barriers, many trans and nonbinary folks report abuse, disrespect, and even assault in medical offices. Even if the clinician is trans competent, that doesn’t mean that the front desk is, and it certainly doesn’t mean that the other folks waiting in the waiting room are. For a man with vaginal pain, sitting in a pink, flowery waiting room to discuss a vaginal problem with a provider who might not be very competent with trans health needs can be daunting or even unsafe.

Most trans patients are looking to go to medical providers that they have very specifically had recommended as competent with transgender patients. This is not a particularly long list. Groups such as Campaign for Southern Equality and Transmission keep lists of trans friendly providers for those seeking resources.

Our hope with this course is to create more pelvic health providers that are competent with seeing the transgender or nonbinary patient as a whole person while understanding that there may be experiences that are unique to their gender that needs to be addressed when looking at pelvic pain (or any other pelvic condition).

If you have additional questions, please contact courses@pelvicguru.com for more information.

Travel

Airport Information

The closest airport is Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

Lodging Nearby

Hilton Garden Inn Greenville

Hampton Inn by Hilton – Greenville I385 Woodruff Rd.

Staybridge Suites Greenville I-85 Woodruff Road

Don’t miss this special bonus event on Monday, August 20!

With your course registration, you also get complimentary registration to Vino & Vulvas!

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