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The Ultimate Bowel Course: GI and Pelvic Floor – ONLINE/LIVE

September 19, 12:00 amSeptember 20, 12:00 am EDT



  • The course will still run LIVE on the same weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, 8:30-4:30 CT. It will be fully interactive with lots of opportunities to ask questions.  You will need access to a computer and wi-fi (you can use a phone, but the quality and interaction may be affected). 
  • The live course will also be recorded and placed in a course platform for you to access long-term. This will include access to any additional resources for the course. 
  • You will still receive the pre-course reading, slides, and resources for the course ahead of time.
  • The same PT CEUs are eligible for this course (IL, NY, all states with reciprocity for these states, and any other states where you can submit your information to the board).
  • BONUS: There will be extra days offered for support and live training for use of a balloon catheter (Tuesday, September 22 or Thursday, September 24 and likely Tuesday, September 29 or Thursday, October 1. This will depend on the number of participants enrolled.  You’ll be able to sign up for one of those evenings (7-9 pm CT)  as it gets closer. You will have a chance to practice techniques with full guidance and ask any questions. It’s best to have a patient model for this. We will share more specifics with you later.



September 19-20, 2020, Saturday 8:30-5:30 EST, Sunday 8:30-4:30 EST PLUS

Bonus Labs:  CHOOSE BETWEEN Tuesday, September 22 and Tuesday September 29 – 8-10pm EST both days) Sign ups for lab times will be available as we get closer to the course. Course participants will have the option of purchasing a balloon catheter for lab if they are interesting in participating at home. More info to come. 

Location: ONLINE/LIVE. This course will be a live feed with the instructor. It is NOT self-paced.

CEUs: CEUs are approved in NY. CEUs will be applied for in MO and IL. For other states, please check your states reciprocity or if you can apply for CEUs independently.

Course Description

A comprehensive approach to gastrointestinal disorders including bowel and digestion dysfunction. This approach allows for the consideration of management of multiple factors s including nutritional, psychosocial, medical-surgical decisions, and physical therapy examination/intervention advanced intervention. A multifactorial approach can often lead to improved management of this complex patient as a varied intervention approach may be required to be successful. A comprehensive understanding of the physiology and symptom manifestation can improve the ability to develop a comprehensive intervention strategy tailored to each patient’s needs throughout the episode of care.


This course contains lecture and lab (with options for small-group, online labs).

Equipment/Setting Needed:

The optional lab that you can do will require the purchase of a balloon catheter and other materials. You will receive more information about this.

  • Fun class! I was impressed with the knowledge gained in just the first 15 minutes of the weekend course!
  • Susan has great knowledge and passion for what she teaches. She also has a great calmness in the way she teaches.
  • I LOVED this course! I feel much more prepared to take on patients with fecal incontinence!
  • I have taken several bowel courses in the past and this was by far the most enjoyable!  With most of the basic anatomy and physiology covered in pre-course reading materials, we were able to focus on the practical application of skills, nutrition counseling, learning rectal ballooning, and having great discussions about all things bowel-related.  I have started to think more holistically in my treatment as a result. Thanks!
  • This was hands down one of the best courses I have ever taken. Susan takes such a fluid approach to teaching that leaves you craving more. This is the second time I have taken the course. I learned so many new skills and fine nuances that I did not fully appreciate the first time around. Susan brings so much energy and enthusiasm to the class, making skills practice in the ano-rectal area very approachable and non-threatening. Thanks for an amazing course!

Susan C. Clinton PT, DScPT, OCS, WCS, COMT, FAAOMPT received her Physical Therapy degree from Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and a Masters of Health Sciences at LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her Doctor of Science degree at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and graduated with her NAIOMT fellowship in orthopedic manual therapy in 2013. She was accepted as a Fellow by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists in 2014 and serves as a clinical faculty and specialty course faculty for NAIOMT. As a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Manual Therapy, Orthopedics and Women’s Health, she has been actively treating patients with pelvic floor, urinary, bowel, reproductive, oncology, persistent pain, sports injuries and post-surgical diagnoses. She currently practices in Sewickley, Pennsylvania and is the co-owner and founder of Embody Physiotherapy and Wellness, LLC. Susan is active in teaching and research as an adjunct instructor for the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham University. Additionally, she is an international instructor and presenter of post-professional education in women’s health and orthopedic manual therapy and a certified Total Control® Instructor. Her research activities include publications on chronic pelvic pain and clinical practice guidelines for the APTA Section on Women’s Health and Orthopedic Section. Susan is active with the American Physical Therapy Association, serving in governance as a local delegate and alternate delegate, and as the Chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines steering committee for the Section on Women’s Health. She is the past secretary on the Section on Women’s Health Board of Directors and the former President of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the Orthopedic Section of the APTA. She has served as an item writer and case reviewer for the WCS board certification examination and is a member of the credentialing committee with ABPTRFE. Susan is proud to serve as an inaugural board member of the Women’s Global Health Imitative (GWHI) and she concurrently serves on the board for the Association of Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support (APOPS). Susan has received awards for outstanding research in pelvic girdle by AAOMPT and Outstanding Clinical Educator by Chatham University. She is the 2016 winner of the Elizabeth Noble Award from the Section on Women’s Health.

Course Objectives

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

  • Understand and define functional bowel disorders and bowel disease
  • Recognize the latest evidence on the HPA axis and the relationship of the GI system to multisystem physiology in the human
  • Define the multidisciplinary role in the assessment of the patient with gastrointestinal disorders including the latest evidence on specialized testing.
  • Understand and implement a physical therapy examination algorithm for differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal impairments and functional movement dysfunctions of individual with gastrointestinal disorders including the lower GI tract.
  • Identify potential medical “red flags” that warrant referral to the appropriate physician.
  • Recognize the psychosocial and behavioral component as well as the expanded role of physical therapy intervention.
  • Demonstrate appropriate physical therapy examination and intervention techniques for patients with gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Develop and discuss examination and intervention of clients with complex gastrointestinal disorders in a case study format.


This course is open to physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, nurses, midwives and medical doctors. Internal palpation is required. Experience and training in hands-on pelvic floor treatment – vaginal or rectal are required.

Physiotherapists other healthcare providers that have completed this course are able to perform an evaluation of the musculoskeletal aspect of the GI system (including a focus on the lower GI region), establish and create a treatment plan and it’s progression for GI dysfunction and movement impairments of the abdomen and pelvic region. The interventions will include manual therapy, movement/exercise, respiration and balloon catheter techniques to reduce dysfunction. They also have a foundational knowledge of the GI system including digestive disorders, basic nutritional contributions, abdominal and pelvic floor dysfunction, and psychosocial/behavioral contributions.


What is the refund and cancelation policy?

Refunds are honored up to 30 days before the course and are subject to a $75 administrative fee. Within 30 days before the course, refunds will not be provided. If you’re unable to attend the course you purchased, you can also transfer to the same course offered later in the year (if available) for a $25 fee. Course transfers need to be done at the time of request and must be directly into a course that already exists . Transfers must happen within 1 year of the dates of the course that participant is transferring out of. There is a $50 transfer fee to transfer to a different course (and price variations between the two courses may need to be addressed). Course transfers need to be done at the time of request and must be directly into a course that already exists. 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 in the amount of the course ticket 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.

What is the balloon catheter training like for The Ultimate Bowel Course?

This is a full lab with full practice for use and intervention with your lab partner.

Is it okay if I use a breast pump during the course?

Yes. We may not be able to provide a private room for you, but we will accommodate you however possible. You are also free to use your pump during the course to avoid missing any of the information.

We need locations that meet the following requirements:

  • Within 30 minutes of a major airport
  • Have hotels close by
  • Be able to host 30-40 people
  • Have about 15 treatment tables available for pelvic courses.
  • Have space for a yoga class of 30 people for Low Pressure Fitness
  • Have access to a CrossFit box that wants to host for Female Athlete

Meet these requirements? Fill out the form HERE. Let us know what courses you’d like to host!


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Bowel - 2020 - Online
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September 19, 12:00 am EDT
September 20, 12:00 am EDT


Pelvic Guru Academy