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  • Faculty: Jennifer Stone

    Session Details:

    Welcome Conference

    8:00 a.m. -8:05 a.m.

    Jennifer Stone

  • Faculty: Melissa McElroy

    Session Details:

    More than hot flashes and mood swings, this session will explore the power that is contained within the proper understanding of menopause and how that understanding can make all the difference in attaining optimal function and performance. 


    At the end of this session, you will: 

    • Have gained a proper understanding of Perimenopause and the importance of being proactive 
    • Obtain tools for having “The (next) Talk” with yourself, your patients/clients/family members 
    • Be able to identify signs that perimenopause and the menopause transition are occurring  
    • Be able to educate others on the options for modulation 
    • Be able to prescribe evidence-based activity/exercise for the next chapter 
    • Be able to utilize nutrition’s power to continue to flourish 
    • Be confident in welcoming the newest version of badass you! 

    8:05 a.m.- 9:05 a.m.

    Melissa McElroy

  • Faculty: Adriaan Louw

    Session Details:

    Sensitization of the peripheral and central nervous system is present in all human pain experiences, including pelvic pain. A sensitive nervous system poses significant clinical challenges for clinicians, especially physical treatment. This session will update clinicians on some of the latest concepts related to a sensitized nervous system in pelvic pain from a neurodynamics perspective.


    At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to: 

    • Define the needs of a sensitized peripheral nervous system 
    • Understand how to assess for neurodynamic dysfunction in patients with pelvic pain 
    • Describe best practices for integrating treatment for the peripheral nervous system into treatment 


    9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

    Adriaan Louw

  • Faculty: Lance Frank

    Session Details:

    As pelvic therapists, dyspareunia is a very common diagnosis seen on the script pad for people with vaginas; but what about those with penises who also have painful receptive penetration? Gay men aren’t the only people who receive anal penetration; however it’s a subject in pelvic health that’s often glossed over because of its history of being taboo and “scandalous”. This lecture will go over the “ins and outs” of how gay men have sex (all types of sex… anal, fisting, double penetration, etc) and how we as pelvic health physical therapists can be better guides for our patients to do it safely.


    • Identify and understand the anatomy behind anal intercourse
    • Understand different receptive penetration practices common in the gay community
    • Discuss the factors associated with greater amounts of pain with anal penetration often experienced by the gay male population


    10:25 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

    Lance Frank

  • Faculty: Susan Clinton

    Session Details:

    HRV is a well-researched indicator of the balance between the Sympathetic and the Parasympathetic nervous systems.  The balance has a large impact on the performance of the GI system and can influence pain, motility and inflammation.    Working with HRV can not only predict dysfunction but is an excellent metric to guide interventions in different domains. 


    At the end of this session, each participant will be able to: 

    • Describe the basics of HRV and the application to GI Dysfunction
    • Interpret how HRV can predict dysfunction
    • Utilize HRV information to guide appropriate intervention for GI Dysfunction, pain and motility.

    11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

    Susan Clinton

  • Faculty: Julian L. Magee

    Session Details:

    The participants will explore what it means to have a culture that is inclusive and supports everyone to create a sense of belonging. Participants will discuss ways to build and support inclusive practices, identify threats to creating and maintaining inclusive practices, and articulate the importance of having inclusive spaces.  


    • Define inclusion, equity, diversity, and belonging.
    • Discuss principles of inclusive leadership.
    • Discuss the impact of inclusion and the benefits of diverse teams.
    • Discuss how bias shows up and plays a role in practice.
    • Discuss inclusive leadership traits.

    Dr. Magee will be donating his honorarium to the National Association of Black Physical Therapists (NABPT). If you would like to donate to them, click here 

    1:35 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.

    Julian L. Magee

  • Faculty: Julie Wiebe

    Session Details:

    Whether your patient’s max effort is lifting a baby or a barbell, chasing a toddler or crossing a finish line, the strategies to help them accomplish it symptom-free are similar. Break down the task, then build it  back up. Learn how to create graded exposure strategies to prepare a path for your patient to return to functional and fitness challenges. 

    2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

    Julie Wiebe

  • Faculty: Alex Papale

    Session Details:

    Sexuality counseling is provided by those who have medical licenses (per the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) who have the proper training to address sexual health concerns. Pelvic physical therapists (and really PTs in many different settings) are often discussing ways to accommodate sexual dysfunction (including orthopedic limitations), however, in a society where comprehensive sex education is not practiced (and in cases demonized), it can be hard for our clients who really need a bigger picture of “What Sex Is” that extends beyond an erect penis going into a supple vagina. Widening our understanding of sexuality to shift from a model of penetration to a model of pleasure is wildly empowering for people to have a more resilient sex life if that is what they desire. 


    • Participants will discuss the differences between a penetration-focused definition of sexuality and a pleasure-based definition of sexuality.
    • Participants will be able to counsel clients in 2 different versions of pleasure-based sexual activities that they can do with a partner that are not penetration focused.
    • Participants will be able to discuss non-penetrative sexual activities as valid options for deepening intimate relationships in the context of pain/dysfunction limiting penetrative activities

    3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

    Alex Papale

  • Faculty: A.J. Steele

    Session Details:

    People often believe that they have limited control over their health conditions and that the responsibility for “curing” them lies with their health providers. Have you experienced this? Do you want to help break this pattern? Motivational Interviewing allows you to have a productive conversation with patients about behavior change. MI works by activating motivation for change and adherence to treatment within the patient. This lecture will introduce you to the essential elements, the over-arching principles, and the four processes central to Motivational Interviewing.  


    • Begin developing a MI mindset that allows you to see your patients as people first by letting go of the “find it, fix it” approach taught to most physical health providers.
    • Identify the four elements that make up the MI spirit and how you will integrate them into your clinical practice perspective.
    • Identify the four processes of MI and develop a plan to learn and/or improve these skills for yourself and your co-workers. 

    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    A.J. Steele

  • Faculty: Jennifer Stone, Jessie Podolak

    Session Details:

    Course description for the GMI course (me/Jessie): Patients with pelvic pain and especially sexual pain often experience significant tissue sensitivity, which can lead to extremely distressing symptoms that can be extremely functionally limiting and frustrating. Many resources talk about sensory desensitization, which for some can be helpful, but in an ideal scenario, physical therapists should be able to help patients with sensory reintegration (restoring accurate sensory information and interpretation, not just decreasing sensation) and return to functional activities-graded motor imagery has been shown in the literature to be helpful toward this end. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.


    • After this course, participants will be able to describe two options for graded motor imagery in patients with pelvic pain and/or sexual dysfunction
    • After this course, participants will be able to design an individualized plan for providing and progressing a sensory reintegration strategy to assist a patient with the return to function.
    • After this course, participants will be able to define graded motor imagery and its benefits to patients
    • After this course, participants will be able to identify evaluative methods to determine which patients might benefit from graded motor imagery and neurodynamics, and where to start.

    BONUS Self-Paced

    Jennifer Stone, Jessie Podolak

  • Faculty: Whitney Rogers

    Session Details:

    Virtual care can help deliver physical therapy services to those who may otherwise not have access due to transportation, distance of clinic locations, childcare issues, or work schedule. Not only can virtual care help reach those patients, but it can also help increase compliance with home exercise, and improve self management. This lecture will review ways virtual care can be utilized in the area of pelvic health.

    At the close of this lecture, participants will be able to:

    • Discuss utilization of telehealth services for pelvic health therapy
    • List patient education tools that can be used to help optimize telehealth therapy
    • Understand considerations for when telehealth should be utilized in provision of pelvic health services

    BONUS Self-Paced

    Whitney Rogers

Attendees will have access to recorded sessions if they are unable to attend part or all of the live event.
The conference provides 11.5 contact hours

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Pricing Information  | $250

All registrants will have access to both live sessions and recordings.
If you have questions or have trouble registering, please contact Jennifer Stone here.

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