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Let’s Talk About Sex: Addressing Sexual Function With Your Patients

April 21, 2017 - April 22, 2017
Registration Information
  • Register before
    March 10th, 2017
    for early bird pricing
    $645.00

  • Regular Course Price:
    $695
    after March 10th, 2017

Instructor: Karen Brandon, DSc PT WCS BCB-PMD

After completing her Bachelors in Experimental Psychology and Masters in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Loma Linda University, Dr. Karen Brandon pursued her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy to further her interest in research and clinical teaching. She was part of freshman class of Board Certified Women’s Health Specialists in 2009. In addition to varied models of private practice experience, she has also been an administrator for physical therapy department where she served on the institution-wide utilization review boards.

 

She divides her time now by teaching quarterly course work at Loma Linda University in Women’s and Men’s Health Studies, and Orthopedics as well working as a Clinical Specialist at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fontana CA where she is the Regional Clinical Practice Coordinator for Pelvic Rehabilitation for 15 large hospital based clinics.

 

She enjoys staying connected with other professionals by serving as the Southwest Regional Representative to the American Physical Therapy Association for Women’s Health, and a site coordinator for Pelvic Floor Sexual Medicine Group of Southern California. She has presented posters and platform lectures at international interdisciplinary meetings for groups such as IPPS, ISSWSH, and national groups such as APTA, AUGS and AAGL. She served as an item writer and an exam content expert for the ABPTS Board Examiners.

 

Recently she co-edited a journal edition in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation focused on sexual health in seniors. She is guest lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, Riverside and Los Angeles.

 

Her interest in expanding services in Women’s and Men’s Health has taken her internationally to educate other health care professionals in China and Brazil.


Course Schedule – Day 1

8:00                Anatomy and physiology of female sexual response

9:00                Anatomy and physiology of male sexual response

10:00              Normative information about sexual health

10:30              Break

10:45              Interviewing and history taking, screening, surveys and questionnaires

12:00              Lunch

1:15                Video and lab discussion

2:15                Male sexual dysfunction conditions

3:15                Female sexual dysfunction conditions

4:15                Self-assessment labs: attitudes and beliefs

 

Course Schedule – Day 2

7:30                Overview of considerations in sexual participation

8:00                Ergonomics and sexual positions adaptive aids

9:30                Break

9:45                Sexual expression

10:15              Aging and sexual function

11:30              Lunch

12:30              Lesbian, gay and transgender topics

1:30                Abuse and trauma

2:30                Resources for patients and clinicians

3:30                Case studies

4:00                Questions and post-test

 

Please note:

To register for this course, please download the following registration forms in pdf format and email it to info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca or fax it to 888-653-4533

Description:

The rehabilitation clinician is trained to provide treatment to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent disability. Sexual activity is a valuable part of a person’s function and can be impacted by physical as well as psycho-social changes that occur in illness and disease processes. All medical providers should be aware of multiple dimensions of sexual health and also the domains that can be addressed to resume a meaningful sex life and satisfactory sexual experiences.   Pelvic Physical Therapists can be instrumental in addressing the mechanical and ergonomic adaptations needed to participate in sexual relations regardless of multiple system involvement. In addition, clinicians working with patients must also be sensitive and possess cultural competency skills in order to establish successful patient rapport in a very sensitive area of function.

This two day course will cover female and male sexual function introducing basic anatomic, physiological, and ergonomic considerations, as well as adaptations and rehabilitation after surgical interventions. The purpose of the course is to educate the health care professional working in pelvic health in use of a patient-centered interview, evidence based evaluative techniques, and treatment approaches for addressing musculoskeletal impairments that affect sexual participation. We will also discuss how to approach patients with sexual concerns or dysfunction from a biopsychosocial perspective and how to screen for psychosocial and medical conditions that require appropriate referral to other disciplines. The attendee will become familiar with different outcome measures used in sexual medicine. This course overviews numerous variations in sexual expression so that the therapist can be familiar with same sex, heterosexual, transgender and aging populations.

Through completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Describe and compare/contrast the female and male sexual response cycle
  2. Explain the domains of sexual function
  3. Identify origins of sexual attitudes and beliefs
  4. List risk factors associated with common sexual dysfunction conditions
  5. Understand sexual activity from an anatomic, physiologic and ergonomic perspective
  6. Describe orthopedic modifications for ergonomics and body mechanics during sexual activity
  7. Understand surgical procedures and pharmacological management of sexual dysfunction
  8. Become familiar with usefulness of FSFI, VQ, Marinoff, Kinsey, PFDI-20 questionnaires
  9. Explain the components of interviewing and history taking with sexual conditions
  10. Become familiar with PLLISIT model of addressing sexual concerns

Pretest/Post-test Knowledge Assessment: 40 multiple-choice questions; 20 questions each day

Method of Learning: Lecture, videos, case studies

Lab: Participants will practice interview techniques, review video cases, and give and score sexual medicine questionnaires. Participants will watch sexual expression videos and role-play how to describe adaptations to patients that are available. No internal assessment required on this course. 

Prerequisites: Level I and II, or MD, RN, NP or Midwife

Hours:

To be determined

Registration begins on the first day 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Receive a discounted entry price to our symposium for only $99 + tax if register for both events! Limited to 24 registrants!

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