Loading Events
« All Events

Sexual Pain – Navigating Care for Cisgender Men: Live-Online Course – October 2021

October 30, 2021 - October 31, 2021
Registration Information
  • Register before
    September 18th, 2021
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after September 18th, 2021

Instructor: Specializing in men’s pelvic and sexual health, Susie Gronski, PT, DPT is a licensed doctor of physical therapy, certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner, University of Michigan trained sex counselor and educator, international teacher, author and creator of one-to-one and self-paced health programs that help men with pelvic pain become experts in treating themselves. Learn more by visiting drsusieg.com.



Social Media Handles:

IG: @dr.susieg

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DrSusieGronskiDPT

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

download the PDF
Sexual Pain – Navigating Care for Cisgender Men October 2021


Accounting for nearly two million doctor visits per year in the United states, countless men experience pain ‘down there’ with little to no help. Endless specialists, traumatic medical experiences, failed treatments, pain with erections, and the incessant search for a cure leaves no time (or energy) for fun in the bedroom. Sexual health, intimacy, and pain are all intertwined which is no surprise that this clinical enigma leaves men feeling socially isolated and hopeless. In this online, one and a half-day course, you’ll gain an understanding of male urogenital anatomy (and the science behind erections), recognize socio-cultural barriers that men face seeking pain care for their most intimate parts, and tool up on resources to help them reconnect with their sexual identity and pain-free pleasure! Includes live urogenital model assessment and treatment demonstration and a 30-minute 1:1 call with Dr. Susie.

This course is intentionally focused on cisgender men. I would like to acknowledge that there is necessary work needed around transgender men, non-binary and gender expansive people.


Preparation for this course:

In preparation for our time together, please:

  • Come prepared with a short synopsis of a de-identified, male patient case that you would like peer support around. If you don’t have a case with sexual concerns, choose a case with other concerns and imagine the sexual health issues that may be present. If you don’t have a presentable case, use your imagination to create an interesting case.
  • Read the articles located in shared Google Drive folder. This folder will also include slides and other course materials. (Access will be provided the week of the course)
  • Familiarize yourself with the slides under Navigating This Course (Access will be provided the week of the course)


My hopes for engagement:

This course is intentionally designed to be a unique learning experience that may be different than what you would typically expect from the traditional course format. It is highly interactive and incorporates activities that support a variety of learning styles to enhance your learning experience. It’s my intention for all of us to learn and provide peer support in an inclusive space that offers a sense of connection, and that gives and accepts grace for our fumbles and foibles as we challenge our comfort zones. I encourage folks to have an open and curious mind to both the content and the format of this course.


Goals & Objectives:

1. Participants will understand the biological, psychological and social impacts of chronic pelvic pain in men and how these complex set of interactions influence their lived experience of pain and sexual well-being.

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Verbally give three examples of how pelvic pain impacts men using the biopsychosocial framework after watching a video in small groups.
  • When given a case description, in small groups, be able to identify at least one potential pain type and one potential trigger that could influence the person’s symptoms and ongoing pain maintenance.
  • In small groups, identify six ways to reduce barriers for men not seeking help for pelvic pain and sexual health concerns by writing down one change they plan to make within their current practice setting/approach.
  • Identify three ways that masculinity influences pain and access to care by sharing one specific example that demonstrates these influences in large group discussion.
  • In a guided choice activity, identify and describe their comfort level addressing male sexual health concerns by choosing one psychosocial activity that they would feel reluctant to try with a male patient and practicing this activity with another participant in pairs.

2. Participants will increase their knowledge about and comfort with male sexual health concerns using a biopsychosocial approach.

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Explain male pelvic anatomy and sexual function in paired groups using any teaching tool of their choice to support their explanation.
  • When role playing a case description, be able to ask three sexual health specific questions that provide insight into the biological, psychological and social underpinnings of the case’s distressing concerns.
  • In large group discussion, using a spectrogram, identify at least one reservation they have working with men who have pelvic health or sexual health concerns.

3. Participants will identify and choose appropriate methods for a male sexual health assessment and apply treatment ideas based on patient-specific sexual and pelvic health concerns.

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • When given a patient vignette, in small groups, choose appropriate physical assessment methods and provide clinical rationale to support their choices.
  • When given a patient vignette, in small groups, develop a treatment plan that includes one intervention/activity that will address each of the following categories biological, psychological, and sociocultural impacts related to their case.


Supplies: Internet access, computer with keyboard and camera, Zoom download

Audience: This online course is open to physiotherapists, occupational therapists, naturopaths, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and medical doctors. Prior pelvic health knowledge and experience is required.

Prerequisites: Prior pelvic health knowledge and experience is required.

Hours: Two-day live-online course from 10:00am-6:30pm ET (Toronto). Please convert to your local time zone.