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Trauma & The Pelvic Floor in the Age of COVID-19: Treating Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault & Birth Trauma: Live-Online – October 2020

October 21, 2020
Registration Information
  • Register before
    September 9th, 2020
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after September 9th, 2020

Instructor: Lisa Aldworth, MSW, RSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Kitchener, Ontario. In her practice she works with clients on a wide range of issues including childhood sexual/physical abuse, sexual assault, birth trauma, post partum mood disorders, grief, anxiety, depression and coping with chronic pain and illness. Lisa has practiced anti-racist/anti-oppressive social work for close to 20 years in a variety of settings in Toronto and Kitchener including healthcare, domestic violence shelters, refugee rights, and most recently, private practice.


Her experience in healthcare includes the following areas: labour and delivery, NICU, pediatric cardiology, oncology, and community work with seniors. This work has informed her therapeutic practice as she has developed an acute awareness of the vulnerability of the patient experience, particularly when it comes to trauma survivors. Based on this awareness, Lisa feels passionately about the need for a consistent trauma informed lens for all healthcare practitioners in order to provide the best possible care and outcomes for patients.


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

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Trauma & The Pelvic Floor October 2020

Course Description:

This course will be focused on understanding the impact of trauma on physical and emotional health and the barriers trauma may present to patient’s experiences in healthcare, particularly pelvic floor physiotherapy. Over the course of the workshop we will explore the two most common types of trauma impacting pelvic health – childhood sexual abuse and birth trauma. We will explore how physiotherapists can apply a trauma informed lens to their practice resulting in greater awareness, understanding and sensitivity for patients identifying as survivors of trauma. Through this increased sensitivity physiotherapists will better support their patients and in turn observe higher levels of trust, adherence and cooperation from their client base.

Course Outline:

Session 1

Why is a trauma informed lens important for healthcare providers?

Defining childhood sexual abuse and/or sexual assault

How to recognize trauma: Signs and Symptoms

Neurobiology of Trauma: How is the brain and emotional functioning affected?

How does childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault shape or redefine a patient’s identity, sense of self, and body image?

Impact of COVID-19 on trauma informed healthcare

Session 2

Defining birth trauma

How does birth trauma affect pelvic floor recovery?

Birth Trauma vs. Post Partum Mood Disorders: Similarities and Differences

Disclosures of Trauma: Appropriate and Inappropriate Responses by Healthcare Workers

Impact of COVID-19 on trauma informed birthing and postpartum care

Coping Techniques for patients

Caring for the Caregiver: Understanding the impact of working with trauma survivors


This course is open to all health care professionals – physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, sex therapists, medical doctors, nurses and midwives.

Date & Time:

October 21 & October 28 from 5-9pm EST (Toronto)