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Trauma & The Pelvic Floor – Online

July 17, 2018
Registration Information
  • Register before
    June 5th, 2018
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after June 5th, 2018

Course Instructor:


Lisa Aldworth, MSW, RSW is a social worker and psychotherapist in private practice at Southern Ontario Counselling Centre in Waterloo, Ontario. In her practice she works with clients on a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, post partum mood disorders, coping with chronic pain/illness, relationship issues, and trauma. Within her trauma practice Lisa works with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, survivors of relationship violence, and survivors of birth trauma. As a social worker Lisa has worked in a number of in-patient settings including oncology, labour and delivery, NICU and pediatric cardiology. This front line experience has informed Lisa’s therapeutic practice and brings an acute awareness of the vulnerability of the patient experience as well as the inherent hierarchies patients must face within the healthcare system. Lisa’s experiences and observations within this context have resulted in a deep understanding of the patient experience and an understanding of both the complexity and healing potential of patient/healthcare provider relationship. It is Lisa’s firm belief that with a trauma-focused lens, healthcare providers can excel at supporting even the most vulnerable of populations.



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 – Online

This is an online course offered through Embodia Academy. To register, please use this link: 



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 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:

Defining trauma – Overview

Signs and Symptoms

Understanding the impact of Trauma: The Shattered Worldview

Types of Trauma – Similarities and Differences

  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Birth Trauma

Defining Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA)

  • How does CSA shape our identity, sense of self, and body image?
  • How does CSA

Defining Birth Trauma

  • How Does Birth Trauma affect Motherhood?
  • Barriers to healing from trauma within the context of new motherhood
  • Birth Trauma vs. Post Partum Mood Disorders: Similarities and Differences
  • Trauma, Sex and Procreation
  • Trauma and infertility

Why is a trauma lens important for pelvic health physiotherapists?

Disclosures of Trauma: Appropriate and Inappropriate Responses by Healthcare Workers

Trauma & Trust and the healthcare system

  • What does a trauma survivor feel when disclosing?

Coping Techniques for patients

Creating a Trauma Informed Workplace – What can you or your employer do?

Vicarious Trauma: Impact of trauma on the healthcare worker

  • What to do if you are triggered about a past personal experience?
  • How to practice self care for yourself and others
  • How to support colleagues facing vicarious trauma

Resources for Birth Trauma

Resources for CSA


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

Online course

To register, please use this link: https://embodiaacademy.com/courses/89-trauma-the-pelvic-floor-pelvic-health-solutions