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Trauma & The Pelvic Floor: Treating Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault & Birth Trauma: Live-Online – February 2022

February 15, 2022
Registration Information
  • Register before
    January 4th, 2022
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after January 4th, 2022

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.


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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 February 2022

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

Audience: This course is open to all healthcare and wellness professionals

Date & Time: February 15 & 22 from 5-9pm ET (Toronto). Please convert to your local time zone.