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