2019 Physical Therapy Continuing Education Courses

The Prometheus Group® has worked in conjunction with the professional development organizations below for many years. We are committed to providing the necessary equipment and supplies to ensure a smooth transition from the classroom to the workplace. Please continue to scroll down for further information on the courses available to you.


BDI Playhouse Children's Therapy
(708) 478-1820, www.bdiplayhouse.com
Click here for BDI Playhouse Children's Therapy Workshops

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute
646-355-8777, www.hermanwallace.com
Click here for Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute Courses.

Section on Women’s Health/American Physical Therapy Association
703-610-0224, www.womenshealthapta.org
Click here for Section on Women’s Health/American Physical Therapy Association Courses.

Pelvic Guru, Medical Pelvic Experts
www.pelvicguru.com
Click here for Pelvic Guru Pelvic Health Courses

Biofeedback Training & Incontinence Solutions
512-557-6310, www.pelvicfloorbiofeedback.com
Click here for Biofeedback Training & Incontinence Solutions Courses.

Phoenix Core Solutions
800-549-8371, www.phoenixcore.com
Click here for Phoenix Core Solutions Courses.


 

For more information on the below courses offered by BDI Playhouse Children's Therapy or to register, go to www.bdiplayhouse.com. Please note, the below dates, locations, or instructors are subject to change without the notice of The Prometheus Group®. 

Pediatric Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.  A Multi-System Approach.

This class will facilitate knowledge of a multi-system approach to the management of pediatric pelvic floor dysfunctions. A general overview of bladder and bowel anatomy and function in the developing child will be described. Information will be provided to allow participants to complete a thorough evaluation to be able to outline and implement a therapy treatment plan and home exercise program for the patient suffering from urinary and/or stool incontinence, constipation, and pelvic floor muscular challenges. Instruction in surface electromyography related to assessment and treatment will also be discussed.

Course Dates & Locations:
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For more information on the below courses offered by Herman & Wallace or to register, go to www.hermanwallace.com.  Please note, the below dates, locations, or instructors are subject to change without the notice of The Prometheus Group®.

Pelvic Floor Level 1:  An Introduction to Female Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction and Treatment

This continuing education course is a three-day seminar designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain(CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.


Course Dates & Locations:

Jul 12-14 | Fairfax, VA | Nazari & Haarmann

Jul 21-23 | Newark, NJ | Chud & Futterman

Aug 16-18 | Athens, GA | Haarmann & Hayes Fugate

Aug 23-25 | Albany, NY | Miller & Abbate

Aug 23-25 | Maywood, IL | Elliot & Stewart

Sept 13-15 | Grand Rapids, MI | Vande Vegte & Elliott-Burke

Sept 13-15 | Kansas City, MO | Pribyl & Stewart

Nov 1-3 | Columbus, OH | TBD

Nov 8-10 | Fayetteville, AR | TBD

Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging: Women’s Health and Orthopedic Topics

This continuing education seminar is a two-and-a-half day course designed to provide instruction in the generation and interpretation of rehabilitative ultrasound images as they relate to the pelvic girdle. Both lecture and lab material will be presented that will allow the participant to immediately incorporate the use of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging into their evaluation and treatment plans for patients with diagnoses including lumbo-pelvic pain and instability, pelvic organ prolapse, and urinary incontinence.

The continuing education course comprises of lectures and labs that present both ideal and abnormal responses of real-time imaging of the transverse abdominals, rectus abdominis, deep multifidus, levator ani, bladder, bladder neck, urethra, and vagina during contraction and valsalva. Imaging methods used during labs will consist of transabdominal viewing as well as transperineal/translabial viewing methods. Prior experience with perineal and vaginal assessments is required to take the course.

Course Dates & Locations:

Aug 23-25 | Columbia, MO | Ariail

Sept 27-29 | Madison, WI | Ariail

Dec 6-8 | Chicago, IL | Ariail 

Allison Ariail PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, BCB-PMD, PRPC

 

Mobilization of Visceral Fascia: The Urinary System

The fascial system consists of four concentric layers, with the visceral layer beginning at the naso-pharynx and ending at the anal aperture. This course will focus on theory and manual therapy technique for mobilizing fascial structures of the visceral system. The abdomino-pelvic canister is a functional and anatomical construct comprised of the somatic structures of the abdominal cavity and pelvic basin, which work synergistically to support the midline of the body. The walls of this canister are occupied by and intimately connected to the visceral structures found within. In order to function optimally the viscera must be able to move, not only in relationship to one another, but with respect to their surrounding container.

Material will be presented that includes the science of and evidence behind the use of fascial based manual therapy with presentation of relevant visceral and fascial anatomy. Emphasis will be placed on clinical reasoning with the goal of immediate implementation of the techniques learned following this introductory course. Students will be instructed in an extensive number of treatment techniques, both external abdominal as well as internal vaginal approaches. Course participants will be able to immediately incorporate evaluation and treatment of visceral fascia for patients with a variety of urinary dysfunction diagnoses

Mobilization of the visceral fascia requires advanced palpation skills along with extensive knowledge of visceral anatomy. This continuing education course is a two-and-a-half day seminar designed to provide comprehensive knowledge concerning the relationship between the connective tissue surrounding the visceral structures of the urologic system as it relates to physical therapy treatment. This course is geared toward the experienced pelvic health therapist who wishes to integrate advanced manual therapy skills into their treatment regimen.

Course Dates & Locations:

Aug 9-11 | Trenton, NJ | Horton

Sept 6-8 | Little Rock, AR | Horton

Ramona C. Horton, MPT

 

Mobilization of the Myofascial Layer: Pelvis and Lower Extremities

Fascia is the ubiquitous tissue that permeates the entire body; it supports and connects all of the other structures found within.  The “myofascial” is comprised of those layers of fascia that are associated with the locomotor system.   Application of myofascial therapy for pelvic dysfunction is well documented as an effective treatment approach.  This treatment requires a detailed knowledge of pelvic anatomy as well as palpation skills for assessment of connective tissue mobility, movement asymmetry and tissue tension abnormalities affecting the pelvis and lower extremity and their associated fascial structures

The material will include the science of and evidence behind myofascial based manual therapies with an emphasis on tissue evaluation and clinical reasoning.  Multiple approaches for the treatment of fascial dysfunction will be presented in this concepts course so the clinician can easily choose the appropriate technique depending on the tissue of each unique patient.  The goal is for the attending therapist to have a variety of skills to incorporate evidence-based myofascial treatment into an existing clinical program.

Lab activities will cover external and internal vaginal or rectal techniques, both male and female clinicians are encouraged to participate.   Fascial approaches include a variety of techniques for the abdominal wall, pelvis, hip and lower extremity to include:

-Fascial induction utilizing direct and indirect methods for muscle bellies, intraarticular and intraosseous structures and  multiple layers of the pelvic floor

-Positional inhibition for trigger points, internal and external

-Peripheral nerve mobilizations for pelvis and lower extremity

-Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (AISTM, Gua Sha)

-Fascial decompression (Cupping)

-Introduction of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging to measure tissue changes

The goal of this course is to provide the clinician who is treating women and men with pelvic dysfunction immediate access to a variety of approaches to the myofascial system. Throughout the course, clinical reasoning and application will be addressed with emphasis on various presentations of frequently seen in patients with primary or secondary pelvic dysfunction. 

Course Dates & Locations:

Nov 1-3 | Bel Air, MD | Horton

Ramona C. Horton, MPT

 

Mobilization of Visceral Fascia: The Reproductive System of Men and Women

This continuing education course is a two-and-a-half day seminar designed to expand on the therapists existing knowledge concerning the relationship between the connective tissue surrounding the viscera and dysfunction within the urogenital system.  Instruction will focus on the reproductive system and peripheral pelvic nerves of men and women as it relates to physical therapy treatment. This course is geared toward the therapist that has a working knowledge of fascial release and visceral manipulation and wishes to advance their manual therapy skills in this treatment modality.

The material will be presented that will allow the participant to immediately incorporate evaluation and treatment techniques for patients with diagnoses of dysmenorrhea, prostadynia, mechanical infertility, pudendal neuralgia, and pelvic pain. The course will include lectures on anatomical structures as well as visceral theory and technique. Lab sections include both external abdominal, pelvic as well as internal vaginal and anal techniques.

Course Dates & Locations:

Sept 27-29 | Philadelphia, PA | Horton

Ramona C. Horton, MPT

 

Finding the Driver in Pelvic Pain

Clinical Reasoning is an essential tool in the evaluation and treatment of clients with pelvic floor dysfunction as it enables differential diagnosis and prioritization of treatment interventions. The majority of clients with pelvic floor dysfunction have associated co-morbidities which may include labral tearfemoral acetabular impingement (FAI), discogenic low back pain (LBP), altered respiratory patterns, nerve entrapmentsfascial incompetence or coccygeal dysfunction. These complex clients require the clinician to have a comprehensive toolbox to screen musculoskeletal, neurologic as well as pelvic floor dysfunctions in order to design an effective treatment regimen. This intermediate level 3-day course is designed for physical therapists treating pelvic pain and elimination disorders who seek additional skills in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal co-morbidities as well as clinical reasoning with prioritization of interventions. Evidence based test item clusters for all associated contributing factors will be covered, including urogynecologic, sexual, colorectal, orthopedic, key history taking questions as well as direct perineal and pelvic floor assessment. Participants will be provided with differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning that can be applied to their clients immediately. Internal and external pelvic floor assessment is critical for evidence based evaluation and treatment of pelvic pain and elimination disorders. This data, along with the musculoskeletal screening, can determine if the pelvic floor dysfunction is the outcome or the cause of the problem.

This intermediate level course is an excellent adjunct for clinicians interested in learning how to evaluate and prioritize the treatment interventions of clients with pelvic floor associated musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Course Dates & Locations:
TBD

Elizabeth Hampton PT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD

 

Care of the Pregnant Patient - PREG

Evaluating and treating a pregnant patient can be intimidating and daunting. Questions about safety and efficacy of evaluation and intervention arise, and most rehabilitation providers do not feel well prepared in working with women who are pregnant. In a survey of therapists who were members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Section on Women's Health (SOWH), Krum & Smith (2005) found that "A majority of respondents...had received minimal academic education specific to women's healthissues." (p. 31) This 2-day,beginner level continuing education course provides a foundation in women's health education specific to caring for the pregnant patient.

Course Dates & Locations:

Sept 14-15 | Milwaukee, WI

Nov 9-10 | Mission Hill, CA

 

Pediatric Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), by 5 years of age, over 90% of children have daytime bladder control. What is life like for the other 10% who experience urinary leakage during the day? Bed-wetting is another pediatric issue with significant negative quality of life impact for children and their caregivers, with as much as 30% of 4 year-olds experiencing urinary leakage at night. Children who experience anxiety-causing events may have a higher risk of developing urinary incontinence, and in turn, having incontinence causes significant stress and anxiety for children. (Thibodeau et al., 2013) Having bowel dysfunction such as constipation is also a contributor to urinary leakage or urgency, and with nearly 5% of pediatric office visits occurring for constipation, the need to address these issues is great. (Constipation in Children, 2013) As pediatric bladder and bowel dysfunction can persist into adulthood, pelvic rehabilitation providers must direct attention to the pediatric population to improve the health in our patient populations.

The pediatric population is greatly under-served causing undo stress for the child and family as well as development of internalizing and externalizing psychological behaviors. The two most common pelvic floor dysfunctions in the pediatric population are dysfunctional elimination syndrome and bed-wetting. This specialty continuing education course focuses on the treatment of children with day or nighttime incontinence, fecal incontinence, and/or dysfunctional voiding habits.

This course begins with instruction in anatomy, physiology, and in development of normal voiding reflexes and urinary control. The participant will learn terminology from the International Children's Continence Society, medical evaluation concepts for bowel and bladder dysfunction, and common dysfunctions in voiding and defecation. Common causes of incontinence in the pediatric patient will be covered, and a comprehensive approach to evaluation will be instructed including video examinations of the pelvic floor and surface electromyography (or sEMG, a form of biofeedback.)

Course Dates & Locations:
TBD

Dawn Sandalcidi PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD

 

Post-Prostatectomy Patient Rehabilitation

Prostatectomy for prostate cancer is a common surgery that increases in incidence with age.
Well-known adverse consequences of prostatectomy include urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction. As more men seek help from pelvic rehabilitation providers for the recovery from prostate surgery, therapists are seeking more detailed information about the procedure, program development, and rehabilitation approaches that are effective for men with post-prostatectomy dysfunction. This course will cover detailed male pelvic anatomy and pathology, surgical interventions for and recovery from prostatectomy. Also included will be relevant conditions such as TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate).

Course Dates & Locations:
TBD

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For more information on the below courses offered by Marquette University or to register, go to www.marquette.edu.  Please note, the below dates, locations, or instructors are subject to change without the notice of The Prometheus Group®.

Pelvic Floor Course Series: Treatment of the Bowel, Bladder and Pelvic Floor Disorders

Anatomical, Physiological and Behavioral Foundations for Clinical Practice

An intensive 4-day study of the anatomical and psycho-physiological principles essential for the development of effective treatment programs.

This course fulfills the didactic training and practicum components for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) certification in Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction (PMDB) Biofeedback.

A benefit for the PT Faculty Student Scholarship Fund to assist graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

This course is designed for licensed medical and health care professionals who would like to expand and integrate their knowledge of the scientific basis for the treatment of bowel, bladder and pelvic floor disorders. The course is limited to, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and physician assistants who are either working in, or preparing for practice in this area.

15th annual offering of this flagship course

  • Includes an anatomy lab with prosected cadavers and a comprehensive biofeedback lab.
  • Course fulfills didactic and practicum requirements toward certification in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback through B.C.I.A. for B.C.B-P.M.D.
Course Dates & Locations:
TBD

Behavioral and Rehabilitation Treatment of
Bowel Disorders:  
An Advanced Course

This is an advanced three-day course designed for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other health care providers who are seeking a better understanding of the various bowel disorders that affect children, women and men; and the specific rehabilitation strategies that are useful in treating these disorders.

The course is appropriate for clinicians who have already attended a basic didactic course that has covered rehabilitation and biofeedback treatment for pelvic floor disorders.

Accordingly, the presenter will assume that the participants have a good understanding of the structure of the pelvis, pelvic floor muscle anatomy and general biofeedback treatments for pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. The emphasis of this course will be to comprehensively present specific neuromuscular re-education and sensory training with bowel management strategies that are designed to improve bowel storage and evacuation function and resolve complaints of pain associated with these disorders.

Course Dates & Locations:

Oct 10-12 | Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Faculty:

Jeannette Tries Ph.D., OTR,
BCB-PMD

 

Addressing Sexual Health and
Pelvic Pain - Rehabilitation Strategies for Pelvic Floor Clinicians

This 3 day course is designed for licensed health care professionals such as physical and occupational therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who are working in the area of pelvic floor dysfunction and looking to expand their knowledge with specific patient populations and treatment considerations. Clinicians will be provided with the rationale and tools to address Sexual Function and Wellness and provide strategies for treatment of Chronic Pelvic Pain. Specific content and detailed information on these topics is provided below.

Myrtle Wilhite, M.D., M.S.; Ellen Barnard, M.S.S.W.; and Jeannette Tries, Ph.D., O.T.R.,
B.C.B-P.M.D.

Discounts for members of APTA, SUNA, BCIA and AOTA

Course Dates & Locations:
TBD

 

Myopain Seminars

For more information on the below courses offered by Myopain Seminars or to register, go to www.myopainseminars.com.  Please note, the below dates, locations, or instructors are subject to change without the notice of The Prometheus Group®.

Dry Needling for Pelvic Pain

This 3-day course will introduce the concepts of trigger point dry needling as it relates to the muscles of the pelvis and perineum. It will integrate pain science research with anatomy and biomechanics of the pelvis and pelvic floor. Students will learn techniques to safely perform trigger point dry needling to the region. They will also learn clinical patterns that may facilitate improved clinical reasoning as to when and where to utilize trigger point dry needling. Muscle groups include the hip abductors, adductors, flexors, abdominal muscles, urogenital triangle, levator ani and coccygeus. Students will review the anatomy, function, and dry needling techniques for each muscle.

The Dry Needling for Pelvic Pain course is designed with the pelvic health practitioner in mind. It improves the proficiency of dry needling skills in these providers while maintaining focus on the muscles most commonly treated in people with chronic pelvic pain and other types of pelvic floor dysfunction.

This is a three-day course including a practical examination on the third day.

PREREQUISITES Successful completion of a dry needling course. For this course, we accept any accredited dry needling course even from other course providers; and successful completion of a level 1 course in pelvic health / pelvic floor dysfunction. Registrants must submit a course certificate or other proof that course has been completed to satisfaction before becoming eligible to participate in the Dry Needling for Pelvic Pain course.

 

Course Dates & Locations:
TBD

Instructor:  Blair Green, PT, DPT

 

An Introduction to Men’s Health Physical Therapy

Introduction

This 3-day introductory Men’s Health Physical Therapy course will focus on the assessment and management of the Men's Health PT patient. The course will focus on the detailed history taking of the complex conditions men with pelvic dysfunction present with. Conditions that will be introduced and focused on will be male pelvic pain, male athletic pelvic pain, hard flaccid syndrome, post prostatectomy urinary incontinence, and post prostatectomy erectile dysfunction. This course will also focus on addressing the challenges of setting up or building a men's health PT service.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for male and female PTs who want to develop/update their interest in Men’s Health PT, including those with a Women’s Health, Musculoskeletal or Sports background. The course will equip you to start working with male pelvic patients and to develop a new role or service. Gerard has a strong track record of teaching mixed groups of physical therapists and also those who are new to either male pelvic health or pelvic health PT.

Course Content

• Male Pelvic Floor anatomy, function and dysfunction

• Developing detailed history taking skills with these complex conditions

• Exploring the complex psychological, emotional, cognitive, social & behavioural aspects of the conditions these men present with

• Internal Examination in Men’s Health Physiotherapy

• Assessment & Management of Male Pelvic Pain

• Introducing the EZ Magic therapeutic device and its role in management of pelvic pain and building self-efficacy

• Role of Musculoskeletal & exercise based physiotherapy in the male pelvic pain patient to include athletic pelvic pain; Bridging the musculoskeletal, sports & pelvic health gap

• Role of trans-abdominal ultrasound scanning and its use in the over or under active male pelvic floor

• Introduction to the management of pelvic floor dysfunction and urinary incontinence in a post prostate cancer surgery patient

• Introduction to post prostatectomy erectile dysfunction

• How do develop a Men’s Health Physiotherapy service & role: An expanding role for Physiotherapists

Pre-requisites: There are no pre-requisites for this course.

 

Course Dates & Locations:

July 12-14, 2019 | Myopain Seminars | Bethesda, MD

Instructor:  Gerard Greene, MSc (Manip Physio); BSc Physio, MMACP, MCSP, PG Cert HEd 

 

Pelvic Explorations, Dissection and Palpation 

This class, delivered as a three-day intensive course combining in-class discussion, dissection and palpation presents a rare opportunity to go beyond what you learned in anatomy books. This class will be held at the Institute for Anatomical Research in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This clean and bright space will give optimal opportunity for the perfect cooperative, interactive learning experience. This unique workshop is available only to qualified health professionals. Because part of the course will involve external and internal palpation of live subjects, only professionals who are licensed to do these exams will be included in the class.

The aim of the course is to give the participants a deeper understanding of the pelvis and its structures, a stronger base on which to develop enhanced internal and external palpation skills, and to challenge previously held ideas about pelvic function and dysfunction.

Massage therapists, bodyworkers, doulas, and neuromuscular therapists must register at http://pacificrestorativetherapy.com. They will be asked to submit a resume which outlines your qualifications and experiences as well as a personal statement of intent. We may also contact you to discuss your application. You will be asked to sign a non-disclosure and indemnity form prior to attendance.

 

Course Dates & Locations:

August 23-25, 2019 | Myopain Seminars | Colorado Springs, CO

Instructor:  Jenny Wickford, PT, PhD

 

Advanced Management of Pelvic Pain Syndromes

This two-day course will review musculoskeletal and nervous system anatomy and physiology and the role neuromuscular and psychosocial impairments play in pelvic pain syndromes. The latest evidence on diagnosis and treatment of Vulvodynia/Vestibulodynia, Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome, Pudendal Neuralgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome/Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis, and Coccygodynia will be presented. Students will learn manual therapy techniques to effectively treat pelvic pain syndromes. Advanced case studies specific to the above diagnoses will be presented as a tool to facilitate clinical reasoning to enable the students to troubleshoot treatment plan challenges. An interdisciplinary treatment approach will be emphasized, including evidence-based treatments such as pain science education, manual therapy, dry needling, pharmaceutical management, and interventional and surgical procedures.

This course is designed to help providers treating patients with pelvic pain advance their clinical skills, including their evaluation and treatment techniques, clinical reasoning, and effectively forming and working within an interdisciplinary team.

We will discuss how to market pelvic floor physical therapy services to providers and patients. This will include educational resources and evidence-based information. Course participants will be given 24 videos demonstrating the techniques practiced in lab, which include male and female treatment techniques. Course participants will also be given a copy of the book "Pelvic Pain Explained" authored by the instructors.

This is a two-day course including a lab component.

Pre-requisite: Participants must be treating patients with pelvic pain

 

Course Dates & Locations:

November 9-10, 2019 | Myopain Seminars | Bethesda, MD

Instructors:  Elizabeth Akinciular, MSPT ; Stephanie Prendergast, MPT 

 

Courses Offered By Pelvic Guru, Medical Pelvic Experts

For more information on the below courses offered by Pelvic Guru or to register go to https://pelvicguru.com/professionals/courses/. Please note, the below dates, locations, or instructors are subject to change without the notice of The Prometheus Group.

Pediatric Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), by 5 years of age, over 90% of children have daytime bladder control. What is life like for the other 10% who experience urinary leakage during the day? Bedwetting is another pediatric issue with significant negative quality of life impact for children and their caregivers, with as much as 30% of 4-year-olds experiencing urinary leakage at night. Children who experience anxiety-causing events may have a higher risk of developing urinary incontinence, and in turn, having incontinence causes significant stress and anxiety for children. (Thibodeau et al., 2013) Having bowel dysfunction such as constipation is also a contributor to urinary leakage or urgency, and with nearly 5% of pediatric office visits occurring for constipation, the need to address these issues is great. (Constipation in Children, 2013) As pediatric bladder and bowel dysfunction can persist into adulthood, pelvic rehabilitation providers must direct attention to the pediatric population to improve the health in our patient populations.

The pediatric population is greatly underserved causing undo stress for the child and family as well as development of internalizing and externalizing psychological behaviors. The two most common pelvic floor dysfunctions in the pediatric population are dysfunctional elimination syndrome and bedwetting. This specialty continuing education course focuses on the treatment of children with day or nighttime incontinence, fecal incontinence, and/or dysfunctional voiding habits.

This course begins with instruction in anatomy, physiology, and in development of normal voiding reflexes and urinary control. The participant will learn terminology from the International Children’s Continence Society, medical evaluation concepts for bowel and bladder dysfunction, and common dysfunctions in voiding and defecation.  Common causes of incontinence in the pediatric patient will be covered, and a comprehensive approach to evaluation will be instructed including video examinations of the pelvic floor and surface electromyography (or SEMG, a form of biofeedback) as well as a breathing and bowel massage lab.

Course Dates & Locations:
TBD

Dawn Sandalcidi PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD

 

Courses Offered By Pelvic Health Solutions (Canada)

For more information on the below courses offered by Pelvic Health Solutions or to register go to http://pelvichealthsolutions.ca/events/category/education/.  Please note, the below dates, locations, or instructors are subject to change without the notice of The Prometheus Group.

Mobilization of Visceral Fascia: Urinary System

The fascial system consists of four concentric layers, with the visceral layer beginning at the naso-pharynx and ending at the anal aperture. This course will focus on theory and manual therapy technique for mobilizing fascial structures of the visceral system.
The abdomino-pelvic canister is a functional and anatomical construct comprised of the somatic structures of the abdominal cavity and pelvic basin, which work synergistically to support the midline of the body. The walls of this canister are occupied by and intimately connected to the visceral structures found within. In order to function optimally the viscera must be able to move, not only in relationship to one another, but with respect to their surrounding container.

Material will be presented that includes the science of and evidence behind the use of fascial based manual therapy with presentation of relevant visceral and fascial anatomy. Emphasis will be placed on clinical reasoning with the goal of immediate implementation of the techniques learned following this introductory course. Students will be instructed in an extensive number of treatment techniques, both external abdominal as well as internal vaginal approaches. Course participants will be able to immediately incorporate evaluation and treatment of visceral fascia for patients with a variety of urinary dysfunction diagnoses.

Mobilization of the visceral fascia requires advanced palpation skills along with extensive knowledge of visceral anatomy. This continuing education course is a two-and-a-half day seminar designed to provide comprehensive knowledge concerning the relationship between the connective tissue surrounding the visceral structures of the urologic system as it relates to physical therapy treatment. This course is geared toward the experienced pelvic health therapist who wishes to integrate advanced manual therapy skills into their treatment regime.


Course Dates & Locations:

Jul 12-14 | Ontario | Horton

Ramona C. Horton, MPT

 
 

Courses Offered By Section on Women’s Health/American Physical Therapy Association

For more information on the below courses offered by APTA or to register go to www.womenshealthapta.org, education, regional courses in WH PT. Please note, the below dates, locations, or instructors are subject to change without the notice of The Prometheus Group.

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 (PH1)

The Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 course is a 3-day live event focusing on the basic skills necessary to treat patients with pelvic health dysfunction with primary emphasis on under active pelvic floor muscle conditions. The focus of the labs will be on external and internal vaginal examination. The student-to-teacher ratio will be 8:1 to ensure adequate supervision during the labs. Lectures will cover anatomy of the pelvic girdle, physiology of micturition, dysfunctions of the lower urinary tract and pelvic muscles as well as patient history examination, and testing and treatment interventions for the patient with under active pelvic floor muscle conditions. Urogynecologic surgeries,medication, prevention of pelvic floor dysfunction and documentation will also be discussed.

Course Dates & Locations:

​​​​​​Jul 12-14 | New York, NY

Aug 9-11 | Chicago, IL

Aug 17-19 | St. Louis, MO

Aug 23-25 | Baltimore, MD

Sept 6-8 | Toronto, Canada

Oct 4-6 | Orlando, FL

Nov 8-10 | Houston, TX

Dec 13-15 | Conway, AR


 

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 *Bowel Dysfunction* (PH2-BD)

This evidence-based 2-day course provides clinically relevant information and training in the examination, evaluation and intervention of bowel dysfunction. Labs offer skills immediately applicable in the clinic and include complete internal rectal pelvic floor muscle and external abdominopelvic examination and treatment techniques. Lectures include the anatomy, pathophysiology and physical therapy evaluation/treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction-related bowel dysfunction. Concepts of pelvic floor muscle motor control training, rectal balloon training, coccygeal mobilization, and clinical application of modalities will be reviewed. Clinical decision-making and an integration of skills acquired at CAPP Pelvic Health Level 1 will be included.


Course Dates & Locations

Jul 27-28 | Portland, OR

Sept 7-8 | Glendale, CA

Sept 14-15 | St. Louis, MO

Nov 16-17 | Baltimore, MD

 

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 *Pelvic Pain* (PH2-PP)

This evidence-based 2-day course provides clinically relevant information and training in the examination, evaluation and intervention of female pelvic pain. Labs offer skills immediately applicable in the clinic and include complete internal vaginal pelvic floor and external abdominopelvic examination and treatment techniques. Lectures include the anatomy, pathophysiology and physical therapy evaluation/treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction related to pelvic pain in the female patient. Basic concepts of myofascial release, female sexual response and sexual dysfunction, and clinical application of modalities will be reviewed. Clinical decision-making and an integration of skills acquired at CAPP Pelvic Health Level 1 will be included.


Course Dates & Locations:

Jul 25-26 | Portland, OR

Aug 10-11 | Bolingbrook, IL

Sept 28-29 | St. Louis, MO

Oct 5-6 | Glendale, CA

Oct 12-13 | Baltimore, MD

 

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 3 (PH3)

This 3-day course will provide clinically relevant information and training for the evaluation and treatment of male urinary incontinence, life span specific considerations, and individuals with neurological involvement. Lab will focus on EMG relaxation training and integration of complete vaginal and rectal examination learned in previous coursework. Lecture will include the pathophysiology and physical therapy evaluation and treatment of male patients, pediatric and geriatric populations, and pelvic floor intervention with neurologic patients. Changes in the Pelvic organs throughout the lifecycle and interdisciplinary treatment of pelvic dysfunction will be reviewed.


Course Dates & Locations:

Oct 5-6 | Portland, OR

Oct 19-20 | Longmont, CO

Nov 16-17 | St. Louis, MO

Dec 14-15 | Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

Courses Offered By Biofeedback Training & Incontinence Solutions

Course instructors are Tiffany Lee MA, OTR, BCB-PMD and Jane Kaufman PT, MEd, BCB-PMD. For more information on the below course offered by Biofeedback Training & Incontinence Solutions or to register, go to www.pelvicfloorbiofeedback.com or by calling 512-557-6310.  Please note, the below dates, locations, or instructors are subject to change without the notice of The Prometheus Group.

Biofeedback Evaluation and Treatment for Elimination Disorders and Pelvic Disorders

This is a beginner to intermediate course designed to provide a basic working knowledge of biofeedback assisted behavioral therapy for bladder, bowel, and pelvic pain disorders. This workshop meets all of the didactic and practicum requirements for the BCIA Certification in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction. Upon completion of the course, participants will have the knowledge to begin treating patients with these disorders. The workshop format will include videos, lecture, case histories, hands-on lab experiences, and practice with biofeedback equipment. This workshop will NOT involve any internal examination. Lab instructors are board certified through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in pelvic muscle dysfunction. Resources for training and certification in this area of practice will be provided.

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Course Dates & Locations:

Sept 5-7 | South Burlington, VT

 

Hands-On Biofeedback for Complex Pelvic Floor Cases

Hands-On Prerequisites: Biofeedback experience or completion of 3-day Biofeedback Workshop

This course is designed to give biofeedback practitioners clinical experience through the hands-on lab (11 hours) and case study discussions (3 hours). This course is targeted for clinicians who have experience treating patients with sEMG biofeedback, and who understand pelvic floor anatomy and physiology. In this course, we will discuss behavioral therapy and biofeedback treatment applications used to treat complex patients with urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation, and/or pelvic pain. Participants will be administering biofeedback assessments, conducting treatment sessions, and role-playing patient instruction/education for each diagnosis presented. Participants will experience being a biofeedback practitioner and patient (using a self-inserted vaginal or rectal sensor) and move through many treatment rooms covering constipation, fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, and urinary incontinence. Lab instructors are board certified through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in pelvic muscle dysfunction. Resources for training and certification in this area of practice will be provided. Three hours mentoring credit will be given upon completion of this course.

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Course Dates & Locations:

Sept 8-9 | South Burlington, VT

 

Courses Offered By Phoenix Core Solutions

For more information on the below online courses offered by Phoenix Core Solutions or to register, go to www.phoenixcore.com or by calling 800-549-8371.   Please note, the below course or information is subject to change without the notice of The Prometheus Group.

Janet A. Hulme PT. presents recorded webinar courses available for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals.

Webinar Courses Available:
• Beyond Kegels: Bladder, Bowel, & Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction
• Pelvic Rotator Cuff: Back, SI, Hip, Knee, & Ankle
• Chronic Pain: Low Back, SI, Fibromyalgia, Pelvic Pain
• Mature Woman: Prolapse, Balance, & Aging
• Pregnancy & Post-Partum: Pre-Natal & Post-Partum Program
• Abdominal Core-Power: From Childhood to Centenarian
• Men: Bladder, Bowel, & Sexual Dysfunction
• Pediatrics: Bladder, Bowel, & Standing Balance
• Gastrointestinal & Bowel Dysfunction
• Marketing Development for Women's Health
• Biofeedback & Pelvic Muscle Rehabilitation

Course Details

These are introductory level courses. Phoenix Seminars does not register courses for state CEUs. The individual taking the course is responsible for any registration requirements.

Each recorded course is available for 4 weeks of unlimited viewing after purchase. All courses include downloadable handouts and a kit of exercise supplies, appropriate book and/or DVD.

Course Completion Requirements: At the completion of a course the learner receives the post-test and evaluation by email.  The learner must return the post-test and evaluation within 2 weeks of test receipt. Successful completion of the post-test (75% correct answers) and a return of the evaluation will result in a certificate of completion sent to learner within 2 weeks.

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