Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15
Note: The course description is currently being revised. The below description may change before the next course offering.
In this two-day course, participants will learn about trauma influences within the patient and the medical provider, as well as within our society. This course was developed and is taught by Lauren Mansell, DPT, CLT, PRPC, who worked in counseling/advocacy for sexual assault survivors prior to becoming a physical therapist, and uses the skills she learned for the emotional/psychological aspect of working with these patients while making sure patients are undergoing trauma-based counseling in addition to pelvic rehab.
Special consideration of pelvic trauma will be discussed with manual modifications and resource planning initiatives. Additionally, the effects of trauma on the medical provider will be discussed and along with techniques to prevent fatigue. This course will include extensive labs on evidence-based Yoga. Sensitive Yoga is taught in an experiential manner with handouts and YouTube resources to continue one’s practice. Upon completion of the course, the therapists will be able to bring their increased awareness of trauma to the successful, holistic treatment of patients with pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, bowel dysfunction and bladder dysfunction.
Skills and content covered are to increase trauma awareness and ability to provide appropriate physical therapy for trauma survivors and will NOT prepare a physical therapist for any type of counseling or mental health servicing.
What to bring:
Yoga mat or blanket
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Trauma Informed Care 1 (1hr 5 mins)
8:00 Introductions and group activity
8:00 Day 1 review/questions/concerns
Great course has given me the confidence to treat this special PT POP with the best care.
- Sarah Eichenbaum, DPT - Bellevue, WA
Lauren is such an engaging, compassionate instructor. I loved how this class gave concreter ways to support clinical and client in the face of trauma.
- Katie McGee, PT, DPT - Kirkland, WA
Lauren received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Governors State University and a Bachelor's Degree in psychology and sociology from Northwestern University. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Lauren counseled suicidal and homicidal SES at-risk youth who had survived sexual violence. Lauren was certified as a medical and legal advocate for sexual assault survivors in 1999 and has advocated for over 130 sexual assault survivors of all ages in the ED. Lauren's physical therapy specialty certifications include Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), Pelvic Rehabilitation Professional Certificate (PRPC), and Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT). She is a board member of Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium, American Physical Therapy Association Section of Women's Health and Section of Oncology.
As adjunct faculty, Lauren teaches Special Topics: Pelvic Rehabilitation Physical Therapy at Governors State University. Lauren works at the University of Chicago providing pelvic rehabilitation, lymphedema, and oncological physical therapy within Therapy Services and the Center of Supportive Oncology. She treats pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, lymphedema, lymph node transfer/bypass, stem cell transplant, and bowel/bladder/sexual/functional concerns of patients undergoing HIPEC (hyperthermal intraperitoneal chemotherapy). Lauren is a 2017 Fellow of the Chicago Trauma Collective. As a trauma-sensitive practitioner, her goal is to empower patients to create meaningful, healthful lifestyle changes to improve their physiology and wellness.