CAPP-Pelvic Course Series
Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 3 Pediatrics
The Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 3 Pediatrics (PH3-Peds) course supports an evidence-based curriculum designed to provide clinically relevant information and training for the examination, evaluation, and intervention of pelvic floor dysfunction as presented in typically-developing pediatric patients. Topics will address early development of bowel and bladder control, toileting training, and typical diagnoses such as urinary incontinence, bedwetting, constipation, fecal incontinence, adolescent conditions, and other considerations relevant to the pediatric population. Transitory information for treatment of the atypically-developing pediatric patient will be presented. Participants will be provided with resources and training for age-specific communication strategies, navigation with family/provider dynamics, and avenues for supporting pediatric pelvic health in the patient’s home, school, recreation, and community. Skills acquired will include evaluation and treatment techniques specific to pediatric patients, including discussion of methods for visualization, palpation, and examination of the pelvic floor. Clinical decision-making capabilities and an integration of skills acquired in prior level coursework will be included. Skills can be immediately applied in your clinic. Please review the course agenda for a detailed list of topics.
This course is composed of 2 days of synchronous online instruction via webinar. Successful completion will meet the expectation for the PH3 level requirement to pursue the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic).
- Define the anatomical, physiological, and neurological components related to the development and function of the pediatric pelvic floor.
- Identify the pathophysiological mechanisms within typical pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction diagnoses.
- Describe and develop skills to perform an appropriate systematic interview and examination of a pediatric patient using objective assessment strategies.
- Differentiate between musculoskeletal, neurological, and other conditions that require intervention based on the results of examination.
- Describe the diagnoses and impairments best suited to physical therapy intervention for the treatment of pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction.
- Identify and utilize prognostic indicators including, but not limited to, objective data and functional outcome measures to aid in course of physical therapy intervention.
- Acquire resources and training for age-specific communication strategies, navigation with family/provider dynamics, and avenues for supporting pediatric pelvic health in the patient’s home, school, recreation, and community.
- Develop an evidence-based plan of care, including appropriate intervention, to address multiple components related to pediatric patients with pelvic floor dysfunction.
- Identify intervention strategies including, but not limited to, age-specific communication, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, behavioral intervention, intervention through play, and appropriate clinical application of modalities as supported by evidence in treatment of pediatric patients.
- Day 1 Live Webinar: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time (approx 8 Contact Hours)
- Day 2 Live Webinar: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM Central Time (approx 7 Contact Hours)
- Must arrive 15 minutes before course starts
- Breaks are included: 15 min Morning break, 1 hour lunch break and 15 minute afternoon break
What is included:
- 15 contact hours of live instruction that can be applied toward your CEUs
- An electronic course manual, pre-reading assignments and additional handouts (12-month access)
- 50 multiple-choice question exam and survey (30 days to complete after the course)
- Certificate of Completion (issued upon 80% or higher score on exam)
- Eligibility: You must be a Licensed Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant or 2nd/3rd Year Physical Therapy Student. No exceptions will be permitted.
- Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pelvic Level Physical Therapy Level 1 and the two Level 2 courses: Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 Bowel Dysfunction AND the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 Pelvic Pain are required prerequisites for this course. Experience of 1 year or more in regularly managing patients with pelvic physical therapy, or working in a clinic with other experienced pelvic physical therapists, is strongly recommended prior to attending this course; lack of experience may greatly inhibit participant comprehension and attainment of skills during the course.
- Equipment: Computer, access to Zoom, a stable internet connection, microphone, and webcam.
- Associated Certification: This course is the last required course for the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy certification program. If you have taken a similar or equivalent coursework to our PH1 and PH2 courses as a pre-requisites through an outside organization, the courses you have taken must include both vaginal and rectal assessments. Please note that you must complete all coursework through the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy to be eligible for the CAPP (Certificate of Achievement in Physical Therapy program).