Physical Therapy in Gender-Affirming Care: Transgender Health
This 16-hour hybrid course is appropriate for any physical rehabilitation professional, regardless of their specialty area, who has interest in better serving the people who are gender diverse. There is specific content aimed at teaching pelvic health therapist how to expand their skills for working with people of all gender identities. There will be particular education regarding gender affirming genital surgeries as well as discussion of other gender affirming surgeries and medical interventions that people transitioning might choose.
Often times therapist think of genital surgeries and sexual function when contemplating work with transgender people. Therapist have far more to offer transgender patients. For providing optimal care, knowledge of the intricacies of gender transition is essential. We provide that overview in this course.
Contact hours: 16
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Define sex, gender, and sexuality
- Understand societal and legal aspects of gender transition
- Describe hormone related issues for people during transition
- Select outcome measures with rehab focus for people undergoing gender affirming surgeries.
- Describe the surgical procedures for orchiectomy, vaginoplasty, vulvoplasty, phalloplasty, metoidioplasty, reduction mammoplasty, and breast augmentation
- Describe common musculoskeletal and pelvic floor issues to address before and after gender affirming genital surgery. Metoidioplasty Phalloplasty,
- Describe common musculoskeletal and pelvic floor issues to address prior to and after gender affirming genital surgery. Orchiectomy, Vulvoplasty, Vaginoplasty.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the varied vaginoplasty dilation protocols across the USA
What is included:
- The course is 16 CEUs, 8 hours self-paced pre recorded. 8 hours live.
- Electronic course materials (12-month access)
- Multiple-choice question exam and survey (30 days to complete after the course)
- Certificate of Completion (issued upon 80% or higher score on exam)
- Day 1: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Central Standard Time (CST/US)*
- Breaks are included: 15 min Morning break, 1 hour lunch break
- 8 hours self-paced pre-recorded session will be available 2 weeks prior to course date
*Attendees must login 15 minutes before start time. Times may be slightly adjusted closer to the course date
Topics covered will include:
- Societal influence on gender transition including interactions with health care providers;
- Recognizing difference between sex, sexuality, and gender;
- Understand the complexities of the legal system for the person transitioning gender;
- Tips and tools for a trauma informed intake and examination;
- Health effects of hormones for gender transition as related to differential diagnosis in PT;
- Supporting healing after gender affirming surgery;
- Operative procedures for face and chest;
- Operative procedures for masculinizing and feminizing genital surgery;
- Pre-operative evaluation, treatment and education issues, post- operative evaluation, treatment, education and follow up for genital surgeries;
- Outcome measures with rehab focus for people undergoing gender affirming surgeries and.
- Fertility and pregnancy in transgender people
- Eligibility: You must be a Licensed Physical Therapist/Physiotherapist (PT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), or Student Physical Therapist (SPT). You do not have to specialize in pelvic health physical therapy, all types of PTs, PTAs and SPTs are eligible to take this course.
- Pre-requisites: None other than the completion of pre-reading assignments
- Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours will occur for participants who leave the course early.
- Equipment: Computer, access to Zoom, a stable internet connection, microphone, and webcam.
- Lab Participation: There is no lab component to this course. The course consists of only lecture with lab demonstration conducted by the instructor.
Sandra Gallagher, PT
Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist
Sandi specializes in caring for people with pelvic floor problems and pain during pregnancy. She has advanced training in evaluating conditions of the pelvic floor including bowel and bladder problems and pain. She sees women, men and children who have these problems. Sandi enjoys working with people and having the opportunity to teach them how to reduce their symptoms. Active with the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy as CAPP-OB committee chair and teaching assistant, Sandi takes part in training therapists in the evaluation and treatment of pregnant patients and patient with pelvic floor dysfunction. She is the recipient of Volunteer of the Year award along with the six member committee of 2013 Section on Women’s Health (now Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy). In her spare time, Sandi enjoys spending time with her family, bicycling, reading, and gardening… continue
Caitlin Smigelski, PT, DPT
Caitlin specializes in pelvic health rehabilitation with a focus in transgender pelvic health and management of pain during pregnancy and postpartum. She enjoys working with individuals of all gender identities. Currently, 15-20% of patients on her caseload identify as transgender/nonbinary. Caitlin values active treatment approaches and teaching individuals ways to manage and improve their symptoms. Caitlin is active with the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy as CAPP-OB teaching assistant. She is also a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Caitlin and Sandi travelled to Argentina to present at the 2018 WPATH Symposium on Physical Therapy in People Undergoing Vaginoplasty. In Caitlin’s spare time, she enjoys climbing, mountaineering, cycling, and gardening… continue
“Excellent practice of changing word choice (reducing gendered language) and increasing awareness of all variations of people.”
“I will end up making recovery of some simple orthopedic patients better, too.”
“It is powerful when you take a course and keep thinking about it for days afterwards. It was a great combination of didactic information, PT treatment focused activities, incredible talks and moving gender affirming videos.”
“My favorite part of the course was learning the language surrounding all variations for the transgender and non-binary individuals in healthcare I think we all could use more education with this respect.”
“I enjoyed the talks about surgical procedures..videos…photos…learning about the details on surgeries and post-op physical therapy.”
“I liked learning about actual surgical procedures I had no idea about and progression of great care.”
“Great resources and material in the manual, great to see the spectrum of gender and peoples experiences.”