Cross-Industry Collaboration

Trauma, Abuse and Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Dive deeper into trauma to explore how it affects our patients, how it may impact our treatment, and how we can better serve our patients with this common yet unique history.

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Describe different types of trauma and how they may affect a patient’s interaction with a physical therapist.
  2. Understand when and how to utilize appropriate language to engage a patient in their history of trauma
  3. Describe the limits of scope of practice of a physical therapist to manage trauma
  4. Understand when and how to refer to a psychologist or other health care practitioner to promote best care for patients with a history of trauma and/or sexual abuse
  5. Recognize non-verbal signs of trauma and/or abuse in patients, especially during an initial evaluation.

This webinar was originally streamed on October 12, 2018 and hosted via collaboration with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). This interactive question and answer style event features a panel of knowledgeable speakers from both the Academy and ISSTD.


Christine Forner, B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., Registered Social Worker
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Christine began her career early starting as a volunteer at the age of 16 at a crisis line for Teens. Christine has worked at The Calgary Sexual Assault Centre, Wheatland Crisis Shelter for survivors of domestic violence and in 1998 Christine started her clinical experience at The Calgary Women’s Health Collective. Since 2011, Christine has worked in her own private practice, which specializes in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Christine has over twenty years of working with individuals with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Dissociation, Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, with specialized training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychotherapeutic Meditation techniques, Neurofeedback and Havening. Christine teaches locally and at an international level on the issue of dissociation, complex trauma, and the intersection of dissociation and mindfulness.


Lauren H. Collins, MPT, CLT-LANA

Lauren Collins is a licensed physical therapist and a certified lymphedema therapist. She has practiced physical therapy for 20 years with an emphasis in women’s health for the past 16 years, inclusive of pelvic floor dysfunction for the past 10 years, where she treats both women and men. Lauren believes in multi-layer healing and incorporates a philosophy of whole self healing in her treatments. She is a trained sexual assault survivor advocate and has special interest areas in working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and cultural competency. She provides educational workshops to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence to assist them in healing pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction issues. She has presented on sexual trauma and pelvic pain at several conferences supporting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.