This is an online course offered through Embodia Academy.
As our social landscape changes, more people are feeling empowered and supported to live in a way that is congruent with their gender identity. Many of us as health care providers may not have had exposure or training on offering affirming care to gender-diverse and trans folk. We, in our profession as pelvic physiotherapists, all want to provide the people we care for with a secure and supportive environment.
This online course will focus on specifics for providing care to trans and gender-diverse people. It offers a safe space in which questions and discussions are welcomed.
Topics covered will include: terms and language, an overview of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care, the basics of hormone therapy, physiotherapy care pre and post-operatively as well as specific considerations for such things as binding and tucking.
In this online course, you will:
- Acquire verbal and written language that is inclusive and gender-affirming
- Feel comfortable and competent with pelvic physiotherapy assessment of gender-diverse and trans people
- Understand the various surgical options available and provide support for preparation and post-operative healing
- Familiarize yourself with the WPATH standards of care
- Acquire an arsenal of resources and a network of healthcare workers looking to improve the care provided to this community
This online course is designed for pelvic health physiotherapists.
We strongly recommend completion of the Pelvic Health Solutions Level 1 course which includes internal palpation based on the skills taught during this course. If registering for this course without completing level 1, the skills taught must only be used within your scope of practice.
Céleste earned her Physiotherapy degree from the University of Ottawa in 2008, graduating with honours. Attending the Pelvic Health Solutions series has ignited a desire to educate and advocate on issues related to pelvic floor dysfunctions. She believes in patient-centered care and her focus is on empowering her patients through positive experiences.
Céleste is working as a member of the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI). In her time with TAPMI, she has played an integral part in developing the pelvic pain clinic. She has also been involved in creating a role for pelvic physiotherapy in the care team for people undergoing vaginoplasty surgery. She is passionate about advancing her knowledge base and expertise through continuing education which has led her to pursue her MBA at the Rotman School of Management. She is currently in the role of clinical manager for the TAPMI program.