This course offering will be recorded and all registrants will receive a link to access the course recording for a 2-week period. Please mark on your registration form if you will not be attending live (and watching the recording instead) for attendance-taking purposes.
Pelvic floor physiotherapists are often dealing with a variety of sexual dysfunctions. We are asked to counsel our patients on returning to sexual intercourse or practices, but we do not often get education on the physiology and psychology of sex and sexuality in the basic pelvic floor courses. During this course, physiotherapists will learn the development of sexuality through the lifespan and how it is affected by aging. They will also learn the psychology of sex and sexuality and how to deal with pre-existing beliefs and attitudes about sex when treating pelvic floor disorders. Discussions on sex with illness and disability will be highlighted, including sexual aids to help patients return to sexual functioning after major neurologic or oncologic illnesses. Counselling patients’ sexual practices to protect and heal their pelvic floor will also be explored. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the science behind sex and how to help your patients safely and effectively with pelvic floor disorders return to sex and intimacy.
- Participants will be able to describe the development of sex and sexuality through the lifespan.
- Participants will be able to illustrate the role of the pelvic floor in sexual practices.
- Participants will be able to educate their patients how to return to intimacy and intercourse after chronic illness.
- Participants will be able to prescribe sex aides that may help participants participate in intercourse with chronic pain or disability.
Audience: This course is open to physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, registered nurses, and medical doctors.
Prerequisites: Level 1 (or equivalent to be approved)
Date/Time: Saturday, September 24, 2022: 10:30am-6:00pm ET (Toronto) / Sunday, September 25, 2022: 10:30am-6:30pm ET (Toronto) – please convert to your local time zone.
Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT, WCS
Dr. Carina Siracusa graduated from physical therapy school at Ohio University in 2005 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She went on to work as a pediatric physical therapist at Genesis Outpatient Rehabilitation in Zanesville, Ohio where she treated a variety of congenital and acquired conditions in children from ages birth to 18. Her primary caseload at this time consisted of mostly neurologic conditions. In 2009 she completed her coursework in both Obstetric and Pelvic Physical Therapy from the APTA Section on Women’s Health. In 2010 she began teaching the CAPP Pelvic courses for the Section on Women’s Health around the United States.
In 2012 she became the committee chair for the CAPP Pelvic Committee and helped to re-write all three levels of the Certification courses. In 2014 she began working for OhioHealth in Columbus Ohio as one of the primary therapists in the neuroincontinence program as well as the wheelchair clinic supervisor. In 2015 she became board certified in women’s health physical therapy. In 2019 she became one of the first people in the united states to become board certified in oncology physical therapy.
In 2015, Carina authored and began teaching the course “Bowel and Bladder Treatment of the Pediatric Client: Birth to 18”. She has taught this course both nationally and internationally. She has also authored and taught the course” Bowel and Bladder Treatment of the Client with Neurologic Dysfunction.
She has presented at multiple national and international conferences on the topic of bowel and bladder treatment including the International Continence Society, The International Urogynecologic Association meeting, the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, and the International Seating Symposium. She continues to promote the need for pelvic floor treatment for clients with neurologic dysfunction throughout the world.