If you are a 30-year old woman, your hormones are already changing. By age 40, you may start feeling physical, emotional or physiological changes. Early planning, the right exercise and nutrition, and good evidence-based resources on hormone balance can prepare women for early symptoms of pre-menopause that usually start as their babies are entering middle school, high school, or college. Most medical schools don’t offer adequate training on the menopause transition although it’s a universal female experience with symptoms starting up to 15 years earlier. Are you prepared to become one of the few resources available in your area where women can find the help they deserve? Join Karen Litos and Karen Snowden for this novel 2-day interactive seminar and leave with valuable education and tools to develop or expand a niche practice catering to the unique needs of midlife women.
This 2-day course is designed to put Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants at the forefront of menopause practice. Menopause is not a disease needing to be cured, but a natural life-stage transition. Baby boomers represent approximately 25% of the US population with female survival rates higher than male rates, and account for one-third of all healthcare spending. Menopause is a neglected topic in healthcare, leaving many women confused when making important healthcare decisions. It is challenging knowing where to obtain accurate information regarding changes in the woman’s body that accompanies menopause. Physical therapists will learn new skills to meet the needs of this population. This two-day course will provide therapists with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist women approaching their critical menopausal years to enhance their health, improve their quality of life, and reduce healthcare costs associated with preventable diseases. Participants will understand the latest evidence related to menopause and treatment options, how to assimilate this information for effective care of their aging, female clients, and how to collaborate with allied health professionals for effective, multidisciplinary care of mid-life women.
Pre-Requisites & Requirements
Open to: Licensed Physical Therapists, and Physical Therapist Assistants, 2nd Year/3rd Year Student Physical Therapists in their Final Year.
Pre-requisites: No course pre-requisites required. SoWH will provide pre-readings and copies of the Power Point Presentations (participant versions) that they can download.
Attendance: Participants are expected to stay throughout the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours in the course will occur for participants who leave the course early.
Lab Participation: There is no lab component to this course. This course will be taught in an interactive seminar format with lots of in-seat activities and no lab activities.
English Language Proficiency: If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist/assistant, you will need to pass the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and meet the score requirements. There are some exemptions to the TOEFL requirement for individuals who are exempt under the USCIS regulations. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to SoWH for the purposes of determining eligibility for course attendance. The minimum TOEFL scores we require are the following: Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Writing: 24; Speaking: 26.
Course Schedule & Contact Hours
Please note that this course timeline may be slightly adjusted.
Day 1: 8:00 am -6:00 pm *Registration begins at 7:30 am, class begins at 8:00 am* Day 2: 7:15 am- 3:45 pm Contact Hours: 16.0 hours
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform the following:
Understand the etiology and health implications of menopause and the latest evidence pertaining to evidence-based treatment
Discuss the risks and benefits for medical management, alternative medicine, and physical therapy management of menopause-related physiologic changes and associated disease processes
Recognize specific challenges related to women experiencing premature menopause
Develop an appropriate exercise prescription based on symptoms and risks to optimize function and promote healthy aging in midlife women
Realize cultural implications and psychological impact of menopause on women
Ability to educate women on evidence-based resources to empower informed healthcare decisions and healthy living
Dates & Locations
Dates & Locations will be posted below as they become available.