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Treating Male Pelvic Pain: A Biopsychosocial Approach (MPP)

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Treating Male Pelvic Pain: A Biopsychosocial Approach is a comprehensive 2-day course designed to make you the expert in helping men recover from pelvic pain. This course integrates the multifaceted complexities of male pelvic pain, combining neuroscience with a hands- on approach, giving you practical knowledge and training to help your patients get on the road to recovery. You’ll learn advanced assessment and manual treatment skills that will increase your confidence and comfort treating men with pelvic pain. This course includes live male models. Previous pelvic health experience is highly recommended.

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Course Schedule & Contact Hours

Saturday, Day 1: 9:00am-4:45pm *registration begins at 8:30am
Sunday, Day 2: 9:00am-5:00pm
Contact Hours: 12.55

Format: Lecture & Lab

Dr. Susie Gronski, DPT, PRPC, WCS, WHC

Dr. Susie Gronski is a licensed doctor of physical therapy, a board-certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner and health coach. She’s a leading expert in pelvic pain and pelvic health.

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Dr. Susie is the author of Pelvic Pain: The Ultimate Cock Block as well as the creator of an exclusive men’s pelvic pain course to bring greater awareness of men’s pelvic health issues to other healthcare providers. She’s the first to bring a men’s health curriculum on board the American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Women’s Health.

Dr. Susie is also the founder of an exclusive online DIY Male Pelvic Pain Relief program with video demonstrations of hands-on treatment techniques and exercises that help men navigate out of pelvic pain.

Dr. Susie has been featured as an expert speaker at numerous pelvic health summits, conferences, and podcasts, as well as interviewed for articles in popular publications such as Prevention Magazine, Vice, and Runner’s World.

Upcoming Courses

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2019 Treating Male Pelvic Pain: A Biopsychosocial Approach (MPP)

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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform the following:

1. Define and recognize pain as both a sensory and emotional experience
2. Define the categories in the classification system used to categorize male pelvic pain
3. Differentiate between prostatitis and non-inflammatory chronic pelvic pain syndrome
4. List key medical diagnostic procedures for male urologic and pelvic pain conditions
5. Understand the importance of using a biopsychosocial approach (multimodal treatment approach) in the treatment of male pelvic pain
6. Utilize motivational interviewing and targeting questioning in order to establish a comprehensive treatment plan
7. Recognize and list sexual dysfunction conditions related to male pelvic pain
8. Understand the psychological impacts of male chronic pelvic pain
9. Demonstrate use of appropriate linguistics when treating men with chronic pelvic pain in order to shift neurobiological response and reconceptualization of pain
10. Identify anatomy of male urogenital, nervous, musculoskeletal and fascial systems as related to male pelvic pain
11. Choose appropriate validated outcome measures in a meaningful way that accurately reflects patient’s concerns to help guide treatment plan
12. To accurately screen for sleep disorders and make sleep hygiene recommendations as deemed appropriate
13. Understand how gut health may impact pelvic pain
14. Provide general dietary guidance for pelvic pain if diet is suspected as a trigger
15. Perform a thorough male pelvic floor assessment which includes obtaining consent and identifying one’s own comfort level treating male genitalia
16. Perform an external and internal pelvic floor assessment on a live male model
17. Perform external and internal treatment male abdominal and pelvic floor treatment techniques on a live male model
18. Perform nerve assessment and treatment of pudendal n, lumbar plexus, posterior femoral cutaneous n, and sciatic n
19. Perform myofascial assessment and release techniques on the prostate
20. Design a treatment plan based on a “top-down, inside out” or “bottom-up, outside in” biopsychosocial approach
21. Apply graded exposure and activity dosing principles in relation to pelvic pain
22. Understand the importance of pain biology knowledge as therapy
23. Implement strategies to calm an overly sensitive nervous system
24. Understand the physiological and neurological mechanisms by which manual therapy works
25. Utilize multimedia materials and resources to facilitate patient’s learning and assist in their ability to apply pain knowledge and coping strategies during future painful episodes

Pre-Requisites & Requirements

Open to: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants

Pre-requisites: None however previous pelvic health experience is highly recommended.

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. 

Lab Participation: Participants will be working in groups of 2-3 during labs. A male model will be assigned to each pair/group. All participants will participate in labs “clinician” and the male model will participate as the “patient.” These labs are appropriate for all participants to fully participate, including pregnant, post-partum and male participants. 

Pre-Reading Assignments: Pre-readings are articles and cases that must be read and reviewed prior to Day 1 of the course. Pre-readings will be provided electronically to course participants prior to the course in the SoWH Learning Center.

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.

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