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Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy (OBF)

Course Description

obcapsuleThis 3-day course provides practical, evidence-based knowledge and skill in physical therapy evaluation and intervention with the pregnant and postpartum patient. Didactic instruction includes: anatomical and physiologic changes in pregnancy; differential diagnosis in peri-partum; pregnancy-specific changes in posture and gait; postpartum recovery and scar tissue assessment and intervention; modalities during pregnancy and post-partum, biomechanical strategies; exercise and wellness in pregnancy and postpartum. Additionally, advanced clinical decision making with this population is discussed. Labs contain an average ratio of 8:1 participants to lab instructors to ensure valuable attention to each participant.

Labs offer skills that are immediately applicable in your clinic and include: modifications of the pregnant examination; lumbopelvic examination and special tests (particularly for pelvic girdle dysfunctions); diastasis rectus abdominis assessment and intervention; external pelvic floor assessment and exercise (NO internal pelvic floor taught at this course); stabilization exercise in pregnancy and postpartum; Cesarean scar assessment and mobilization techniques. At the end of this course, all participants will participate in comprehensive situational lab scenarios to pull together all skills learned. Skills integration testing is performed at the end of the third day.

Pre-Requisites & Requirements

Open to: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, 2nd Year and 3rd Year Student Physical Therapists*

We recommend students have some orthopedic/musculoskeletal coursework in their curriculum prior to attending the course.

Pre-requisites: None.

CAPP-OB: If you are seeking to obtain the SoWH Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy, you must complete both Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy and the Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy courses in ANY order. You may take the Advancted Topics course before the Fundamental Topics course.

Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP process (for those attending CAPP courses) will occur for participants who leave the course early.

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

Pre-Reading AssignmentsPre-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.

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

Day 1: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm *Registration begins at 7:30am*
Day 2: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Day 3: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Total: 24 Contact Hours

Course Objectives

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

EXAMINATION/EVALUATION

Certificate Training Program (Optional)

The Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy is an optional route if you wish to take a bigger step towards your career. Section on Women’s Health (SoWH) has developed the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy (CAPP-OB) to certify that a physical therapist has completed a comprehensive education, training, and testing program for management of pregnant and postpartum patients experiencing musculoskeletal dysfunction and high risk pregnancy.  The CAPP is awarded to physical therapists who complete two courses of training in pregnancy and postpartum physical therapy, pass written and clinical testing requirements at each level, and successfully complete a written case report. The courses include Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy and the Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy course. After successful completion of both courses, participants are eligible to submit aCase Reflection, the last step in obtaining the Certificate of Achievement (CAPP-OB) program. To learn more, please visit: www.womenshealthapta.org/capp.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL 2018 OBF PARTICIPANTS

All participants that want to proceed to OBA (Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy) to obtain the CAPP-OB Certificate of Achievement MUST complete the OBA course within 2018 calendar year in order to be eligible for the CAPP-OB Certificate. In 2019, all new OBF participants will need to complete OBF, OBA, OBI (in any order) to obtain the CAPP-OB Certificate of Achievement.

Dates & Locations

Dates & Locations will be posted below as they become available.

Course Discounts: View All Current Deals here

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Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy (CAPP)

DatesLocationEarly-Bird Rate Ends:Regular Rate Begins:Registration
November 23-25, 2018Tokyo, Japan10/23/2018
Member: $650
Non-M: $750
10/24/2018
Member: $725
Non-M: $825
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2019 Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy (OBF)

DatesLocationEarly-Bird Rate Ends:Regular Rate Begins:Registration
February 8-10Ft. Lauderdale, FL01/07/2019
Member: $650
Non-M: $750
01/08/2019
Member: $725
Non-M: $825
Tentative
March 29-31Mumbai, INIndividual
$650 USD
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$600 USD/person
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June 21-23Portland, OR5/21/2019
Member: $650
Non-M: $750
5/22/2019
Member: $725
Non-M: $825
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July 26-28Detroit, MI06/25/2019
Member: $650
Non-M: $750
06/26/2019
Member: $725
Non-M: $825
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August 16-18Chicago, IL07/15/2019
Member: $650
Non-M: $750
07/16/2019
Member: $725
Non-M: $825
Tentative
October 4-6Houston, TX09/03/2019
Member: $650
Non-M: $750
09/04/2019
Member: $725
Non-M: $825
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November 8-10Boulder, CO10/07/2019
Member: $650
Non-M: $750
10/08/2019
Member: $725
Non-M: $825
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December 6-8Orlando, FLTBA Date
Member: $650
Non-M: $750
TBA
Member: $725
Non-M: $825
Tentative

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