PEP011: Pelvic Floor Disorders

– 45 Hours of CE Credit / Course Fee $750

This course will be available Sept. 2017

Concept and Objectives:

This course is set at the level of a typical 3 credit post-licensure, introductory level course. The course is targeted to licensed / certified clinicians such as psychologists, counselors, physical therapists, social workers, nurses, and physicians as well as to graduate students. Students learn by watching audiovisual lectures provided on the course web site, watching movies demonstrating recording techniques and interviews, reading assignments both from materials provided on the web site and standard texts, and interacting with their instructor via e-mail. They answer short essay questions after each lecture rather than taking exams. Previous students have found that this course takes between 45 and 95 hours of work to perform.

This course provides a basic understanding of pelvic floor functions and structures along with clinical etiologies of pelvic floor disorders treated by behavioral interventions. It provides sufficient information on research supporting behavioral interventions, and clinical protocols for behavioral interventions to bring health care providers to the point where they have the knowledge base needed to provide these interventions to their clients within their scopes of practice and expertise after the providers gain hands-on experience by working with experienced practitioners. You may wish to contact the Foundation for information about hands-on training.

Learning objectives: The course objective is to provide the depth of knowledge in pelvic area A&P, psychophysiology, biofeedback equipment, and training techniques which clinicians require to perform psychophysiologically oriented assessments and biofeedback and other behaviorally based interventions for pelvic floor disorders. This information is crucial to effectively adding these techniques to a clinician’s practice.

This course is designed to help you (the student):

      1. Summarize the psychophysiological processes and anatomy underlying each pelvic floor condition covered in the course.
      2. Use psychophysiological recording and biofeedback devices record and display psychophysiological information about musculoskeletal functioning of the pelvic floor.
      3. Control the biofeedback display to optimize learning to correct patterns of muscle tension in the pelvic floor.
      4. Use psychophysiological recording equipment to assess patients with pelvic floor musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
      5. Use biofeedback equipment to apply specific interventions tailored to each muscle related pelvic floor condition covered in the course.
      6. Use behavioral techniques learned in the course to assist patients in controlling muscle related dysfunction patterns causing specific pelvic floor problems.

DISCLAIMER:Completion of this continuing education course is strictly for educational / informational purposes and does not imply competency, proficiency, and/or experience. The course completion certificate is not a clinical certification nor a license to practice. 

 

If you are using a MAC type of computer, you must have a current version of “quicktime”. If you do not have it, you can download it for free from the web.

Prerequisites & professional training requirements:

You should have had undergraduate courses in general biology and general psychology prior to taking this course. If you haven’t had them, contact us before registering. You will do much better in the course if you have already taken our “introduction to psychophysiology” and “Anatomy and Physiology for Behavioral Clinicians” courses. This course is intended for licensed / certified clinicians. None of the instructional material offered will provide you with the clinical skills needed to apply the psychophysiological assessment and interventional techniques you will learn in the clinical environment unless you are already a trained clinician.

Administrative Information

Schedule:

You can start the course whenever wish to within six months of the purchase date and work at your own pace as long as you complete the course within one year of purchase. Just contact us at admin@behavmedfoundation.org or (800) 530-6658 to get started.

Duration of course validity:

You must begin the course within six months of the purchase date and complete it within one year of the purchase date. Courses not completed by that time are void and must be repurchased if still available. No refunds are provided for courses not completed within one year of purchase.

CE Credit:

The Behavioral Medicine R&T Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Foundation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

BCIA:

This course is accepted by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance for recertification continuing education.

Payment, Refund, Scholarship, and cancellation policies:  

Full payment for each course is required before access to the course is provided. Payment is by credit card though our web site’s secure ordering section or by check in US dollars made out to the Foundation and sent to the address below. Full refund will be made until students are given access to the course materials. After getting access to the course materials there is no refund at all as the Foundation has committed its resources to you and you have access to all of the course materials. A course would only be cancelled due to an extreme emergency on the part of the course instructor or the Foundation. In the highly unlikely event a course is cancelled, you would receive a full refund.

Scholarships: 

The Foundation gives scholarships consisting of 25% off the cost of the course(s) to (a) students and professionals (e.g. clinicians, coaches, teachers) from emerging nations and (b) full time graduate students in developed nations.

Course updates:

Updates to all courses are placed on the course web site as they are made. Students are informed when updates are available. 

Questions / further information?

Contact Dr. Richard Sherman (director of the psychophysiology CE and doctoral programs) at rsherman@behavmedfoundation.org or (360) 452-5020.