PEP011: Pelvic Floor Disorders

45 Hours of CE Credit / Course Fee $750

Becky McConnell

Becky McConnell

MPT, PRPC, BCB-PMD

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Concept and Objectives:

Course Overview:

This course provides a basic understanding of urological, gastrointestinal, and pelvic floor structures, functions, and dysfunctions.   It includes the common disorders associated with pelvic floor dysfunction. It provides basic information on the assessment and treatment of these disorders. 

 This home study program satisfies the didactic education requirements for The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance for board certification and recertification in Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction. Eligibility for PMDB certification is limited to persons who are appropriately licensed/credentialed at the state or national level to practice in a healthcare field such as medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician’s assistant. 

Course Objectives:

  • Provide clinicians with an understanding of pelvic floor anatomy and function.
  • Introduce common pelvic floor disorders, including elimination disorders and pelvic pain syndromes.
  • Understand methods of assessment of urologic, bowel related, and pelvic pain symptoms
  • Identify behavioral treatment interventions for pelvic floor disorders.
  • Understand the principles of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback as applied to the pelvic floor.
  • Cover the application of surface EMG biofeedback for assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor.
  • Review the ethical considerations in performing behavioral assessments and interventions of pelvic floor disorders. Upon completion, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the functions and dysfunctions of the pelvic floor.
  • Identify the types of urinary incontinence, bowel dysfunctions, and pelvic pain syndromes as well as the behavioral treatment options.
  • Understand the application of sEMG biofeedback in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Develop a treatment plan and goals.
  • Perform an assessment of the pelvic floor and other relevant muscles using biofeedback equipment.

Required Textbooks:
Therapeutic Management of Incontinence and Pelvic Pain, Second Edition (2008).  Edited by Jeanette Haslam and Jo Laycock
Biofeedback, A Practitioner’s Guide, Fourth Edition (2016).  Edited by Mark S. Schwartz and Frank Andrasik

It’s No Accident:  Breakthrough Solutions to Your Child’s Wetting, Constipation, UTIs, and Other Potty Problems (2012).  By Steve J. Hodges, MD.
Other Required Readings (Included with the course):
The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback
Rao, S. S., Bharucha, A. E., Chiarioni, G., Felt-Bersma, R., Knowles, C., Malcolm, A., & Wald, A. (2016). Anorectal disorders. Gastroenterology, 150(6), 1430-1442.
sEMG Electrode Sites Diagrams (Thought Technology Ltd)

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.
Additional hands-on experience is recommended.  You may wish to contact the Foundation or the BCIA for information about hands-on training.

Administrative Information

Format:
Self-paced home study through a series of audiovisual lectures.  Reading assignments accompany each lecture. Following each lecture, you will answer the review questions and submit the answers to the instructor via email.  Feedback will be provided. Additional questions can be directed to the instructor via email or phone.

Schedule:
The course is self-paced, but must be completed within one year of purchase.

Contact us at scher.behavemedfoundation@gmail.com 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.

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 through our secure ordering section or by check in US dollars made out to the Foundation and sent to the address below.  A full refund can be provided prior to receiving the course materials. No refunds are available after getting access to the course materials.

Scholarships:
The Foundation gives scholarships consisting of 25% off the cost of a course to (a) students and professionals from emerging nations and (b) full time graduate students in developed nations.

Questions / further information?

Contact Dr. Richard Sherman (Director of the Psychophysiology CE and doctoral programs) at  rsherman@nwinet.com or (360) 452-5020.

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 scher.behavemedfoundation@gmail.com 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:

These are continuing education, not university accredited, courses. The Behavioral Medicine R&T Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Behavioral Medicine R&T 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@nwinet.com or (360) 452-5020.