Trauma, Abuse and Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Webinar

Co-Hosted by SoWH & ISSTD
OCTOBER 8, 2018

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Webinar Date: October 8, 2018

  • 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM EST
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM CST
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM PST

In an exciting upcoming fall event, the Section on Women’s Health is proud to announce it will be partnering with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) to host a live webinar. This interactive question and answer style event will feature a panel of knowledgeable speakers from both the SoWH and ISSTD.

The emphasis of this event will centralize around trauma, abuse, and pelvic health physical therapy. It will be an excellent opportunity to dive deeper into trauma to explore how it affects our patients, how it may impact our treatment, and how we can better serve our patients with this common yet unique history. We want to hear from you! In the upcoming month, we will be sending out a call for questions that you want to hear answered by this incredibly talented and diverse panel.

The Panelists

Christine Forner
Christine Forner
B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W.
Lauren H. Collins
Lauren Collins
Future Panelist(s)
Future Panelist(s)

Webinar Objectives

Describe different types of trauma and how they may affect a patient’s interaction with a physical therapist.
Understand when and how to utilize appropriate language to engage a patient in their history of trauma
Describe the limits of scope of practice of a physical therapist to manage trauma
Understand when and how to refer to a psychologist or other health care practitioner to promote best care for patients with a history of trauma and/or sexual abuse
Recognize non-verbal signs of trauma and/or abuse in patients, especially during an initial evaluation.

About the Hosts


Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association (SoWH) is a professional association of more than 3,000 physical therapists. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone from childbearing women to peri-menopausal mothers, young athletes to men with incontinence or other pelvic health complications.


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The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) is an international, non-profit, professional association organized to develop and promote comprehensive, clinically effective and empirically based resources and responses to trauma and dissociation and to address its relevance to other theoretical constructs.


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About the Panelists

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Christine Forner, B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., Registered Social Worker 

of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Christine began her career early starting as a volunteer at the age of 16 at a crisis line for Teens. Christine has worked at The Calgary Sexual Assault Centre, Wheatland Crisis Shelter for survivors of domestic violence and in 1998 Christine started her clinical experience at The Calgary Women’s Health Collective. Since 2011, Christine has worked in her own private practice, which specializes in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Christine has over twenty years of working with individuals with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Dissociation, Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, with specialized training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychotherapeutic Meditation techniques, Neurofeedback and Havening. Christine teaches locally and at an international level on the issue of dissociation, complex trauma, and the intersection of dissociation and mindfulness.



Lauren H. Collins, MPT, CLT-LANA

of Section on Women's Health-APTA

Lauren Collins is a licensed physical therapist and a certified lymphedema therapist. She has practiced physical therapy for 20 years with an emphasis in women's health for the past 16 years, inclusive of pelvic floor dysfunction for the past 10 years, where she treats both women and men. Lauren believes in multi-layer healing and incorporates a philosophy of whole self healing in her treatments. She is a trained sexual assault survivor advocate and has special interest areas in working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and cultural competency. She provides educational workshops to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence to assist them in healing pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction issues. She has presented on sexual trauma and pelvic pain at several conferences supporting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The webinar recording is now available!

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The webinar is over but... Let's continue the dialogue!

Are you a Section on Women's Health member?

We have a social platform for SoWH members called the Social Link 

(accessible via mobile browser, PC browser and your app store).

This is a great, private platform to use to continue the dialogue on this topic among fellow Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant and Student Physical Therapist members.

To access our group, please login using the following link and your SoWH membership login credentials and click to + Join Group.

email: your membership email
password: LastnameAPTAID#

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