VCRS I: A Virtual Course on Continence, Reproduction, and Sex Level One

VCRS I: A Virtual Course on Continence, Reproduction, and Sex Level One
Discovering the Pelvic Girdle connection 

Note: Due to the virtual/private nature of this course, both men and women are allowed to attend.

Dates:         July 10-12, 2020
Friday:        7:00pm to 10:00pm Eastern Time*
Saturday:   11:00am to 7:00pm Eastern Time*
Sunday:      11:00am to 2:30pm Eastern Time (Note:  The internal mobilization class will begin at 4:30pm)
*NOTE:  Based on the content, either Friday or Saturday will extend ½ hour.
Registration closes at 3pm ET Thursday 7/9

Cost:          $375

Prerequisites: For those with a Pelvic Health Background, don't miss the opportunity to sign up for the lab course VCRS II offered immediately following the Sunday session of this class covering internal mobilization techniques for the intrarectal, prostate, and intravaginal regions. 

Connectivity Requirement:  Video/Internet access to Zoom.  You will receive specific instructions once you register.

This course presents a comprehensive an introduction to the Functional Manual Therapy® system's approach to pelvic health. The class will prepare and train the participants to diagnose and treat continence, the reproductive systems, sexual function and the pelvic area in both men and women. Guided lab sessions will instruct the participants to assess and treat mechanical, neuromuscular, and motor control issues that arise in the pelvic health population, specifically identifying the integral relationship of the pelvic girdle and pelvic floor to total body function. The course will instruct the participant in systematic assessment and management strategies for patients whose subjective complaint includes pain associated with continence, elimination, pregnancy, and sex. The participants will be guided through lab sessions to explore external FMT techniques to enhance mobility and function of the pelvic floor muscles, pelvic girdle, and visceral structures as well as motor control training for standing and sitting to promote a more optimum Automatic Core Engagement.

In depth functional anatomy of the intravaginal region will be presented. In addition, the instructor will discuss the appropriate use of internal Functional Mobilization assessment and treatment techniques for Women’s Health patients. Discussion will cover what a clinician would expect to palpate and why treatment of internal structures is important as a skill set for a Women’s Health therapist. Clinical reasoning for internal intervention will be presented in the form of case studies.  

About the Instructor:

Miranda Harvey, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT, FFMT, FAAOMPT, CAPP-Pelvic, specializes in pelvic health and Functional Manual Therapy®.  She graduated from Hardin-Simmons University DPT program in 2005. Miranda began her time with the IPA in 2004 as a student. She completed her CFMT in 2011, CAPP-Pelvic course work and case study in 2013, and OCS in 2014.  She completed a year-long fellowship in Steamboat Springs, CO with IPA under the mentorship of Gregg Johnson and Brent Yamashita.  In 2015, she presented a fellowship platform for AAOMPT conference on inguinal and pelvic floor pain post hernia repair in Louisville, KY. In 2019, she was awarded APH Education Volunteer of the Year. 

She began pelvic floor work in 2006 with coccyx pain and progressed on with the APTA in 2009-2010 taking the Pelvic coursework. She quickly grew to appreciate the Academy of Pelvic Health (APH), their research, and organization for pelvic floor evaluation and drew from her IPA background for soft tissue and neuromuscular skills that were needed to provide in-depth treatment. She began writing CRS before fellowship and completed it in spring of 2015. After completing fellowship, she completed all OB coursework through APH and Barral coursework VM 1-6, vascular, neural, and listening. Being a student is one of her favorite ways to remind herself how much she knows and JUST HOW MUCH there is left to learn.  

Miranda returned to Texas with her family after completing the IPA fellowship to start a 3rd pelvic health program for a regional hospital. She worked with 9 Ob-gyns’, 6 of which were DO’s. During her time at Abilene Regional she has continued to observe pelvic surgeries, cesarean sections, provided intrapartum (labor and delivery) care, and educate the public and patient on the benefits and connection of pelvic floor therapy. She works alongside a skilled team of therapist who have done mentorships, invested time in the IPA approach through student rotations or coursework, and moving beyond pelvic health to provide care in other areas related to mother-baby care. 

Miranda and her family live in Abilene, TX. Her husband Jody is a high school math teacher and football, cross-county, and basketball coach. She has two children Reece (12) and Cale (9), who are in the 7th and 4th grade. She enjoys attending sporting events of all kinds, chauffeuring her children to their many lessons of interest, studying anatomy, cooking, biking, yoga, and volunteering and teaching through the APH.

CEUs: 15 Hours:  13.5 hours virtual presentation, 1.5 hours pre-course work.  Approved CEUs in CA, IL, and NY.

Pre-Course Preparation:
Prior to this webinar, all attendees must complete required course preparation.  The preparation for CRS includes videos and quizzes.  Once enrolled in a course, required course preparation can be found by logging on to your IPA account and selecting "My Upcoming Courses."  If you have any trouble accessing the required course preparation please call our office at 970-870-9521 for assistance. Note: iPads and iPhones do not support flash which is required for the quiz portions of the pre-course work. Videos are viewable, but a computer will be needed to complete all quizzes. Also, please note that approved CEUs may vary depending on individual states' treatment of Online vs. Classroom Instruction.

It is recommended that each participant reviews the Bibliography and read any article they are unfamiliar with prior to the course. All Course Bibliographies

Required Equipment: 

      • To participate in the guided lab sessions you need to secure a model.  This can be a family member or friend, but cannot be a PT and participate in the class for free.  If using a model, the model's abdomen and pelvic region must be accessible.  
      • A treatment table, pillows, and small towels  
      • Baby wipes  
      • Personal lubricant  
      • Several pairs of non-latex gloves

Lab Model:
t is strongly recommended, but not required, that each participant have a lab model to practice on during the guided lab sessions.  The lab model should be a female.  The lab  sessions run from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday, July 11.  The model should sign a release form that will be sent upon registration.

    Recommended Course Preparation: 
    It is recommended that each participant reviews the Bibliography and read any article they are unfamiliar with prior to the course. All Course Bibliographies

    MRI-based registration of pelvic alignment affected by altered pelvic floor muscle characteristics, Petra Bendova, Elsevier 2017
    A Clinical Reasoning Model for Manual Physical Therapy, 2017, Cristiana Kahl Collins
    Pelvic Floor Muscle Assessment: the PERFECT Scheme, 2001, J. Laycock
    The reliability and validity of the Saliba Postural Classification System, Cristiana Kahl Collins, Vicky Saliba Johnson, JMMT 2016

    There will be short breaks throughout the course.   

    PTs Only
    Attendees agree to utilize all skills of evaluation, assessment and treatment learned in this course to the extent allowed under the regulations of their professional practice act. By registering you acknowledge that your attendance does not represent authorization by the IPA, or any of its officers, to utilize any of the material learned which may lie outside of the strict interpretation of your practice act.

    Each attendee is expected to attend all hours of instruction to receive a Certificate of Completion. Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the IPA Directors.

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