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Cultural Competencies in Pelvic Health

Cultural Competencies in Pelvic Health

Cultural Competencies in Pelvic Health

This course includes
6:27:08 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion

About The Course:

In this online physiotherapy course by Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS), we explore the health care experience of specific marginalized groups. Homophobia, heterosexism and social determinants of health are barriers to health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) persons. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the unique health care needs of the LGBTQ community, through discussion of ideas such as gender and relationship to the body, the use of language, and communication skills for negotiating the health care interaction.

Further, cultural understanding of specific traditions/faith systems is also a key component to effective therapeutic relationships with regards to sexual expression within different cultures. Explore the cultural beliefs/traditions for Christians, Muslims, Jewish and Hindu faith systems within sexual expression.

In This Online Physiotherapy Course, You’ll Learn:

  • How to develop an understanding of specific traditions/faith systems and their cultural expression of sex and intimacy?
  • How to develop the knowledge and skills to improve the health care experience of individuals with different cultures/faith systems than your own? Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu faith systems will be explored. Aboriginal culture as it pertains to sexual identity, roles and function will also be explored.
  • How to develop an understanding of the health care needs of LGBTQ individuals, which will enable them to implement and to advocate for LGBTQ positive change?
  • How to develop the knowledge and skills to understand and improve LGBTQ health care delivery at a systemic level and at a clinical level?

What’s Included In This Online Physiotherapy Course?

  • More than 6 hours of video lessons.
  • Bite-sized information: All of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
  • Lifetime access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • Certificate of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
  • Downloadable slides/workbook so you can follow along as you take the course.
  • Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content may be downloadable (such as a workbook or slides if included), the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants and for tax purposes.
  • A special coupon for 15% off any other online course on Embodia Academy when you’ve completed this course!

Who Is This Course For? 

This online course is for all rehabilitation professionals, including physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, chiropractors, athletic therapists, naturopathic doctors, exercise therapists, kinesiologists among others. This course is also relevant for movement specialists, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, nurses, midwives, and those interested in learning more about pelvic floor health and wellness.

Can I Share a Course with a Friend or Colleague? How does the Group Discount Work?

Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. If you are interested in group/staff viewing, please contact us at to arrange a group discount code specifically for your group. The larger the group, the larger the discount. Each individual must purchase separately with the discount code, and agree to the terms and conditions (legal). This provides each participant with their own copy to review at their pace, in addition to the opportunity to interact with colleagues as you all work collectively through the material.


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The instructors
Pelvic Health Solutions

Pelvic Health Solutions is an evidence-based teaching company that was founded in 2010 by Nelly Faghani and Carolyn Vandyken, out of the need to develop pelvic health resources in Ontario, an under serviced health concern in this province. Since the inception of our teaching company, pelvic health physiotherapy has blossomed from a handful of physiotherapists to well over 300 therapists now rostered with the Ontario College of Physiotherapists. Pelvic Health Solutions provides continuing education courses for a variety of practitioners, including mentoring and clinical resources for therapists to utilize with their patients. Our mission is to provide evidence-based, biopsychosocial resources to patients and health care practitioners for the assessment and treatment of pelvic health problems in our province and abroad.
Course Material included in this course
  • Slides
  • Jodie Visits the Doctor
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Social Determinants of Health (2)
  • Potential Barriers to Access to Health Care
  • Legal Implications
  • Implications for Transgender Individuals
  • Barriers to Access to Health Care for Transgender Individuals
  • Gender Non-Conformity & Gender Dysphoria
  • Breast Binding and Pelvic Health
  • LGBTQ Community Resources
  • Bathrooms, Pelvic Health & The Transgender Identified Person
  • Language
  • Senior LGBTQ persons
  • Strategies to improve health care for LGBTQ-identified persons
  • Strategies to improve health care at an organizational level
  • Strategies to improve health care at an organizational level (2)
  • Strategies to improve health care at the level of the clinician
  • Strategies to improve health care at the level of each client
  • The trauma-informed practitioner
  • LGBTQ Resources
  • Quiz
  • Gender Affirming Surgery
  • Judaism
  • Slides
  • Intro to Judaism
  • Marriage Laws in Judaism
  • The Laws of Niddah through the Lifespan
  • Intimacy & Contraception
  • Quiz
  • Sex & Intimacy in Christianity
  • Slides
  • Intro to Sex & Intimacy in Christianity
  • Faith, and the Christian View of Sex and Intimacy
  • Understanding Religiosity
  • Christian Resources Pertaining to Sex and Intimacy
  • Quiz
  • Sex, Shame & Vulnerability Amongst the Aboriginal Population
  • Slides
  • Introduction
  • Aboriginals are a Heterogeneous Group
  • Historical Trauma
  • Transgeneration Impacts
  • Traditional Relationship to Sex
  • Recommendations and Conclusion
  • Quiz
  • Islam 101
  • Slides
  • An Introduction to Islam
  • Foundations of Islam
  • What is a Muslim?
  • Women in Islam
  • Sex and Intimacy
  • What it means for practitioners
  • Additional Resources
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Article