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15 Schneider Ave, 2nd Floor, Kitchener, ON, N2G 1K7

Lisa Aldworth, MSW, RSW, is a therapist in private practice based in Kitchener, Ontario. Lisa works with individuals and couples on a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, postpartum mood disorders, adjusting to new parenthood, birth trauma, coping with cancer, childhood sexual abuse, childhood physical and verbal abuse, and woman abuse including relationship violence and verbal aggression. Lisa's practice is located in the heart of downtown Kitchener close to Victoria Park and services are covered by most extended healthcare plans.


Courses and Workshops

Trauma & The Pelvic Floor in the Age of COVID-19: Treating Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault & Birth Trauma


January 20 & 27, 2021​

5:00-9:00 pm

Live Online via Zoom

Course Description:

This course will be focused on understanding the impact of trauma on physical and emotional health and the barriers trauma may present to patient’s experiences in healthcare, particularly pelvic floor physiotherapy. Over the course of the workshop we will explore the two most common types of trauma impacting pelvic health – childhood sexual abuse and birth trauma. We will explore how physiotherapists can apply a trauma informed lens to their practice resulting in greater awareness, understanding and sensitivity for patients identifying as survivors of trauma. Through this increased sensitivity physiotherapists will better support their patients and in turn observe higher levels of trust, adherence and cooperation from their client base.

Course Outline

Session 1

  • Why is a trauma informed lens important for healthcare providers?

  • Defining childhood sexual abuse and/or sexual assault

  • How to recognize trauma: Signs and Symptoms

  • Neurobiology of Trauma: How is the brain and emotional functioning affected?

  • How does childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault shape or redefine a patient’s identity, sense of self, and body image?

  • Impact of COVID-19 on trauma informed healthcare

Session 2

  • Defining birth trauma

  • How does birth trauma affect pelvic floor recovery?

  • Birth Trauma vs. Post Partum Mood Disorders: Similarities and Differences

  • Disclosures of Trauma: Appropriate and Inappropriate Responses by Healthcare Workers

  • Impact of COVID-19 on trauma informed birthing and postpartum care

  • Coping Techniques for patients

  • Caring for the Caregiver: Understanding the impact of working with trauma survivors

Audience: This course is open to all health care professionals – physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, sex therapists, medical doctors, nurses and midwives.

To register:

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Monday: 9:30 - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:30 - 5:00 pm

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