Course series

Trans-Inclusive, Kink-Aware, Trauma-Informed Care: Optimizing Sexual Wellness

CEUs:

  • 14 contact hours AASECT CEUs 
  • PT/PTA CEUs approved in CA and NY (and will update as more states added)
  • For other states and professions, check reciprocity or individual application

Access:

  • Immediate Access
  • Access for 6 months

Audience: 

  • Medical Providers & Fitness Professionals
  • Mental Health Providers
  • Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
  • No pre-requisites

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This course was fantastic! Aside from learning so much, I really appreciated the instructors' willingness to be vulnerable and open, to share reflections on their own blind spots and opportunities for growth, and their acknowledgement of how we are all still learning alongside each other. The concepts, including the spectrum of kink and BDSM through to heteronormative sexual wellness, the gender unicorn, and the potential impacts of trauma were all presented in a way that demonstrated beautiful integration and interplay between these concepts, shining light onto connections and applications that aren't always apparent. This course felt like a safe, nonjudgemental, and supportive space to learn and grow into practitioners who are better equipped at providing inclusive care to all people we wish to help. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to improve their comfort and confidence in becoming more trans and non-binary inclusive, trauma-informed, and kink and BDSM aware. Basically, if you work in a pelvic-centric field, take this course!
Teresa Waser, PT
Have lots of fun learning complex content!

What can I expect?

This is a rare 3-in-1 opportunity!
1. Transgender and LGBTQIA+ Considerations for Medical and Mental Health Care
2. Trauma-Informed Care, Recognizing Trauma & De-escalating
3. Inclusive Sexuality Counseling and Power Dynamics

This course applies to every single patient who walks through your door and is inclusive of transgender and nonbinary folx.
The instructors for this course, Heather Edwards (medical) and Tuesday Feral (mental health), are collaborating to provide you education from multiple perspectives. These two LOVE to present together and always have a great time discussing this complicated (and often uncomfortable) content with the course participants. These two taught Transgender and Nonbinary Pelvic Health: Creating Competent and Affirming Care in 2019 through Pelvic Guru Academy and have decided to take the content in a different direction for 2020. This course will cover some fun and challenging content. There will be many opportunities for activities for your personal learning and ways to take some challenging sexual issues that your patients might come to you with and learn how to break them into pieces and help them through their process. 

     

What people are saying:

This course is a must for all healthcare providers, as it presents a holistic view of patient populations that need better informed care from their providers. I came out of this course with the tools and knowledge to feel more confident and competent to work with these patient populations. 
Heather and Tuesday were fantastic presenters and made sure that all course participants felt comfortable asking questions and sharing experiences. I have been wanting to take this course for a long time and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to take it. Thank you for an in-depth and comprehensive course!
So grateful to both Heather and Tuesday for all their incredible hard work in putting together this course, along with their vulnerability and honesty. This was an incredible experience, and honestly spacing it out in the form of webinars made the material easier to digest and reflect upon. Thank you!!

In this course we will be:

  • Examining our own biases and how it might unknowingly affect how we care for our patients/clients
  • Understanding the difference between sex counseling (which medical providers can do) and sex therapy (which mental health providers can do in addition to sex counseling) through the PLISSIT model
  • Learning methods of sexual history taking that go beyond standard training
  • Learning about sexual power dynamics and how we can teach them to help out clients. 
  • Enthusiastic Consent and how we can model that in a medical setting
  • Transgender and nonbinary genital talk and education
  • Trauma awareness training for you to use with patients
  • Skills to teach patients to use with their partners for communication during sex
  • Counseling on helping patients with self-pleasure/education/desensitization activities
  • Moving away from cis-het normativity with our language and education
  • Understand models of arousal and desire
  • Separating erotic needs from genital rehabilitation
  • Self-reflect on our own barriers, boundaries, and emotionally activating scenarios.
  • Learn why Heather and Tuesday will firmly stand by their (tongue-in-cheek) statement of “It doesn’t matter how vanilla, straight, or cisgender you are… you can (and should) still be having queer sex”.
Learn ways to problem solve a variety of sexual health issues.

     

More accolades:

I LOVED how open and non-judgemental you both made the space. That it's OK to make mistakes, and to be kind and loving with ourselves and each other. It did a beautiful job regulating my vagus nerve responses. 
The content was great. The 101 was an enjoyable fast-moving review and didn't bother me even though I have familiarity with the topic. It was powerful to have Tuesday teach, and I think it immediately melted down initial barriers by allowing the participants exposure to a person who presents with characteristics associated with more than one gender. And it is officially physically impossible to not like both Tuesday and Heather.    
Heather and Tuesday do a beautiful job presenting high quality material in a friendly, enjoyable, welcoming fashion. Highly recommend!
Feel comfortable navigating psychosocial nuances while learning practical skills to do so. 

Objectives:

By the end of the course:
  • Participants will be able to verbalize and understand the difference in sex counseling and sex therapy and understand how sex counseling skills fall into their profession.
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate use of DOUPE history taking for sexual inquiry.
  • Participants will have a basic knowledge of various popular types of kink and BDSM activities and how they might affect pelvic health.
  • Participants will be able to implement direct activities and education for libido related concerns.
  • Participants will understand how to use sexual power dynamics for sexual empowerment for those with genital sexual dysfunction.
  • Participants will understand what additional screens or history taking would be needed to address transgender, nonbinary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and asexual patients/clients.
  • Participants will understand how to avoid normative language to create a safer environment in which their patient/client does not have to actively “out” themselves as part of their intake history.
  • Participants will be able to recognize their own trauma responses.
  • Participants will be able to recognize and take steps to de-escalate a trauma response in another person.
  • Participants will feel confident is using their sexuality counseling skills with clients as soon as they go back to clinic.
Meet the instructorS

Heather Edwards, PT, CSC

Heather (she/her or they/them) has been a pelvic physical therapist for 15 years in western North Carolina. She is a University of Michigan trained Sexuality Counselor and Educator. She founded Vino & Vulvas in 2015 and it quickly became her favorite thing to do. She teaches community classes such as “Field Guide to Your Crotch” and “How to Talk to Your Doctor about Your Nonbinary Crotch” for transgender and nonbinary folx. Heather created the Transgender Pelvic Health Survey (currently in progress) and teamed up with Nova Southeastern University and the Pelvic Health Research Initiative for its implementation and data analysis. In 2016, she presented at the Southeastern Transgender Health Summit on the topic of pelvic PT considerations for the surgical trans patient. She presented at the 2018 AASECT conference on the topic of BDSM/Kink and Pelvic Health.Despite all the clinical stuff, Heather considers herself an artist… and if truth be told, she’d love to just draw fantastical crotch doodles and outside-the-box anatomy illustrations all day. This unusual hobby led to the creation of her first self-published book, Important Parts: A Coloring Book for the Crotch Enthusiast. She’s in the process of the second one in the series.

Email: vinoandvulvas@gmail.com

Tuesday Feral, LCMHCA

Tuesday is an artist, mental health professional, and educator and Support Programs Director for Tranzmission, an Asheville-based organization that does education, advocacy, and support for the transgender and nonbinary community in western North Carolina and beyond. They have worked with Tranzmission for the last ten years. Tuesday is passionate about building resilient networks of support within our extended community. To that end, they oversee the Asheville Transformers peer support and social group and the Youth and Family Program. Tuesday has trained on a national, state and local level with Tranzmission. Tuesday is also a frequent, and crowd-favorite panelist on Vino & Vulvas for their ability to present and package difficult concepts in such a tangible way that can easily be taken directly to heart.

Email: tuesdayferal@gmail.com
Heather and Tuesday are so excited to bring this course to you!

Patrick Jones - Course author

Who is this for?
This course is for any licensed medical providers (PT, OT, MD, NP, PA, RN, LPN, Doulas, Midwives, etc) or mental health professionals who would like to enhance their skills in helping clients through sexual challenges in a way that is trauma informed and not heterocentric or cis-normative.
CEU Information:
Contact hours: 14
  • CA has approved 1.4 PT CEUs (California assigns CEUs based on contact hours divided by 10)
  • AASECT CEUs will be available for anyone who requests them (Please email courses@pelvicguru.com if you are interested in AASECT CEUs)
  • Pelvic Guru, LLC is an approved course provider for the state of NY.
  • If you are in another state or you have another profession, please check your state for reciprocity or individual CEU application.

Cancelation and Refund Policy

For this online pre-recorded course the option for a full refund is available within 48 hours of purchase, however it is non-refundable upon either of these conditions:
  • You have viewed more than 50% of the course material
  • You have already claimed your CE certificate
If you need additional assistance with a refund or course concern, please email courses@pelvicguru.com.