The Collaborative Clinical Care Model Between Therapists and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists Involving Clients with Sexual Pain

Co-Presented by Sari Cooper CST, LCSW & Amy Stein DPT

Live Date: Monday February 6, 2017
Time: 12:30-2:30 EST
Tuition: $72.20
NYS SW Contact Hrs./AASECT CEs: 2
Approval Pending for Physical Therapist CEs
AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: BCEGHIMO

What understanding do therapists need to have in their toolkit to help their clients who may have pain during sexual activity?

What kind of work do Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists do to assist clients with Genito Pelvic Pain/Penetrative Disorder, also referred to as Dyspareunia, Vulvodynia, Vestibulodynia, and Vaginismus?
How does working collaboratively help clients heal more quickly?

What issues brought up in individual psychotherapy, couples counseling or sex therapy help the interventions a Pelvic Floor PT might make with a particular client?

In this webinar targeted to general therapists, sex therapists, and pelvic floor physical therapists Sari Cooper and Amy Stein offer an overview of how a Physical Therapist and a Certified Sex Therapist collaborate on diagnoses, treatment planning and care of clients and/or couples who present with sexual pain.

There are many times that a therapist doesn’t realize that their client has been suffering silently for years during their penetrative sexual experiences. They may think it’s due to psychological reasons that can be addressed with psychotherapy or trauma-focused interventions. Although a client may have let their gynecologists or PCP know of the pain they may not have gone into great enough detail or emphasis for the doctor to probe further. Many times doctors themselves (including gynecologists) are not well-educated enough on these specific disorders in order to diagnose it properly.

At the same time, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists may not have significant clinical information about their client’s history, their relationship(s) or their sexual script if they don’t discuss these issues with the client’s therapist. In this webinar, participants learn how the family of origin and/or couples system directly/indirectly impacts the physical symptoms the PT and therapist are treating.

In this first time cross-discipline webinar, Sari Cooper, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Director of Center for Love and Sex is excited to welcome Amy Stein, DPT, Director of Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, author of Heal Pelvic Pain and Vice President, International Pelvic Pain Society to discuss their unique assessment processes, diagnoses that may need to be considered, and elements of a case that should be shared with one another to create a fully-integrated systemic treatment. Using composite clinical case examples (to protect confidentiality), Cooper and Stein will present the way each professional assesses, diagnose and collaborate on the treatment of a case.

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Amy Stein, DPT, is a leading expert and at the forefront of treating pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, women’s health, and functional manual therapy for men, women, and children. She is the founder of, and a premier practitioner at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in NYC. She is the author of Heal Pelvic Pain, an easy-read, self-help book and created a video called Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain: The ultimate home program for patients and a guide for practitioners.

Amy is one of the founder’s of the Alliance for Pelvic Pain, a patient-oriented educational retreat, and she serves as the Vice President of the International Pelvic Pain Society. Amy is a co-editor of Healing in Urology and an author in many medical textbooks, including Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management, Management of Sexual Dysfunction in Men and Women, and The Overactive Pelvic Floor. She lectures internationally, is featured in the Endo What? documentary, and has been interviewed in media outlets ranging from the medical segments of popular TV shows, like Dr. Oz, and ABC’s 20/20 and such magazines as Elle, Prevention and More magazine and newspapers such as the New York Daily News.


At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Identify symptoms and diagnostic criteria for specific Vulvo-Vaginal Disorders including: Pelvic Pain, Bladder and Bowel, Sexual Dysfunction, Scar Adhesions, and pelvic congestion
    List the parts of pelvic floor to help in assessing for potential referral to MD and/or Pelvic Floor PT.
  • Recognize the importance of systemically hypothesizing a case with a collaborating professional when discussing treatment plans.
  • Summarize the salient points of an assessment the other professional needs to understand.
  • Differentiate between physical and psychological areas of clinical focus
  • Distinguish treatment modalities utilized by pelvic floor therapists so that therapists can prepare their clients accordingly.


  • Satisfactory Completion Participants must have:
  • Paid tuition fee
  • Attended/viewed the entire seminar
  • Completed an evaluation with material quiz (50% accuracy AASECT, 70% accuracy NYS) in order to receive CE Credits.
  • Partial credit for a portion of a seminar is not available.

New York State Social Workers

Sari Cooper is an approved provider (#0254) of continuing education to LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. This program is approved for 2 CE Credits.

Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 2 CE Credits. These CE Credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification*.

*Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. 
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Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

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Completed Evaluations and Quizzes

Please email your completed evaluations and quizzes and once marked and passed you will receive the certificate you had indicated on the purchase order.


CE Certification Type* *  CEs for NYS for LMSW/LCSW Recertification 
CEs for AASECT Certification/Recertification 
License* * License State & Number* *  

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