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Physical therapists as sexual health professionals

Submitted by Talli on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 19:54

The fall 2012 issue of the newsletter of the IOPTWH (International Organization of Physiotherapists in Womens Health) is dedicated to the topic of the role of physical therapists in sexual health. In this issue, I am interviewed by Saudi Arabian physical therapist (which, as an Israeli, I think is pretty cool) Rafeef Al-Juraifani.

 

Addressing Sexual Abuse in Physical Therapy Practice

Submitted by Talli on Sun, 10/07/2012 - 12:30

As a women's health physiotherapist who went on to study counseling and receive psychotherapy training, I am currently involved in lecturing on counseling skills to physiotherapists. I teach PTs basic counseling skills such as empathy, active and reflective listening, open ended sexual history taking, and, dealing with sexual abuse disclosure in the clinical setting, amongst many other topics. I am often confronted with anxiety of PTs who believe, often justifiably so, that the training they received in physical therapy school inadequately provided the counseling skills necessary to effectively contain and address issues such as sexual abuse.