Sexual Assault and Communities of Color: PT Roles
Section: Section on Women's Health
Session Code: WH-1A-5930
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 147B

Speaker(s):   Lauren Collins, MPT, CLT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic

This session identifies issues surrounding working with survivors of sexual assault and trauma, with an emphasis on working with communities of color and the role of physical therapists in the healing process. The prevalence of sexual assault among women is about 1 in 5. Sexual assault trauma is a cause of chronic pain issues and musculoskeletal dysfunctions among women. The percentages of women affected in communities of color is higher in relation to population percentages vs white women. Women of color are working with a system culturally biased against them. Women of color have a level of distrust for the medical system. Women of color may have decreased access to resources and insurance, and maybe a language barrier. There is a historical trauma with women of color. Women of color practice healing differently than white women. Through lecture and small group discussions, participants discuss the role pelvic health physical therapists play in working with survivors, cultural competency around working with survivors of color, and future roles for PTs in participation with survivors.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Identify cultural biases against women of color in general and in the medical field.

2. Analyze historical trauma.

3. Assess better ways to connect and build trust with women of color.

4. Examine current and potentially future roles of pelvic health PTs in working with survivors.

CEU: 0.2

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