Anti-Racism and Trauma-Informed Patient Care

Discussion with Heather Edwards, Uchenna Ossai, and Lauren Collins


  • 1 hour 
  • NY CEUs available
  • For other states, check for reciprocation or individual application



  • Medical and Fitness Professionals
  • No pre-requisites
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What can I expect?

As clinicians, many of us strive to implement biopsychosocial approaches and so dealing with the impact from current events plays heavily in our interactions with patients or clients. For many white people, much of this might be an "all of a sudden" trauma which might be prompting us to educate ourselves on the racial history of the US. For many Black people, this sustained trauma may be exhausting and the work has become even greater having white people suddenly interested in this education while being asked to do more at a time when emotions are raw. 
Lauren Collins and Uchenna Ossai have been doing professional education for pelvic health professionals on the topics of trauma, race, sexuality, and gender-inclusivity for years and have been gracious enough to spend some of their time and emotional energy to do some education with us, as their fellow pelvic health providers. This is an incredible opportunity to help process all of the information we have been learning, re-learning, and unlearning, and find ways that we can be available to our patients on a deeper level so that we may help them along their rehabilitation path. 


What people are saying:

Thank YOU BOTH!! I am so committed to learning and uncovering my blindspots and biases and being a voice for anti-racism!! I’m in tears...we need to know this. Thankful for your time, knowledge, and sharing your experiences. 
Thank you so, so much for all that you shared. Inspired me to be more introspective about my biases. I learned new terminology and am so grateful for the opportunity to learn from you!
This was absolutely incredible; humbled and grateful to have learned from these amazing individuals. Thank you thank you thank you

What You Will Learn:

  • The history of racism in medicine and pelvic health
  • The relationship of trauma and racism and how it applies to the way medical providers interact with their patients
  • How to be anti-racist in your work environment
  • Best practice for patient and colleage interactions surrounding racism
  • BONUS: Reading/Watching/Listening list to help you understand more about racism and colorism
Learn ways to problem solve a variety of sexual health issues.
Feel comfortable navigating psychosocial nuances while learning practical skills to do so. 

Do you want to watch THIS webinar and ALL of our other webinars for one yearly price? 

The Global Pelvic Health Alliance Membership offering features designed to help you grow your clinical skills and build your business. 
  • Webinars: an amazing set of webinars (like this one) that are all included in the membership with the ability to be present at the live recording and ask questions to the presenters.
  • Illustrations: We have an illustration that creates anatomy illustrations for us. We are constantly looking for ways of presenting the anatomy in ways that are more accurate and descriptive.
  • Handouts: Using the illustrations and an amazing team of colleagues to help review, we create a collection of handouts for you to use with your patients/clients!
  • Premiere Directory Listing: While anyone can have a free directory listing, GPHAM members get to have a profile picture, live links, and photo galleries to stand out. 
  • Global Pelvic Health Support Community: In addition to resources, you can also ask to join the private FB page with hundreds of multidisciplinary professionals from around the world to help you out!

Heather Edwards, PT, Sexuality Counselor, Sexuality Educator - Your Host

Heather is a pelvic physical therapist and certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists as a Sex Counselor and Sex Educator. 
Heather is the founder of Vino & Vulvas which is a monthly event that creates a space for education, curiosity, and pushing the conversation of sex past limits of heteronormativity, gender binary, white-normativity, and vanilla-normativity. V&V collaborates with pelvic health specialists, sex therapists, sex educators, and counselors who will be having panel discussions with time for questions on a plethora of topics centered around sexual wellbeing.
Heather also is the author of nonbinary crotch art coloring book series and teaches for Pelvic Guru on the topics of LGBTQIA inclusive sexuality counseling for medical providers. 

Uchenna "UC" Ossai, PT, DPT, WCS, CSC

Dr. Uchenna “UC” Ossai is a sex-positive pelvic health physical therapist and sexuality educator and counselor. Dr. UC is assistant professor at the University of Texas Dell Medical School and also serves as pelvic health program manager at UT Health Austin. She is on faculty for the University of Michigan, School of Social Work’s Sexual Health Certification Program. Dr. UC is one of few licensed physical therapists in the world with an AASECT certification in sexuality counseling; as well as the only Black physical therapist with this specific designation. Dr. UC spends her days treating people with both sexual and pelvic floor dysfunction, and her evenings educating the masses on everything that has to do with “sexytime”. When it comes to sexual intelligence and great sex education, UC embraces always being unapologetically real, happily crunk, and deliciously kind.

Dr. UC received her clinical doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Chicago, and she completed her residency in Women’s Health at Washington University at St. Louis. Dr. UC went on to continue her post-graduate training at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she received her certificate in Sexuality Education and Counseling.

Lauren H. Collins, PT, DPT, CLT

Dr. Lauren H. Collins (she/her) is a board-certified physical therapist and certified lymphedema therapist. She graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC with her Master’s in Physical Therapy in 1998. She has practiced physical therapy for 20 years with an emphasis on women’s health for the past 16 years, inclusive of pelvic floor dysfunction for the past 10 years. She has specialized training in Craniosacral therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Myofascial Release as part of her manual therapy skills. She is a teaching assistant with the American Physical Therapy Association’s Women’s Health section and the Barral Institute for Visceral Manipulation. She lectures nationally on pelvic floor physical therapy for survivors of trauma and abuse.
Lauren believes in multilayer healing and incorporates a philosophy of the whole self-healing in her treatments. She is a trained sexual assault survivor first responder and has special interest areas in working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and issues around cultural competency. She provides multifaceted workshops and training sessions to survivors as well as those organizations that support survivors in healing chronic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction issues.


What is the Cancelation & Refund Policy?
Individual GPHAM webinars are non-refundable. 
For other courses, 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
Will there be any part of this live course where I could be recorded?
Live participation parts of courses may be recorded live and screenshots maybe be taken by the instructor or the host. If your camera is on, your microphone is on, or you type comments in the comment section, your participation will be part of that recording. If you do not wish to be part of this recording, you will be responsible for keeping your video and audio recording OFF during any live recorded sessions. 
How can I use the handouts, videos, and course supplemental material?
You will be provided with online content and recordings of the course as well as slides and material related to the course. This material is for your personal use only.  Please do not use clips of video, screen captures, screenshots, or copying in any way, that you might be presenting it as your own (whether or not it is for financial gain). Sharing a screenshot to social media that is credited to the instructor and/or Pelvic Guru, LLC is acceptable. If you would like to use any of this content for an independent project, you need to discuss this directly with Pelvic Guru and the instructor of the course. 
Will I have to exercise or have a space to move for this course? 
Some of the Pelvic Guru Academy courses have sections in them in which you will have the option of doing movement at various levels. Understand that all physical therapy, rehabilitative, and strength training instruction and use of all facilities and equipment shall be done at you own risk, and please be physically and medically able to undertake any and all physical therapy, rehabilitative, and strength training instruction provided in the course.