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Cultural Implications of Sex, Shame & Vulnerability

Cultural Implications of Sex, Shame & Vulnerability

Cultural Implications of Sex, Shame & Vulnerability

This course includes
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Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion

About The Course:

A strong therapeutic relationship is a required element for successful therapeutic outcomes. Shame, the intensely painful feeling of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging, can be a significant and often unnamed barrier to establishing these connections. Learn how to develop strong, trusting relationships by recognizing shame in both yourself and your clients. What we often think of as “resistant” or “challenging” clients may, in fact, be the expression of shame. In this online physiotherapy course by Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS), we explore the impact of therapeutic relationships on outcomes and the effect of shame on our lived experiences.

In This Online Physiotherapy Course, You’ll Learn:

  • To explore the physiological experience of shame and how it connects to physical pain.
  • To understand the relationship between vulnerability, scarcity, shame, and comparison
  • Become aware of the defensive strategies clients (and ourselves) use to protect against shame and vulnerability and the impact this may have on behavioural health outcomes.
  • Describe shame- resilience and learn how to walk through shame with courage, compassion, and connection.

What’s Included In This Online Physiotherapy Course?

  • More than 3 hours of video lessons.
  • Bite-sized information: All of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
  • Lifetime access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • Certificate of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
  • Downloadable slides/workbook so you can follow along as you take the course.
  • Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content may be downloadable (such as a workbook or slides if included), the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants and for tax purposes.
  • A special coupon for 15% off any other online course on Embodia Academy when you’ve completed this course!

Who Is This Course For? 

This online course is for all rehabilitation professionals, including physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, chiropractors, athletic therapists, exercise therapists, kinesiologists among others. This course is also relevant for movement specialists, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and those interested in learning more about pelvic floor health and wellness.

Can I Share a Course with a Friend or Colleague? How does the Group Discount Work?

Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. If you are interested in group/staff viewing, please contact us at to arrange a group discount code specifically for your group. The larger the group, the larger the discount. Each individual must purchase separately with the discount code, and agree to the terms and conditions (legal). This provides each participant with their own copy to review at their pace, in addition to the opportunity to interact with colleagues as you all work collectively through the material.


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The instructors
Melissa Pyne

Melissa is a registered social worker with over 10 years experience in the field of mental health and addiction. Currently, she works full time in the adult outpatient Mental Health and Addiction Program at Grand River Hospital delivering group and individual therapy to adults in acute mental health crisis. In addition to her work at the hospital, Melissa works at Qualia Counselling Services, a full service counselling agency specializing in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She also provides field supervision to Laurier's MSW students.

Melissa holds an BA (hons.) in Psychology from York University and a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is certified in Concurrent Disorders and is credentialed through the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. In order to help people unlock their full potential, Melissa has certified in the Daring Way, a highly experiential methodology in developing shame resiliency based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.

Pelvic Health Solutions

Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS) is an evidence-based teaching company that aims to educate and empower physiotherapists, healthcare professionals, and everyday people about pelvic health. PHS was founded in 2010 out of the need to develop pelvic health resources in Ontario at a time when it was an under-serviced health concern. PHS provides continuing education courses, mentoring, and clinical resources for a variety of practitioners with the goal of equipping them to deliver evidence-based, biopsychosocial assessment and treatment of pelvic health problems in our province and abroad. Our company also exists as a way to connect people experiencing pelvic health concerns to pelvic health physiotherapists in their area. PHS has ultimately blossomed into a community of curious people who are committed to providing hope and healing to those who suffer from pelvic health issues.
Course Material included in this course
  • The Arena
  • Daring Greatly - Group Discussion
  • Arena Moments
  • Debunking Myths
  • The Arena Floor Plan
  • Meet Miranda
  • Quiz
  • Feedback
  • Shame
  • An Overview
  • Distinguishing Between 4 Self Conscious Affects
  • Physiology of Shame
  • Hopeless vs. Helpless
  • Interpersonal Strategies
  • Quiz
  • Feedback
  • Shame Resistance vs. Shame Resiliency
  • Noticing Phase
  • Challenging Phase
  • Tell Your Story
  • Learn and Ask
  • When Shame Shows up in the Room: Quick Tips
  • Quiz
  • Feedback
  • Self Compassion
  • What does Grounding Mean
  • Self Esteem vs Self Compassion
  • What is Self Compassion
  • Exercise in Self Kindness
  • Quiz
  • Feedback
  • What Happens in Relationship?
  • Shame is Fear of Disconnection
  • The Difference Between Acceptance & Belonging
  • The 3 Shields
  • Moving Towards
  • All The Right Answers
  • Moving Against
  • The Bowtie
  • Strategies of Disconnection
  • I Am Enough
  • Think of a Patient
  • How Can You Use This Information With Patients
  • Perfectionism & Patients Not Wanting To Talk
  • Shame as a Factor
  • What came up for you?
  • Quiz
  • Feedback
  • Common Humanity & Mindfulness of Emotion
  • Common Humanity vs Isolation
  • Mindfulness of Emotion
  • How we can help develop Shame Resilience
  • Resources
  • Quiz
  • Feedback
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