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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.