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Behavioral and Rehabilitation Treatment of Bowel Disorders - An Advanced Course

October 15-17, 2015

Course Overview

This is an advanced three-day course designed for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other health care providers who are seeking a better understanding of the various bowel disorders that affect children, women and men; and the specific rehabilitation strategies that are useful in treating these disorders.

The course is appropriate for clinicians who have already attended a basic didactic course that has covered rehabilitation and biofeedback treatment for pelvic floor disorders.

Accordingly, the presenter will assume that the participants have a good understanding of the structure of the pelvis, pelvic floor muscle anatomy and general biofeedback treatments for pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. The emphasis of this course will be to comprehensively present specific neuromuscular re-education and sensory training with bowel management strategies that are designed to improve bowel storage and evacuation function and resolve complaints of pain associated with these disorders.

Instructor: Jeannette Tries Ph.D., OTR, BCB-PMD

Dr. Tries received a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1978, a MS in clinical psychology in 1989 and a PhD in Educational Psychology in 2000 from Marquette University. She has worked in the field of incontinence and pelvic floor disorders since 1986 and has published in numerous scientific journals and medical textbooks. She has consulted on national and international policy boards interested in the problems of incontinence and pelvic floor disorders and contributed to the Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research Clinical Practice Guideline on Urinary Incontinence. Dr. Tries has been a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, College of Medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago where she directed therapy services within the Colon-Rectal Surgery Department for over 15 years. She has worked with Eugene Eisman, PhD in developing new measurement methods to assess pelvic floor muscle function in pediatrics and adults. Currently, Dr. Tries directs rehabilitation treatment at The Aurora Womenís Pavilionís Center for Continence and Pelvic Floor Disorders in Milwaukee, WI. She is a senior fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance and is certified in pelvic muscle dysfunction biofeedback.

Course Content

Anatomy and physiology of bowel function.

Pathophysiology, Etiology and Testing

Surgical and Medical Treatments

Behavioral and Rehabilitation Treatments

Case study presentations will include pediatric cases and complex co-morbid conditions in men and women.

Course Schedule

Thursday - October 15 - Registration 8:30A, Course 9:00A - 5:00P

Friday - October 16 - Course 9:00A - 5:00P

Saturday - October 17 - Course 8:00A - 2:00P

Contact Hours

17.5 approval pending

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Registration Fee: $595
$100 of registration fee donation to the Physical Therapy Faculty Student Scholarship. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Minimum of 14 participants to hold course.

To obtain more information about:

Course logistics or general information, contact Diane Slaughter at (414) 288-3097 or

Course content, contact Brenda Neumann at (262) 928-8597 or

Information on accommodations

Course Testimonials

Marquette University is also sponsoring:

Finding the Driver in Pelvic Pain: Musculoskeletal Factors in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction - April 23-25, 2015

Treatment of Bowel, Bladder and Pelvic Floor Disorders: Anatomical, Physiological, and Behavioral Foundations for Clinical Practice - June 17-20, 2015

Sexual Health and Pelvic Pain-Rehabilitation Strategies for Pelvic Floor Clinicians - November 12-14, 2015

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