Free Masterclass on Menopause for Health Professionals
Click below to watch Dr Wendy Sweet PhD on a 1 hour Masterclass, which is full of essential information on working with women in peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopause.
Specialise with us and grow your practice
Our mission is to create a network of MyMT™ trained health professionals who use evidenced, lifestyle change solutions to help their clients manage menopause symptoms.
MyMT™ and Connected Health Training have teamed up to provide a 12-week CPD course which will enable, empower and certify you to work in the area of lifestyle change for peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopause.
Weekly Live Group Calls:
UK/Ireland: 7pm Thursdays
USA: 2pm EST, 11am PST Thursdays
New Zealand: 8am Fridays.
Course Outline & Learning Outcomes
Week 1: Menopause in the Context of Women’s Health & Ageing
During Week 1 I introduce you to the relevance of menopause in relation to women’s health and ageing evidence and explain why the menopause transition is so important for women’s health.
We will also delve into the history of menopause, including why it has been medicalised. During this module I will challenge the current menopause medicalisation paradigm with lifestyle solutions. I can’t wait for you to learn what I did.
Week 2 & 3: The Physiology of Menopause
Week 2 and 3 is all about menopause physiology and hormonal physiology. We will explore the three stages that women transition through in midlife as the ovarian function declines – perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause.
At the end of Week 3, you will be able to describe the major physiological changes and symptom changes at each stage and identify common disorders of the HPA – Thyroid Axis in relation to menopause changes.
We will also talk through the key complementary and alternative menopause supplement solutions that your clients might be taking and how these could affect their health through menopause.
Week 4: Pre-screening and Risk Stratification for Menopause Clients
Women in menopause need tailored risk stratification pre-screening processes. In Week 4 we explain the important pre-screening questions you should be asking your clients and develop a profile so that you can select a case-study client for Week 7.
You will also learn how you can ethically and responsibly bridge the gap between your client and their GP based on their risk stratification.
Week 5: Food for Thought
Have you tried endless diets with your clients, which don’t reduce their menopause symptoms and/or don’t work in the long term?
Nutritional type and timing are crucial for your client’s symptom management. Diets may destroy the hormones which help to manage appetite, fullness and long-term health. For numerous women who have lived busy, stressful lives over many years, this may have led to a disturbance of the factors that influence their eating patterns and behaviours. In Week 5 we cover the specific nutrients evidenced to reduce menopause symptoms and why you need to adapt your approach for leaner women and overweight women. The factors affecting women’s food choices during menopause in relation to hormonal changes are also important to understand, so you can foster successful behaviour change.
Week 6: Let's do it! Case Study Preparation
From Week 7, trainees are encouraged to have 1 – 2 case study clients to begin working , whilst on the course. This will enable attendees to integrate the MyMT™ menopause strategies into practice with confidence, with our support. Minimum 1 case study client is required as part of the assessment process. So, let’s prepare you in Week 6.
To prepare you for your case study client we will share some examples of the most common questions that women on our programme have asked about their menopause transition. Furthermore, because there are no ‘magic pills’ in MyMT™’s Programmes, behaviour change strategies are critical for transforming your client’s symptoms and health. During Week 6 we will explore TTM Theory, Motivational Theory and Self-efficacy Theory in the context of menopause. We will also go through some real-life problem-solving examples from Women in my MyMT™ Community.
Week 7: Sleep all Night
A lack of sleep exacerbates women’s symptoms, and can lead to high insulin levels, weight gain, worsening hot flushes, increased inflammation and much more. It’s vital that this symptom is addressed first with women. In this module, we will explore the circadian rhythm’s role in sleep regulation and why this gets out of balance during menopause. Then, we will walk through MyMT™’s proven strategies for assisting women to sleep all night.
Week 8: Beat the Heat
Hot flushes occur because the body’s thermostat does not function as well when it is deprived of oestrogen. It also becomes worse when melatonin (sleep hormone) is reduced with the changing hormonal environment too. Learn about why hot flushes occur and the MyMT™ strategies for assisting women to reduce their hot flushes and night sweats.
Week 9: Love the Liver and Gut to Sustain Energy
Love the Liver: Never before has our liver had to cope with so many changing foods, toxins, drinks, chemicals and ingredients. The liver and gut accumulate inflammation over our lifetime. Fatigue, anxiety, brain fog, depression and other menopause symptoms including weight management problems are partly due to changing liver and gut health in mid-life.
Sustain energy: After you understand why the liver and gut are so important in menopause symptom management you will be able to better understand the role of oestrogen changes which impact energy levels in women. In this module we discuss whether it is adrenal fatigue or peri-menopause causing exhaustion in your clients and I teach you the MyMT™ strategies for assisting women to turn around their liver health and energy levels.
I can’t wait to share this module with you. It is one of my favourites.
Week 10: Re-address Stress & Lifestyle Solutions for Women on HRT
Re-address Stress: This module isn’t ‘just’ about psychological stress. It’s also about the internal environment of the body and how women’s cells and tissues also become ‘stressed’. Internal stress in our tissues and fat cells is called oxidative stress and causes numerous inflammatory changes that can lead to worsening health problems as we age. A women’s mid-life years are the perfect time to re-address her stress. In this fabulous module, I draw on the rapidly emerging stress research and teach you how to re-address your client’s stress.
Lifestyle solutions for women on HRT: Whilst there is no interference in any medications women are on, this information may help you to support their medication choices specific to HRT with evidenced lifestyle solutions.
Week 11: An Introduction into the Business of Menopause
In this module I introduce you to the business of menopause – sharing examples from my experiences both pioneering the Personal Training Industry in New Zealand and building a large customer base for My Menopause Transformation. During this week you will plan your vision for bringing menopause clients into your business.
At this point, I will explain how you can create a unique career opportunity by coming on board with me as a MyMT™ Practitioner. I have some exciting plans for MyMT™ and I can’t wait to share these with you.
Week 12: Get Ready to Go! Case Study Feedback and Problem Solving
The last week is a chance for us to reflect on your journey and share your progress with your case study client. Together we will do some problem solving and plan for your future as a menopause specialist or MyMT™ Practitioner.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does this course start?
21st February 2022, running for 12 weeks.
Live group calls
Ireland/UK – Thursdays at 8pm
New Zealand – Fridays at 9am
Australia – Fridays at 7am
USA/Canada – Thursdays at 3pm (EST) and 12pm (PST)
(times are subject to change based on the location of the majority of attendees)
How is the course run?
The MyMT™ CPD Course runs for 12 weeks and everything is delivered online, so you can complete it from anywhere in the world. You can expect to devote 5-6 hours a week to this course.
The course is delivered in a blended format. Each week you will complete:
- 2x 45 minute pre-recorded modules – to be completed in your own time.
- Course readings – to be completed in your own time.
- A live group zoom call with Dr Wendy Sweet (PhD) – scheduled at the same time each week.
From Week 7 you will be expected to work with at least 1 case study client in order to integrate your menopause knowledge into practice with our support.
MyMT™ is here to support you as you go. You can reach out to us directly with any questions you may have via our WhatsApp group.
How do I graduate?
In order to successfully graduate from this training, a minimum 80% attendance is mandatory on online group calls, at least 1 case study client will be worked with for a minimum of 6 sessions during the training period, and trainees must demonstrate a strong understanding of the material and its application to their Course Facilitator, Dr Wendy Sweet.