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Know Pain

9.30am | Wednesday 04 Sep 2019 to Thursday 05 Sep 2019

Catherine McCauley Centre, Herbert Street, Dublin 2

Price €100.00

The course is suitable for OTs and other healthcare professionals. It will help therapists to reduce mixed message communication when helping people in pain. The course will help clinicians to understand the importance of shared-decision making and develop a collaborative approach to healthcare. It also integrates a bio-psychosocial approach to rehabilitation which aims to optimise patient education by expanding a clinicians teaching toolkit and applying educational theories to practice.

Aims of the Training:

This course will help a clinician to develop a range of engaging, practical skills so that they can help people make sense of pain and overcome it. They will learn ways to apply practical solutions to everyday clinical challenges.

  • Help people to feel believed by understanding the relationship between pain, perception and behaviour change without them thinking that it’s “all in their head!”
  • Learn ways to combine a biopsychosocial approach with your manual therapy and exercise therapy skills.
  • Integrate a biopsychosocial approach to rehabilitation.
  • Learn creative ways to help people make sense of pain by using interactive experiments involving taste, touch and hearing
  • Become a better teacher. Guide people who become stuck, empower people who feel hopeless, and engage people who feel bored.
  • Optimise patient education by expanding your teaching toolkit and applying educational theories to your practice.
  • Develop empathy and build therapeutic connections through an evidence-based awareness of what people in pain want from healthcare professionals.
  • Help people to express their experience of living with pain through a range of engaging and empowering communication skills.
  • Explore the role of metaphors in healthcare and understand the hidden impact of language on clinical outcomes.
  • Integrate practical psychological treatment skills into your rehabilitation by exploring motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and cognitive bias modification.
  • Consider common barriers towards recovery, and explore methods of developing self-efficacy and resilience for people in pain.
  • Understand the importance of shared-decision making and develop a collaborative approach to healthcare.
  • Explore a variety of patient case studies that give you the opportunity to use what you have learnt before returning to your clinic.


Workshop content:

Day 1

  • Setting the Scene: What is pain? What are we hoping to achieve?
  • The Neurobiology of Pain: Helping people understand why it hurts in their own words.
  • Developing Teaching Skills: Optimise your patient education toolkit and learn practical ways to guide, empower and engage people.


Day 2

  • The Language of Pain: Develop your communication skills and help people to express their experience of living with pain.
  • Pain and the Affective Mind: Combining psychological treatment skills with physical rehabilitation and manual therapy.
  • Getting Going Again: Empowering function by applying pacing and graded exposure therapy to your practice.
  • Interactive Workshop: Practice your new treatment skills to find solutions to everyday clinical problems.
  • Case Studies: An opportunity to test what you have learnt before you return to your practice. Use a variety of real life patient case studies to practice your new skills

Tutor: Mike Stewart MCSP SRP MSc PG Cert (Clin Ed)

Mike is a physiotherapist and visiting university lecturer with over twenty years’ experience of helping people to overcome pain. Mike is a dedicated practice based educator who is passionate about providing evidence-based education to a wide variety of health professionals. Mike has a Masters degree in Education and is planning a PhD focusing on pain and communication.

Booking and Payment information:

  • Booking via the form below.
  • Payment in full is taken at the time of booking.
  • Payment of the booking fee does not guarantee you a place at this workshop. 
  • Full payment must be received prior to the closing date in order to secure your place.
  • If the workshop is oversubscribed you will be provided with a full refund.
  • Successful applicants will be notified that they have a place at the workshop following the closing date. 
  • Places are limited and members are advised to book early to secure a place.  

Please note: notifications will be sent to the email address(es) entered on this booking form. Please make sure to enter the email address you wish to use for communication about this event. 

Cancellation policy: In the event that you cancel your place 5 or more working days before the workshop a 50% refund will be provided. No refund will be provided for cancellations after this time unless the place can be re-allocated to the waiting list. 


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