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Pain Science Division Student Forum

Overview:

This student forum is meant o be an opportunity for students to learn more about the opportunities and careers in pain science. It is also a networking event for students. The topics in the forum have real world and clinical practice implications, which can influence how new physio students or new grads view the importance of pain science in their practice.

Pain science is highly relevant to the physiotherapy practice, we all deal with different types of pain through our clients. Some with acute, chronic or other forms of pain. There is even emerging evidence and need for pelvic pain studies. These are all relevant to current students, new grads and physiotherapy as a whole.

Why should you sign up for this Forum?

  • Opportunity to network with clinicians in the pain science world
  • Opportunity to learn about career paths in pain science as a physiotherapist
  • A short introduction into pain science and relevant research topics

This webinar is brought to you by the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

 

Speakers: 

Dr. Geoff Bostick

Geoff currently works as an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan physical therapy program in 2001 and worked in private practice until 2007 until switching focus to pursue a PhD at the University of Alberta and then post-doctoral training at the University of Calgary. Geoff's research interests span examining cognitive factors in pain, assessment of pain in marginalized groups, and pain education in pre-licensure physical therapy students. Geoff has been a proud member of the Pain Sciences Division and was honored to serve as the Division's Knowledge Translation representative and then Chair of the Division.

 

Dr. Susan Tupper

Dr. Susan Tupper is the Strategy Consultant for Pain Quality Improvement and Research with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. She received her physical therapy degree at Western University in London, ON in 1992, a PhD in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012, and a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatrics in 2013. Susan’s role with the health authority includes applied research, program planning, writing policies and clinical standards, and education for healthcare providers, trainees, and the public. Her research is community-based and patient-oriented and includes development of the Pain Treatment Planning Questionnaire for people with bleeding disorders, virtual reality for pain management in older adults, and pain education for exercise instructors. Susan is chair of the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Pain Society, SaskPain, a non-profit charity that aims to improve the lives of those living with pain in Saskatchewan.

 

Carolyn Vandyken

Carolyn is the co-owner of Reframe Rehab, a teaching company engaged in breaking down the barriers internationally between pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science. Carolyn has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 34 years.  She is a McKenzie Credentialled physiotherapist (1999), certified in acupuncture (2002), and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2017. Carolyn received the YWCA Women of Distinction award (2004) and the distinguished Education Award from the OPA (2015).  Carolyn was recently awarded the Medal of Distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2021 for her work in pelvic health and pain science. Carolyn has been heavily involved in post-graduate pelvic health education, research in lumbopelvic pain, speaking at numerous international conferences and writing books and chapters for the past twenty years in pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science.

 

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The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Pain Science Division

The Pain Science Division is a special interest group of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association that serves physiotherapists who have an interest in better understanding and managing pain and in connecting with likeminded clinicians, educators and researchers. The mission of the Pain Science Division is to: Foster connections and collaborations between clinicians, educators and researchers interested in pain and physiotherapy, facilitate the bidirectional translation of knowledge between pain research and clinical practice and integrate the professional interests of Canadian physiotherapists within national and international pain networks.

The PSD wants to help advance the level of pain education across the country. Pain is a multi-faceted and complex experience that warrants careful consideration and reflection by both entry-level students and experienced clinicians. Our goal is to address this issue from a multi-pronged perspective. In addition to providing clinicians with opportunities for professional development we also want to be in close communication with university-level educators and clinical specialization regulators. 


Geoff Bostick
PT, PhD

Geoff obtained his BScPT from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. He then worked in private practice in Saskatoon, Edmonton and Victoria. In 2005, he completed the Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. By 2006, Geoff had developed a fervent interest for pain sciences; particularly the cognitive and social aspects of pain. He then began his PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Alberta, completing the program in 2011. Currently, Geoff works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta (U of A) in the Department of Physical Therapy (PT). He teaches primarily in the orthopaedic portion of the program, but incorporates as much pain education as possible into other courses in the MScPT program. His research interests include neuropathic pain in OA, cognitive factors in chronic pain and various teaching-related initiatives. He also runs a student-led physiotherapy clinic within the Department of Physiotherapy at the U of A, and a modest not-for-profit PT pain program in conjunction with the U of A Multidisciplinary Pain Centre.

Geoff’s current role with the Pain Science Division is the Division Research Representative Committee (DRRC) representative, promoting pain-related research to its members. He is also co-chair of DRRC. The DRRC rep is broadly charged with promoting pain-related research to its members. Geoff is particularly excited about a new initiative called Paincasts – short podcasts discussing pain with some bright people.


Carolyn Vandyken
BHSc (PT)

Carolyn is the co-owner of Reframe Rehab, a teaching company engaged in breaking down the barriers internationally between pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science. Carolyn has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 34 years. She is a McKenzie Credentialled physiotherapist (1999), certified in acupuncture (2002), and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2017.

Carolyn received the YWCA Women of Distinction award (2004) and the distinguished Education Award from the OPA (2015). Carolyn was recently awarded the Medal of Distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2021 for her work in pelvic health and pain science.

Carolyn has been heavily involved in post-graduate pelvic health education, research in lumbopelvic pain, speaking at numerous international conferences and writing books and chapters for the past twenty years in pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science.

Course Material included in this course
  • Pain Science Division Student Forum
  • Welcome!
  • Introduction
  • Speaker #1: Background in Pain Science
  • Speaker #2: Background in Pain Science
  • Speaker #3: Background in Pain Science
  • Current Gaps in Pain Science Research
  • Essential Reading
  • Advice for New Grads
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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