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Pain Education Theory & Practice

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Pain Education Theory & Practice

Pain Education Theory & Practice

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Course Description:  

Important gaps in knowledge exist in that the process of pain education and the adult learning principles behind it.  Education is now recognized as an important intervention for people with complex and persistent pain. This online physiotherapy course embodies the evidence-based practice.

  1. Evidence from 4 systematic reviews
  2. Clinical experiences A patient’s perspective

Maladaptive beliefs and thoughts about pain are substantial barriers to recovery. Pain education can address the maladaptive thoughts by providing current and relevant science. It needs to be specifically targeted to individual patients' needs and levels of understanding. Thus appropriate education is a core intervention for changing pain and quality of life.

With a better understanding of why their body hurts, a patient is more likely to be more compliant with other aspects of treatment, for example, an exercise or walking programme, or the gradual reintroduction of increased function.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

1. Summarize the current evidence for pain education

2. Apply key principles in pain education in their clinical practice

3. Be familiar with basic concepts of adult education related to philosophy and theory and their relevance to pain education

4. Be familiar with barriers and facilitators for effective pain education

5. Increase their skills in providing pain education by hearing both relevant clinical experiences and a patient’s perspective.


Any clinician who is treating pain will benefit from this 3-part webinar because it provides science, clinical anecdotes, and a patient perspective that will enable the therapist to more effectively integrate pain education into their practice.

The instructors
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. 

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.

Debbie Patterson
Registered Physiotherapist

Debbie Patterson is an orthopaedic physiotherapist with a special interest in the treatment of persistent pain. Early in her career she recognized that the medical model of physiotherapy treatment often failed people with persistent pain. This led her on a career path of learning about the current science of pain, and searching for clinical relevance in the treatment of pain.

For over 25 years her clinical practice has focused on providing evidence based treatment for persistent pain conditions, including chronic low back and neck pain, complex regional pain syndrome, phantom limb pain and fibromyalgia. She has treated pre teenage children with chronic pain conditions, teenagers, and adults.

She was a founding member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Group and later was a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, serving on the executive as Secretary for two years. Debbie is committed to postgraduate education of health care providers.

She provides courses on “Pain in Women”, “Fibromyalgia”, and "Understand the Brain to Treat Pain". She also mentors physiotherapists who are interested in developing their passion and skill in the treatment of persistent pain conditions.

Geoff Bostick

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.

Course Material included in this course
  • Part 1: Introduction
  • What is Pain Education
  • The Research
  • The Effect of Pain Education
  • Principles of Pain Education
  • Feedback
  • The Process of Pain Education
  • Initial Assessment
  • Discrete Intervention Methods
  • Feedback
  • Key Messages
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Feedback
  • Adult Learning
  • Philosophy
  • Theory
  • Feedback
  • Conclusion of Part 1
  • Resources
  • Part 2: Conversation with Debbie Patterson
  • The Benefits of Pain Education
  • Information Delivery
  • Limitations and Acquiring Knowledge
  • Clues
  • Tailoring the Message
  • Examples of Difficult Discussions
  • Key Principles
  • Concluding Thoughts
  • Feedback
  • Part 3: Patient Interview
  • Introductions
  • Past Experience
  • Learning Tools
  • Experiential Learning
  • Psychology
  • On Being Fixed
  • Final Words of Advice
  • A Special Offer For Completing This Course
  • Feedback
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