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The Challenges and Pitfalls of a Biopsychosocial Framework

The Challenges and Pitfalls of a Biopsychosocial Framework

The Challenges and Pitfalls of a Biopsychosocial Framework

Oct 19, 2020 - 12:00 (EDT)
60 minutes
One in four adults is suffering from chronic pain.  Specifically, chronic low back pain is the number one reason for disability in the world. 
These are staggering statistics.
This patient population is the "bread and butter" for most of our clinics. Utilizing a biopsychosocial approach has dominated the literature over the past 10 years in this patient population.  Yet, physiotherapists continue to have a worldview of the "body as a machine" looking for the "broken" pieces and offering solutions focused on pathoanatomical diagnosis, biomechanics, and postural alignment, with a focus on stretching and strengthening exercises.
What are the challenges and pitfalls of utilizing a biopsychosocial framework in clinical practice?  Why is it so difficult for all of us to make this shift?
You are not alone! 
This webinar will explore the challenges and pitfalls of a biopsychosocial framework and offer practical solutions to overcome them.
Audience: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Kinesiologists and Chiropractors who are actively exploring a biopsychosocial framework but have come up against roadblocks in implementation
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will:
  1. Understand the definition and utilization of a biopsychosocial framework
  2. Identify four common barriers to implementing a biopsychosocial framework
  3. Create a solutions-oriented approach including training and mentoring
  4. Discuss the role of boundaries, patient expectations and organizational factors such as time constraints

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The instructors
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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