Know Pain - Mike Stewart

A Practical Guide for

Persistent Pain Therapy

“This course will fundamentally change how I

communicate with my patients.” Doctor

“I connect with my patients so much better since taking this course.” Physiotherapist

Learning Aims:

This course will help you develop a range of engaging, practical skills so that

you can help people make sense of pain and overcome it. You will learn ways

to apply practical solutions to everyday clinical challenges.

• Help people to feel believed by understanding the relationship

between pain, perception & 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.

• 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 &

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 & 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.

Course Description:

The challenge of successfully managing persistent pain can be one of the

most daunting for both clinicians and people in pain who are often frustrated

after failed short-term interventions. It is often difficult to understand and

explain high and prolonged levels of pain where a traditional tissue based

cause is lacking. This course explores a cutting edge, patient centered

approach using a variety of practical learning methods to help your patients

make sense and overcome their pain. It provides a range of practical

applications and innovative learning methods to take into your clinic for

immediate results. The course content blends a wide range of contemporary

evidence from both educational and healthcare literature. Know Pain courses

have been taught in over fifteen countries and have provided a wide range of

clinicians around the world with practical skills. Feedback from over 700

people who have attended Know Pain courses has shown that 100% would

recommend a Know Pain course to their colleagues, whilst 95% felt more

confident when helping people to overcome pain. This 2 day practical course

is relevant to anyone who works with people in pain.

Course Outline:

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 &

learn practical ways to guide, empower & engage people.

Day 2

The Language of Pain: Develop your communication skills & help people

to express their experience of living with pain.

Pain & the Affective Mind: Combining psychological treatment skills with

physical rehabilitation and manual therapy.

Getting Going Again: Empowering function by applying pacing & 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 practicebased

educator who is passionate about providing evidence-based education

to a wide variety of health professionals. He teaches across elite sports, and

is an advisor on pain management to the International Olympic Committee.

Mike has a Masters degree in Education and is planning a PhD focusing on

pain and communication. His published work has received international praise

from the leading names in neuroscience.

CPD Hours: 14

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