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Free choice subjectEffective Pain Management
- Understanding pain and accelerating healing through the bio-psycho-social model

Back by popular demand
A one-day course with tutor: Dr. Grahame Brown

Hundreds of thousands of people are living with constant pain, yet health professionals can feel powerless in the face of conditions that can’t be explained – at least from the bio-medical model – don’t respond, or only partially respond, to medical treatments.

The majority of patients suffering from persistent pain often find that medical treatments are ineffective or only partially effective, or that they cannot take the full dose of pain killers due to their severe side effects.

But this suffering can be dramatically reduced – as this workshop shows.

Using the latest neuroscientific findings to explain the experience of pain, leading pain and musculoskeletal medicine consultant Dr Grahame Brown explains what is going on in the mind/body system and what we can do to reduce suffering when pain persists.

It is a key event if you work with people suffering from pain at any stage (from recent onset, recurrent to persistent) or if you would like to find out how to successfully manage pain without medication.

You will learn a wide variety of pain management techniques, which can easily be integrated into your work, to help relieve pain and promote recovery – often in just one session.

No prior medical knowledge is needed to enjoy and learn from the day.


What you will gain from attending:

  • The confidence and skills to help patients suffering from persistent pain of whatever cause – no need to feel ‘heart-sink’ with some patients anymore;
  • An understanding of what is going on when pain persists – and what you can do about it;
  • How to identify risk factors and reduce the risk of chronic pain developing – prevention is better than cure;
  • A range of psychological chronic pain management techniques to use with your patients or yourself;
  • What the latest neuroscience tell us about the experience of pain;
  • An understanding of the value of pain displacement and how to use the brain’s ‘reality simulator’;
  • How to use guided imagery, relaxation and distraction to promote chronic pain relief;
  • How to produce significant pain relief by changing the way patients think about their pain – in minutes;
  • How to deal with constant pain and promote healing;
  • How healthcare professionals can make their consultations more therapeutic;
  • How to avoid labelling patients’ pain as ‘purely psychological’.


Why this course is important:

Pain is endemic in our society and whatever the cause – back pain, migraine, arthritic pain, dental pain, irritable bowel (IBS), labour/menstrual pain, cancer pain, psychogenic pain, psychosomatic pain – it can prove incapacitating.

It is estimated that approximately 30% of our population suffer persistent pain – the sociological and economic costs of this are enormous, but it is in the personal human suffering involved that the real costs should be measured.

On his workshop, Dr Grahame Brown looks the latest neuroscientific findings into our experience of pain – these important insights have informed the powerful range of psychological techniques for managing pain naturally and speeding up healing that he also shares with you on the day.


Who is this course suitable for?

Anyone who works with people in pain, including: Doctors • Surgeons • Nurses • Dentists • Neurologists • Osteopaths • Chiropractics • Palliative Care Workers • Psychiatrists • Midwives • Physiotherapists • Occupational Therapists • Psychologists • Health Visitors • Support/Care Workers • Psychotherapists • Counsellors – it is perfect for CPD.

Anyone who would like to understand more about their own experience of pain, or that of someone they care for, and what can be done to manage ongoing pain and alleviate suffering.

NOTE: If you personally experience persistent pain then you will gain much from the workshop but please be aware the programme is not designed to be a treatment day and the tutor will be unable to give opinions to individuals with pain problems unless (with consent) their problem can be discussed for the benefit of all participants.

Course Agenda

The Effective Pain Management course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's agenda

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – Understanding pain

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – Assessing a person with persistent pain

1.00pm — Lunch break

1.45pm – Psychological & Behavioural treatment interventions

2.45pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – Practical demonstration of interventions

4.00pm — Day ends

Book now to ensure your place on this new course:

Effective Pain Management
- Understanding pain and accelerating healing through the bio-psycho-social model

Tuesday 7th November 2017                       London

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Wednesday 27th June 2018                        London

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Wednesday 24th October 2018                      Dublin

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To book by phone call 01323 811690.
Alternatively, you can download an application form and post or fax it to:
Human Givens College, Chalvington, East Sussex, BN27 3TD.
 00 44 (0)1323 811486

Also see, How to Book.