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Free choice subjectHow to manage chronic pain
and accelerate healing

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

Why this day is important:

Persistent pain is endemic in our society. It causes tremendous suffering and often proves incapacitating. In his much-needed workshop, Dr Grahame Brown, a leading musculoskeletal medicine consultant, shows how we can reduce this suffering by using psychological methods to control pain and speed up healing.

This is a key event if you work with people suffering from pain at any stage (from recent onset, recurrent to persistent).

You will learn a wide variety of 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, and no need to feel ‘heart-sink’ with some patients;
  • How to identify risk factors and reduce the risk of chronic pain developing – prevention is better than cure;
  • 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;
  • How to produce significant relief by changing the way patients think about their pain – in minutes;
  • How healthcare professionals can make their consultations more therapeutic;
  • How to avoid labelling patients’ pain as ‘purely psychological’.

Course Agenda

The 'How to manage chronic pain and accelerate healing' 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 – Pain assessment and current treatments

  • 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.
  • We look at: the scale of the problem; current knowledge of pain processing in the mind/body system; the risk factors that increase vulnerability; what exacerbates a pain problem and what influences it to persist and become chronic (for example, thinking styles, behaviour of health professionals and the individual); and what is common in those suffering from ‘medically unexplainable’ symptoms?

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – The ‘human givens’ in relation to pain

  • The therapeutic approaches that work.
  • How to assess a patient/client with a pain problem – the key questions to ask – and then make a differ ence quickly using the RIGAAR™ framework and human givens principles.

1.00pm — Lunch break

1.45pm – Case history

  • We watch and analyse a FILM of a patient with a persistent pain problem that reveals many of the common problems such people experience and demonstrates powerful techniques used by the therapist to make a difference.
  • We examine these techniques and how they can be used.

2.45pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – Putting it all together

  • How to teach simple techniques to patients to reduce their discomfort.
  • Stories and metaphors that help to understand pain and accelerate healing.
  • Integrating the human givens organising ideas, and skills learned, with both bio-medical and complementary treatments in any setting.
  • Case histories are used throughout the day and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions and any contributions you may wish to make.

4.00pm — Day ends

Book now to ensure your place on this new course:

How to manage chronic pain
and accelerate healing

Friday 16th June 2017                                 London

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Tuesday 7th November 2017                       London

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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.