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Effective Pain Management
Psychological techniques for reducing persistent pain and accelerating healing

A life-changing 1-day course with Dr Grahame Brown
CPD Certificate (6 hours)

What you will gain from attending:

  • An increased understanding of how we perceive pain (from the latest neuroscientific research) and what is happening in the mind/body system
  • A road map for helping people out of the vicious cycle of chronic pain, or to stop it developing in the first place
  • 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 reduce the risk of chronic pain developing – prevention is better than cure – and identify the factors that make it likely
  • A range of psychological chronic pain management techniques to use with your patients or yourself
  • The importance of the bio-psycho-social model in reducing pain and accelerating healing
  • How to produce significant pain relief by changing the way people think about their pain – in minutes
  • An understanding of the value of pain displacement and how to use the brain’s ‘reality simulator’
  • What the latest neuroscience tell us about the experience of pain
  • How to use guided imagery, relaxation and distraction to promote chronic pain relief
  • 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’
  • The many myths about pain – and why some well-intentioned pain management techniques don’t work
  • Course notes, CPD Certificate and more...

No prior medical knowledge is needed for you to benefit from the day.

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 be incapacitating.

It is estimated that between 25 - 40% of our population suffer from persistent or chronic pain – the sociological and economic costs of this are enormous but it is in the personal human suffering involved – mental as well as physical – that the real costs should be measured. Many are desperate for effective help.

This workshop – with leading pain and musculoskeletal medicine consultant Dr Grahame Brown – gives you important new information about how we experience pain – derived from the latest neuroscience – and a powerful range of psychological techniques for managing pain naturally, preventing it from escalating and speeding up healing.

You will discover how people can be helped out of the vicious cycle of chronic pain and how, by working holistically through the bio-psycho-social model, suffering can be dramatically reduced.

You don't need to have any prior medical knowledge to learn from and enjoy the day – you will leave with a much clearer understanding of what is going on in the mind/body system, what you can do to reduce suffering when pain persists and ways to prevent chronic ongoing pain from developing.

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.

Why this course is important:

The impact chronic or recurring pain has on 100,000s of individuals, their families, employers and our health care systems can be immense and shows no signs of improving despite advances in bio-medical technology.

Health professionals can feel powerless in the face of conditions that can’t be explained – at least by 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 reduced.

Important new insights from neuroscience into the complex biology of how we experience pain have enabled the development of a powerful range of psychological techniques for managing pain naturally and speeding up healing.

On this ground-breaking course, Dr Grahame Brown explains in easy-to-understand terms what is going on in the mind/body system and what we can do to reduce suffering when pain persists.

Combining these insights, with proven psychological techniques and the holistic bio-psycho-social model gives us a powerful approach with which to reduce the suffering of countless people and help cut costs for the NHS and other health care providers.


Who is this course suitable for?

  • This course is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of health care professionals of any discipline who work on a regular or occasional basis with people in pain to improve outcomes, 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 CPD
  • 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
  • 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

Course Programme

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

The first part of the day aims to bring you up-to-date with advances in our understanding of the complex biology of pain from the latest neuroscientific research.

Presented in a clear, easy-to-follow way, these important insights are transforming our ability to help people suffering from pain. They blow away many myths and misunderstandings about it and show why many treatments, although well intended, are of limited value.

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – Assessing a person with persistent pain

The second part of the day examines the many different factors that can tip a person into the cycle of chronic pain and keep them there. We look at how to spot any that an individual and a caregiver can modify. How and why self-directed care is critical to recovery from chronic pain.

1.00pm — Lunch break

1.45pm – Psychological & Behavioural treatment interventions

The third section of the day provides a road map out of pain towards improved function.

2.45pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – Practical demonstration of interventions

Practical techniques that can be taken away and put into practice immediately will be demonstrated. There will be a number of short video illustrations, no slides of text and no role-playing.

4.00pm — Day ends

Book now to ensure your place:

Effective Pain Management
- Psychological techniques for reducing persistent pain and accelerating healing


Thursday 3rd October 2019                          London

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To book by phone call 01323 811690.
Alternatively, you can download an application form and email or post it to:
Email: info@hgcollege.net
Post: Human Givens College, Chalvington, East Sussex, BN27 3TD.

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