Chronic Pain Management: A Workshop for Mental Health Practitioners
This one day, in-person course will provide knowledge and practical skills for working with clients with chronic pain, and the opportunity for Mental Health Practitioners to build collaborative relationships. This course will increase practice success, improve outcomes for people in pain, and decrease practitioner stress when working with chronic pain clients. We will discuss and practice effective therapeutic pain management approaches and current theories of chronic pain, including neuromatrix theory. The course will also cover when to refer clients to other chronic pain specialists and common traps that challenge people with chronic pain, such as avoidance, over and under medicating, disability beliefs, and sleep myths.
Who Should Attend
Psychologists, registered counselors, registered social workers, and vocational rehabilitation therapists interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients living with complex and chronic pain.
Delivery Learning activities will consist of lecture, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, experiential exercises, and discussion.
The program will:
- Provide a review of the current best evidence pain science, including definitions, epidemiology, and current theories of chronic pain
- Increase the practitioner’s understanding of the impacts of chronic pain
- Increase the practitioner’s ability to develop rapport and work effectively with chronic pain patients
- Introduce major therapeutic approaches to chronic pain management
- Increase the practitioners ability to manage set-backs in therapy
- Introduce ways to measure progress in therapy.
Additional course objectives are to:
- Provide the practitioner with a new evidence-based framework to enhance their practice, improve patient outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress
- Increase the practitioner’s understanding of pain self-management and to improve their ability to teach pain self-management to their clients
- Provide the practitioner with knowledge of and ability to provide resources to people with chronic pain
- Improve the practitioner’s confidence and ability to work more effectively in an inter-professional context.
Module 1: Introduction and medical/theoretical background
Module 2: Initiating treatment
Module 3: Treatment techniques
Module 4: Flare-up planning & relapse prevention
About the Faculty
Tony Le Page, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Dr. Tony Le Page is a Registered Psychologist with Le Page and Associates in Vancouver. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Portland, Oregon. He has held the position of Clinic Director at the Vancouver Pain Clinic as well as Director of Psychology at B.C. Children’s Hospital. His clinical practice is focused in the area of pain and disability management, mood and anxiety disorders, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, workplace conflict and stress related issues. Dr. Le Page also provides psychological assessment and treatment services to the RCMP and other first responders. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology, at Simon Fraser University, where he provides clinical supervision to graduate students in Clinical Psychology. He has given presentations and workshops in the areas of chronic pain and disability management to professional and lay audiences. Dr. Le Page is a member of the Canadian Pain Society.
Judy Le Page, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Dr. Judy Le Page is a Registered Psychologist with Le Page and Associates. She received her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia (UBC), in the areas of civil forensic and rehabilitation psychology, law, and behavioural medicine. She has worked on the Mood Disorders Unit at UBC Hospital, and at a private interdisciplinary pain clinic for several years. Her clinical practice is focused in the area of pain, illness, and disability management, mood and anxiety disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, head injuries, and workplace issues. Dr. Le Page is also an Adjunct Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, in the Department of Medicine, at UBC, where she participates in the clinical teaching of Rheumatology Fellows, provides clinical consultation, and conducts research on the credibility of chronic pain. She has published in scholarly journals, and presented her research at national and international scientific and professional conferences. Dr. Le Page is an active member of the International Association of the Study of Pain, and the Canadian Pain Society.
Tickets are 100% refundable up to 17 days prior to an event, 50% refundable 16-11 days prior, and non-refundable 10 days prior to the event.
In the unlikely event that Pain BC must cancel a workshop, participants will be refunded 100% of the workshop fee. Pain BC is not responsible for any travel, accommodation or other fees incurred by participants as a result of workshop cancellations or rescheduling.