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PABC/UBC CPD Course: Biopsychosocial Skills for Building Therapeutic Alliance (KELOWNA)

Physiotherapy Association of BC

Sunday, 29 September 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

PABC/UBC CPD Course: Biopsychosocial Skills for...

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For PABC members in their first year after graduation from an MPT program
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In partnership with UBC CPD, PABC presents: Biopsychosocial Skills for Building Therapeutic Alliance (Kelowna)

Course Description:

Therapeutic Alliance as a treatment tool; experiential and reflective exercises in generating a mindful therapeutic relationship as a foundation for a biopsychosocial approach.

This is a practical, experiential course exploring participants own sense of presence, grounding, boundaries and mirroring in relationships. Participants unconscious and habitual styles of interaction will be uncovered. This provides opportunity for intentional adaptation to meet both the therapists and clients needs. In this way we address one of the core principles of physiotherapy, patient centred care, whilst integrating self care skills for the professional.

The material and techniques are drawn from research, theory and experience in both the health care and somatic psychotherapy realms, and applied with a focus on persistent pain clients.

This course is not a recipe but an opportunity for self and communal reflection on our approaches with patients and how to avoid the traps set out by our own and our patients personal and cultural biases.

Who are we and how do we present ourselves in our professional roles? What challenges us and where do we go to feel safe as the ‘expert’? What communication styles are we partial to or struggle with? How do we deal with challenging patients? Or the patient that is stuck, non-compliant or far too dependant on us? How do we cope with the personal struggles of being in a caring profession?

We will explore these aspects within ourselves and as a group to begin a journey of mindfulness and self responsibility in our professional relationships. This is an essential first step to coaching our patients in their own struggles with their relationship to you, themselves and their pain. A vital foundation for the trusting relationship needed for effective pain education and behavior change.

This course is for you if:

You dislike treating or are challenged by clients in chronic pain or who have complex presentations.

You know the pain science but struggle to integrate it into meaningful, effective education and treatment.

You can tell when there are significant emotional or stress factors for the patient but are not sure what to do or how this should affect your treatment choices.

You want to deepen your relationships with patients

You are uncomfortable or unsure of discussing patient’s emotional challenges.

You struggle setting boundaries with patients.

You find out after 10 treatments that the patient neglected to tell you important personal information.

You need to protect yourself emotionally from challenging patients or upsetting histories.

You’re vulnerable to burn out / compassion fatigue.

You see clients who have experienced trauma.

You have experienced trauma.

You are interested in self-reflection and personal development through a professional lens.

Three course objectives:

- Understanding of the importance and relevance of non-verbal / relational communication skills in

   terms of a biopsychosocial approach in physiotherapy (theory and concepts)

- Practical understanding and experience of own personal boundaries and mirroring style and


- Practical understanding and experience of adapting communication style to others whilst

   maintaining connected to yourself (attuning to client)

This course is a compliment to the PABC- Hosted Motivational Interviewing for Health Practitioners Course being held on Saturday September 28, 2019 at Lifemark West Kelowna. These two courses are meant to be taken together and will focus on building skills learned from the other course. They are not the same course. Different skills will be learned in each course. Please register separately for each course. Please note there are only 18 spots open for the September 29, 2019 course and 30 spots open for the September 28, 2019 course so please sign up early.



Anniken Chadwick is a Registered Physiotherapist and Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) Allied Professional. Her clinic “The Cheerful Pelvis” was founded in Vancouver and she also practices on the Sunshine Coast. The Cheerful Pelvis treats male and female pelvic conditions, with a strong focus on a biopsychosocial approach informed by Anniken’s IBP training. Anniken found a high prevalence of birth, sexual and medical trauma as well as chronic pain in her pelvic floor population. She sought education in the somatic psychotherapy world to help her with these complex patients. Her subsequent personal and professional journey of self inquiry has greatly enhanced her relational skills, aka her therapeutic alliance with patients. This has given her huge confidence and much greater success in treating clients with trauma and emotional issues affecting their physical functioning and recovery.

Anniken believes the delay in application of the biopsychosocial model into practice is due to our lack of education in how to relate to our patients and our professional selves in a way that allows for this approach. She has taken 2 years of IBP training and condensed it into a day of experiential learning to help fill this educational void. She hopes to help therapists learn to leverage their strong patient relationships to optimise the effectiveness of physiotherapy, and improve their own professional experiences.


Margie Gayle is a "Registered Professional Counselor” with the Canadian Professional Counsellor’s Association, and a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of California. She was introduced to Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) in 1995 and subsequently graduated from IBP’s three year, 400 hour, mental health professional program at the IBP Central Institute in Los Angeles. Upon certification as an IBP practitioner, she underwent the 400 hour IBP Teacher Training program to become certified as an IBP teacher. She then attended two full years of the IBP graduate training program which emphasizes more advanced IBP therapeutic sessions, including relationships and sexuality. Margie served on the IBP Advisory Council beginning in 2006. She’s taught at the Los Angeles Central, the Canadian Pacific Northwest, and the Saskatoon IBP Institutes. In 2009, she graduated with her doctorate. She achieved licensure as a psychologist in California in 2013, after a doctoral fellowship at the Northridge Hospital Family Practice Center in Northridge, California. During this fellowship, she worked with medical doctors and their patients to explore the emotional link to their physical symptoms. Margie moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 2016 and currently operates a private practice in downtown Vancouver. She is also co-founder of Connected Living Personal Growth Seminars (



Register now as space is limited!   PABC members benefit from significant savings on courses. Not a member yet? Explore membership.


Open to which professions:

All helping health professions, Rehab Assistants and Students, MPT 1 or MPT 2 as well

PABC Course Cancellation Policy 

PABC Course refunds are issued for cancellations received two weeks prior to the event,  less a $100 Cancellation fee. No refunds are issued for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the event.


Have questions about PABC/UBC CPD Course: Biopsychosocial Skills for Building Therapeutic Alliance (KELOWNA)? Contact Physiotherapy Association of BC

When & Where

Kelowna General Hospital -UBC Clinical Academic Campus
2312 Pandosy St.
Room: CAC 235
Kelowna, BC

Sunday, 29 September 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

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