This one-day course aims to provide the clinician with an up-to-date, evidence-based approach to the assessment and management of people with persistent pain disorders. It will explore the need for a truly integrated, person-centred biopsychosocial model of care. A flexible and adaptive approach to the assessment and management of people with pain will be emphasised, underpinned by research across neurophysiology, psychology and clinical sciences.
-Introduction to key concepts relating to the contemporary understanding of pain.
-The multidimensional and personal nature of pain: Implications for assessment and treatment.
-An overview of pain mechanisms from a neurophysiological and clinical perspective.
-Relating pain mechanisms to modifiable clinical targets identified during the assessment.
-Teaching people about pain: more than just words.
-Encouraging behaviour change: a motivational perspective.
-The role of experiential learning and exposure therapy in rehabilitation.
-The role of the MDT: when should I refer?