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Reframe Pain Education - My Patient Doesn't Believe Me, Now What?!?

Reframe Pain Education - My Patient Doesn't Believe Me, Now What?!?

Reframe Pain Education - My Patient Doesn't Believe Me, Now What?!?

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1 Year access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in May 2022

Course Overview

We’ve all heard that pain education is not a stand-alone modality and that some patients do not fully reconceptualize pain after standard pain science education.

This online course will help you to embed pain education within assessment and treatment interactions and allow your patients to embody our current understanding of pain and recovery.

Embodying this knowledge means providing opportunities for patients to experience changes in their own body – changes in pain itself and in ease of movement might be exactly what your patient needs to move from partial reconceptualization of pain into the behavioural changes we know are possible thanks to bioplasticity and human resilience. Techniques, practical tips and scripts will be discussed, including how we might avoid inadvertently reinforcing unhelpful pain beliefs during our comprehensive assessment and treatment of the people with persisting pain and those transitioning from acute to chronic pain. 


Course Objectives

In this online course with Neil Pearson, you will:

  • Gain options for those times when a patient does not believe your education, or partly reconceptualizes pain
  • Integrate your pain education with assessment and treatment to provide a consistent integrated patient experience
  • Learn how to embed pain education into PT interventions and therapeutic exercise
  • List key messages and key outcomes of pain education
  • Understand the specific intent of each component of a typical pain education session
  • Gain instructions in expert-guided and evidence-based pain self-care techniques to support pain education
  • List key misconceptions and embedded beliefs about pain, about people with persisting pain, and about pain care and recovery
  • Understand different approaches and outcomes of pain education discussed in research reports
  • Discuss obstacles to effective pain education
  • Describe how to effectively embed pain education with assessment procedures
  • Refine practical techniques and scripts for specific clinical challenges



This online course is for all health professionals who provide education to people with persistent pain. This is especially for you if you have struggled with pain education after taking a pain science course.

Neil provides years of experience educating patients in groups and individually, in private practice, work return programs, and interdisciplinary settings.


Course Bundle

This online course is a part of THE Biopsychosocial Bundle - a very special learning opportunity for all healthcare professionals. 

This course can only be purchased with the whole bundle (not as an individual course).


THE Biopsychosocial Bundle is a carefully designed learning experience that includes 6 different courses by 6 experts in their respective fields. These courses have been carefully selected and constructed for clinicians who wish to excel in a biopsychosocial framework.

Learn more about THE Biopsychosocial Bundle by clicking here!

The instructors
Neil Pearson

Neil is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, author, researcher, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, faculty in three IAYT-accredited yoga therapy programs, board member for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and pain care advocate. He conducts research into the effects of yoga on veterans with chronic pain and people with osteoarthritis. Neil is the recipient of awards honouring his work in pain care, patient education and physiotherapy by Queen’s University, the Canadian Pain Society and both provincial and national physiotherapy associations, including the Canadian 2021 Medal of Distinction.

Neil is a consultant to Partners in Canadian Veterans Rehabilitation Services, and to Lifemark’s 300+ clinics in Canada. Neil is a past board member for Pain BC, Canada’s premier non-profit transforming the way pain is understood and treated. He co-authored – Yoga and Science in Pain Care 2019, authored the patient education ebook, Understand Pain Live Well Again in 2008, and is lead contributor to many free patient resources offer by Pain BC.

For more information and course offerings, see

Reframe Rehab
Online Teaching Company

We are a passionate group of highly trained clinicians who champion virtual, live online education courses to develop a biopsychosocial framework for your clinical practice. Our mission is to break down the silos in clinical practice between musculoskeletal pain, pelvic pain, pain neuroscience education, and psychology by providing timely, cost-effective, live online learning opportunities from the world's leading clinical educators on these topics.

Interested in learning more about Reframe Rehab or taking a course with us? Check us out on Instagram @reframerehab or visit our website to view all our course offerings.

Course Material included in this course
  • Welcome and Resources
  • Welcome!
  • 2-Month Free Trial on Embodia + Resource Packages
  • Reframe Patient Education PDF
  • Slides
  • References
  • Week 1
  • Goals & Foundations of Pain Care
  • The Purpose and Components of Pain Education
  • How to Explain Key Concepts of PE
  • PE provides positive changes – Scientific Evidence
  • Week 1 Quiz!
  • Feedback
  • Week 2
  • When is the Right Time to Explain Pain to Clients?
  • Pain Research Continued
  • Pain Education: Goals and Barriers
  • Before Communicating With The Patient in Pain
  • Communicating with the Patient in Pain: How? What? When? Dosage?
  • Pain Education: Key Messages
  • Patient Assessments to Help Guide Education
  • Novel Ways to Calm Protective Mechanisms
  • Week 2 Quiz!
  • Feedback
  • Week 3
  • How to Decide on Course of Treatment
  • Q & A Discussion: The Edge and How to Use Movement and a Patient’s Lived Experience as an Educational Agent
  • How to Do Group Education .. Why We Say What We Say - Purpose and Definition of Pain
  • The Neuroscience of Pain
  • Week 3 Quiz!
  • Feedback
  • Week 4
  • Danger Signals & Chemical Messengers
  • The Internal Pharmacy
  • Pain and the Brain
  • Pain is Not an Accurate Indication of What is Happening in Your Body
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • How to Move When It Hurts … Movement Guidelines
  • Pain Self Care and Daily Planning
  • Week 4 Quiz!
  • Feedback
  • What's Next
  • Congrats and what's next!

Click on the 'Buy Bundle' button. On the first payment page, there is a spot to put in your coupon code!

Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. This provides each participant with their own copy of the course bundle to review at their pace and their own certificates of completion.

For clinics/groups of 3 or more clinicians, we offer a Buy 2 get the 3rd bundle free. If you are a clinic with a membership on Embodia, the clinic manager can purchase the bundles on behalf of staff and contact us to receive the coupon code for the free bundle! If you are a clinic that does not have a paid membership on Embodia, you can contact us with the information of the 2 accounts that have purchased the bundle and we will assist you.

If you are a large group/clinic, please contact us at to arrange a coupon code specifically for your group.

This course has been approved for 6 CPD units by the South Africa Society of Physiotherapists (SASP). If you are a physiotherapist in South Africa and would like the number of approved CPDs to appear on your certificate of completion, please follow the steps outlined in this help article. 

Yes, we have added Closed Captions to this course in French and Spanish. You can preview what this is like by going to the Course Materials section and then watch the Free Preview lesson in the course.

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