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A Practical Guide for Persistent Pain Therapy

A Practical Guide for Persistent Pain Therapy

A Practical Guide for Persistent Pain Therapy

Nov 28, 2021 - 10:00 (EST)
480 minutes
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Nov 27, 2021 - 10:00 (EST) (480 minutes)
Nov 28, 2021 - 10:00 (EST) (480 minutes)


The challenge of successfully managing persistent pain can be one of the most daunting for both clinicians and people in pain who are often frustrated after failed short-term interventions.

It is often difficult to understand and explain high and prolonged levels of pain where a traditional tissue-based cause is lacking. This course explores a cutting edge, patient-centered approach using a variety of practical learning methods to help your patients make sense and overcome their pain. It provides a range of practical applications and innovative learning methods to take into your clinic for immediate results.

The course content blends a wide range of contemporary evidence from both educational and healthcare literature. Know Pain courses have been taught in over fifteen countries and have provided a wide range of clinicians around the world with practical skills.

Feedback from over 1000 people who have attended Know Pain courses has shown that 100% would recommend a Know Pain course to their colleagues, whilst 95% felt more confident when helping people to overcome pain.

“One of THE best online training courses I have ever attended. Lovely mix of practical experiments, which work really well in clinic!” -Occupational Therapist 

“I connect with my patients so much better since taking this course.” -Physiotherapist

Who Is This Live Online Course For?

This course is relevant for all healthcare professionals.

This online course is relevant to anyone who works with people in pain. It uses evidence-based educational methods to explore therapeutic neuroscience education from both clinical and educational perspectives. You will also learn how to apply these teaching skills within your practice setting to optimize your patient’s learning experience. Patient education forms a significant component of modern healthcare, yet most clinicians have a limited toolkit. 

To help people make sense of their pain, we must first learn to teach.

Learning Aims:

This interactive live online course will help you develop a range of engaging, practical skills so that you can help people make sense of pain and overcome it. The course content and handbook have been designed to be used in clinic. They include a combination of lectures, practical experiments, games, short clinical videos, reflective discussions & case studies to enable you to achieve the following:

  • Help people to feel believed by understanding the relationship between pain, perception & behaviour change without them thinking that it’s “all in their head!”
  • Learn ways to combine a biopsychosocial approach with your manual therapy and exercise therapy skills.
  • Learn creative ways to help people make sense of pain by using interactive experiments involving taste, touch and hearing!
  • Become a better teacher. Guide people who become stuck, empower people who feel hopeless, and engage people who feel bored.
  • Optimise patient education by expanding your teaching toolkit & applying educational theories to your practice.
  • Develop empathy and build therapeutic connections through an evidence-based awareness of what people in pain want from healthcare professionals.
  • Help people to express their experience of living with pain through a range of engaging and empowering communication skills.
  • Explore the role of metaphors in healthcare and understand the hidden impact of language on clinical outcomes.
  • Integrate practical psychological treatment skills into your rehabilitation by exploring motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and cognitive bias modification.
  • Explore a variety of patient case studies that give you the opportunity to use what you have learnt before returning to your clinic.

CPD Hours = 14


Course Outline:

This is a 2-day course that will take place on Saturday, November 27th and Sunday, November 28th 2021 from 10 AM EST (7 AM PST) - 6 PM EST (3 PM PST) each day. 

Day 1

  1. Setting the Scene: What is pain? What are we hoping to achieve?
  2. The Neurobiology of Pain: Helping people understand why it hurts in their own words.
  3. Developing Teaching Skills: Optimise your patient education toolkit & learn practical ways to guide, empower & engage people.

Day 2

  1. The Language of Pain: Develop your communication skills & help people to express their experience of living with pain.
  2. Pain & the Affective Mind: Combining psychological treatment skills with physical rehabilitation and manual therapy.
  3. Getting Going Again: Empowering function by applying pacing & graded exposure therapy to your practice.
  4. Case Studies: An opportunity to test what you have learned before you return to your practice. Use a variety of real-life patient case studies to practice your new skills!


What's Included:

This is a 2-day live online course. The course will not be recorded so you need to attend live. Along with registration to the live course you will also receive:

  • A certificate of completion for your professional portfolio
  • Complimentary, lifetime access to Mike Stewart's recorded version of this course (a $299 value on its own!). Learn more about the pre-recorded version of this course here.
  • 14 CPD Hours for the live online course
  • 2.5 CPD Hours for the bonus recorded online course


Class Size

This is an interactive class. The maximum class size is 80 students. Once the class is full, a waitlist will be started. Registration is first come, first serve.

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The instructors
Mike Stewart (he/him)

Mike Stewart is a physiotherapist and visiting university lecturer with twenty years of experience managing complex, persistent pain conditions. In addition, he is a dedicated practice-based educator committed to providing evidence-based education to a wide variety of health professionals. His Know Pain workshops have provided clinicians around the world with practical pain education skills.

He has an MSc in Physiotherapy and Practice-based Education from the University of Brighton, and is planning a PhD focusing on pain and communication. His published work has received international praise from the leading names in neuroscience.

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