Continuing Education Courses > Mindfulness Based Pain Treatment
|Price: $475 (Early Registrant Price $450)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15
Pain is a perception engaging sensory, cognitive and emotional processes. Beliefs, expectations, fear, catastrophizing, childhood stress and trauma, and learning and memory can all modulate a patient’s pain experience. In addition, structural and functional brain changes have been identified in patients with persistent pain that may play a significant role in driving pain chronicity. This multifaceted nature of pain perception requires an equally multifaceted skill set to effectively address the therapeutic needs of patients experiencing pain.
A growing body of medical literature suggests mindfulness training is a treatment strategy that can help address the complexities of pain. Mindfulness training has been shown to reduce pain intensity and unpleasantness, decrease depression and anxiety and improve function and quality of life in patients with persistent pain. These improvements may occur through such means as improved body awareness, stress and emotional regulation, attention control and changes in perspective. In addition, mindfulness training contributes to neuroplastic brain changes including increases in prefrontal cortex and hippocampal activity and decreases in amygdala activity. Such changes can potentially help mitigate neurotoxic effects of stress in these chronic pain-associated brain regions.
This 2-day course provides you with practical, evidence-based treatment strategies to promote your patients’ abilities to self-regulate the stress reaction and self-manage pain. You will learn the science of mindfulness and pain and gain insight into how cognition, emotion and stress impact pain perception. You will practice mindful meditation, body scan and movement and learn skills to apply mindful awareness to teaching patients breathing, body awareness, exercise and the self-regulation of reactions to stress and pain. Experiential exercises help you personally experience the transformative power of mindful awareness. You will return to your clinic with the ability to explain the benefits of mindful awareness to your patients and teach mindfulness-based skills for pain relief that can help both prevent and treat chronic pain conditions. You will be able to draw on mindful listening skills to enhance your therapeutic alliance with your patients. In addition, you will learn mindful self-care practices to avoid burn-out and promote your own well-being.
This course addresses the topic of mindfulness and pain for all specialties (and the generalist!) dealing with pain and is not limited to the pelvic rehab therapist.
What to bring:
Yoga mat, beach towel, or blanket
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
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Ms. McManus was a good speaker, and had a lot of excellent research and techniques. I look forward to learning more about mindfulness based treatment.
- Latay Benson, SPT - Washington, DC
Excellent course. Took away more than I could have imagined. This is the material that will change medicine for generation to come.
- Katie Middleton PT, PRPC - Alexandria, VA
This class was awesome. A big thank you to Carolyn for making a complex science approachable. Every provider, regardless of specialty would benefit from learning these tools! Thank you!
- Megan Anderson, PT, DPT, RYT200 - Alexandria, VA
This is one of my favourite coned courses. I have ever taken.
- Rachel Kohler, DPT - San Francisco, CA
Carolyn provided a delightful educational experience bringing years of wisdom, experience and valid research to support her teachings. I've used mindfulness in my practice for years but it's nice to have the research to support it and new ways to excel in this practice.
- Brande Moffatt, PT, MPT, PRPC - Redding, CA
Carolyn McManus was great! I learned a ton and would certainly recommend for many PTs. This information and practice is essential for healing. I was to to be apart of it.
- Chenin D. Duclos, PT, DPT - Burlington, MA
Carolyn is a wonderful teacher and gives a very detailed explanation of the art of mindfulness in pain management and treatment
- Karen Bumpus, DPT - Norwood, MA
This is an outstanding course! This work is so important, both for our patients and for ourselves and Carolyn is a master clinician and educator who skillfully blends research and clinical and personal experience.
- Jason Hardage, PT - Alameda, CA
What a wonderful course. This is a course that every therapist who works with pain patients should take. I think there is really some component that everyone on this planet really would benefit from and experience a higher quality of life.
- Sandra Shevlin, DPT - Boulder, CO
Carolyn is the most amazing instructor. You can feel her kindness, compassion and energy throughout the entire course. I learned a great amount about pain mindfulness and most importantly, how to be a more attentive and compassionate provider. She took a complex topic and discussed it with ease.
- Allison Lindeman, PT, DPT - San Carlos, CA
Carolyn is a dynamic speaker who clearly has passion for this topic! She provides the latest evidence and incorporates this into her presentation. I enjoyed listening to her and having the strategies to incorporate into my practice and personal life.
- Deepali Bankar, PT, MPT, CCS - Palo Alto, CA
This mindfulness course is essential for all physical/occupational therapists. It awakens the true art of connection, and Carolyn is an excellent teacher of the art.
- Agnes Borjal, PT, OMS - Everett, WA
Carolyn's course "A Mindfulness-Based Biopsychosocial Approach to the Treatment of Chronic Pain" exceeded my expectations in every respect! Her presentations were meticulously and comprehensively researched, and she did a superb job of integrating her review of science and research with experiential practice. She was also very responsive to questions from the audience. Carolyn's two-day program offered content comparable to a semester-long course, and it significantly enhanced how I discuss the treatment of pain with my colleagues and patients. I recommend it very highly.
- Bill MacNulty, PhD
This course was a great bridge for helping my pelvic pain population! I'm so grateful and excited to implement it!! Big thanks!
- Cecilia Shane PT, DPT - Richland, WA
Great class Love the website. I have practical strategies to try with my patients this week!
- Marguerite Elizabeth DeVinney - Seattle, WA
Excellent class. The more healthcare professionals that practice mindfulness the better for all!
- Sarah Playtis, MSPT - Seattle, WA
The course was excellent. The content was relevant and practical. Carolyn was engaging and knew her topic so well that she filled [a computer AV glitch] gap with some drawings and descriptions.
- Christine Oliver - Seattle, WA
This course was superb. Carolyn is knowledgeable, inspiring and engaging and the material is directly applicable to clinical work. What I learned will enhance how I work with patients in pain and teach mindfulness, both in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes and in the clinic setting.
- David Kearney, MD, Seattle WA
This class opened my eyes to the enormous possibilities that mindfulness and meditation have, not just for my patients but also for myself. It was a profound experience. An "ah, ha" moment so to speak. Carolyn was a good speaker, provided current primary literature but most importantly, genuinely believes and practices what she preaches
- Beatriz Sunderland