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Effective Pain Management

Learn powerful psychological and behavioural techniques that alleviate persistent pain and accelerate healing

with pain specialist Dr Grahame Brown

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Effective Pain Management (Online)

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  • Date: Thurs 17th June 2021

  • Length 1 day (9.30am - 4.00pm)

  • Tutor: Dr. Grahame Brown

  • CPD Certificate 6 hours

  • Price: £145 per person

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Live training delivered online Attend Dr Grahame Brown’s workshop live online via Zoom on Thursday 17th June 2021. The content covered will be the same as his attended workshop and you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions. All you need is a quiet place to watch, a PC or tablet and a strong internet signal, the rest is easy – simply book your place as normal, and we will email you details of how to join the Zoom workshop.
NB The training will be recorded in case anyone experiences technical difficulties on the day.

Fantastic course – fascinating. Really good trainer.

Occupational Therapist

Why you should attend

Pain is endemic in our society and whatever the cause – back pain, migraine, arthritic pain, dental pain, irritable bowel (IBS), labour/menstrual pain, cancer pain, psychogenic pain, psychosomatic pain – it can be incapacitating.

It is estimated that between 25 – 40% of our population suffer from persistent or chronic pain – the sociological and economic costs of this are enormous but it is in the personal human suffering involved – mental as well as physical – that the real costs should be measured. Many are desperate for effective help.

This workshop – with leading pain and musculoskeletal medicine consultant Dr Grahame Brown – gives you important new information about how we experience pain – derived from the latest neuroscience – and a powerful range of psychological techniques for managing pain naturally, preventing it from escalating and speeding up healing.

You will discover how people can be helped out of the vicious cycle of chronic pain and how, by working holistically through the bio-psycho-social model, suffering can be dramatically reduced.

You don’t need to have any prior medical knowledge to learn from and enjoy the day – you will leave with a much clearer understanding of what is going on in the mind/body system, what you can do to reduce suffering when pain persists and ways to prevent chronic ongoing pain from developing.

It is a key event if you work with people suffering from pain at any stage (from recent onset, recurrent to persistent) or if you would like to find out how to successfully manage pain without medication.

You will learn a wide variety of pain management techniques, which can easily be integrated into your work, to help relieve pain and promote recovery – often in just one session.

Dr Brown has a real gift for helping people heal themselves – I know: I’m one of them!

Christopher Buckley, Professor of Rheumatology, University of Birmingham

What will you learn

  • An increased understanding of how we perceive pain (from the latest neuroscientific research) and what is happening in the mind/body system
  • A road map for helping people out of the vicious cycle of chronic pain, or to stop it developing in the first place
  • The confidence and skills to help patients suffering from persistent pain of whatever cause – no need to feel ‘heart-sink’ with some patients anymore
  • An understanding of what is going on when pain persists – and what you can do about it
  • How to reduce the risk of chronic pain developing – prevention is better than cure – and identify the factors that make it likely
  • A range of psychological chronic pain management techniques to use with your patients or yourself
  • The importance of the bio-psycho-social model in reducing pain and accelerating healing
  • How to produce significant pain relief by changing the way people think about their pain – in minutes
  • An understanding of the value of pain displacement and how to use the brain’s ‘reality simulator’
  • What the latest neuroscience tell us about the experience of pain
  • How to use guided imagery, relaxation and distraction to promote chronic pain relief
  • How to deal with constant pain and promote healing
  • How healthcare professionals can make their consultations more therapeutic
  • How to avoid labelling patients’ pain as ‘purely psychological’
  • The many myths about pain – and why some well-intentioned pain management techniques don’t work and more…

No prior medical knowledge is needed for you to benefit from the day.


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Course Programme

The ‘Effective Pain Management’ live online course starts at 9.15am and runs until 4.00pm.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • This course is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of health care professionals of any discipline who work on a regular or occasional basis with people in pain to improve outcomes, including: • doctors • surgeons • nurses • dentists • neurologists • osteopaths • chiropractors • palliative care workers • psychiatrists • midwives • physiotherapists • occupational therapists • psychologists • health visitors • support/care workers • psychotherapists • counsellors – it is perfect CPD
  • If you personally experience persistent pain then you will gain much from the workshop but please be aware the programme is not designed to be a treatment day and the tutor will be unable to give opinions to individuals with pain problems unless (with consent) their problem can be discussed for the benefit of all participants
  • Anyone who would like to understand more about their own experience of pain, or that of someone they care for, and what can be done to manage ongoing pain and alleviate suffering

Reviews for this course

4.8/5 (52 Reviews)
  1. Artist, Book Editor and Designer

    A useful and thought-provoking course presented in a straight-forward way.

  2. Human Givens Therapist

    A most useful day full of psychological tips for reducing persistent pain and accelerating healing. As well as being applicable to my own situation, it will be useful in any future work with clients who suffer from ongoing physical pain.

  3. Karen Harmer, Hypnotherapist

    This course was excellent in describing how the body experiences pain. It was explained in a way that anyone could easily understand and was suitable for both lay people and therapists of all levels.

  4. DR. E. Sydney Okojie, Medical Practitioner, MHGI

    This course delivered on what it set out to do; Provided an understanding of pain as well as empower attendees with skills to manage it. The added bonus is that participation in the course is therapeutic for attendees.

  5. Sarah Hopkins, Occupational Therapist

    Training this way was a first for me but went well, I thought. It was useful to have the opportunity for discussion in the separate rooms which almost gave the same opportunity for discussion and some networking as attending an event, especially as the mix was varied. The video snippets were engaging and entertaining and might be useful to share further in some formats.
    I liked the idea of the strength of linguistics in terms of determining outlook. I was not expecting the exploration of metaphorical thinking so much though it is a useful point that some people may speak in metaphor and find a physical focus easier to broach in conversation. I think accepting what people say and talking in their terms is helpful whilst exploring the origin of described pain may be necessary. What I really learnt was the way the brain gets its heckles up in preparation for pain to guard the body in terms of interpreting pain in the perspective of lived experience and thereby grading it before it is encountered even. This really demonstrates the power and therefore the usefulness of reinterpreting the pain experience.
    I think the proactive message was also well emphasised so not to deter activity detrimentally but encourage movement and also things that can be done to help, such as learning relaxation techniques.
    I also liked some of the thinking points like thinking what sort of person has this condition instead of what sort of conditions does this person have. Drawing in helpful/unhelpful thinking patterns was helpful too and the need to challenge thoughts/reframe thinking like that of pain. It is more helpful to think of as a danger warning and so it as a message to protect yourself. The overall challenge to optimism, highlighted by quotes also like everyone makes links with things (you are not alone) and it is possible to make positive links or interpret things as you need (the power of mind over matter), made the subject matter more palatable. Also I liked the quote of looking for a focus on what is okay and that this could help you overcome what is wrong like a holistic perspective (so, for instance, that even someone being managed in bed with enduring pain may have the power of communication to get their basic needs met or, someone without clear communication may still give out a positive vibe by the way they try to communicate and attempt some politeness and be positive in non verbal cues so that they gain good rapport).
    So ultimately I found the information has great empowerment potential and I like the narrative examples provided to explain (like the snake bite story.)

  6. Pippa Adamson, NLP Coach

    I would recommend this course to anyone interested in knowing more about how pain works and how to resolve it.

  7. Iakovos Flaskis, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, Company Owner

    A concise introduction of dealing with pain through the Human Givens model. Professional, sensible and fresh. Whether you’re a health professional or you’re experiencing chronic pain yourself, you will find valuable information of how to tackle pain through physical and psychological intervention that work.

  8. Catherine Nixon, Psychotherapist and health researcher

    As a psychotherapist and a health researcher this course was particularly useful for both areas of my work. Grahame was an engaging speaker and he was able to balance pain theory and neurobiology with real life examples really well. I now feel more prepared for working with clients who are struggling with persistent pain, and sharing with them some of the tools that can help them see pain in new ways – ways that offer clients’ insight and hope. I will be returning to the course notes, recommended videos and publications over the coming months and I highly recommend this 1-day course.

  9. Mike Barry, Psychotherapist

    I found Grahame’s style most accessible. Clearly a man who has an in-depth knowledge of his area. I really appreciated his pedagogical style, with a mixed blended of learning. The interactions with colleagues in the other rooms also proved to be a enlightening and I learned something from each room session. Thank you also to Arlene for the very smooth running of the day. You certainly organised the day most effectively. I would definitely be recommending this course to colleagues here in Ireland.

  10. Clare Hancock, Solution Focused Hypnotherapist

    The course was very interesting and enjoyable, and nicely broken up through the day with breakout groups and some gentle movements and exercises.

  11. Gemma, Sports therapist

    Great informative course, with skills I can bring to my clinic treating people with chronic pain. Great to connect the brain and psychological to physical. Thank you.

  12. Chartered Surveyor

    This knowledge can change lives, it should be available on the NHS!

  13. Michael Mcculloch, Alexander Technique teacher

    What stands out about this course is the demonstration of the use of joint thinking processes developed with ownership gifted the to patients that Graham works with. The preliminary print out of the workshop set out the template for the day and Graham used this impeccably. The use of video helped reinforce the route for the workshop. There were well presented and extensive helpful sets of tools to be potentially shared and worked with in the future. The inclusive way the course is presented keeps all the participants active and thinking which seems to be the way the whole process is designed. We were invited to use the content of the course with each other with Graham helpfully monitoring.

  14. Counsellor

    Excellent course. Very informative, engaging and valuable. Very knowledgeable tutor – always happy to answer questions and provide real life case histories. Has really helped boost my confidence in this area.

  15. Linda Hollick, Counsellor and hypnotherapist

    Very easy to understand – makes complete sense. Very well delivered. An excellent facilitator.

  16. Dr Emily Saunders, GP

    Vital education for healthcare professionals, empowering and exciting. I look forward to putting it into practice and helping both myself and patients.

  17. Liz Matthews, Counsellor

    Thoroughly enjoyed the session and will take so much away with me – not only to enhance practice but also for self.

  18. Sharon Herriot, Art Psychotherapist

    Excellent, full of information and very thought provoking.

  19. Lorna Bell, Specialist practitioner district nurse

    Everything made absolute sense – why did I not think of this before?! Frustrated I was not effectively able to support persons I visit (housebound) and now feel I can make a difference.

  20. Training Consultant

    Fantastic – I’ve learnt so much with such valuable learning. Grahame is great and so knowledgeable

  21. Mental Health Nurse

    All concepts were explored in terms of how to best use with our patients – it was excellent, thought provoking and my ideas have been well and truly reframed. Absolutely brilliant!

  22. Practice Therapist

    Very useful – this workshop has hugely increased my confidence in helping with all sorts of pain.

  23. S. O’Brien

    All concepts were explored in terms of how to best use with our patients. It was excellent, thought provoking and my ideas have been well and truly reframed. Absolutely brilliant!

  24. Civil Servant

    I feel genuinely hopeful for the first time in years that a life of chronic pain doesn’t have to be inevitable for me.

  25. Occupational Therapist

    Fantastic course – fascinating. Really good trainer.

  26. Brian H.

    Thank you so much for such an enlightening day.

  27. Civil Servant

    This course covered all aspects of the subject – biological, social and psychological. No aspect was neglected.

  28. RGN

    My understanding of pain is now much improved.

  29. Clinical Hypnotherapist

    Thoroughly enjoyed this course – the best I have attended. Fantastic to have the opportunity to train with this specialist.

  30. Nurse

    A refreshingly different approach to managing pain, moving away from the medical model.

  31. Hospital Doctor

    Some really useful metaphors and expressions to use when explaining concept to patients and simple explanations that make sense. A great day!

  32. Counsellor

    Very useful, it was packed with so much information I can use in my practice

  33. Counsellor

    CounsellorVery useful, it was packed with so much information I can use in my practice

  34. Cognitive Hypnotherapist

    Great explanation of the pain process between brain and body, and the different elements of helping a person from suffering pain to no/lesser pain within a holistic approach.

  35. Assistant Nurse Practitioner

    Learning how empowering patients to self help themselves can be paramount in their recovery/pain management was a particularly useful idea for me.

  36. Graduate HG Practitioner

    My back pain disappeared in the course! helped by using the HG approach in pain management

  37. Training Consultant

    Fantastic – I’ve learnt so much with such valuable learning. Grahame is great and so knowledgeable.

  38. Therapist/Personal Trainer

    All the information was so useful and an eye-opener. Will be a huge help with the veterans I work with.

  39. Nurse

    Although I’ve read the pain management book, having Dr Brown draw the diagram at the start of the day, I felt was the best explanation I had heard and I will use this to explain to my patients in the future.

  40. Therapist

    I feel much more confident working with people with pain now

  41. GP trainee

    Thank you so much for such an enlightening day. Learnt a lot.

  42. Medical Consultant

    Very interesting. Good supporting scientific evidence.

  43. Osteopath

    Excellent speaker, held my attention all day – and I’m leaving far more practically equipped.

  44. Psychotherapist in Primary Care

    Invaluable information – an empowering day.

  45. Resettlement Worker

    Incredibly sensible and user friendly

  46. Nurse

    Wonderful! Jam-packed with information, research and real-life cases.

  47. Psychological Therapist

    Really helpful. A fascinating day – thank you!

  48. Patient Involvement co-ordinator

    Fantastic course – fascinating.

  49. Practice Nurse

    The day has been fascinating and enjoyable; I would like more time with complex patient presentations and the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team approach.

  50. Psychotherapist

    Excellent neuro-scientific explanation of persistent pain – great to have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the tutor’s extensive knowledge and practical experience.

  51. RG Nurse

    My understanding of pain is now much improved – thank you.

  52. HG Therapist

    The whole day was helpful and useful! It was also a great refresher for HG, as almost everything could be applied to psychological as well as physical pain.

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