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Effective Pain Management

Help with chronic pain – learn the 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: Tuesday 16th November 21

  • Length 1 day (9.30am - 4.00pm)

  • Tutor: Dr. Grahame Brown

  • CPD Certificate 6 hours

  • Price: £145 per person

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

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Live training delivered online – Join Dr Grahame Brown on Tuesday 16th November 21 for this practical live online workshop via Zoom, 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.

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 (88 Reviews)
  1. Lynne Kirkwood, GP

    Well structured training day on theory and practical approach to chronic pain. Good course material and communication in advance. Good balance and flow between talk, discussion and slides/ videos
    with a good opportunity for questions and comments.
    The material was well presented in a very interesting way and based on experience of managing patients with pain. The presenting style was very relaxed and engaging. Practical examples were used which was very helpful.
    The amount of information covered was just about right. I learnt a lot and found the training day very thought provoking and it is also something I could use in practice. Would be good to have this sort of presentation available to trainee GPs – lots of absolute key points covered on how to engage a patient in managing their own pain.

  2. Palliative Care Counsellor

    Really interesting workshop with Grahame. I was really keen to learn more about pain and what exacerbates it. Many of the patients that I work with are struggling with ongoing pain and it was useful to learn some strategies to be able to help them with this. Thank you.

  3. Alicia Dawson, Social Worker

    The link between emotions/needs and pain is so interesting. I know we do not think of it as the medical versus social model, however, to see the combination of both in treating pain is progressive.
    I loved the simple approach, making it about the person and what feels right for them.

  4. Self-employed facilitator and trainee HG practitioner

    A fascinating reframe of pain, using sound research and personal stories. An informative and enjoyable day.

  5. Counsellor

    I did enjoy the mix of the day which kept it fresh and interesting. I learned a lot about pain and the way mind and body work. I liked the videos which helped crystallise the areas Grahame was speaking about. I enjoyed the interaction with the group and it was great that we were from different parts of the UK.

  6. Pat Capel, Teacher / HG therapist

    Interesting. And for those of us who know the model, good to see the links. My only critique would be that I think it could have been a little shorter.

  7. Occupational health nurse

    Inspirational informative and thought provoking.

  8. Tim Lyttle, GP

    Writing as a GP this course is exactly what is needed to help us understand recent advances in the understanding of the science of pain and the art of helping patients use less potent drugs.

  9. Edward McEvoy, Hypnotherapist

    The course was presented well with good humour, I thoroughly enjoyed it as it was very informative, and l left with a lot of good ideas on how to apply the techniques in my own practice.

  10. Martin Dunlea, HG Therapist

    This was a fascinating course that explained the complex experience of pain and its successful treatment from a bio-psycho-social perspective. Highly recommended.

  11. Retired

    Dr. Grahame Brown has a chatty style of delivery that made his subject matter easily accessible. He has a deeper understanding of his patients’ symptoms and approaches to their own state of health than many GPs seem to do. Many patients feel that visiting their GP is often pointless and Dr. Brown reminded us that there are still some members of the medical profession who are curious about why things go wrong and are prepared to spend time and effort in extending their own knowledge and expertise. This in itself is a reason for feeling more hopeful after taking this training. In addition Dr. Brown was not afraid to set the record straight regarding approaches that either don’t work or may cause harm, clarifying the often confusing messages we are all subjected to these days.

  12. Karen Rowlands, Counsellor

    An excellent ‘must’ course for those working in the physical and mental health field. Also useful for anyone experiencing persistent pain related symptoms and/or diagnosed with any pain related disability.

  13. Lis

    This course connected and rationalised information and understanding about pain management that I have already through my own experience to enable me to move forward with a more coherent approach. I woke up the next day determined to make changes that will improve my quality of life and the enthusiasm to communicate this to my clients.

  14. Nurse

    Very knowledgeable instructor. Very informative session if only the NHS would adopt this strategy and steer away from the medical model. Some very useful animations that I will be sharing with patients.

  15. Valerie L. Moss, Existential Psychotherapist

    I so wish this had taken place last year. I learnt so much simple but useful information that for some reason I keep forgetting. Checking the messages my brain is giving me and concentrate on breathing into a more comfortable position instead of tensing my body is invaluable. Learning that adverse childhood experiences can cause so much damage to the body was an epiphany for me. I can now hopefully reframe those experiences and …… Retrain the brain and tame the beast! Thank you Dr. Grahame Brown!

  16. Course attendee

    The course was well structured and suitable for pain sufferers as well as professionals treating patients experiencing persistent pain. Dr Browne started by clearly explaining what pain was and how a psychologically approach could be helpful. He next discussed how someone experiencing pain could be helped using the APET and RIGAAR models. He then covered techniques that could be used and the ineffectiveness of drugs in treating persistent pain. The day concluded with some relaxation exercises and guided visualisation.

  17. Complementary Therapist

    Loved this course as it tied my understanding of pain through being a bodyworker with the psychological underpinnings.

  18. Julia Ellis, Retired LA Housing Advisor / HG Student

    So much to take away from this online course. To anyone interested in in Effective Pain Management, I would highly recommend this fascinating insight into how the Mind/Body connection can accelerate healing. I found the psychological techniques for reducing persistent pain interesting, powerful and with practice achievable. This is an engaging and most informative course with techniques I will continue to use personally and professionally going forward. Thank you

  19. Marcus Webb, Osteopath

    A good overview of bio-psychosocial aspects of pain and pain management offering a tested support framework for those working with persistent pain cases.

  20. Retired criminal justice reform consultant

    I thought the course was fascinating, with scientific information about the complex nature of chronic pain and the best treatment strategies made easy to understand by Dr Grahame Brown, with plenty of time for discussions and questions. The course was well balanced in terms of lectures, audio visual content, small group discussions and relaxation / exercises, and very well organised.

  21. Laura Franklin, Physiotherapist

    Excellent course. Grahame is very personable, knowledgeable and had a great way of explaining things in a way that was easy to follow. There was a huge range of people on the course from different backgrounds and I think he managed to speak to all of us.

  22. Sarah

    An excellent course. The leader presented the information in a clear and relatable way. It was thought provoking and I could see how I could use the information with a client but it will also make a big difference to my journey with chronic pain.

  23. Nurse

    It was most interesting to hear about a more holistic approach to pain management moving beyond the medical model and its over reliance on medication. Understanding how Human Givens ideas and therapeutic interventions can help us understand the meaning of ‘pain’ and how best to empower us to take back control of our lives.

  24. Counsellor and supervisor

    I enjoyed the course today and found it very interesting.

  25. Leila Gardiner, Hypnobirthing Doula & Sonographer

    The science behind pain was profound and incredibly powerful. Empowering to gain knowledge on how to reduce persistent pain. Insightful to hear opiate medications not being effective for persistent/ chronic pain.

  26. Stephanie James, Sports massage and Pilates

    It gave a great overview of how the pain cycle works, based on the most up to date neuroscience.

  27. Counsellor/End of Life Doula

    Really useful and insightful. Graham just made perfect sense! Thank you Graham 😊

  28. Counsellor

    I felt the course was interesting and thought provoking.

  29. Sue Archer, Ex-teacher,soon-to-be Hypnotherapist

    This course was life changing for me. Not only is it useful for professional work (which everyone in the caring profession should do), it is brilliant for self reflection and to realise what is going on in your own life when dealing with pain, past and present.

  30. Debby Duffield, Counsellor

    I found this course very Informative, not for just my clients but for myself too. Dr Grahame Brown, teaches in an understanding way without the Psychobabble. Which for me was a much better way to learn. I also liked his honesty and being kind enough to share some of his own stories. Thank you!

  31. Jill Dighton, Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

    Grahame explained this intervention extremely comprehensively with obvious in-depth, practical knowledge. The day was not clouded with difficult terminology and this aided the clarity and the prospect of being able to use this intervention with the clients who experience pain as part of their narrative. This teaching can be a vital component of any therapists repertoire, along with the suggestions made on how to apply and explain it. It was very helpful to hear course members views and experiences, all which endorsed the efficacy of this course. Essential training. Thank you Grahame and the HG team.

  32. Homeopath/hypnotherapist/life coach

    I’ve wanted to attend this course for 10 years and am delighted to have finally seen Dr. Grahame’s presentation. It was great. The information-rich material was well presented, it was paced nicely and the notes provided, comprehensive.
    The tutor is clearly a compassionate and experienced doctor/healer. We need more like Dr.Grahame, taking an holistic approach and treating his patients with respect. It was a very good day today. Thank you.

  33. Jenny Annetts, Local government officer

    I was really looking forward to the course on both a personal & professional level and it exceeded my expectations. Grahame was an extremely knowledgeable course presenter and I have begun to understand why pain occurs and what happens in the body and the brain. There were lots of hints and tips on how to reduce an individual’s experience of pain which will be really useful. It was great to interact with everyone through the break out groups and Arlene was a good facilitator.

  34. julie searle, still working it out:)

    I’ve been on an emotional journey and as a result of this a huge learning curve for the past year or so. This course was hugely beneficial in helping to marry so many ideas/tried and trusted concepts together, seamlessly. Pain affects us all in so many different ways and one of the unexpected pluses of today has been giving myself a pat on the back for having learned so much through listening to my body and mind over this recent short period of time; probably for the first time in 27 years. Thank you Grahame and Arlene for a thoroughly enjoyable and hugely empowering day.

  35. Joy Gilson, Therapist

    Learned some useful additional strategies for helping clients with persistent pain. Also good to keep reminding myself of general HG principals and theory.

  36. Kat Marlow, Psychotherapist

    I find that many of the clients that I work with who have experienced complex and prolonged trauma also have diagnoses of persistent pain, often fibromyalgia. This course has provided me with some valuable insights into the way that pain works, the way that pain is perceived and have given me some additional tips on how to work with clients metaphors associated with pain and how to help them to help them feel less in pain through encouraging them to focus on what they can do, looking for and addressing boom and bust behaviour and providing supportive language that doesn’t leave them feeling that restoration isn’t possible. And it was lovely to be on the receiving end of some guided imagery … I’m usually the one doing the guiding with my clients

  37. Artist, Book Editor and Designer

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.)

  42. Pippa Adamson, NLP Coach

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. Chartered Surveyor

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

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. Linda Hollick, Counsellor and hypnotherapist

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

  52. 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.

  53. Liz Matthews, Counsellor

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

  54. Sharon Herriot, Art Psychotherapist

    Excellent, full of information and very thought provoking.

  55. 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.

  56. Training Consultant

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

  57. 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!

  58. Practice Therapist

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

  59. 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!

  60. 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.

  61. Occupational Therapist

    Fantastic course – fascinating. Really good trainer.

  62. Brian H.

    Thank you so much for such an enlightening day.

  63. Civil Servant

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

  64. RGN

    My understanding of pain is now much improved.

  65. Clinical Hypnotherapist

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

  66. Nurse

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

  67. Hospital Doctor

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

  68. Counsellor

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

  69. Counsellor

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

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. Graduate HG Practitioner

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

  73. Training Consultant

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

  74. Therapist/Personal Trainer

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

  75. 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.

  76. Therapist

    I feel much more confident working with people with pain now

  77. GP trainee

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

  78. Medical Consultant

    Very interesting. Good supporting scientific evidence.

  79. Osteopath

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

  80. Psychotherapist in Primary Care

    Invaluable information – an empowering day.

  81. Resettlement Worker

    Incredibly sensible and user friendly

  82. Nurse

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

  83. Psychological Therapist

    Really helpful. A fascinating day – thank you!

  84. Patient Involvement co-ordinator

    Fantastic course – fascinating.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. RG Nurse

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

  88. 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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