1-day workshop

Effective Pain Management

Psychological and behavioural ways to alleviate pain and accelerate healing

with pain specialist Dr Grahame Brown

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Effective Pain Management

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  • Price: £192 per person

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Fantastic course – fascinating. Really good trainer.

Occupational Therapist

NEXT DATE:  Tuesday 16th March – this will be Live Online via Zoom – book here.

Why you should attend

The impact chronic or recurring pain has on 100,000s of individuals, their families, employers and our health care systems can be immense and shows no signs of improving despite advances in bio-medical technology.

Health professionals can feel powerless in the face of conditions that can’t be explained (at least by the bio-medical model), don’t respond, or only partially respond, to medical treatments. The majority of patients suffering from persistent pain often find that medical treatments are ineffective or only partially effective, or that they cannot take the full dose of pain killers due to their severe side effects.

But this suffering can be reduced.

Important new insights from neuroscience into the complex biology of how we experience pain have enabled the development of a powerful range of psychological techniques for managing pain naturally and speeding up healing.

On this ground-breaking course, Dr Grahame Brown explains in easy-to-understand terms what is going on in the mind/body system and what we can do to reduce suffering when pain persists.

Combining these insights, with proven psychological techniques and the holistic bio-psycho-social model gives us a powerful approach with which to reduce the suffering of countless people and help cut costs for the NHS and other health care providers…

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

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.

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.


Dates & Venue

Course Programme

The Effective Pain Management course starts at 9.30am 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 (38 Reviews)
  1. Linda Hollick, Counsellor and hypnotherapist

    Very easy to understand – makes complete sense. Very well delivered. An excellent facilitator. The venue is easy to access and the room was comfortable. Lovely food ☺

  2. 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.

  3. Liz Matthews, Counsellor

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

  4. Sharon Herriot, Art Psychotherapist

    Excellent, full of information and very thought provoking.

  5. 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.

  6. Training Consultant

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

  7. 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!


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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. Occupational Therapist

    Fantastic course – fascinating. Really good trainer.

  12. Brian H.

    Thank you so much for such an enlightening day.

  13. Civil Servant

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

  14. RGN

    My understanding of pain is now much improved.

  15. Clinical Hypnotherapist

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

  16. Nurse

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

  17. Hospital Doctor

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

  18. Counsellor

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. Graduate HG Practitioner

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

  22. Training Consultant

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

  23. Therapist/Personal Trainer

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

  24. 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.

  25. Therapist

    I feel much more confident working with people with pain now

  26. GP trainee

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

  27. Medical Consultant

    Very interesting. Good supporting scientific evidence.

  28. Osteopath

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

  29. Psychotherapist in Primary Care

    Invaluable information – an empowering day.

  30. Resettlement Worker

    Incredibly sensible and user friendly

  31. Nurse

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

  32. Psychological Therapist

    A fascinating day – thank you!

  33. Patient Involvement co-ordinator

    Fantastic course – fascinating.

  34. GP

    Really good trainer – thank you.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. RG Nurse

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

  38. 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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