Overview of Chronic Pain Course For Clinicians

Our chronic pain course was designed to help people better manage their pain and improve their quality of life. Take a look below to see what is contained in this 8-lesson course.

This course, developed with the Department of Pain Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, contains 8 illustrated lessons, downloadable summaries and additional resources, movement station videos developed by physiotherapists and expert videos developed by clinicians.

Take a look below for a preview of each lesson as well as one of videos in the course.

Lesson 1: What is Chronic Pain and Ways to Manage it

In this lesson, patients will learn about:

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About Chronic Pain

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How it works

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The brick-wall of chronic pain

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Medications.

Lesson 2: Goal Setting and Moving Toward Acceptance

In this lesson, patients will learn about:

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The the complexity of chronic pain

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How to move towards acceptance

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Setting SMART short and long term goals.

Lesson 3: Movement, Pacing and Daily Activity Scheduling

Patients will learn about:

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The relationship between pain and activity

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The importance of pacing and finding a baseline

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Daily activity scheduling, and

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The components of an exercise program

Lesson 4: Monitoring Thoughts and Recognising Unhelpful Thinking Patterns

This lesson introduces patients to:

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The link between thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and

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How to recognise unhelpful thinking

Lesson 5: Mood and Pain, Challenging Unhelpful Thoughts and Managing Arousal

This lesson teaches patients:

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To challenge unhelpful thinking

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How to put planning into practice

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How to manage anger, and

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Provides practical relaxation exercises to manage anxiety.

Lesson 6: Stress Management and Ways for you to get Better Sleep

In this lesson patients will learn about:

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Stress

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How to use problem solving

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How to get better sleep

Lesson 7: Communication and Relationships

This lesson teaches patients:

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How to communicate better, and

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About relationships

Lesson 8: Stress Management and Ways for you to get Better Sleep

In the final lesson, patients learn about:

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Flare-ups and relapses

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Prevention plans

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Continuing pain management, and

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Where to get more help with chronic pain

Movement station and expert videos