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The Biopsychosocial Model - Application into Practice

The Biopsychosocial Model - Application into Practice

The Biopsychosocial Model - Application into Practice

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This course was recorded in November 2022


The biopsychosocial model (BPS), a popular method of patient care, was first introduced in 1977 by George Engel. This model proposed that to understand a person’s medical condition, the clinician must consider not only the biological factors, but also the psychological and social factors.

The BPS model is increasingly supported by the literature as an important part of clinical practice and is often taught during professional training. However, research has suggested that the model has been misinterpreted as is a wide range of application of the BPS model in clinical practice.

In this online course Ben Cormack brings us back to the basics. He discusses what the BPS model truly is and provides practical ways of applying it into practice.

Join Ben Cormack and the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for an introduction to the biopsychosocial model and what it means for us as healthcare professionals.


Learning Objectives

By attending this online course, participants will:

  1. Learn what the original BPS model means as intended by George Engel.
  2. Learn common misinterpretations of the BPS model in practice .
  3. Learn how to apply the BPS model in practice.



This online course is for all healthcare professionals in a primary care setting including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, kinesiologists, and chiropractors. 

The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Orthopaedic Division

The Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association helps our members improve their skills and service delivery through education, resources and networking.

With a reputation built on excellent instructors and a rigorous examination process, the Division offers tailored online e-learning, webinars, workshops, courses and practice resources for members at a reasonable cost and time commitment. Members learn from other practicing physiotherapists and stay current with a regularly updated curriculum and program delivery based on providing quality and modern treatment.

Ben Cormack

Ben has a passion for getting people moving and using and understanding movement as an important tool to help others. Originally from a fitness background, Ben has gone on to study Sports therapy and widely in the fields of rehabilitation, pain science and movement over the last 15 years.

Ben Cormack has recently published in the area of the biopsychosocial model and its application to care in MSK issues & regularly presents on the topic.

Ben owns and runs Cor-Kinetic. He is a musculoskeletal therapist with a clinical background in sports therapy, rehabilitation, pain science & exercise stretching back 20 years. He specializes in a movement & exercise-based approach with a strong education component and patient-centered focus.

Ben is a popular international presenter who has delivered conference presentations and courses all over the world.

Course Material included in this course
  • The Biopsychosocial Model - Application into Practice
  • Welcome!
  • Slides
  • Introduction
  • Individual Differences in Pain
  • Gaining a Better Understanding of the Biopsychosocial Model
  • What Does This Mean For You?
  • Strategies Used by People Living with Chronic Pain
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Building Connection and Alliance
  • Treatment Principles
  • Questions
  • References
  • Quiz
  • What's Next
  • Feedback

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