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Pain Education Theory and Practice - Introductory Course

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Pain Education Theory and Practice - Introductory Course

Pain Education Theory and Practice - Introductory Course

This course includes
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Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in March 2019

Course Overview:

There are important gaps in knowledge that exist in the process of pain education and the adult learning principles behind it.  Education is now recognized as an important intervention for people with complex and persistent pain.

This course is a Q&A with Debbie Patterson and Geoff Bostick in which clinicians had the opportunity to ask questions about pain science and implementing pain education into clinical practice. This is a unique opportunity to join in to hear the two professionals in the field of physiotherapy speak about their perspectives and implementation of pain education.


Learning Objectives:

  1. What is pain education?
  2. Pain education and the elite athlete
  3. Tips and tricks for information digestion when talking with patients 
  4. How to stay within your scope during pain education
  5. How to tailor your message when speaking with children
  6. "Letting go" of diagnosis when speaking with patients
  7. How pain education changes with persistent pain and MVA's
  8. Learn Debbie Patterson's and Geoff Bostick's favorite pain education resources 



This is a one hour online course for any clinician who works with people in pain.

The instructors
Debbie Patterson
Registered Physiotherapist

Debbie Patterson is an orthopaedic physiotherapist with a special interest in the treatment of persistent pain. Early in her career she recognized that the medical model of physiotherapy treatment often failed people with persistent pain. This led her on a career path of learning about the current science of pain, and searching for clinical relevance in the treatment of pain.

Debbie Patterson is a registered physiotherapist in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta. She is a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Debbie has a clinical practice treating people whose lives are affected by persistent and complex pain conditions. She has worked within the Biopsychosocial model of pain for over 35 years. She sees herself as a physiotherapy coach to help patients relieve suffering, pain and distress and improve their quality of life.

Debbie has used Telerehab to assess and treat patients for over 10 years. She is a trained and certified Progressive Goal Attainment Programme (PGAP) clinician and is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Debbie has a passion for teaching patients and health care providers about the science of pain in the Biopsychosocial model. She has taught courses in pain science and appropriate assessment and treatment approaches. Now she provides live and recorded webinars. She also mentors other physiotherapists in developing their knowledge and skills to better meet the needs of their patients with persistent pain.

Geoff Bostick

Geoff obtained his BScPT from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. He then worked in private practice in Saskatoon, Edmonton and Victoria. In 2005, he completed the Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. By 2006, Geoff had developed a fervent interest for pain sciences; particularly the cognitive and social aspects of pain. He then began his PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Alberta, completing the program in 2011. Currently, Geoff works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta (U of A) in the Department of Physical Therapy (PT). He teaches primarily in the orthopaedic portion of the program, but incorporates as much pain education as possible into other courses in the MScPT program. His research interests include neuropathic pain in OA, cognitive factors in chronic pain and various teaching-related initiatives. He also runs a student-led physiotherapy clinic within the Department of Physiotherapy at the U of A, and a modest not-for-profit PT pain program in conjunction with the U of A Multidisciplinary Pain Centre.

Geoff’s current role with the Pain Science Division is the Division Research Representative Committee (DRRC) representative, promoting pain-related research to its members. He is also co-chair of DRRC. The DRRC rep is broadly charged with promoting pain-related research to its members. Geoff is particularly excited about a new initiative called Paincasts – short podcasts discussing pain with some bright people.

Course Material included in this course
  • Pain Education Theory and Practice
  • Links from the Q & A Session with Debbie Patterson and Geoff Bostick
  • Introductions
  • Education for Elite Athletes
  • Information Digestion
  • Staying in Your Scope
  • Tailoring Your Message for Children
  • Letting Go of Diagnosis
  • Persistant Pain and MVA
  • Favourite Resource
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Quiz
  • Next Steps
  • Feedback
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