COURSE DESCRIPTION: This 4 day course examines the application of Mindfulness concepts to pain management, exploring best practices with the highly vulnerable chronic pain population, including ethical, privacy and safety issues in group facilitation. Participants of this course will be pain patients and professionals in training. In addition to exploring formal practices as applied to pain manangement there is exposure to components of the course which include preambles prior to formal practices, enquiry, and key topics through small group and large group discussions. Skillful forming of dyads and small groups providing diversity of interactions will be demonstrated. Concepts in neuroplasticity and immune system dysfunction linked to pain and stress are explored. Trainees will gain insight into the lens through which chronic pain sufferers view their world. The course is facilitated in a trauma-informed way, and also manages stress conditions: a separate workbook is available for the stress course with parallel content.
PREREQUISITE(S): This course is aimed at professionals with an interest in chronic pain and stress conditions.