This training embeds learners with chronic pain sufferers enrolled in a mindfulness course taught in concentrated format over 4 full days, (giving 1 day of rest during the course), and which is customized to chronic pain management. Learners will experience the application of mindfulness concepts to pain management, and observe and experience trauma-informed, trauma-sensitive practices within this highly vulnerable chronic pain population, including ethical, privacy and safety issues in group facilitation. In addition to exploring formal practices as applied to pain management, there is exposure to components of the course that include trauma-informed preambles prior to formal practices, skillful trauma-sensitive inquiry, and key topics through small group and large group discussions. Use of dyads and small groups as a trauma-sensitive strategy provides insight and support for the diversity of interactions encountered in Mindfulness practice, while keeping participants within their “Window of Tolerance”. Concepts in secondary pain, context, neuroplasticity and immunity will be explored. The training provides insights into the lens through which chronic pain sufferers view their world, and emphasizes the need for trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive Mindful facilitation for this population in a group setting. Learners will recognize that despite the short timespan of the course for the chronic pain sufferers, the intervention still results in observable transformation. This training also manages chronic stress conditions: a separate workbook is available for the stress course with parallel content.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Know the challenges of facilitating integration of Mindfulness practice into the daily life of a chronic pain sufferer
- List non-physical triggers which can result in chronic pain exacerbations
- See the lens through which many chronic pain sufferers view their environment
- Develop trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive strategies to support a safe space to explore difficult feelings, keeping participants close to their “Window of Tolerance”.
- Identify practices in other mindfulness interventions that require modification for chronic pain sufferers.
- Recognize the power of the group in changing behaviours in a daylong multi-day format.
This course is aimed at professionals with an interest, and or/a lived experience, in managing chronic pain and stress conditions.
If planning to use this training toward facilitation in MBCPM™: A previous Mindfulness-based intervention training; secondary education at either a Bachelors, Masters level, MD or higher, in a health-related field.
This works toward the requirements for the Applied Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) Facilitation