The Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) programme has helped several thousand chronic pain sufferers since 2002. Dr. Gardner-Nix, a focused practice pain physician, founded MBCPM™ at St. Michael’s Hospital Pain Clinic, Toronto, later also running it from a telemedicine location in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to other health facilities throughout Ontario via the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).
Evolution: During its evolution from the original Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program established by Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBCPM™ became “Trauma-Informed” and “Trauma-Sensitive” (TS/TI), recognizing the prevalence of trauma in the chronic pain population. Mindfulness practice can reduce pain, stress, and burnout potential while also giving greater insight into the origins of chronic pain and disease.
Pain Conditions: Typical conditions of referred patient participants include low back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and many others and include mental health disorders. The MBCPM™ programme is offered in addition to what is conventionally offered for chronic pain management, not “instead of”, though many have found that it has reduced, prevented, and in some cases, eliminated, their need for medications and procedures.
Course materials: The MBCPM™ programme is described in the book “The Mindfulness Solution to Pain” available from bookstores and the major book seller websites. Well-respected pain specialists have endorsed the book, recognizing its potential for enhancing pain management for many conditions. Customized guided meditations for the MBCPM™ programme are available as downloads through NNC’s website, and include a popular sleep meditation. NNC publishes and distributes the patient course materials. A workbook and meditation downloads for the pain course are also available in French.
Research has demonstrated that the “off site” participants (via telemedicine) benefit almost as much as the “on site” participants on measures which include pain catastrophizing, mental health, suffering, and pain scores.
Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management (MBCSM): Modelled on the pain course, a TS/TI Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management (MBCSM) course is now available, also in French, and has been introduced for clinical populations as well as for corporate use for staff.
Professional Trainings: Recognizing the need to train and mentor other facilitators and spread the course to other parts of Canada and the world, Dr. Gardner-Nix established NeuroNova Centre for Mindful Solutions Inc. (NNC), now collaborating with University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (UTSCS) to offer professional trainings, online and on site. The MBCPM™ detailed curriculum is available to professionals who are training to run the courses.
Trained Facilitators can also run an MBCPM™ Advanced Review (revision) course, exploring the course curriculum at a deeper level with an advanced review workbook.
“Trauma Sensitive Trauma-Informed Strategies for General Mindfulness instruction”: NNC has recently introduced this weekend professional training through UTSCS.