COURSE DESCRIPTION: This weekly course examines the application of Mindfulness concepts to pain management, exploring best practices including ethical, privacy and safety issues in group facilitation. Participants form their own group on which to base observations which would be made with a chronic pain patient population: some participants will be managing their own chronic pain conditions. In addition to exploring formal practices applied to pain manangement, there is exposure to other components of the course, including preambles, enquiry, and relevent key topics through small group and large group discussions. Skillful forming of dyads and small groups to provide diversity of interactions will be demonstrated. Concepts in neuroplasticity and immunity will be discussed, in addition to insights 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.
PRE-REQUISITE(S): This course is an alternative to the four day Practical Training Immersion (PTI4) and is aimed at professionals with an interest in chronic pain and stress conditions.