Pain Management in Practice

Thursday 28 November, 2024
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Type: Workshop
Status: Confirmed
Location: Brisbane


$549 early bird Face to face course

$549 early bird Online course (find out about our online course)

Course outcomes

Master your skills in managing clients with complex and chronic pain conditions to help them achieve their full potential.

 Pain management workshop for rehabilitation counsellors

Course description

This workshop is designed to challenge and extend your skills to manage clients with pain to achieve significant functional outcomes, including a return to work. The workshop focuses on developing:

  • a further understanding of why pain can persist
  • skills to better identify the "hidden" barriers through a more comprehensive assessment process
  • a framework of treatment options for clients with ongoing pain
  • goals that your client is motivated to achieve
  • novel graded exposure plans to address fear avoidant behaviours
  • sleep strategies to improve disrupted sleep
  • specific CBT and ACT techniques to address pain
  • practical strategies to address a client who is ‘stuck’
  • techniques to more effectively address challenging communication issues when dealing with resistance and how to manage difficult conversations

The workshop has a very strong practical focus to ensure you are able to implement the strategies into your working day. This is presented by a psychologist and physiotherapist who are experts in the management of complex and chronic pain conditions utilising an integrated presentation style. Small group work is undertaken to allow time to practice new skills and numbers are strictly limited to ensure the workshop is highly interactive. Once again in 2024, there will be an option to attend the workshop online or face to face. Online training is live and interactive and includes powerpoint presentations, video and whiteboard share functions, Q & A sessions, chat functions and role play in virtual breakout rooms.


Presenters profile

Nick and Jacqui have delivered this Pain Management in Practice workshop since 2006. They have reviewed the evidence to continually refine the delivery of this workshop to small groups of clinicians and return to work professionals around Australia. Feedback has helped shape the workshop to meet the needs of current participants. Their integrated presentation style within the workshop allows participants to be engaged throughout both days and enhances the richness of the learning experience.

Nick and Jacqui work clinically at Empower Rehab, a clinic specialising in the management of complex and chronic pain conditions, located in Heidelberg Heights, Melbourne. They have both been invited to present at the Australian Pain Society conference, been invited speakers to a series of WorkCover Employer Networks and have had papers accepted to present at the Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and Australian Physiotherapy Association conferences as well as presenting at webinars, seminars and panel forums around Australia on best practice pain management.

Nick is an APA titled Pain Physiotherapist who has focused on the management of complex and persistent pain for over 30 years. He has also previously worked as an Occupational Rehabilitation consultant and as an Injury Management Advisor for a large self insured employer. He established a highly successful pain management service. He was the winner of the treating health practitioner award in Victoria 2012.

Jacqui is a health psychologist who has specialised in pain management and integrating psychology within pain in both a hospital and private practice setting. She teaches undergraduate and post graduate students and supervises registered psychologists in the field.

CPD points

This training package provides 12.5 hours of active learning.


Feedback from past ASORC members

"I liked the perspective from both the physical/psychological component "

"Really made me re-evaluate how I conduct myself within Occ Rehab"

"Would like all my colleagues to do it”

For more information or to register click on the link or contact Empower Rehab on (03) 9459 3344.

Empower Rehab was recognised for its high quality professional development workshops and clinical treatment of injured workers by winning the Victorian WorkSafe treating health practitioner achievement award in November 2012.

Click on the video link for a brief overview.