The challenge:

Chronic pain is one of the most difficult and challenging conditions to treat

Telling a patient that their pain is all in their head is a mistake. They will almost always feel invalidated and hopeless. How are they supposed to use that information to help themselves?

Ignoring the mind is also a mistake. Pain isn't only treated in the body. Chronic pain can be treated in the mind using the biopsychosocial model.

So what do you tell a patient who has chronic pain?


Working With Chronic Pain In Healthcare

Telling a patient that pain is produced by the brain is different. Knowledge is power, and in the case of chronic pain, the more knowledge the better. When a patient truly understands how pain works, and what is under their control, and what isn't, they have more autonomy, empowerment, and hope. Not to mention a lot of tools and techniques at their disposal.

Pain is interpreted by the brain as a threat, and so the nervous system becomes oversensitive. Neuroscience says that focusing on pain increases the intensity of pain, and distraction doesn't work.

A patient might say to you;

"But my pain is in the body"

"My pain is real"

"Are you saying this is all in my head?"

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) works on the mind and body. The way we think has a tremendous influence on how we experience pain. But it's not just how we think. It's our behaviours, our attitude, the language the clinician uses, and lots more. For example, understanding the science behind phantom limb pain, helps us understand how pain works in the body and brain.

Using the biopsychosocial model and drawing on the latest research in Neuroscience, CBT, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and other modalities, this workshop helps you understand how to break the cycle of chronic pain with short, practical and evidence based techniques for your patients. 

What you will learn:

  • How the way we think affects the nervous system
  • The link between emotions like fear and stress and pain
  • Retraining the brain and nervous system
  • Managing pain severity
  • The role of neurotransmitters in the brain and their relation to pain
  • When to use distraction (and when not to)
  • The link between behaviour and pain
  • Anxiety and depression in chronic pain
  • How the language we use as clinicians affects a patient's perception of pain
  • Why there is always hope for the patient
  • Responding to resistance in patients'

This recorded workshop will help you work quickly and effectively with chronic pain.

No previous knowledge required. This CPD training is suitable for all Health and Welfare Professionals, such as, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Doctors, Physiotherapists, other AHPs, students, assistants, counsellors, or anyone working in face-to-face contact with patients.

Complete with various resources for you to use immediately with patients.

3 hour CPD certificate

Cost: £47

Recorded Workshop


Next year this workshop will run as a full day training.

6 hour CPD certificate

Cost: £97

Date: TBC


Delivered by Chris Finn, lead Trainer for Poole Mindfulness & Psychology

Chris is a Clinical Lecturer in Psychology, an accredited Senior Psychotherapist, Supervisor, and a Mindfulness Teacher. Chris has worked in senior positions in the NHS and has worked with thousands of people with mental health difficulties and chronic pain. Chris has also had his own experiences with chronic back pain, being diagnosed with Ankylosing spondylitis, which helps add another dimension to the training. He now specialises in helping other healthcare professionals enhance their existing skillset.

Chris Finn