Improving Pain Treatment with Pain Education and Mindfulness

One-Day North Olympic District Course
Presented by Carolyn McManus, PT, MS, MA

Lecture and Lab • Eight contact credit hours, 0.8 CEU

Saturday, April 7, 2018 • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jefferson Healthcare, Dirksen Auditorium, 834 Sheridan St, Port Townsend

Advance registration is now closed but there is still room in the course. Please print out and fill in the PDF below and bring it with you to the course.

Printable Registration Form and Course Information (PDF)

This course will provide you with an introduction to both evidence and practical skills to help you more effectively treat patients with persistent pain and take steps to prevent chronic pain. The medical literature suggests that pain neurophysiology education can improve function and mindfulness-based therapies can reduce pain intensity, depression and anxiety in individuals with chronic pain. This course will introduce you to these treatment strategies. You will practice mindful breathing, body scan and movement and learn skills to apply mindful awareness to teaching patients body awareness, exercise and the self-regulation of reactions to pain. You will return to your clinic with the ability to explain the benefits of mindful awareness to your patients and introduce mindfulness-based principles for pain relief that can help both prevent and treat chronic pain conditions. In addition, you will learn self-care skills to avoid burn-out and promote your own well-being.

At the conclusion of this course, participants will:
  • Be able to define mindful awareness and describe four mindful awareness training activities. 
  • Be able to discuss the research examining the role of mindful awareness training in pain treatment and the evidence for role of cognitions, emotions and stress in the modulation of pain.
  • Be able to instruct a patient in the basic qualities of mindful attention and integrate qualities of mindful attention when instructing patients in body awareness, breathing, exercise and walking.

7:30-8 a.m. . . . .  Registration and check in
8 a.m. - Noon . . . Course begins
Noon - 1 p.m. . . . Lunch break (lunch on own)
1 - 5 p.m. . . . . . .  Course continues

Carolyn McManus has specialized in the care of patients with persistent pain throughout her 30+ year career.
She received her master’s in physical therapy from Duke University and in psychology from Antioch University, and has completed an advanced MBSR Teacher Training Program offered at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.
She works in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, as a meditation instructor on David Kearney, MD’s research team at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle and teaches MBSR in a randomized trial for veterans with a wide range of health problems, including chronic pain. Also, she is an instructor for Herman and Wallace.
She is president of the American Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Section’s Pain Management Special Interest Group and is a member of PTWA’s Chronic Pain/Opioid Alternative Task Force.

Early Bird Rate (Registrations received by March 22)
$149 . . . PT/OT - APTA or WOTA Member
$112 . . . . PT/OT - APTA or WOTA Member & Jefferson Healthcare Employee
$105 . . . PTA/OTA - APTA or WOTA Member
$84 . . . . PTA/OTA - APTA or WOTA Member & Jefferson Healthcare Employee
$95 . . . . Student, Life or Retired Member -  APTA Member
$200 . . . Nonmember

Regular Rate (Registrations received March 23-April 7)
$215 . . . PT/OT - APTA or WOTA Member
$187 . . . . PT/OT - APTA or WOTA Member & Jefferson Healthcare Employee
$180 . . . PTA/OTA - APTA or WOTA Member
$159. . . . PTA/OTA - APTA or WOTA Member & Jefferson Healthcare Employee
$170 . . . . Student, Life or Retired Member -  APTA Member
$275 . . . Nonmember

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