Pain Interventions: Non-pharmacological approaches

Pain Interventions: Non-pharmacological approaches


(Module 3 of The Certificate in Pain Management)

2 Day Clinical workshop on evidence-based methods to manage both acute and chronic pain.

CPD: 22 including 8 Ethics


Jacqui Koep (MSc Pain)

Tory Madden (PhD)


Course objectives:

This course aims to provide health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to use, or refer for evidence-based non-pharmacological interventions for acute or chronic pain. Using a didactic and workshop based curriculum, the facilitators will cover the physiology of interventions, methods of assessment to identify biopsychosocial contributors to pain, mechanisms of placebo analgesia, graded motor imagery, electrophysical agents, integrated pain management programmes, principles of exercise, relaxation and mindfulness practice and principles of pharmacological management. This course is primarily designed for non-prescribing health care professionals but would be advantageous for all health care professionals managing people with complex pain conditions.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be able to describe the principle mechanisms of action of non-pharmacological interventions
  • Be able to describe and use assessment techniques including questionnaires and clinical tests for pain
  • Be able to describe and apply Graded Motor Imagery
  • Be able to describe mechanisms of action of electrophysical agents for pain and use TENs
  • Have experienced an exercise class for chronic pain patients
  • Have experienced facilitated relaxation for chronic pain patients
  • Be able to describe the principles of exercise prescription for chronic pain
  • Be able to describe the key components of a chronic pain management program
  • Have reflected on the therapeutic relationship, placebo analgesia and the need for implanting evidence based practice

Module 3 – Pain Interventions: Non-pharmacological approaches

Cape Town

25 & 26 August 2017

Module 3 – Pain Interventions: Non-pharmacological approaches

Port Elizabeth

13 & 14 October 2017

Module 3 – Pain Interventions: Non-pharmacological approaches


24 & 25 November 2017


*not endorsed by PainSA

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