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Pain Self-Management: CBT Skills in Clinical Practice

Pain Self-Management: CBT Skills in Clinical Practice
Series 2


Help your patients to manage chronic or persistent pain

This webinar skills training program provides an opportunity for health professionals to learn how to help their patients better manage their chronic or persistent pain problems using self-management strategies that can be tailored to the needs of each patient.

Each program includes seven online sessions of 90 minutes duration conducted on a weekly or fortnightly basis, usually at the end of the working day. In each session you will explore and learn how to apply the specific strategies regularly used in the pain self-management programs both at our Centre and internationally.

Homework tasks

You are expected to use the skills covered with your patients between sessions, and then reflect on the experience & document insights gained. These tasks are designed to give you an opportunity to practise and reflect on the skills you explored in each session.

Study materials

All participants receive:

  • a comprehensive manual covering the content of the program
  • a headset
  • advice on the technical aspects of the webinar sessions
  • relevant papers for background reading
  • a copy of our patient manual (Manage Your Pain by Nicholas et al.)

Follow-up email discussions with the facilitators, if necessary, are also available.


Series 2, Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 8:00pm AEST

Session 1 - Wednesday 14 August 2024: Introduction to Pain Self-Management, Patient Assessment and Case Formulation 
Session 2 - Wednesday 21 August 2024:Developing a Case Formulation with a Patient and Communication Strategies
Session 3 - Wednesday 28 August 2024: Identifying SMART Goals; Motivational Interviewing; Activity Pacing & Weekly Activity Planning
Session 4 - Wednesday 4 September 2024: Introducing Basic Functional Exercises and Applied Relaxation 
Session 5 - Wednesday 11 September 2024: Introducing Problem-Management Strategies and Thought Management Methods
Session 6 - Wednesday 18 September 2024: Reinforcing Treatment Program, and Maintenance Strategies 
Session 7 - Wednesday 16 October 2024: Integration of CBT skills and Competency Evaluation

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the key principles underpinning the assessment of chronic pain patients
  • Use appropriate questioning techniques when assessing chronic pain patients
  • Explain the multifaceted nature of pain problems to a patient
  • Engage patients in the case formulation process
  • Assist patients to determine Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely (SMART) goals
  • Design and plan a treatment program based on the case formulation and goal setting
  • Plan and conduct a series of treatment sessions based on the initial treatment program plan
  • Plan for maintainance following treatment
  • Outline a comprehensive case presentation to other health professionals
  • Discuss the application and integration of CBT skills in your professional practice.

Course delivery method

The program is delivered online over a series of 7 x 90-minute seminars, making it accessible to all health professionals across both rural and suburban Australia and overseas.

Course pre-requisites

This program will be of interest to all health professionals who work with patients living with chronic or persistent pain. This would include doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, dentists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, osteopaths, chiropractors, and students in all health disciplines.

Additional Course Information

For terms and conditions, please view here.

Course fees
 Standard registration  $988
 Alumni/Staff  Please contact [email protected]
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Online event
Wednesday, 14 August 2024 to
Wednesday, 16 October 2024
30 CPD Hour/s
Delivered Online


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