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The challenge of successfully managing persistent pain can be very daunting for both clinicians and people in pain who are often frustrated after failed short-term interventions. Furthermore, it is typically hard for people living with pain to explain and express their experience.

This Masterclass explores a cutting edge, patient-centered approach using a variety of practical learning methods to help you and your patients develop communication skills in order to make sense and overcome pain. The class provides a range of practical applications and innovative learning methods to take into your clinic for immediate results.


4 modules


2 hours

About the presenter

Mike is a Physiotherapist, researcher and visiting university lecturer with over twenty years of experience helping people to overcome pain. Mike is a dedicated practice-based educator who is passionate about providing evidence-based education to a wide variety of health professionals. He teaches across elite sports and is an advisor on pain management to the International Olympic Committee. Mike has a master’s degree in education and is planning a PhD focusing on pain and communication. His published work has received international praise from the leading names in neuroscience.

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The Language of Pain: Recognising communication barriers

Runtime: 44:47
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This module explores existing barriers to improving communication between healthcare professionals and people in pain. You will be guided through an evidence-based overview of narrative approaches to communication and reflect upon the use of verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

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The Language of Pain: Seeking expression amidst the chaos

Runtime: 34:35
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This module will help you to develop practical methods to make it easier for people living with pain to talk about their experience. We will explore how metaphors can both help and hinder rehabilitation.

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The Language of Pain: The importance of patient-generated metaphors

Runtime: 25:00
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In this module we will explore the evidence for a shift away from clinician-generated metaphors to make sense of pain. You will be guided through a range of practical methods to develop patient-generated metaphors.

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The Language of Pain: “Are you saying that it’s all in my head?”

Runtime: 31:09
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This module will explore the complexities of pain perception and the reasons why people in pain don’t feel believed. A range of practical, experiential methods will be shown to help you answer the challenging “is my pain in my head?” question.

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