Quick Notes

  • Purpose

    This introductory course is intended for students and clinicians who are new to understanding and applying the science of pain.

  • About Jared

    Jared is the Continuing Education Coordinator for ClinicalAthlete, and is a Physiotherapist and strength coach in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

  • The Course

    The course examines what we understand pain to be, the models we use to explain it, the process of pain, placebo & nocebo, the utility of diagnostic imaging, and principles for treating people in pain

  • Course Duration

    The course is expected to take approximately 3-5 hours to complete.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

  • 2

    Pre-Course Test

    • Pre-Course Test
  • 3

    Chapter 2 - Outline, Presenter and Credit

  • 4

    Chapter 3 - What is Pain?

    • Chapter 3 - What is Pain?
  • 5

    Chapter 4 - Models of Pain

    • Chapter 4 - Models of Pain
    • Symptoms and the body: taking the inferential leap
    • Symptom perception, placebo effects and the Bayesian brain
    • Deconstructing the sensation of pain
    • Self-reflection: Models of pain
  • 6

    Chapter 5 - The Process of Pain

    • Chapter 5 - The Process of Pain
  • 7

    Chapter 6 - Acute and Chronic Pain

    • Chapter 6 - Acute and Chronic Pain
    • Role of psychological interventions in the management of patients with chronic pain
    • Self-reflection: Psychological interventions in chronic pain
  • 8

    Chapter 7 - Placebo and Nocebo

    • Chapter 7 - Placebo and Nocebo
    • Bad is more powerful than good: the nocebo response in medical consultations
    • Self-reflection: Placebo and nocebo
  • 9

    Chapter 8 - Imaging and Regression to the Mean

    • Chapter 8 - Imaging and Regression to the Mean
    • Regression to the mean in treated vs untreated chronic pain
    • Self-reflection: Regression to the mean
  • 10

    Chapter 9 - Treatment Principles for Pain

    • Chapter 9 - Treatment Principles for Pain
  • 11

    Chapter 10 - Summary

    • Chapter 10 - Summary
    • References
    • Self-Reflection: Take-Home Points
  • 12

    Post-Course Test

    • Post-Course Test
  • 13

    Participant Feedback Survey

    • Participant Feedback Survey

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Terms and Conditions

  • Refund Policy

    All sales are final and we do not offer refunds of course payments

  • Passing Grade

    A passing grade of 80% or higher is required on the post-course test to obtain your completion certificate

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