Know Pain with Mike Stewart - Portland, OR (Sep. 13-15, 2019)

Know Pain with Mike Stewart - Portland, OR (Sep. 13-15, 2019)

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Hosted by Paradigm Education, LLC at Providence Portland Medical Center (4805 Glisen St, Portland 97213)

Know Pain Part 1 (Day 1-2) qualifies for 14 hours, Know Pain Part 2 (Day 3) qualifies for 7hours

Speaker Mike Stewart

MCSP SRP MSc PG Cert (Clin Ed)

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Is a physiotherapist and visiting university lecturer with twenty years of experience managing complex, persistent pain conditions. In addition, he is a dedicated practice-based educator committee to providing evidence-based education to a wide variety of health professionals. His Know Pain workshops have provided clinicians around the world with practical pain education skills.

He has an MSc in Practice-based Education and Physiotherapy and is planning a PhD focusing on how people in pain make sense of their experience. His published work has received international praise from the leading names in neuroscience.


The challenge of successfully managing persistent pain can be one of the most daunting for both clinicians and people in pain who are often frustrated after failed short-term interventions. It is often difficult to understand and explain high and prolonged levels of pain where a traditional tissue based cause is lacking. The course explores a cutting edge, patient centered approach using a variety of practical learning methods to help your patients make sense and overcome their pain. It provides a range of practical applications and innovative learning methods to take into your clinic for immediate results. The course contents blends a wide range of contemporary evidence from both educational and healthcare literature. Know Pain courses have been taught in over fifteen countries and have provided a wide range of clinicians around the world with practical skills. Feedback from over 700 people who have attended Know Pain courses has shown that 100% would recommend a Know Pain course in their colleagues, whilst 95% felt more confident when helping people to overcome pain. This 2 - 3 days practical course is relevant to anyone who work with people in pain.

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Course Objectives

Part 1 - This course will help you develop a range of engaging, practical skills so that you can help people make sense of pain and overcome it. You will learn ways to apply practical solutions to everyday clinical challenges.

  • Help people to feel believed by understanding the relationships between pain, perception & behaviour change without them thinking that it’s “all in their head!”

  • Learn ways to combine a bio-psychosocial approach with your manual therapy and exercise therapy skills.

  • Integrate a bio-psychosocial approach to rehabilitation in sport.

  • Learn creative ways to help people make sense of pain by using interactive experiments involving taste, touch, and hearing!

  • Become a better teach. Guide people who become stuck, empower people who feel hopeless, and engage people who feel bored.

  • Optimise patient education by expanding your teaching toolkit & applying educational theories to your practice.

  • Develop empathy and build therapeutic connections through an evidence-based awareness of what people in pain want from healthcare professionals

  • Help people to express their experience of living with pain through a range of engaging and empowering communications skills.

  • Explore the role of metaphors in healthcare and understand the hidden impact of language on clinical outcomes.

  • Integrate practical psychological treatment skills into your rehabilitation by exploring motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive bias modification.

  • Consider common barriers toward recovery, and explore methods of developing self-efficacy & resilience for people in pain.

  • Understand the importance of shared-decision making and develop a collaborative approach to healthcare.

  • Explore a variety of patient case studies that give you the opportunity to use what you have learnt before returning to your clinic.

Part 2 - This 1 day workshop is relevant to anyone who has previously attended a Know Pain course. The Learning aims of the workshop are as follows:

  • To update existing understanding of pain science.

  • To apply pain education within sporting contexts.

  • Further develop understanding of metaphors within healthcare.

  • Engage in reflective peer discussions regarding professional development

  • To overcome challenges when helping people make sense of pain.

  • Consider barriers to recovery, and explore methods of developing self-efficacy & resilience for people in pain.

  • To explore shared-decision making & develop communication skills.

Course Schedule

Day 2

9:00am - The language of pain

11:00am - Break

11:15am - Pain & the affective mind (part 1)

12:30pm - Lunch

13:15pm - Pain & the affective mind (part2)

14:45pm - Break

15:00pm - Getting going again

15:45pm - Case studies

Day 1

8:30am - Registration

9:00am - Setting the scene

11:00am - Break

11:15am - Neurobiology of pain

12:45pm - Lunch

13:20pm - Facilitating Pain Education (part 1)

15:00pm - Break

15:15pm - Facilitating Pain Education (part 2)

17:00pm - Finish

This course will fundamentally change how I communicate with my patients.
— Doctor
I connect with my patients so much better since taking this course.
— Physiotherapist

The above information is provided through the following link ( and flyers/schedule: Part 1 - Know Pain Learning Aims, Part 2 - A Practical Guide for Applying Persistent Pain Therapy in Sport, Schedule - Part 1. Please click the links provided for more information, blogs, videos, and more.