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Chronic Pain Webinars

These free webinars provide credible information for people living with pain, their families, health professionals, labour representatives and employers.  Our goal is to provide up-to-date on self-management, new research on pain management, tips for staying at work, or returning to work.  Whether you are involved in volunteer work, paid work, or care-giving these webinars will keep you abreast of current research and its practical application.
 
Our speakers include academic researchers, pharmacists, clinicians and health educators.
 
We thank our program partners, education advisory committee, and speakers who contribute to this webinar series.
 
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This series is partially funded by the Province of BC  through the Community Gaming Grants, CIRPD membership and donations. 
 
CIRPD does not accept sponsorship from pharmaceutical companies.

Webinar Recordings

Upcoming Webinars ​​

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Live Event: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 AM EDT
Patricia Poulin, Ph.D., C.Psych. -Clinical Professor, Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences -University of Ottawa​
This webinar will explore the use of mindfulness-based intervention in chronic neuropathic pain conditions, with results from two recently completed clinical trials demonstrating intervention effectiveness.
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Live Event: Monday August 14 at 4:00 pm PDT, 7:00 pm EDT
Dr. Ian Cameron-Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine, Sydney Medical School, at the University of Sydney​
Motor vehicle crashes are recognized as an important cause of death and disability worldwide. There is increasing knowledge of factors associated with recovery and these are largely psychosocial in nature, with some biological aspects.
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Live Event: Wednesday, September 13 at 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 PM EDT
Dr. Joel Kailia MD-RISE BC Wellness Centre
Chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) affects around 1 in 5 Canadians and is the leading cause of disability globally. Opioid medications, surgery and many other ‘traditional’ medical interventions are ineffective and possibly harmful when used to treat CNCP.
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Live Event: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
Danielle Ruskin, PhD, CPsych-Psychologist, Chronic Pain Program, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Psychology, York University
Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs) are emerging as promising treatments to reduce physical and emotional distress among individuals with chronic pain and studies now exist that document initial outcomes for children with chronic pain conditions.
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Live Event: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 PM EDT
Wesley Buch Ph.D., R. Psych-Clinical & Rehabilitation Psychology, Behavioural Health Care
More details and registration coming soon...
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Live Event: Tuesday February 27 at 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 PM EDT
David J. Tauben, MD, FACP-Chief, UW Division of Pain Medicine
Treatment of chronic pain requires “multimodal analgesia,” a management plan that often requires pharmacological as well as nondrug therapies, and very importantly large measures of clinician guided patient self-management.

Webinar Recordings 

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July 5, 2017, 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
Dr. Diane Gromala-Canada Research Chair and Professor in the School of Interactive Art and Technology, Simon Fraser University
This webinar features Professor Diane Gromala, a technology expert who has suffered from chronic pain for several decades.
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Monday June 19, 2017, 4:00 pm PST, 7:00 pm EST
Dr. Claire Ashton-James-Senior Lecturer, Sydney’s Pain Management Research Institute
This webinar highlights the social ramifications of chronic pain, and raises awareness of steps clinicians can take to manage the social consequences of chronic pain.
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June 7, 2017 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Jonathan Bertram, MD-Addictions Medicine Physician
A presentation on the dynamic in First Nations, Metis, & Inuit community between pain, trauma, and cultural adaptation. How it influences pain management, the opioid crisis, and our understanding of the brain.
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May 30th, 4:00 pm PT, 7:00 pm ET
Dr. Brock Bastian-Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Dr. Brock Bastian discusses the experience of pain, and how it may be better understood as providing an important avenue through which we find enjoyment in life.
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May 17, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. PDT, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Beth Darnall, PhD -Clinical Associate Professor - Stanford University School of Medicine
Learn the science behind pain catastrophizing, its impacts, and why this psychological construct should be assessed and treated in outpatients and in individuals who are planning to have surgery. ​
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April 25, 2017 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Norm Buckley, BA (Psych), MD, FRCPC - Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University
Dr. Buckley will discuss the purpose, objectives, and structure of the Chronic Pain Network, as well as approved research and opportunities for participation with the Network.
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Neil Pearson PT - Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Neil Pearson discusses the difference that can happen when movement is viewed as a treatment intended to open the medicine cabinet inside.
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Stephan Schug, MD - Chair of Anaesthesiology, Director of Pain Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital
​Professor Schug will discuss current research on ways to predict when people may develop chronic pain after surgery, and he'll provide some preventative strategies.
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J. Curtis Nickel MD, FRCSC - Professor, Department of Urology, Queen’s University
​Dr. Nickel will provide an overview of Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS) and some of the complications that can make diagnosis and treatment challenging and share insight into best treatment practices.
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Afton L. Hassett, Psy.D.-Associate Research Scientist, Division of Pain Medicine, University of Michigan
In this session, Dr. Hassett will explore ways that you can bring more positive activities and greater meaning back into your life.
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January 31, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Robert Gatchel, PhD - Professor of the Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Gatchel will help us understand what fear-avoidance beliefs and behaviors are, how they affect people with chronic pain, and what tools and treatments can be used to help people with pain reduce those beliefs.
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Gillian Lauder, MB BCh, FRCA, FRCPC, CPE.-Pediatric Anesthesiologist, BC Children's Hospital
Dr. Lauder will discuss current research into some of the current factors that are changing the way pediatric pain is treated and discussed.
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Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM - Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center's Pain Recovery Program
Dr. Pohl will review the interactions of pain, suffering, and addiction as they interface in patients and provide suggestions for intervention and treatment.
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Nora Spinks-CEO, Vanier Institute of Family
Ms. Spinks will discuss how organizations are responding in order to keep their employees productive at work and engaged while they fulfill their caregiving responsibilities at home.
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Karen Deborah Davis, PhD-Head of the Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour – Systems Neuroscience at the Krembil Research Institute
​Dr. Davis will discuss the ways brain imaging and behavioural measurements are used to chart "pain maps" and show differences between the way brains respond to pain.
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Jordan Miller, PhD-Registered Physiotherapist
Dr. Miller discusses current research on self-management practices which use pain science and exercise.
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Tim Salomons, PhD - Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Reading
Dr. Salomons reviews neuroimaging studies examining how thoughts and feelings change pain, and talks about what we can learn from these studies.
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Mel Pohl, M.D. DFASAM-Chief Medical Officer, Las Vegas Recovery Center's Pain Recovery Program
In this webinar, Dr. Mel Pohl reviews the emotional aspects of pain and suffering from a physiological and psychological standpoint and explains the basis of meditative techniques and the fundamentals of mindfulness practice.
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Tamar Pincus, PhD-Professor in Health Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr. Tamar Pincus will discuss new research about the differences between depression and pain-related distress in people with chronic pain.
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August 23, 2016 - 4:00pm PDT, 7:00pm EDT
Suzanne Broadbent, PhD-Senior Lecturer, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Southern Cross University
Dr. Broadbent will provide an over view of exercise management for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and discuss current research describing the most effective types of exercise practices to use.
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Eric Garland, Ph.D., LCSW -Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work
Dr. Garland will discuss Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) and how it can help with addictive behaviours with perscription opioids and with pain management.
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Linda Li, PT, PhD-Director, Arthritis, Joint Health & Knowledge Translation Research Program, University of British Columbia
​Dr. Linda Li will discuss current research about wearable technologies (FitBit, iWatch, etc) and the possible advantages and disavantages for getting people with arthritis moving.
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Colleen E. Carney, C.Psych. -Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University
Dr. Colleen Carney will review research on pain and insomnia and how cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for insomnia can help those with pain and insomnia.
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Jane Ballantyne, MD, FRCA-Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Washington
Dr. Jane Ballantyne will discuss the importance of measuring functional outcomes for people in pain instead of focusing on pain intensity.
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Blake Dear, PhD, MClinPsych-Managing Co-Director, eCentreClinic, Macquarie University, Australia
Dr. Blake Dear will discuss recent strategies for using technology to access better pain care for both patients and practitioners.
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February, 2016
Dr. Nancy Gyurcsik-Professor, College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Nancy Gyurcsik will discuss key psychological factors that may help people with pain adhere to regular exercise, including exercise-related and pain related factors.
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December, 2015
Jennifer Stinson, RN-EC, PhD, CPNP-Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children
In this webinar, Dr. Stinson will provide examples of web and smartphone based applications for the assessment and management of chronic pain in children and discuss future avenues for research.
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October, 2015
Andreas Goebel, MD-Assistant Professor in Pain Medicine at the University of Liverpool
In this webinar, Dr Andreas Goebel provides an overview of the diagnosis, treatment, and management of complex regional pain syndrome (crps).
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September, 2015
Kristin Baker, PhD-Assistant Research Professor, Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT), Boston University
Dr. Kristin Baker discusses the ways that nutrition contributes to inflammation related to arthritis.
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August, 2015
Toby Newton-John, PhD-Senior Lecturer & Clinical Psychologist, Graduate School of Health, University of Technology, Sydney
Why do some people suffer a trauma or hardship and adapt, whereas others never fully recover? Dr. Toby Newton-John discusses resilience in its general terms and then applied specifically to the challenges of living with chronic pain.
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