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Chronic Pain Webinars

These free webinars provide credible information for people living with pain as well as their family to encourage living well with chronic pain. Our focus is on the most recent research on effective self-management techniques and ways you can improve your life despite pain.

Our presenters range from pain resarchers and clinicians to educators teaching practical techniques.

BC Government LogoThe series is partially funded by the Province of BC through the Community Gaming Grants.


Webinar Recordings

Upcoming Webinars

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Live Event: April 5, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
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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Live Event: April 25, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
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 Canadian Chronic Pain Research Network, as well as discussing approved research and opportunities for participation with the Network.
Live Event: 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. ​
Live Event: June 7, 2017 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
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Jonathan Bertram, MD-Addictions Medicine Physician
Dr. Bertram discusses the prevelance of chronic pain amoung indigenious people and the increased burdens they endure due to inequity and misrepresentation they face when seeking help.
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Live Event: August 8, 2017 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Patricia Poulin, Ph.D., C.Psych. - Clinical, Health and Rehabilitation Psychologist, The Ottawa Hospital, Pain Clinic
Dr. Poulin will discuss recent research on the role mindfulness can play in managing pain intensity, pain catastrophising, and depression for cancer survivors living with chronic neuropathic pain.

Webinar Recordings 

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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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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, 2016
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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July, 2015
Dwight Moulin, MD-Professor, Departments of Clinical Neuro Sciences and Oncology, University of Western Ontario
Dr. Moulin will discuss the changes that happen when a person develops nerve pain, the symptoms of nerve pain, and how it can be managed.
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June, 2015
Mark Ware, MD-Director of Clinical Research, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, McGill University Health Centre
Dr. Ware examines the current evidence for cannabis and cannabinoids in pain management as well as future research opportunities
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May, 2015
Gordon Robinson, MD-Clinical Professor and Director of Undergraduate Education, Division of Neurology at the University of British Columbia
Migraine is the most common headache in the general population. Watch this webinar to learn about research has led to a better understanding of migraine and its treatment.
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May, 2015
Katherine Harman, PhD-Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
Dr. Katherine Harman examines exercise adherence with a focus on three things that can affect the extent to which a patient will engage in an exercise program.
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April, 2015
Wesley Buch Ph.D., R. Psych-Clinical & Rehabilitation Psychology, Behavioural Health Care
This webinar teaches helpful & practical ways of riding the emotional roller-coaster of chronic pain.
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February, 2015
John (Drew) Sturgeon, PhD-Postdoctoral Pain Psychology Fellow, Stanford University Pain Management Center
Dr. Drew Sturgeon discusses how catastrophic thoughts can change the physical and psychological health of a person with chronic pain.
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February, 2015
Catherine Allaire MD, FRCSC-Medical Director, BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis
Dr. Allaire talks about the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of pelvic pain.
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