This weekly training is experiential, applying Mindfulness concepts to chronic pain management, and exploring trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive best practices, including ethical, privacy and safety issues in group facilitation. Participants can be “lived experience” learners, and/or professionals wishing to explore the application of mindfulness to chronic pain suffering. The weekly format allows for a gradual unfolding of the benefits of Mindfulness practice over the time period of the training. This group work provides the template on which to base observations that could be made with a therapeutic chronic pain patient group, and includes some participant learners who will be managing their own chronic pain conditions. In addition to exploring formal practices applied to pain management, there is exposure to other components of the course, including trauma-sensitive preambles prior to formal practices, the skilful use of inquiry, and the exploration of relevant key topics through small group and large group discussions. Use of dyads and small groups as a trauma-sensitive strategy provides insight and support for the diversity of interactions encountered in Mindfulness practice, while keeping participants within their “Window of Tolerance”. Concepts in secondary pain, context, neuroplasticity and immunity will be explored. The training provides insights into the lens through which chronic pain sufferers view their world, and showcases trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive Mindful facilitation in a group setting. This training also managed chronic stress conditions: a separate workbook is available for the stress course with parallel content.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN (Learning Outcomes)
- Know how to facilitate integration of Mindfulness practice into the daily life of a chronic pain sufferer
- List non-physical triggers which can result in chronic pain exacerbations
- Develop trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive strategies to support a safe space to explore difficult feelings, keeping participants close to their “Window of Tolerance”.
- Identify practices in other mindfulness interventions that require modification for chronic pain sufferers.
- Recognize the power of the group in changing behaviours.
This course is aimed at professionals and students with an interest and or/a lived experience in chronic pain and stress conditions.
If planning to use this training toward facilitation in MBCPM™: A previous Mindfulness-based intervention training; secondary education at either a Bachelors, Masters level, MD or higher, in a health-related field.
This works toward the requirements for the Applied Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) Facilitation