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E-Learning Module 1


Pain Catastrophizing and Adverse Pain Outcomes: Implications for Rehabilitation Professionals


Pain catastrophizing has emerged as the most powerful psychological predictor of adverse pain outcomes. Rehabilitation professionals have come to view scores on measures of pain catastrophizing as important prognostic indicators of poor treatment outcomes. What has been lacking is a roadmap to intervention that will assist rehabilitation professionals in effectively targeting pain catastrophizing within the context of their primary care and rehabilitation interventions. These e-learning sessions are intended to equip rehabilitation professionals with the skills and tools necessary to effectively detect and intervene on pain catastrophizing. These sessions are intended to enhance the clinical outcomes of professionals working with clients who present with a psychosocial risk profile.


Part 1: Understanding the Relation Between Pain Catastrophizing and Delayed Recovery


Topics:

1) The relation between catastrophizing and pain sensitivity (i.e., hyperalgesia, pain summation, pain behavior).

2) The relations among catastrophizing, activity intolerance and poor treatment outcome.

3) Pathways linking pain catastrophizing to problematic health and mental health outcomes.


Part 2: Assessment and Intervention Strategies


Topics:

1) Formal and informal methods of assessing pain catastrophizing.

2) Interpreting scores on the Pain Catastrophizing Scale.

3) Building an intervention specifically designed to reduce catastrophizing.


This session focuses on how the psychosocial risk factor of catastrophizing might be effectively targeted by rehabilitation professionals such as Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation Counsellors, Kinesiologists, Athletic Therapists, Chiropractors, Psychologists, Nurses, and Physicians.






E-Learning Module 2


Perceptions of Injustice: Implications for Rehabilitation Professionals


Recent research has shown that perceptions of injustice following debilitating injury can adversely impact on recovery trajectories. High levels of perceived injustice has been linked prospectively with more intense pain and emotional distress, the persistence of symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms, and prolonged work disability. This presentation will summarize the results of recent studies examining injured individuals’ accounts of the factors that have led them to experience their post-injury life as unjust. Findings reveal that there can be multiple sources of perceived injustice including the actions of individuals seen as responsible for the injury, interactions with insurers, negative experiences with health professionals and family members. Possible pathways by which perceived injustice impacts on recovery processes include the experience of intense and prolonged anger, adversarial relations with insurers, non-compliance with treatment, and conflictual interactions among family members. This presentation will highlight how determining the sources of perceived injustice is critical to the development of an appropriate treatment plan. A variety of different intervention techniques will be described and demonstrated.


Part 1: Understanding the Relation Between Perceptions of Injustice and Delayed Recovery


Topics:

1) The relation between perceived injustice and recovery trajectories.

2) The relations among perceived injustice, mental health problems and poor treatment outcome.

3) Pathways linking perceived injustice to problematic health and mental health outcomes.


Part 2: Assessment and Intervention Strategies


Topics:

1) Formal and informal methods of assessing perceived injustice.

2) Interpreting scores on the Injustice Experiences Questionnaire.

3) Building a rehabilitation intervention specifically designed to reduce perceived injustice.


This session focuses on how the risk factor of perceived injustice might be effectively targeted by rehabilitation professionals such as Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation Counsellors, Kinesiologists, Athletic Therapists, Chiropractors, Psychologists, Nurses, and Physicians.




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