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Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavioural Approaches for Treating Pain

Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavioural Approaches for Treating Pain

Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavioural Approaches for Treating Pain

This course includes
3:18:21 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion


Develop skills and a better understanding around:

  • What are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approaches and how are they utilized in the treatment of people in pain?
  • What does the literature tell us about these approaches?
  • Understand how you can integrate some of the essences of these approaches to improve communication with patients, with reference to your scope of practice.
  • What is Motivational Interviewing and how can we learn to create behavior change in our patients using some of these techniques?
  • What does the integration of all of these techniques look like in the clinic – how do I get comfortable using these communication tools – some practical exercises.

Course Objectives:

  • To explore the value of high-quality communication in a clinical setting and how you can use some structured approaches to implement better ways of communicating with your clients.
  • To review the literature on various aspects of communication to understand why it can play such a crucial role in clinical outcomes.
  • To look at the modalities of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive behavioral therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) In both the literature and as structured entities. 
  • To learn elements of these approaches that can help us build a better rapport with our clients and gain better clinical outcomes.
  • To review how we define “success” in the clinic so as to ensure we are taking a patient-centered approach. This includes reviewing what functional outcome measures we can use to best assess our client’s progress.
  • To practice integrating some of these communication approaches in a workshop style environment so as to feel comfortable using them with patients

Who Is This Course For:
This online physiotherapy course is open to all health care professionals that work with clients with pain


This course is brought to you by Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS) and taught by Alison Sim.


The instructors
Pelvic Health Solutions

Pelvic Health Solutions is an evidence-based teaching company that was founded in 2010 by Nelly Faghani and Carolyn Vandyken, out of the need to develop pelvic health resources in Ontario, an under serviced health concern in this province. Since the inception of our teaching company, pelvic health physiotherapy has blossomed from a handful of physiotherapists to well over 300 therapists now rostered with the Ontario College of Physiotherapists. Pelvic Health Solutions provides continuing education courses for a variety of practitioners, including mentoring and clinical resources for therapists to utilize with their patients. Our mission is to provide evidence-based, biopsychosocial resources to patients and health care practitioners for the assessment and treatment of pelvic health problems in our province and abroad.

Alison Sim
BSc(Clin Sci), MHSc(Osteo), MSc Med(Pain Management)

Alison has a keen interest in educating health professionals about the latest science surrounding pain, especially pain that hangs around- chronic or persisting pain.

Dr. Alison Sim trained as an osteopath in Australia and has completed a Masters degree in pain management. She has been speaking on the topic of pain science and the integration of this knowledge into clinical practice for several years. She is a firm believer that a good understanding of integrated pain science knowledge is powerful for both clinicians and patients, and that manual therapists are among the best placed practitioners to be implementing such approaches in the healthcare setting. She works in private practice in a chronic pain setting in Melbourne, Australia.

She has completed Masters of science in Medicine in Pain Management through the Sydney University Medical School and Royal North Shore Pain Management Research Institute. She has lectured at Australian Catholic University, Victoria University, and RMIT in a variety of science and clinical subject. She has also worked as part of the teaching team at Deakin University Medical School.

Course Material included in this course
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • CBT Approaches and Scopes
  • Discussion: Personal Thresholds Part 1
  • Discussion: Personal Thresholds Part 2
  • Suicidal Risk Checklist Part 1
  • Suicidal Risk Checklist Part 2
  • Concepts of CBT
  • Common Cognitive Distortions
  • Socratic Questioning
  • Record Sheet- Teach CBT
  • Exercise and Additional Resources
  • Feedback
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Intro to ACT
  • Additional ACT Model Concepts
  • Pain Discussion
  • Reduction in Pain Intensity Study
  • Core Principles
  • Practical Exercise: Mary with IBS Part 1
  • Practical Exercise: Mary with IBS Part 2
  • Mindfulness
  • Feedback
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Intro to Motivational Interviewing
  • Communication Styles
  • Ambivalence
  • Exercise
  • MI Skills: Open Questions
  • Affirming and Reflections
  • Reflection Exercise
  • Double Sided Reflection
  • Roll With Resistance
  • Highlight the Change Talk
  • Identifying Road Blocks
  • Feedback