Making sense of pain…. a cognitive functional approach to managing back pain 2017

Date Friday 2nd June– Sunday 4th June 2017
Venue Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG
Cost  £360.00
Registration Day 1 – 9.00am
Start & finish Day 1 – 9.30am to 6pm
Days 2 & 3 – 8.30am to 5.30pm & 4.30pm
Organiser James Davis –

Cognitive Functional Therapy is a person centred behavioural approach to pain management. It uses a multi-dimensional clinical reasoning framework to identify the mechanisms that underlie low back pain and associated disability, that are unique to each individual. It helps ‘makes sense of pain’ to the sufferer, by providing a personalised understanding of their pain in the context of their own story. It incorporates a motivational approach to targeting unhelpful cognitions, distress, movement and lifestyle behaviours that drive pain and disability. This course is based on the ongoing research into to contemporary management of disabling low back pain disorders.

Four patients will be assessed by Peter, put forward by delegates and not previously seen by him. Patients will have a complex and debilitating pain presentation and where possible included to demonstrate the principles of CFT. After each patient assessment there will be time to review the clinical process. Delegates are most welcome to contact the organiser should they wish to put forward an appropriate patient for Peter to assess.

Course light refreshments will be provided but not lunch. To register for this course click the box ‘Book this course’ and complete the online procedures. On receipt of payment a place will be guaranteed for you. No reservation of a place without payment is possible. A personal email must be included to receive pre-course reading via and course information and receipts/CPD certificate.

Comments from previous courses (2016) delegates

“Career changing course. Empowers practitioners to empower patients. Simplifying a complex problem.”

“From early training I have had a growing sense of dissatisfaction with Physiotherapy as a profession and my ability to understand or explain the underlying mechanisms driving pain for my patients – until today. When you were asking your patients it all made sense.”

“I am completely thrilled. The course has changed my thinking, my focus and beliefs. Made me start planning what I’m going to do when I return to my clinic – how to transform these skills in practice – how to disseminate this knowledge to my colleagues and change practice. Great journey. Thank you for the opportunity.”

“Brilliant course. It just makes sense. I have come away after 3 days with a completely different mindset. I have been on courses before but found it difficult to transfer my learning to the clinic setting but by the case studies this is a lot more transferable.”

“As a newly qualified physio this really does feel like the missing link between treating acute problems/dysfunction effectively, and having the same outcome with those chronic backs. Being shown how to directly address those psychosocial factors, I feel is going to massively improve my effectiveness. It seems clear why we/the health care system find it so difficult to manage such a large proportion of patients who need us, and how we can begin to do so.”

“Excellent course. Really inspirational. And motivating going back into clinical setting. Will definitely be back.”

“Great course. Food for thought. This will definitely impact and change my practice.”

“I have learnt so much and Peter presented in a way that was easy to follow. It was very relevant and made it easy to transfer skills into clinical practice. I had gone very much into CBT in my practice and understood all the key themes, but will now increase my focus on just getting patients moving again and feeling free and trusting. Be a bit more hands-on for reassurance and facilitation. Absolutely fantastic. Thanks.”