Working with chronic pain

Using acceptance, mindfulness and values

12 hours (12 CE credits)
Intermediate level skills workshop
Recording available for 6 months
Psychologists, medics, OTs, pain specialists therapists, and GPs

Course Description

Chronic pain poses significant challenges for individuals and can have a profound impact on their well-being and lives. Pain can overshadow people’s lives, especially as they struggle to control their pain and eliminate it. Although this struggle is understandable, it can create a vicious cycle that can dominate, and leave little room for purpose and meaning.

There is emerging evidence indicating that as pain sufferers set aside struggles for control over pain, attend to present experiences, and engage in meaningful activities, they suffer less and function better, even while pain persists. These treatment processes are respectively referred to as acceptance, mindfulness, and values-based action where the best researched therapy model has been Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) also recommends Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the management of chronic pain.

Workshop overview

In this engaging and thought-provoking workshop, your speaker Dr Kevin Vowles, professor of clinical health psychology will provide a comprehensive overview of the ACT model, focusing on acceptance, mindfulness, and values-based action as crucial processes. Through a combination of didactic instruction, case conceptualisation exercises, and experiential skill-building activities, you will have ample opportunities to deepen your understanding and refine your clinical practice.

By the end of this workshop, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify treatment targets in individuals with chronic pain. Moreover, you will gain the confidence to apply interventions that promote acceptance, mindfulness, and values in your clinical practice, ultimately enhancing the well-being of your clients.

What you’ll learn

In this workshop, you will learn:

  1. The ACT theoretical model and its impact on treatment targets.
  2. Clinical skills to enhance acceptance, mindfulness, and clarity in valued actions.
  3. Values-based actions for effective treatment in chronic pain settings.
  4. The relationship between ACT theory, assessment, and shared treatment plans.
  5. How to prioritise components for ACT in chronic pain case conceptualisation.

We invite you to join us as we delve into this fascinating area of research and practice to explore how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those suffering from chronic pain.

Who would benefit from this workshop?

Meant for practitioners who have already had basic introductory training in ACT, we recommend this workshop for all mental health professionals working in pain and physical health settings, including psychologists, BCBAs, medics, social workers, nurse, coaches, therapists, GPs, and OTs.

If you have disability and require adjustments or accommodation, please email us at to discuss your needs and we will do our best to help you.

APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 12 CE credits for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 12 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 12 credit hours. Contextual Consulting Ltd. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7578. 

To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

Booking cancellation 

The registration fee will be refunded minus a administration charge if cancellations are received at least two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellations within two weeks of the event date are charged the full registration fee, other than in exceptional circumstances that can be verified.

Event cancellation 
In the event of cancellation of the course outside of our control we will not be held accountable for travel and/or accommodation costs incurred. However, the workshop fees will be refunded.

All workshops will be subject to minimum delegate numbers being met; in the event that a workshop should be cancelled delegates will be given no less than 2 months’ notice.

Replacing delegates

If a delegate is unable to attend and a replacement is nominated there may be a charge depending on the individual circumstances, this will be advised at the time. Please contact the us to request a replacement of delegates at least a week before the workshop date.

Contextual Consulting is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

There was no commercial support for this event. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe the ACT theoretical model with regard to at least 3 treatment targets.
  • Model at least one clinical skill designed to augment acceptance, mindfulness, and clarity in valued actions.
  • Identify at least three values-based actions for use in chronic pain settings.
  • Articulate the relation between the theoretical principles of ACT, their assessment in treatment, and their utility in deriving a shared treatment plan with treatment recipients.
  • Prioritise the components of an ACT for chronic pain case conceptualisation.
Working with chronic pain
4 sessions: 17th - 25th Sep 2024
Starts: 17th Sep 2024: 4:30 AM (New York time)
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To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

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We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared. There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.

Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.

Yes, we have a special portal in the system to allow you to connect with other participants joining via the workshop.

You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).

Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 6 months after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the workshop to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live workshop – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the workshop.

It’s super simple. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions.

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