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.

Working with chronic pain
4 sessions: 17th - 25th Sep 2024
Starts: 17th Sep 2024: 4:30 AM (New York time)
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$312.00 (+ VAT if applicable). Early-bird rate valid until 30th May 2024 and then the normal price of US$390.00 + VAT will apply.
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To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

To access this workshop you will need a stable internet connection and a set of smart phone ear buds with built in microphone. Your internet speed should be a minimum of 1.5mbs  DOWNLOAD & UPLOAD. You can check that here at

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.