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Level III: Clinical Skills For Treating Pain – Quebec Oct 2018

October 13, 2018 - October 14, 2018
Registration Information
  • Register before
    September 1st, 2018
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after September 1st, 2018

Course Instructor:

Carolyn Vandyken
Founder & Instructor

Please note:

To register for this course, please download the following registration forms in pdf format and email it to info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca or fax it to 888-653-4533

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Level III Quebec October 2018

Course Description:

This practical and unique course will help you to develop a framework for your clinical practice that teaches you how to assess and treat central pain mechanisms, since they are the main driver of pain that lasts longer than three months. Tissue-based treatment is important in order to change the biological inputs into the nervous system, but how do we move beyond just treating the tissues? Mind-body connection has been a popular topic over the past decade when looking at treating pain in a clinical setting but it has not always been linked to pain education. Learn how educating patients about the nervous system, qi gong, yoga, guided relaxation and guided imagery fit into your clinical practice in order to down regulate the sensitive nervous system. Learn how to identify potential threats that upregulate your patient’s nervous systems, and contribute to their ongoing pain state. This course will give you a deep understanding of the brain and the nervous system, and how to target both of them appropriately using evidence-based practice.

This is a lecture-format and lab-based course. Included in the cost of the course are handouts and audio exercise resources for each of the techniques learned (see resources tab).

Through completion of this course, participants will learn:

  • The nuts and bolts of pain science
  • How to explain pain to patients using metaphors
  • The difference between central pain, neuropathic pain and nociceptive pain
  • Practical clinical tools for the treatment of chronic pain to compliment your current manual therapy clinical skills and improve patient outcomes
  • How to use graded exposure and motivational tools to increase patient compliance


This course is open to all health care professionals – licensed physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, medical doctors, nurses and midwives.


Two-day course from 8am – 5pm

Registration begins on the first day 15 minutes prior to the start time.

Please note:

  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • This course does not involve any internal palpation of the pelvic floor and is not specific to pelvic pain only
Resource Materials
Resource Materials

The resources listed below are included in the cost of the course, and will be provided to each participant in electronic, PDF format upon successful completion of the course.


  • PANAS – Positive And Negative Affect Schedule
  • What is laterality training
  • Central sensitization inventory part A
  • Central sensitization inventory part B
  • Core beliefs inventory
  • DASS – Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scales
  • DASS scoring
  • Pain disability index
  • PCS – Pain Catastrophizing Scale
  • Learning styles questionnaire
  • PSOCQ – Pain Stages Of Change Questionnaire
  • Screening questionnaire
  • TSK – Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia
  • Change your brain, change your pain booklet
  • Air bags and potty talk
  • Alternate nose breathing
  • Ball and imagery exercises for flexible shoulders
  • Body changes secondary to persistent pain
  • Gratitude training and its importance
  • Pain processing areas in the neuromatrix
  • Persistent pain – how do I get started
  • Resilience building

Audio Files

  • Body scan
  • Therapeutic Three and Six Pose (plus handouts)
  • Savasana
  • Imagery for sleep and relaxation
  • 4 Qi gong tracks (plus handouts)

Not only should this course be mandatory for every physiotherapist to take, it should definitely be taught in our university programs. The majority of patients who we see have had pain for longer than three months. Chronic pain often exists with other co­ morbidities making these patients more complex. This course provides you with the knowledge and useful tools to help treat these patients more effectively and with increased satisfaction and innovation.

– Jill M

This course has changed the way I practice-not just pelvic health, but in orthopedics overall. They present the latest research findings in pain science with treatment techniques that you will use right away for all of your clients. And to top it off, they provide electronic files to share with your clients immediately. It’s so much more than tissue issues!!!

– Sheela Z

This course was a complete practice changer. In university we spent very little time learning about pain and what I did learn was not the current scientific knowledge. Our profession is centered around treating pain, which makes understanding the intricate nature of pain really important. This course taught me the current pain neuroscience and about the biopsychsocial model. Knowing this information helps me better identify who might be at risk of developing chronic pain and therefore educate them early about pain. I also feel more confident in treating patients with chronic pain, instead of feeling overwhelmed on how to approach treatment I now have skills to better understand and treat that patient’s pain and what might be contributing to it. I highly recommend any physiotherapist to take this course.

– Madelaine G