Chronic Pain Management for Registered Massage Therapists | Victoria

Oct 21 2017 -
8:30am to 4:30pm

West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) Victoria
100 – 818 Broughton St.
Victoria, BC, V8W 1E4

Workshop full: please email to be added to the waitlist.

Missed out on this event? No worries, save the date for the next sessions:
  1. Saturday January 20, 2018: Victoria 
  2. Sunday March 11: Vancouver 
Registration opening soon- stay tuned 

This workshop provides an opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional massage therapy practices can increase success and improve outcomes for people in pain. The workshop aims to improve your confidence and decrease your stress when working with the challenges of persistent pain.  We will thoroughly discuss the science of pain and ways to incorporate effective therapeutic pain management approaches into daily practice. The course will challenge misconceptions about pain as we learn the basics of incorporating a biopsychosocial framework into daily practice behaviour.

Who Should Attend

RMTs interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients living with complex and persistent pain.

Program Objectives

Practitioners taking this course will improve their:

  • Understanding of major therapeutic approaches to persistent pain management
  • Understanding of new evidence-based frameworks on persistent pain to enhance their practice, improve patient outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress
  • Ability to identify the person requiring a shift from routine treatment
  • Understanding of the importance of forming a therapeutic relationship through patient interaction and contextual effects
  • Understanding of how existing manual and practical skills can be effectively modified to improve patient outcomes
  • Knowledge of current best evidence pain science, including definitions, epidemiology, and current theories of persistent pain
  • Understanding of the impacts of persistent pain

Additional course objectives

  • Increase the practitioner’s understanding of pain self-management and to improve their ability to teach pain self-management to their clients
  • Utilize pain science research to outline more effective ways to interact and treat patients with persistent pain
  • Use case studies to emphasize key points and discuss treatment options.


A variety of lecture, practical demonstrations, learning exercises, videos, and discussion

Accreditation & Completion Certificate

  • Accreditation 7 professional education core credits (7PE/A2).
  • After course completion, participants will receive a Pain BC and RMTBC Completion Certificate and can request to be added to Pain BC’s Pain Champion map, a listing of interdisciplinary health care service providers that have specialized knowledge and experience in treating chronic pain.


  • RMT designation from an accredited college.


  • $190 Early-bird Registration for Members (before August 31, 2017) 
  • $210 Regular Registration for Members (after August 31, 2017) 
  • $220 Early-bird Registration for Non-members (before August 31, 2017)
  • $240 Regular Registration for Non-members (after August 31, 2017)
  • Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided. Participants will supply their own lunch.

Refund/cancellation policy

  • Tickets are 100% refundable up to 17 days prior to an event, 50 % refundable 16-11 days prior, and non-refundable 10 days prior to the event.
  • In the unlikely event that Pain BC must cancel a workshop, participants will be refunded 100% of the workshop fee. Pain BC is not responsible for any travel, accomodation or other fees incurred by participants as a result of workshop cancellations or rescheduling.

Other event details

  • Morning and afternoon coffee/tea with snack provided in the afternoon. Please bring your own lunch.
  • Pay parking is available. This venue is accessible.

About the Faculty: Eric Purves, B.Sc., RMT                  

Eric Purves has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2006 and is the co-owner of Achieve Health, a multidisciplinary healthcare clinic in Victoria, BC. His area of therapeutic and research interest is in the treatment and management of persistent pain. He currently sits on the executive of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia’s (RMTBC’s) professional practice group in pain management. The groups’ mandate is to provide education and evidence-based practice guidelines for massage therapists in the treatment and management for those who live in persistent pain. Because of a desire to enhance his clinical and research knowledge and in order to advance the profession of massage therapy, Eric is taking his Masters in Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC. Eric believes that living an active and healthy lifestyle is the key to well being. When not at work, studying, or spending time with his young family, he is a passionate soccer player, runner and cyclist and he spent many years training in a variety of martial arts.

Event Sponsors: 

This workshop is delivered in partnership with the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia (RMTBC).