Best Practice Pain Management for Occupational Therapists | Victoria

Oct 20 2017 - 9:00am to Oct 21 2017 - 5:00pm

Queen Alexandra Hospital
2400 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC
Afternoon workshops have separate locations: A002 and Activity Building

Register below

Who should attend?

Occupational Therapists interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients living with complex and chronic pain.

You'll learn:

  • The neurophysiology of pain and how it relates to OT intervention
  • The pain Neuromatrix theory
  • How and why to educate clients in pain physiology
  • How to assess and treat a client in pain within the context of CMOP-E
  • The benefits of treatment approaches such as: CBT, ACT, MI, and PGAP
  • Strategies to facilitate behaviour change
  • How and when to use various pain-related outcome measures
  • How to integrate pain science and practice through real clinical examples
  • Registrants will also enjoy the opportunity to network with other OT’s interested in chronic pain management and treatment


  • Early-bird for CAOT-BC members: $350 before August 31, 2017
  • CAOT-BC members: $375 after August 31, 2017
  • Non-members: $465
  • Lunch and handouts are provided

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.

About the faculty:

Linda Cundiff, Occupational Therapist

Linda has been a proud occupational therapist since graduating from University of Toronto in 1982. She enjoys being involved in a practical, wholistic perspective of health where learning is constantly demanded. Linda has travelled the world, working in Nicaragua and Australia as an OT. She has obtained yoga certificates, medical qi gong and completed PGAP courses to expand her skills and aid clients in their pain recovery. Linda has worked with the Royal Jubilee Pain Program since its inception 8 years ago and has assisted with the birth of an integrated team and dynamic programming that engages community and clients in the context of self-management.

Clare Lakes, Occupational Therapist

Clare graduated from the School of Occupational Therapy, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1980. She has many years of clinical experience working in physical rehabilitation in both the private and public sectors of health care. Her career as an OT has taken her to positions in Australia, New Zealand and London, England. Clare’s clinical interests lie in the area of chronic pain self-management and facilitating behaviour change. She has spent the past 15 years working with and learning from her patients at the Pain Centre, St. Paul’s Hospital. She balances this with raising a family, cycling, hiking, and generally getting outside as much as possible.

Susan Schellinck, Occupational Therapist

Susan is a graduate from the University of Victoria with a BSc in Biology in 1996, and from UBC with a BSc in Occupational Therapy in 2000. Prior to working exclusively as a Pain Therapist, she worked at NRGH for 10 years in both the acute and occupational rehabilitation settings. Susan continues to increase her knowledge regarding pain and people because with everything she learns, she has so many more questions. Susan’s passion is helping people to find a more functional lifestyle. She has a particular interest in working with people with CRPS. Susan also has extensive experience in the sporting world, as an athlete, coach, and administrator. Working in the pain field allows Susan to combine her love of active, healthy living, and occupational therapy. In her spare time, she mountain bikes, skiis and surfs with her three kids.