Education for Health Care Providers

One of Pain BC’s main mandates is to provide chronic pain education for health care providers. We offer a variety of professional development opportunities ranging from webinars, workshops, conferences and summits, and we aim to make them relevant, engaging, and directly applicable to your work with patients and clients living with chronic pain. Pain BC's Education team works with experienced faculty to bring you innovative and practical education opportunities: You’ll learn from case studies and evidence-based resources about the latest in pain science and pain management, while focusing on patient-centred principles. 

For our current course offerings, please see our Upcoming Events page. Most webinars are free and open to all health care providers from all disciplines, while workshops and symposia require payment, as they are run on a cost-recovery basis. For a list of other recommended continuing education opportunities outside Pain BC, please see our Other Conferences and Training page. 

Pain BC's Educational Offerings for Health Care Providers

1. Pain BC’s Monthly Interdisciplinary Webinar Series

  • Audience: Health care providers from all disciplines with an interest in chronic pain
  • Purpose: Educate on latest in pain science, create collaboration
  • Cost: Free
  • What to expect:

    • A highly engaging experience with poll questions, surveys, chat, and speaker questions
    • Led by experienced health care providers who are experts in their field
    • Includes case studies, practical clinical examples, and references
    • You will be able to review learning objectives prior to registration
    • Held once a month during a weekday from noon to 1pm
    • Requires registration in advance
    • Recorded and available for viewing afterwards
    • Feedback welcome to improve future webinars via the post-event survey

2. Pain BC’s Advanced Workshops for Clinical Specialists

  • Audience: Health care providers (often discipline-specific). See our Upcoming Events for specific workshop details.
  • Purpose: Advanced training for clinical specialties, case studies specific to your practice.
  • Cost: Prices are workshop-specific. Early-bird, member, non-member, and student prices are always available. 
  • Accreditation: Workshops are eligible for professional education credits relevant to the specific discipline.

3. Pain BC Presentations

  • Audience: Health care providers from all disciplines
  • Purpose: Provide training to teams, workplaces or colleagues about chronic pain, learn about Pain BC’s advocacy and resources, and how to support patients with our free self-management tools.
  • Cost: Most presentations by Pain BC staff are free. Some custom workshops may incur a fee.
  • What to expect:
    • Invite Pain BC to facilitate a training session with your team, speak at a conference or be part of a panel on chronic pain and self-management resources. 
    • Presentation content (live or virtual) can focus on how to use www.liveplanbe.ca and other Pain BC resources with your patients, or be customized to meet the needs of your audience.
    • Contact: education@painbc.ca.

4. The Second BC Provincial Pediatric Pain Symposium

  • Audience: Health care providers from all disciplines with an interest in chronic pain in children and youth
  • Purpose: Deliver practical case-based learning in best practice pediatric complex/chronic pain, chronic post-surgical pain, and acute pain management
  • Cost: Please see event page or register now.
  • Location: Chan Auditorium at the BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver
  • Partners: BC Children’s Hospital Department of Psychology, UBC’s Department of Pediatrics and Anesthesia, the Arthritis Society, and Pain BC.
  • What to expect: Two days of highly relevant discussion on all types of pediatric pain assessment and management, with a special focus on complex pain assessment in aboriginal children, innovations in spinal surgery, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological acute pain management.

Coming Soon: Pain Foundations eLearning Course

  • Audience: Health care providers from all disciplines
  • Purpose: Provide foundational knowledge in pain science and the pillars of chronic pain assessment, treatment and management
  • Cost: TBD
  • About: This course or proof of equivalent will become a pre-requisite for all health care providers before taking a Pain BC Advanced Workshop
  • Coming: FALL 2017
  • Duration: 4-5 hours, self-paced
  • Location: Online

Questions? Suggestions for other Pain BC courses? Contact education@painbc.ca.