Chronic Pain Management Workshop for Occupational Therapists

Chronic Pain Management Workshop for Occupational Therapists


January 31 - February 1, 2020

Cullen Family Theatre, St. Paul's Conference Centre
St. Paul's Hospital - Providence Building 1st Floor
1081 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC 

Please note these start and end times:

  • Friday, January 31, 2020 from 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 9:00am-5:00pm

Who should attend?

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

Participants who complete the course in full will:

  • Be listed in Pain BC's Find a Practitioner database, a searchable directory of interdisciplinary health care service providers that have specialized knowledge and experience in treating chronic pain.
  • Obtain 16 hours of Continuing Education credits.
  • Learn practical “whole person” pain management skills that can be applied immediately in your practice as an OT.
  • Receive a Pain BC Certificate of Completion (emailed to participants after the workshop).

Questions about this workshop? Email us.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the neurophysiology of pain and how it relates to OT intervention
  • Explain the pain Neuromatrix theory and its implication in rehabilitation
  • Recognize the clues that your client with acute pain may be developing chronic pain
  • Describe acute pain management with the intention of preventing/avoiding chronicity
  • Explain the importance of educating clients in pain physiology
  • Explain key strategies in the self-management of pain
  • Explain how to assess and treat a client in pain within the context of CMOP-E
  • Cite the benefits of treatment approaches such as: CBT, ACT, MI, and PGAP
  • Explain strategies to facilitate behaviour change
  • Discuss how and when to use pain-related outcome measures
  • Discuss how to integrate pain science and practice through real clinical examples 
  • Network with other OTs interested in chronic pain management and treatment and develop your community of practice support


  • Early-bird for CAOT-BC members: $350 before December 31, 2019
  • CAOT-BC members: $375 after December 31, 2019
  • Non-members: $465
  • Students of occupational therapy: $265
  • Lunch and handouts are provided

Partial funding for this program is provided by the Government of B.C.



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.

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, accommodation or other fees incurred by participants as a result of workshop cancellations or rescheduling.
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