The Stress Illness Recovery Practitioner's Association (SIRPA) is based in the United Kingdom and they run a comprehensive training program for health professionals and coaches who wish to develop their understanding of TMS/PPD and integrate the approach into their work with their own clients. SIRPA also run 2 day experiential courses around the UK for people with TMS/PPD who feel they would benefit from professional support and advice.
SIRPA was created by Chartered Physiotherapist, Georgie Oldfield, who is the author of Chronic Pain: Your key to recovery and began her work with TMS/PPD in 2007. Dave Clarke MD, who is the author of They Can't Find Anything Wrong and board member of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association offers his services as International Clinical Advisor.
SIRPA was officially launched on October 9, 2010 at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. Both Georgie Oldfield and Dave Clarke spoke at the launch and discussed their experiences treating patients with TMS and the direction of the organization. All medical and mental health professionals, the media, and the general public were invited to attend the free of charge launch.
SIRPA’s Cure Pain Practitioner Training Programme
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SIRPA runs this training programme to provide an opportunity for health professionals and coaches to gain experience in working with people with TMS/PPD and to teach them how to integrate the SIRPA approach within their own clinical work.
SIRPA’s Resources for people with TMS/PPD:
One to One support:
Approved SIRPA Practitioners who have attended the Practitioner course and have completed their case studies (or are currently working towards approved) are listed on the SIRPA website. The public are able to contact an individual to work with in their area or who works via Skype.
Cure Pain Introductory Course:
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These 2 day course are run in a number of venues across the UK and are aimed at helping people with TMS/PPD. This course provides the opportunity to learn more about the concept, the evidence base behind it and the approach, as well as experience a number of self-empowering strategies and advice to be able to incorporate into their lives following the course.
Where additional support is required following this course, there is the option of following the online SIRPA Recovery Programme as well as working with one of the SIRPA Practitioners who can guidance either face to face or skype.
Online SIRPA Recovery Programme
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Georgie Oldfield developed the Online SIRPA Recovery Programme. This program provides people with an easily accessible, self-empowering and central point for the treatment of chronic pain using the SIRPA approach.
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