Chronic Pain: to suppress, manage, or cure? (SIRPA Inaugural Conference)
Organized by SIRPA founder Georgie Oldfield, MCSP, this inaugural conference brings together medical experts from all over the world to discuss the causes and treatment of psychophysiologic disorders (PPD). The event aims to educate attendees about the causes and treatment of PPD: how chronic pain can become a learned nerve pathway as a response to strong emotions, and how individuals can overcome PPD through identifying and addressing the underlying emotional causes.
The conference is open to medical and mental health professionals and coaches as well as non-practitioners who would like to learn about PPD.
To learn more, visit the official conference website: http://www.curepain2015.com
Date & Location
April 26, 2015
9:00am - 5:30pm
There are two ticket types: standard (£150.00, or $236.01 in US dollars) and premium (£190.00, or $298.94 in US dollars).
The Standard Ticket includes:
- Attendance at the conference
- A delegate pack
- Free catered lunch and refreshments
The Premium Ticket includes everything included in the Standard Ticket, as well as:
- Premium seating at the front of the auditorium
- £100 ($157.35 in US dollars) off the cost of the Online SIRPA Recovery Programme
- £100 ($157.35 in US dollars) off the cost of a SIRPA practitioner course
- Free mp3 recordings of conference speakers' presentations
- 50% off transcripts of speakers' presentations, when available
- A free copy of the PPD book Chronic Pain: your key to recovery by SIRPA founder Georgie Oldfield, MCSP
- A free copy of the CD set "Believe in Freedom from Fibromyalgia" by SIRPA practitioner Liz Dyde
- A free copy of SIRPA practitioner Mags Clark-Smith's DVD "Body Centering Pilates"
9:00am - Registration
9:30am - Welcome and introduction (Georgie Oldfield, MCSP)
9:50am - The power of the brain: Research and clinical evidence for psycho-physiological disorders (Howard Schubiner, MD)
10:30am - Am I Operating on Your Pain or Anxiety? (David Hanscom, MD)
11:10am - Q&A with Howard Schubiner, MD and David Hanscom, MD
11:20am - Break
11:50am - Case Study (Marie Lovell)
12:00pm - The Evolution of Medicine from Suppressive to Curative (Adam Al-Kashi, PhD)
12:30pm - Engaging Patients in Resolving Chronic Non Specific Low Back Pain (Mags Clark-Smith, MA)
1:00pm - “All Stressed Up and Nowhere To Go” (Wayne Kampers, MBChB, LMCC, MRCPsych)
1:30pm - Q&A session with Adam Al-Kashi, PhD, Mags Clark-Smith, MA, and Wayne Kampers, MBChB, LMCC, MRCPsych
1:40pm - Lunch
2:40pm - Solving Medical Mysteries: Stress and Medically Unexplained Symptoms (David Clarke, MD)
3:20pm - “No Matter How Hard I Try…!” Surmounting the Challenges in Treating Psychophysiologic Disorders (Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP)
4:00pm - Existential Psychotherapy (Peter Zafirides, MD)
4:40pm - Q&A with David Clarke, MD, Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP, and Peter Zafirides, MD
4:50pm - Wrapping up
5:30pm - Conference ends
Georgie Oldfield, MCSP
Howard Schubiner, MD
Presentation: The power of the brain: research and clinical evidence
Dr. Schubiner's presentation will address the prevalence of PPD. Through a review of neurological and psychological research, Dr. Schubiner will demonstrate not only how but why the brain creates PPD symptoms. He will also review recent research as well as clinical studies to describe key concepts of diagnosing and treating PPD.
David Hanscom, MD
Presentation: Am I Operating on Your Pain or Anxiety?
Dr. Hanscom will discuss the importance of addressing the stress levels of patients before elective surgery in his presentation. He will also review certain criteria that must be met before undergoing surgery, such as making sure the surgery is to address a structural problem with matching symptoms and seeing a significant reduction in anxiety in the patient prior to surgery.
About David Hanscom
Adam Al-Kashi, PhD
Presentation: The Evolution of Medicine from Suppressive to Curative
In his presentation, Dr. Al-Kashi will explore biomedical, biopsychosocial, and psychophysiologic perspectives in curative medicine to address why some can accept that symptoms can be caused by emotional processes, whereas others reject and are even offended by the concept. He will also discuss the benefits of using a developmental approach to health engagement.
About Adam Al-Kashi
Mags Clark-Smith, MA
Presentation: Engaging Patients in Resolving Chronic Non Specific Low Back Pain
Mags Clark-Smith's presentation will use case studies of patients who overcame chronic low back pain. Patients in the presented case studies followed a specific health plan in which they learned about the Autonomic Nervous System, took responsibility for their own healing, and following certain movement or activity guidelines to support the parasympathetic nervous system. Clark-Smith will discuss how this resulted in a significant reduction in pain as well as an increase in mobility.
About Mags Clark-Smith
Wayne Kampers, MBChB, LMCC, MRCPsych
Presentation: All Stressed Up and Nowhere to Go
Dr. Kampers will share his personal experience with chronic pain in his presentation. He will provide an overview of the experience he had in an initial biomedical diagnosis for his symptoms, and will then discuss his discovery of Dr. Sarno's work. Dr. Kampers will talk about finding the real cause of his symptoms and how he was able to fully overcome his chronic pain. He will share personal takeaways on becoming more stress-resilient to remain healthy, and will also discuss how his personal journey has influenced his work as a mental health professional.
About Wayne Kampers
David Clarke, MD
Presentation: Solving Medical Mysteries: Stress and Medically Unexplained Symptoms
In his presentation, Dr. Clarke will review a diagnostic approach to PPD patients. He will outline a six-step process in diagnosing PPD, which includes gathering a chronological history of symptoms, looking at current life stressors, and screening for depression, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. He will share case histories to illustrate this process. Dr. Clarke will also provide an overview of the therapeutic approaches to some of the more common issues.
Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP
Presentation: “No Matter How Hard I Try…!” Surmounting the Challenges in Treating Psychophysiologic Disorders
Dr. Anderson's presentation will focus on supporting health care practitioners in the treatment of PPD. She will address common issues that often arise. This includes what to do when a patient understands and accepts the diagnosis, but are not experience pain relief as quickly as they would like; how to understand why a patient has an increase rather than a decrease in symptoms; how to best handle the pressure coming from a patient's loved ones regarding the speed of a patient's recovery; how to motivate patients to do work outside therapy; and how to best treat patients who have recovered from one but not all symptoms.
Peter Zafirides, MD
Presentation: Existential Psychotherapy
Dr. Zafirides will present on the topic of existential psychotherapy, which operates on the belief that inner conflict is caused by the individual's personal confrontation with "ultimate concerns" about life and living, such as the inevitability of death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness. Dr. Zafirides will discuss his experience using this approach to help his patients best understand their concerns, which helps to address the identified causes of their pain. He will also share how health professionals can use a basic understanding of existential psychotherapy in their own work.
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