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Chronic Pain Basics and Pain Research Webinars

These free webinar recordings provide help and credible information for people living with pain and their families. WWDPI hosts and records these webinars in collaboration with community partners with partial funding by the Province of BC through the Community Gaming Grants.

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Nicole Snippen-Third year PhD student, Department of Health Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
This webinar will provide an introduction on how significant others can influence coping and work participation of workers with a chronic disease and how this can be addressed in occupational health care.
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October 2019
Dwayne Van Eerd, PhD-Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, Canada
Depression in the workplace is a substantial burden for all concerned, this webinar will present on current scientific and practice evidence to support employees with depression in the workplace.
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September 2019
Catherine Andrew-Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health & Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia and Certified Practicing Ergonomist, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Australia
The number of individuals presenting with signs and symptoms of a dementia while still in paid work is likely to increase. Join us for this timely webinar that will affect us more and more, particularly employers and HR professionals.
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July 2019
JianLi Wang, Ph.D.-Senior Scientist, Director. Work & Mental Health Research Unit, Institute of Mental Health Research
Employees with depressive symptoms report more days absent from work and less productivity while at work than those without symptoms. In this webinar, learn about which interventions are most effective in preventing depression and reducing its symptoms.
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May 2019
Alessia Negrini, PhD-Researcher, Occupational Health Psychology, IRSST, Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke, and Associate Researcher, Centre de Recherche CSSS Champlain—Charles-Le Moyne
In this webinar the most frequent and effective supervisor contributions to the RTW process (before and during the absence, and during the return to work preparations) of employees diagnosed with depression will be presented.
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April 2019
M. Gloria González-Morales, PhD-Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph, Canada, and Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab, and co-founder of the Centre for Workers' Health and Well-Being.
This webinar will describe the basics of the stress experience, and explain how can we set up workplaces to promote challenges, that help employees to perform and grow.
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April 2019
Hilary Weaver, DSW (Lakota)-Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Social Work, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
This webinar explores meanings of disability within Native American cultures followed by an exploration of the disproportionate impact of disabilities in Native American populations and description of the impact of the colonial context.
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March 2019
Jodi Oakman, PhD and Tea Lallukka, PhD-Associate Professor, Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors, La Trobe University and Adjunct professor, Academy Research Fellows
This webinar will present current research evidence on the impacts of pain on work abilities and the types of resources that employees are seeking to assist them in maintaining employment despite their persistent pain.
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February 2019
Sietske Tamminga, PhD and Michiel Greidanus, PhD Stud.-Assistant professor and PhD Student at the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, the Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands
In this interactive webinar, health professionals, cancer survivors, employers and other stakeholders, will take home practical tips on how to enhance work participation of cancer survivors from an employer’s point of view.
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February 2019
Fergal O'Hagan, PhD-Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, ​Trent University, Registered Kinesiologist, College of Kinesiologists, Ontario and Disability Management & Professional Development Consultant, Lifemark Health​ ​
This webinar will focus on ways to support working age individuals with cardiovascular disease in order for them to enjoy a safe, rewarding and productive work life.
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Diane Lacaille, MD, FRCPC, MHSc-Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and Senior Research Scientist at the Arthritis Research Canada
Dr Lacaille will share her expertise as a rheumatologist and scientist, review relevant literature, including her own research findings, and provide practical advice for workers, health care professionals, and employers to support workers with arthritis.
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Carol Cancelliere, PhD-Post-Doctoral Fellow - UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
By synthesizing evidence from 56 systematic reviews on factors influencing RTW outcomes across health conditions, the findings have implications for workers, healthcare professional, work-disability professional, supervisors, employers and insurers.
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Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH-President and Founder, Webility Corporation​​
This fast-moving and practically-oriented session gives physicians a brief overview of simple concepts, tools and resources that provide useful guidance in making decisions about their patients’ sickness absence and return to work.
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April 2018
Lana Barry, BA, BEd, MEd and Sherry Lynch, BA, MSW-University of Victoria
Dealing with chronic conditions on a daily basis can affect one’s emotional, physical and mental well-being. As a result, it is essential to learn different strategies to live a healthier life with chronic conditions.
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April 2018
Arif Jetha, PhD-Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
A chronic episodic disease can be a source of unpredictability that add to the challenges Millennials face in finding and sustaining employment.
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March 2018
Paul A. Farnan MD-Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia
North American workplaces are increasingly challenged with how to address prescription and over-the-counter medication use by employees, while ensuring a safe working environment.
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February 2018
Marloes Vooijs, PhD (cand.)-Coronel Instituut voor Arbeid en Gezondheid - Coronel Institute of Occupational Health (K0-109)
Marloes Vooijs, researcher at the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health in Amsterdam, presents her research focusing on the perspectives of people with a chronic disease regarding their role in work participation.
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January 2018
Melissa Day, PhD-NHMRC Early Career Fellow, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland
This webinar will present the theory and evidence underlying Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for chronic pain, as well as the core skills needed in applying this therapeutic approach.
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January 2018
Sara Saunders​, PhD-Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Occupational Therapy Program with McGill University
This webinar will explore the meaningfulness of work for people living with long-term work disability and chronic pain, and the role meaning plays in return to work effort.
​Chronic Pain, Anger and Grief
November 2017
Wesley Buch PhD, R. Psych-Clinical & Rehabilitation Psychology, Behavioural Health Care
At first glance, a presentation that brings chronic pain, grief and anger together might seem strange. However, these three are often intertwined in those who experience chronic pain.
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September 2017
Danielle Ruskin, PhD, CPsych-Psychologist, Chronic Pain Program, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Psychology, York University
Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs) are emerging as promising treatments to reduce physical and emotional distress among individuals with chronic pain and studies now exist that document initial outcomes for children with chronic pain conditions.
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July 2017
Diane Gromala, PhD-Canada Research Chair and Professor in the School of Interactive Art and Technology, Simon Fraser University
This webinar features Professor Diane Gromala, a technology expert who has suffered from chronic pain for several decades.
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June 7, 2017 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Jonathan Bertram, MD-Addictions Medicine Physician
A presentation on the dynamic in First Nations, Metis, & Inuit community between pain, trauma, and cultural adaptation. How it influences pain management, the opioid crisis, and our understanding of the brain.
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May 30th, 4:00 pm PT, 7:00 pm ET
Brock Bastian, PhD-Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Dr. Brock Bastian discusses the experience of pain, and how it may be better understood as providing an important avenue through which we find enjoyment in life.
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April 25, 2017 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Norm Buckley, BA (Psych), MD, FRCPC - Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University
Dr. Buckley will discuss the purpose, objectives, and structure of the Chronic Pain Network, as well as approved research and opportunities for participation with the Network.
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April 5, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Neil Pearson PT - Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Neil Pearson discusses the difference that can happen when movement is viewed as a treatment intended to open the medicine cabinet inside.
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March 20, 2017 - 5:30pm PST, 8:30pm EST
Stephan Schug, MD - Chair of Anaesthesiology, Director of Pain Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital
​Professor Schug will discuss current research on ways to predict when people may develop chronic pain after surgery, and he'll provide some preventative strategies.
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January 31, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Robert Gatchel, PhD - Professor of the Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Gatchel will help us understand what fear-avoidance beliefs and behaviors are, how they affect people with chronic pain, and what tools and treatments can be used to help people with pain reduce those beliefs.
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Gillian Lauder, MB BCh, FRCA, FRCPC, CPE.-Pediatric Anesthesiologist, BC Children's Hospital
Dr. Lauder will discuss current research into some of the current factors that are changing the way pediatric pain is treated and discussed.
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January 10, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM - Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center's Pain Recovery Program
Dr. Pohl will review the interactions of pain, suffering, and addiction as they interface in patients and provide suggestions for intervention and treatment.
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