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​Mental Health & Chronic Pain Webinar Recordings

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.

If you are interested in receiving updates on WWDPI Webinar programs please join our WWDPI Webinar Alert service.​

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Tuesday, October 31st at 12:00 PM PT, 3:00 PM ET
Daniel Clauw, M.D.-​Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology) and Psychiatry, Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan
Dr. Clauw presents an overview of what is currently known about Fibromyalgia and discusses the rationale behind a variety of current research studies into the possible causes & mechanisms of FM.
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Joel Kailia MD-RISE BC Wellness Centre
Chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) affects around 1 in 5 Canadians and is the leading cause of disability globally. Opioid medications, surgery and many other ‘traditional’ medical interventions are ineffective and possibly harmful when used to treat CNCP.
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Ian Cameron, PhD-Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine, Sydney Medical School, at the University of Sydney​
Motor vehicle crashes are recognized as an important cause of death and disability worldwide. There is increasing knowledge of factors associated with recovery and these are largely psychosocial in nature, with some biological aspects.
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Patricia Poulin, Ph.D., C.Psych. -Clinical Professor, Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences -University of Ottawa​
This webinar will explore the use of mindfulness-based intervention in chronic neuropathic pain conditions, with results from two recently completed clinical trials demonstrating intervention effectiveness.
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Monday June 19, 2017, 4:00 pm PST, 7:00 pm EST
Dr. Claire Ashton-James-Senior Lecturer, Sydney’s Pain Management Research Institute
This webinar highlights the social ramifications of chronic pain, and raises awareness of steps clinicians can take to manage the social consequences of chronic pain.
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May 17, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. PDT, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Beth Darnall, PhD -Clinical Associate Professor - Stanford University School of Medicine
Learn the science behind pain catastrophizing, its impacts, and why this psychological construct should be assessed and treated in outpatients and in individuals who are planning to have surgery. ​
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Afton L. Hassett, Psy.D.-Associate Research Scientist, Division of Pain Medicine, University of Michigan
In this session, Dr. Hassett will explore ways that you can bring more positive activities and greater meaning back into your life.
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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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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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Tim Salomons, PhD - Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Reading
Dr. Salomons reviews neuroimaging studies examining how thoughts and feelings change pain, and talks about what we can learn from these studies.
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Mel Pohl, M.D. DFASAM-Chief Medical Officer, Las Vegas Recovery Center's Pain Recovery Program
In this webinar, Dr. Mel Pohl reviews the emotional aspects of pain and suffering from a physiological and psychological standpoint and explains the basis of meditative techniques and the fundamentals of mindfulness practice.
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Tamar Pincus, PhD-Professor in Health Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr. Tamar Pincus will discuss new research about the differences between depression and pain-related distress in people with chronic pain.
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Eric Garland, Ph.D., LCSW -Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work
Dr. Garland will discuss Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) and how it can help with addictive behaviours with perscription opioids and with pain management.
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Colleen E. Carney, C.Psych. -Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University
Dr. Colleen Carney will review research on pain and insomnia and how cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for insomnia can help those with pain and insomnia.
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August, 2015
Toby Newton-John, PhD-Senior Lecturer & Clinical Psychologist, Graduate School of Health, University of Technology, Sydney
Why do some people suffer a trauma or hardship and adapt, whereas others never fully recover? Dr. Toby Newton-John discusses resilience in its general terms and then applied specifically to the challenges of living with chronic pain.
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April, 2015
Wesley Buch Ph.D., R. Psych-Clinical & Rehabilitation Psychology, Behavioural Health Care
This webinar teaches helpful & practical ways of riding the emotional roller-coaster of chronic pain.
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February, 2015
John (Drew) Sturgeon, PhD-Postdoctoral Pain Psychology Fellow, Stanford University Pain Management Center
Dr. Drew Sturgeon discusses how catastrophic thoughts can change the physical and psychological health of a person with chronic pain.
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August, 2014
Susan Holtzman, R Psych-Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia
Dr. Holtzman provides tips and resources that can help family members of people in pain care for themselves as well as their loved one.
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October, 2013
Linda Turner, RN, PhD-Program Manager, Health and Human Services, Langara College
This series will provide an overview of the research related to chronic pain and mindfulness training, as well as basic mindfulness exercises.
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August, 2013
Matt Graham, PhD-Registered Psychologist and Senior Manager of Clinical Practice at OrionHealth
Learn about three psychological approaches to managing pain.
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May, 2013
Francis J. Keefe, PhD-Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
Dr. Keefe will inform us about the current science on coping with chonic pain and will provide some practical tips.
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April, 2013
Dr. May Caprio, R. Psych.-Psychologist , Pain Program, Royal Jubilee Hospital
Dr. Caprio will help us understand what the biopsychosocial model for pain treatment is and how this model can help you lessen the pain you experince. Available online and in-person in Victoria, BC.
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April, 2013
Fernando Cervero, MD, PhD, DSc-Director of the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain, Professor of Anesthesiology and Dentistry, and Adjunct Professor of Physiology and Neurology at McGill University in Montreal
Dr. Cervero will help us identify the brain mechanisms that generate the transition from acute to chronic pain and that contribute to pain hypersensitivity.
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March, 2013
Ingrid Fedoroff Ph.D., R.Psych.-Clinical Psychologist, Complex Pain Centre, St. Paul's Hospital
This webinar will look at important ways that pain and psychology are connected and some valuable tools that can help people manage their pain.
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February 2012
Catherine Bushnell, PhD-Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research, Senior Investigator, Pain and Integrative Neuroscience Branch (PAIN), NCCIH
Dr. Catherine Bushnell will talk about how psychological factors have an important influence on pain perception.
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January 2012
Joti Samra R. Psych-Psychologist
Dr. Samra will be discussing the role that positive coping can have in relation to reducing pain and living well with chronic pain.
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September, 2011
Linda Turner RN, PhD-Manager, Health and Human Services Department, Langara College
This webinar features Linda Turner who will provide an introduction to the power of mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) as a simple technique that can help in managing chronic pain.

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