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​Upcoming Chronic Pain Webinars

These free webinars provide credible information for people living with pain, their families, health professionals, labour representatives and employers.  Our goal is to provide up-to-date on self-management, new research on pain management, tips for staying at work, or returning to work.  Whether you are involved in volunteer work, paid work, or care-giving these webinars will keep you abreast of current research and its practical application.

For professionals seeking Certificates of Attendance for accreditation please register on our professional learning portal​ and view the catalogue of recorded webinars. By viewing the recorded webinars on this learning platform you can request a Certificate of Attendance for an administrative fee of $15.  Professionals Members of WWDPI using the professional learning platform receive Certificates of Attendance at no charge.  We welcome your membership. ​
 
Our speakers include academic researchers, pharmacists, clinicians and health educators.
 
We thank our program partners, education advisory committee, and speakers who contribute to this webinar series.
 
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This series is partially funded by the Province of BC  through the Community Gaming Grants, WWDPI​​ membership and donations. 
 
WWDPI does not accept sponsorship from pharmaceutical companies.


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Live Event: Wednesday January 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM PT, 4:00 PM ET
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
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
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Live Event: Friday January 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Fergal O'Hagan, PhD-Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Trent University
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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Live Event: Friday February 1, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET, 5:30 PM GMT+1
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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Live Event: Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 2:30 PM PT, 5:30 PM ET
Jodi Oakman, PhD-Associate Professor, Head of Department, Public Health​, La Trobe University Australia
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
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Live Event: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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
More details and learning objectives coming soon.

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Live Event: November 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Linda Sharp, PhD-Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, UK​
This webinar will discuss the experiences of work participation after cancer in people who are self-employed – an area which has largely been neglected in research.
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Live Event: Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Ziv Amir, PhD-University of Salford · School of Health Sciences
Given the importance of the role-played by the employer in managing their employees affected by cancer, this webinar explores the factors affecting this role, using evidence derived from a systematic review of the literature.
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Live Event: Monday October 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Joan L. Bottorff PhD and John L. Oliffe, PhD-University of British Columbia
Presentation of findings from a project that engaged Indigenous men and key stakeholders in guiding cultural adaptations to a smoking cessation program for fathers. This research provides a model for developing gender-specific health programs with men.
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Live Event: Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Saskia Duijts, PhD-Program Leader, Oncology - University Medical Center in Groning, NL
What is the state of ‘cancer and work’ research, and what are the necessary next steps? This question as well as ‘are we getting any closer to sustained employability of cancer survivors’ will be addressed.
The Costs and Benefits of Recruiting and Retaining People with Mental Illness
Live Event: Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Rebecca Gewurtz PhD and Krista Benes -Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University and Program Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Join Rebecca Gewurtz from McMaster University and Krista Benes from the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.
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Live Event: Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Kimberly Jinnett, PhD-Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health and Aging, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
Learn about the connections between work and health, and current research on improving worker health. This work has been featured in a special issue of Health Affairs.
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Live Event: Thursday August 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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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Live Event: Wednesday August 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Rebecca Purc-Stephenson, PhD-Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Alberta
This webinar describes the common challenges employees with arthritis face at work, and the strategies they use to maintain employment.
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Live Event: Thursday July 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Lauren Strober, PhD-Senior Research Scientist, Kessler Foundation
More effective management of symptoms and work place accommodations can greatly assist individuals with MS in staying in the workforce.
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Live Event: Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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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Live Event: Thursday June 28, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Alison Collins, PhD-Lecturer, Lancaster University, UK
As employees, we sometimes go into work despite not feeling well, known as sickness presenteeism. But what are the consequences of sickness presenteeism on our health and wellbeing?
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Live Event: Tuesday June 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
June 2018
Eleonor Fransson, PhD-Associate Professor School of Health and Welfare, ​ Jönköping University, Sweden
This webinar will present what is known about established risk factors for stroke and what has been found in recent research on the associations between psychosocial work environment and the risk for stroke.
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Live Event: Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
June 2018
Nancy Carnide PhD-Post-Doctoral Research Fellow , Institute for Work & Health
The use of opioids for low back pain is a controversial practice and their impact on work-related outcomes should be an important consideration.
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Live Event:
May 2018
​Jodi Oakman, PhD-Associate Professor, Head of Department, Public Health​
Work place risk management of musculoskeletal disorders need to change. A substantial evidence base supports the role of psychosocial and physical hazards in the development of MSDs but this has not translated into practice.
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Live Event:
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.
​Chronic Migraine in Primary Care​​
Live Event:
April 2018
Werner Becker, MD-Professor Emeritus, Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Chronic migraine causes significant disability for many people so it is important that it be appropriately diagnosed and treated.
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Live Event:
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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Live Event:
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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Live Event:
February 2018
David J. Tauben, MD, FACP-Chief, UW Division of Pain Medicine
Treatment of chronic pain requires “multimodal analgesia,” a management plan that often requires pharmacological as well as nondrug therapies, and very importantly large measures of clinician guided patient self-management.
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Live Event: DATE CHANGE - Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
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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Live Event: Monday, January 29th, 2018 at 4:00 pm PT, 7:00 pm ET
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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Live Event: Thursday January 25, 2018 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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.
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Live Event: Friday, January 12, 2018 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 ET
January 2018
Annmarie Cano, PhD -Associate Dean, The Graduate School, Wayne State University, USA
Dr. Cano will provide an overview of the research on the powerful effect of couples' relationship dynamics on pain and will provide evidence-based strategies for couples to manage pain and distress together.
​Chronic Pain, Anger and Grief
Live Event: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
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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Live Event: Tuesday, October 31st at 12:00 PM PT, 3:00 PM ET
October 2017
Daniel Clauw, MD-​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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Live Event: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
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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Live Event: Wednesday, September 13 at 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 PM EDT
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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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Live Event: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 PM EDT
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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Live Event: July 5, 2017, 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
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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Live Event: Monday June 19, 2017, 4:00 pm PST, 7:00 pm EST
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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