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A Mindfulness Program Adapted for Adolescents with Chronic Pain

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
Recorded in September 2017



Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs) are emerging as promising treatments to reduce physical and emotional distress among individuals with chronic pain.  While most MBIs have been implemented with adults, several studies now exist that document initial outcomes for children with chronic pain conditions.  This presentation will provide 1) an overview of why mindfulness approaches are thought to help with chronic pain citing both research and clinical examples 2) describe an 8 week mindfulness group program specifically adapted for adolescents with chronic pain ( MBI-A) 3) highlight MBI-A study findings especially with respect to feasibility, acceptability and initial outcomes

 You will learn how to:

  • Understand rationale for application of mindfulness and acceptance approaches for chronic pain.
  • Obtain a review of research on MBIs for adults and children with chronic pain.
  • Become familiar with components of an 8 week MBI adapted for adolescents with chronic pain (MBI-A) and learn about preliminary research findings.
  • Be introduced to practical mindfulness based approaches employed in the MBI-A group.​



Danielle Ruskin, PhD, CPsych

Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Psychology, York University

Dr. Danielle Ruskin is a Clinical and Health Psychologist who works full time in the Chronic Pain Clinic at The Hospital for Sick Children.  Dr. Ruskin completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rhode Island and is an adjunct member of the Department of Psychology at York University.  Dr. Ruskin provides consultation, assessment and treatment to children with complex chronic pain conditions. Dr. Ruskin has a research program looking at the effectiveness of mindfulness and acceptance approaches for children with health conditions such as chronic pain and inflammatory bowel disease and is appointed as co-chair for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's Paediatric Pain Network's Education Committee.

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