The Certificate in Pain Management is an educational initiative offered by the Train Pain Academy NPO with the goal of improving the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals managing patients in their clinical practice. Candidates will graduate once they have completed 6 modules in a period of 3 years and passed all the voluntary exams. The modules are 2 day courses offered by experts in their fields. Modules 1, 2, 3, and 6 are compulsory modules with modules 4 and 5 being electives. The modules are presented around the country and do not have to be completed in strict order, though it is highly recommended that Module 1 “Principles of Pain” is completed first.
NB: From 2021 it will become compulsory to complete Principles of Pain (Module 1) first.
Module 1: Principles of Pain
Presenters: Beverley Bolton (MSc Med Pain Management) and Romy Parker (PhD)
Content: Concepts and models of pain and disability, ethics of pain management; acute and chronic pain physiology; explaining pain to patients
Module 2: Medical Communication Skills
Facilitators: Beverley Bolton (MSc Med Pain Management) and Jacqui Koep (MSc Pain)
Content: Medical communication skills necessary to conduct an effective, efficient and supportive patient-centred interview, motivating for change and shared decision making.
Module 3: Pain Interventions for Rehab Professionals
Facilitators: Jacqui Koep (MSc Pain) and Tory Madden (PhD)
Content: Clinical workshop on evidence-based methods to manage both acute and chronic pain.
Module 3: Pain Interventions for Prescribers
Facilitators: Romy Parker (PhD), Janieke van Nugteren, MB BCh, FCA (SA) and Kerry-Ann Louw, MB ChB, FCPsych (SA), MMed
Content: Clinical workshop on evidence-based methods to manage both acute and chronic pain
To cater for the diverse interests in the field of pain, there will be a range of accredited courses from which to choose. Where possible, international experts in their field are approached to present this module. A total of 2 elective modules need to be completed which form Modules 4 & 5. Physiotherapists are required to complete the Exercise for Pain Rehab workshop as one of their electives. Other healthcare professionals can choose any two electives from the various courses offered each year.
Exercise for Pain Rehabilitation Workshop
Facilitators: Jacqui Koep (MSc Pain) and Scott Rickard (MSc Physio), BSc (Med)(Hons) Exercise Science.
Content: In this workshop they investigate the interface between exercise physiology and pain mechanisms.
Patient Empowerment Pain Programs Workshop
Facilitators: Romy Parker (PhD) and Melissa Saw (MSc Physio)
Content: This two-day course aims to provide health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to run evidence based structured treatment programs for people with pain. The content primarily focusses on using the materials in running treatment groups, but all materials are adaptable for use in one on one treatment settings.
Module 6: Translating Knowledge into Practice
This is a supervised interactive online module integrating knowledge gained from all the modules and assisting in the translation of insight and skills into practice. Participants will be asked to submit reflections on a selection of books & video material to develop understanding of the person in pain. Submission of a case series will be required to complete the Certificate in Pain Management.
Certificate in Pain Management learning outcomes
At the end of the 6 module course, a successful candidate
- Will be able to use analytical, critical and evaluative thinking to allow valid and flexible assessment and treatment approaches for pain using an integrative interdisciplinary biopsychosocial approach tailored to the individual.
- Is a professional with a fundamental respect for the ethical management of people with pain who overtly integrates the principles of beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy and justice
- Will be patient centred in their approach and using reflective and collaborative communication strategies will empower the patient to be able to self-manage their condition
- Is able to develop an evidence informed diagnostic formulation having engaged with the scientific process continuously participating in the iterative process of reflective practice
- Recognises the need to adopt lifelong learning to be able to continue to develop as an autonomous self-directed pain practitioner
- Is a professional who has confidence in their ability to provide diverse, complex solutions which are tailored to the individual inpain depending on the context, condition and the individuals values and goals