Certificate in Pain Management

Please note: We are offering online courses via Zoom video conferencing and will start incorporating face 2 face courses as soon as possible

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.

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 Gillian Bedwell (PhD)

Content: Clinical workshop on evidence-based methods to manage both acute and chronic pain.

Module 3: Pain Interventions for Prescribers 

Facilitators: Prof. Romy Parker (PhD), Dr. Kerry-Ann Louw, MB ChB, FCPsych (SA), MMed and Dr. Roland van Rensburg 

Content: Clinical workshop on evidence-based methods to manage both acute and chronic pain

Elective Modules:

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: Melissa Saw (MSc Physio) & Janet Keet (MPhil Sports Physio)

Content: This interactive 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. 

       Pain & Stress: Exploring the Immune System and other self-regulating systems

Presenters:  Jacqui Koep (MSc Pain) and Dr. Gaby Prinsloo (MB ChB) (PhD)

Content: This 2-day online course aims to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and insight necessary to address mechanisms of self-regulating protective systems that are important components of pain experiences. 

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


Next Event

Principles of Pain (Module 1)

Lecturers: Romy Parker & Bev Bolton

26 & 27 November 2021

Online via Zoom 

About Us

Train Pain is a non-profit organisation that provides innovative pain education for transforming health practice.


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