Chronic Pain Management Workshop for Occupational Therapists

Chronic Pain Management Workshop for Occupational Therapists


Upcoming Workshop Dates + Locations

Due to COVID-19, this workshop is now offered online via Zoom and is accessible to occupational therapists and OT students from any region of the province. Please note that, in its new format, the course will be broken up into three blocks and will be held over three days in March 2021. Registrants must attend all three sessions and complete the pre-requisite Pain Foundations modules in order to receive credit.

Required course components

  1. Two pre-requisite modules from Pain BC's Pain Foundations for Allied Health Providers online course (learners will be enrolled at time of purchase)
  2. Three online workshop sessions (please note: participants must attend all three sessions):
    • March 12, 2021 from 9:00AM-2:00PM
    • March 13, 2021 from 9:00AM-2:00PM, and
    • March 29, 2021 from 6:00-8:00PM

Who should attend?

Occupational therapists and OT students who wish to gain knowledge and competence in using effective, evidence-based interventions in chronic pain management. It's recommend that participants have between zero to two years of experience in chronic pain management.

You’ll learn to

  • Define chronic pain management as it relates to occupational therapy intervention.
  • Describe the neurophysiology of pain and how it relates to occupational therapy intervention.
  • Explain the pain neuromatrix theory and its implications in rehabilitation.
  • Develop confidence in the assessment and treatment of clients experiencing chronic pain.
  • Discuss how to integrate pain science and OT rehabilitation into your practice through real clinical examples.


This workshop includes a variety of instructional methods including lecture, practical demonstrations, case studies, videos, breakout groups, and discussion.

To prepare for this advanced workshop, participants will be asked to complete two mandatory modules of our online course, Pain Foundations for Allied Health Providers. Participants who have completed Pain Foundations for Allied Health Providers since September 2020 will be exempt from this requirement.

Accreditation and completion certificate

Participants who complete the course in full will:

  • Be listed in Pain BC's Find a Practitioner database, a searchable directory of interdisciplinary health care service providers that have specialized knowledge and experience in treating chronic pain.
  • Obtain 16 hours of Continuing Education credits.
  • Learn practical “whole-person” pain management skills that can be applied immediately in your practice as an OT.
  • Receive a Pain BC Certificate of Completion (emailed to participants after the workshop).


  • Early-bird for CAOT-BC members: $350 before February 19, 2021
  • CAOT-BC members: $375 after February 19, 2021
  • Non-members: $465
  • Students of occupational therapy: $265

Already registered?

Please watch your inbox for a workshop reminder email a few weeks before the event. If you don’t see this message, please contact us.

Partial funding for this program is provided by the Government of B.C.

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CAOT-BC Faculty

Clare Lakes, Occupational Therapist

Clare graduated from the School of Occupational Therapy, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1980. She has many years of clinical experience working in physical rehabilitation in both the private and public sectors of health care. Her career as an OT has taken her to positions in Australia, New Zealand and London, England. Clare’s clinical interests lie in the area of chronic pain self-management and facilitating behaviour change. She has spent the past 15 years working with and learning from her patients at the Pain Centre, St. Paul’s Hospital. She balances this with raising a family, cycling, hiking, and generally getting outside as much as possible.

Susan Schellinck, Occupational Therapist

Susan is a graduate from the University of Victoria with a BSc in Biology in 1996, and from UBC with a BSc in Occupational Therapy in 2000. Prior to working exclusively as a Pain Therapist, she worked at NRGH for 10 years in both the acute and occupational rehabilitation settings. Susan continues to increase her knowledge regarding pain and people because with everything she learns, she has so many more questions. Susan’s passion is helping people to find a more functional lifestyle. She has a particular interest in working with people with CRPS. Susan also has extensive experience in the sporting world, as an athlete, coach, and administrator. Working in the pain field allows Susan to combine her love of active, healthy living, and occupational therapy. In her spare time, she mountain bikes, skiis and surfs with her three kids.

Refund/cancellation policy:
  • Tickets are 100% refundable up to 17 days prior to an event, 50 % refundable 16-11 days prior, and non-refundable 10 days prior to the event.
  • In the unlikely event that Pain BC must cancel a workshop, participants will be refunded 100% of the workshop fee. Pain BC is not responsible for any travel, accommodation or other fees incurred by participants as a result of workshop cancellations or rescheduling.

Event Sponsors

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