Webinar Recording Archive

Pain BC offers free interdisciplinary webinars for health care providers on the latest science, research and technology being utilized to better understand, treat and manage chronic pain. Register for an upcoming free, live webinar or view our archive of past webinar recordings below.

The National Pain Advocacy Center: Who they are. Why they launched. What they hope to do.

This webinar features Kate Nicholson, a US-based civil rights and disability rights attorney and person with lived experience of pain on why she thought it was necessary to found the National Pain Advocacy Center (NPAC), how NPAC came together, what they have done so far and where they hope to go.

MAiD and chronic pain: What you need to know about new legislation and the Assisted Dying Program

In this free webinar recording, staff from the Assisted Dying Program at Vancouver Coastal Health review the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) process in relation to new legislative changes enacted from the passing of Bill C-7, reflect on how these changes align with personal values, and share information on the available resources and supports.

The Canadian Pain Task Force: An Action Plan for Pain in Canada

In this free webinar recoring, Maria Hudspith and Linda Wilhelm provide an overview on the report, An Action Plan for Pain in Canada and talk about what comes next for advancing change on pain in Canada.

Is the biopsychosocial model of pain adequate? Conceptual and therapeutic challenges

In this free webinar, Drs. Peter Stilwell and Sabrina Coninx provide a brief overview of historical pain theories and models leading up to the biopsychosocial model of pain, outline conceptual and therapeutic challenges associated with the biopsychosocial model and similar integrative models, and provide an introduction to a novel “enactive” approach to pain that focuses on the “field of affordances."

Remembering the pain of childhood

In this free webinar recording, Dr. Melanie Noel describes a program of research that is examining the factors linking childhood memories and pain, the role of pain-related memories in future pain experiences, and the development of a parent-led intervention that aims to reframe children’s memories of pain to buffer against the development of memory biases and support better pain outcomes in the future.

Should chronic pain be considered a brain disease? Ethics lessons from the brain disease model of addiction

In this free webinar recording, Dr. Daniel Buchman explores the ethical strengths and vulnerabilities of classifying chronic pain as a brain disease, and how the recent history of framing addiction as a brain disease offers a cautionary tale with respect to chronic pain.

Orofacial pain: Common diagnoses and management considerations

In this free webinar recording, dentist and pain researcher Dr. Alberto Herrero Babiloni discusses orofacial pain, a subset of common pain disorders specific to areas of the jaw, face, mouth and head.

Vulvodynia: What you need to know about this commonly misdiagnosed chronic condition

In this webinar recording, Dr. Melanie Altas provides an in-depth discussion on vulvodynia, its impacts on sexual health and how to diagnose and provide care for people living with this chronic condition.

The Canadian Pain Task Force: Working to better understand and address the needs of people living with chronic pain

In this webinar, Maria Hudspith, Linda Wilhelm and Andrew Taylor discuss the work underway by the Canadian Pain Task Force, an external advisory body that is helping the Government of Canada better understand and address the needs of people living with chronic pain

New insights into the impacts of COVID-19 on people with persistent pain in Canada

In this webinar recording, researchers discuss their findings from a national research study that investigates the impacts of COVID-19 on people with persistent pain in Canada.

Adaptive mentoring: Building compassionate primary care capacity for chronic pain

This webinar recording provides an in-depth discussion around the key elements of adaptive mentoring, examples of the application of adaptive mentoring, and the impacts of adaptive mentoring.

Think, feel, do: Humanizing the pain experience from an occupational therapy perspective

In this webinar, Linda Crawford uses her experience as an occupational therapist to challenge participants to rethink how health care providers engage with people in pain and to adapt the treatment focus towards experiences of ‘doing’ to improve pain management outcomes.

Discordance in cultural and biological evolution: Impacts on pediatric myofascial complex pain management

In this webinar, Dr. Gillian Lauder reviews the concepts of cultural and biological evolution as they relate to the increasing prevalence of pediatric myofascial chronic pain. She also shares recommendations for a different foundational approach to treating pediatric myofascial chronic pain.

PAIN+ CPN: An online database summarizing pain research in plain language

In this webinar, Dr. Alfonso Iorio provides a detailed overview of PAIN+ CPN, a free online database that summarizes emerging pain research in plain language.

Coping with pain and anxiety during COVID-19

In this webinar recording, psychologist Dr. Angie Ji discusses the relationship between anxiety and pain and shares several coping strategies people in pain can utilize to manage anxiety, and in turn pain, during this time of uncertainty.

The neuroscience of chronic pain and brain plasticity

This webinar provided health care professionals with an opportunity to learn about how to explain the neuroscience behind pain management to patients in clear and concise language.

The therapeutic alliance

In this webinar, physiotherapist Steve Young reviews the evidence available to support the use of therapeutic alliance and simple things that health care providers can do on a daily basis to improve interactions with patients.

Polyvagal theory and pain care

In this webinar, Marlysa Sullivan, PT, C-IAYT, ERYT-500 will discuss different methods by which the autonomic nervous system can be positively regulated to help manage pain, including the Polyvagal theory, yoga and the cultivation of eudaimonic well-being.

An Overview of Kelty's Key: VCH Online Therapy

In this webinar, Dr. Margaret Drewlo, Clinical Educator at Kelty's Key, discusses their free online therapy program, VCH Online Therapy. Kelty’s Key provides tailored Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that can be used as a self-help tool for people in pain who experience challenges with mental health, and is available free-of-charge.

Compassion: The foundation of pain care

In this free webinar, Shelly Prosko explores the role of compassion in pain care, highlighting the benefits and challenges health care providers face that can influence or inhibit the ability to offer compassion to people living with pain. She also offers insight into best practices for providing compassionate care.

Improving work outcomes in patients with musculoskeletal pain: Effectiveness and costs of a vocational advice service

This webinar will provide a discussion of the impact of musculoskeletal pain on the working age population, while providing an overview of findings from a study comparing a brief, early intervention to support people working with pain through best current care practices.

The anatomy of therapeutic alliance: Integrating physiotherapy and psychotherapy

This free webinar will discuss how physiotherapy and somatic psychotherapy services can be successfully integrated to treat people living with persistent pain.

Making sense of pain through science and story

In this webinar, Joletta Belton shares her story through the lens of pain science. She offers unique insights into the lived experience of pain and recovery and will explore possible paths in pain treatment.

Contextual coping

In this webinar, Dr. Bronnie Lennox Thompson explores the nature of learning to live with pain across different life stages, and how coping strategies can play an important role in managing pain. 

Inclusive Employer Practices and Hiring of Individuals with Disabilities

This webinar provides an overview of how organizations can expand their potential talent pool to reach individuals living with disabilities by shaping a more disability-inclusive recruitment and hiring process.

Movement as Pain Education

Changing beliefs about pain and attitudes to recovery is an important intervention for successful pain care. Yet what is the most effective process of explaining pain?

Working with persistent pain: an exploration of strategies used to stay productive at work

This webinar presents current research on the impacts of pain on the workplace and the types of resources that employees are seeking to assist them in maintaining employment despite their persistent pain.

Pain Medication Management for Acute Injuries

This webinar provides best practice advice from pharmacist Jennifer Dunkin on how patients can manage pain medications if they have recently been injured, have experienced a fracture and/or have undergone surgery to fix their injury.

The patient voice: An integrated approach to providing care for chronic pain patients

In this webinar, patient advocate Keith Meldrum discusses the patient voice and why it’s valuable for health care providers to integrate the patient narrative when providing care and treatment for people living with chronic pain.

Arthritis and the workplace

In this webinar, Dr. Lacaille shares her expertise as a rheumatologist and scientist, reviews relevant literature, including her own research findings, and provides practical advice for workers, health care professionals, and employers to support workers with arthritis.