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


    September 22, 2020 12:00PM

    As human beings we experience life by thinking, feeling, and doing. While evidence-based research can guide us in addressing the ‘thinking’ and ‘feeling’ aspects of the pain experience, how should we address the ‘doing’ aspect? How can we better support people with pain in making tangible changes to manage pain and live well?

    In this webinar recording, occupational therapist Linda Crawford explores how our perspectives of ‘thinking’, ‘feeling’, and ‘doing’ shape our approaches to supporting people in pain. Linda 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.

    By watching this webinar recording, you will be able to:

    • Explore how our perspectives of ‘thinking’, ‘feeling’, and ‘doing’ shape our go-to approaches to supporting people in pain.
    • Identify four elements of the human experience that relate to activities and their impact on the lived experience of pain.
    • Identify common physical, environmental, and psychosocial factors that influence the lived experience of pain.
    • Utilize a new and simple method to help people in pain better understand their lived experiences with pain.
    • Learn about an integrated approach to help people achieve their pain management goals.


    Linda Crawford

    Linda Crawford, OTR/L, CDWF

    Linda has been an occupational therapist for more than 30 years and runs a community-based private practice, Brave Therapy, in Denver, Colorado. She specializes in working with people with complex pain conditions while using a three-part framework: restore your body, rebuild your life, and renew your joy.

    Prior to specializing in pain care, Linda spent more than 10 years specializing in brain injury and stroke rehabilitation. She also spent time working as a complex seating and positioning specialist and has worked in acute hospital, burn unit, acute and sub-acute rehabilitation, outpatient, and home health settings. She currently works with people with a variety of pain conditions, with a particular focus on pelvic pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

    Linda is a certified facilitator of Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ resilience curricula, a clinical advisor for the development of the Occupational Experience Profile tool, teaches courses on Person-Centered Pain Care, and is also a person with lived experience of persistent pain.

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