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Overview

This professional certificate covers current psychological perspectives and research on the experience and impact of pain.

Theoretical models are introduced and the ways in which psychological processes might modify and/or maintain pain experience are explored. These include the roles of attention, learning, affect/mood, beliefs, self-talk, coping strategies, and interactions with environmental contexts and social contingencies. How the available evidence can be applied to the management of acute and chronic pain, as well as the influence of psychological variables in the implementation of all treatments, both somatic and psychological, are also explored. The implications of the bio-psychosocial model of chronic pain for interdisciplinary interventions and the evidence for interventions based on psychological principles are critically examined.

Units of study:

  • Psychology of Pain (PAIN5011) 
  • Psychological Approaches in Pain Management (PAIN5016)

Please see below under What you’ll study for unit of study details.

Who should study this course?

All health professionals interested in learning about the psychology of pain.

Subject areas
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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing date

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Not available to international student visa holders. International students on other visas with study rights may apply. Also available to international students to study offshore. 

Closing date

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

Admission criteria

Admission to the Sydney Professional Certificate in Psychology of Pain requires a bachelor or higher degree in a health-related field and demonstrated clinical experience.

 

Course opportunities

*Some pain management units of study are available as a non-award degree. If you are interested in completing a non-award unit please contact the program director.

Career pathways

The course provides advanced postgraduate training for health professionals who wish to gain expertise in the psychology of pain.

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