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Pain management: putting cognitive behavioural therapy skills into practice

Help patients manage their pain
Register now for this online webinar training program designed to help you help your patients better manage their chronic or persistent pain problems with cognitive behavioural therapy techniques.

Course overview

This program consists of seven 90-minute webinar sessions, conducted over a 2-3 month timeframe. In each session, you will explore specific strategies on how to manage patients experiencing chronic pain effectively. 

Participants will receive a certificate of completion, recognising 28 hours of professional development if all attendance and homework requirements are met.

This program is run entirely online, making it accessible to all health professionals across both rural and suburban Australia and overseas.

Key information
Delivery mode: Online over seven sessions.
Price: Members of the public: $770 AUD (incl. GST)
Sydney Medical School Pain Management alumni: $700 AUD (incl. GST)
Registration: Dates for 2022 will be available soon. Registrations will re-open then.

Please note

  • Registrations close 5 business days before the first session of the series, to allow time for postage of materials.
  • Registrations may close earlier if the series is full.
  • No refunds will be provided once materials have been posted out.
  • A maximum of 10 participants can register for each series, and a minimum of 6 participants per series is required for the series to proceed.

Sessions outline

Session Topic
1 Patient assessment and case formulation
2 Explaining case formulation to the patient
3 Identifying SMART goals and using motivational interviewing
4 Employing self-management skills and developing a treatment plan
5 Reinforcing treatment program and maintenance strategies - part one
6 Reinforcing treatment program and maintenance strategies - part two
7 Integration of CBT skills

Upcoming dates

Please find the dates for the 2021 webinar sessions below.

Closed for registrations.

Wednesdays; 6:00 - 7:30pm AEST

Session Date
1 Wed 19 May 2021
2 Wed 26 May 2021
3 Wed 2 June 2021
4 Wed 9 June 2021
5 Wed 16 June 2021
6 Wed 23 June 2021
7 Wed 21 July 2021

Closed for registrations.

Tuesdays; 7:00 - 8.30pm AEST

Session Date
1 Tue 3 Aug 2021
2 Tue 10 Aug 2021 
3 Tue 17 Aug 2021
4 Tue 24 Aug 2021
5 Tue 7 Sep 2021
6 Tue 14 Sep 2021
7 Tue 12 Oct 2021

Closed for registrations.

Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00pm AEDT

Session Date
1 Wed 13 Oct 2021
2 Wed 20 Oct 2021 
3 Wed 27 Oct 2021
4 Wed 3 Nov 2021
5 Wed 10 Nov 2021
6 Wed 17 Nov 2021
7 Wed 15 Dec 2021

What's involved?

The webinar skills training consists of four basic steps: 


  • Checking computer compatibility
  • Completing pre-reading


  • Logging on in time to participate
  • Interacting with the facilitator and other participants
  • Presenting and discussing homework experiences


  • Incorporating the new skills in the management of chronic pain patients (e.g. case formulation, goal setting, activity pacing, thought management, applied relaxation)


  • Preparing a written statement about skills practised between sessions
  • Reflecting on the experience & documenting insights gained, culminating in a case presentation in the final session to demonstrate competence

Homework tasks

You are expected to use the skills covered with your patients between sessions, culminating in a case presentation in the final session. These tasks are designed to give you an opportunity to practise and reflect on the skills you explored in each session.

Study materials

All participants receive:

  • a comprehensive manual covering the content of the program
  • a headset
  • advice on the technical aspects of the webinar sessions
  • relevant papers for background reading
  • a copy of our patient manual (Manage Your Pain by Nicholas et al.)

Follow-up email discussions with the facilitators, if necessary, are also available.