A first class Introductory Course for health professionals
Do any of these statements apply to you?
- You’re frustrated because you’ve tried everything but often clients keep coming back with a recurrence of the same symptom.
- You’re frustrated because you’ve tried everything but some clients keep coming back with new symptoms each time for no apparent reason.
- You’re fed up with only being able to help your clients ‘manage’ their pain.
- You’re looking for the latest evidence and research in the treatment of chronic pain.
- You’re confused because often your clients’ symptoms don’t match their diagnosis.
- You’re bemused why certain clients are in so much pain despite there not being either a clear cause or any initial injury.
- You’re confused because so often you are struggling to find a clear cause for your clients’ symptoms.
- You’ve already read books and studies about this concept and approach and you are wondering if this is the right approach for you.
If just ONE of the above statements resonates with you, then read on!
The biomedical model focuses on there being a physical cause for chronic pain and therefore because the focus is on treating the symptoms only, the aim is to improve the patient's management of their pain. The biopsychosocial model has improved on this by recognising that we need to take into account psychosocial aspects of people's lives. The understanding is that there is still a physical problem, but by helping patients address psychosocial aspects of their lives we can improve their treatment outcome. This is a major step forward and is backed up by evidence demonstrating that emotions such as anger and fear cause a response in the emotional brain which results in an exacerbation of the pain. Therefore by helping people consider their lifestyle as well as how their thoughts and behaviours affect their pain, using therapies such as CBT, they become more self-empowered in being able to modulate their pain levels.
SIRPA's pain recovery approach is based on a psychosocial approach which is aimed at pain resolution. This is because the evidence shows that chronic pain is an emotional experience and is driven by the emotional brain and the central nervous system and is part of a maladapted fight or flight, or protective, response. Full recovery is therefore possible once this is recognized and the cause identified and addressed, because the process is reversible due to neuroplasticity and using the 'software' of the central nervous system, the mind.
Testimonial:- "In the 13 years since I qualified as a physiotherapist I have never come away from a course with as much enthusiasm and excitement as this. I have always shied away from working as an independent practitioner as I haven't ever felt enough enthusiasm for what I do. However, I now feel so strongly about the SIRPA Programme, that I have decided that this is now what I feel inspired to do." Harriet Every MCSP
So why are we sharing this with you?
Bewilderment about the anomalies in the statements above was exactly what led to the development of the extensive body of work that is the SIRPA training for health professionals. Our introductory course will provide you with the first step into this pioneering approach from health professionals who have already been where you are.
Our 1 day Introductory Practitioner Course will cover SIRPA’s educational and self-empowering approach designed to support you on your journey into finding out how you might be able to integrate this approach into your own work, as well as potentially learning how to improve your own health and well-being. We’ll share pioneering research, teach you practical strategies and give you an opportunity to get involved with the effective techniques that have so far helped thousands of people recover from chronic pain and regain their zest for life.
Why should I attend this introductory course?
The books on this subject provide an important first step into understanding the concept and approach that the SIRPA approach is based on. It is however challenging as a health professional to fully integrate this work on your own without the support and guidance of Specialists in this field.
Despite the lack of courses back in 2007, founder of SIRPA Ltd, Physiotherapist Georgie Oldfield MCSP was determined to learn more about this work, despite not finding anyone in the UK or Europe who worked in this field. She therefore traveled to the US on a number of occasions, firstly to spend time with the pioneer, Dr John Sarno in 2007 and then with some of the other Specialists in this field. Attending conferences in the US, developing strong links with the other Specialists in this field and being involved in the global peer support group enabled Georgie to develop a specialism in this field herself.
She was then keen to share this concept and approach with others as a way to help spread the word of this often life-changing approach in the UK and Europe via SIRPATM,which was set up as the vehicle to do this. SIRPA’s courses were the first courses worldwide in this field aimed at providing training and support to health professionals and coaches interested in integrating this approach within their own work and at much less expense and effort than through Georgie's learning involved.
- SIRPA conference 2015 at the Royal Society of Medicine, London - Back row from left to right: Peter Zafirides MD, David Hanscom MD, Dave Clarke MD, Howard Schubiner MD, Adam Al-Kashi PhD, Mags Clark Smith MA, Fran Sommer Anderson SEP. Front row: Georgie Oldfield MCSP and Chrstine Sarno Horner MHC
This introductory practitioner course is the first stage of SIRPA’s new online Training Programme, based on the physical practitioner courses that have been undertaken since 2010. It is the first step for health professionals, therapists and coaches new to this concept and provides an opportunity to gain insights into how you might introduce this work into your own practice before deciding whether to sign up for the full online practitioner training.
This approach is about mindsets, self-empowerment and learning life skills in order to become more resilient and as such the SIRPA training is not just about resolving pain and other persistent symptoms, but about promoting a healthy lifestyle and then more importantly maintaining health and well-being.
Testimonial:- “I’ve had a few insights into my own inner turmoil through this journey and many more things to get my head around. Without a shadow of doubt I feel 100% better than I ever thought I would through changing how I think and approach daily life.” Jane (patient)
How will I benefit from attending this course?
When you sign up for this introductory course you are investing in the opportunity to:
- Learn the evidence base underpinning the concept on which the SIRPA approach is based, including the most up to date pain science.
- Learn the various possible manifestations we can help, not just musculoskeletal pain.
- Learn the different causes of psychophysiological/mindbody symptoms and conditions.
- Learn how to identify the causes of chronic pain and other persistent or recurring symptoms a client might be experiencing.
- Learn the basics of a number of simple and self-empowering pain recovery strategies.
- Understand the principles on which the SIRPA approach is based on
- Learn suggestions and recommendations for ongoing learning and personal development.
What else will I gain from attending?
- Learn experientially through your own journey as you learn, therefore enabling a deeper understanding if you decide to go on and learn how to use this in your clinical practice.
- Hear from past patients about the life-changing results they experienced through following the SIRPATM programme.
- Gain a good understanding of how our environment and our lifestyle can impact health and ‘fuel’ pain and what we can do about it.
- Learn strategies to desensitise the pain pathways and develop new healthier nerve pathways.
- Learn how to develop your own stress resilience.
- Understand the next steps, if you feel this is a journey you would like to take professionally.
1) By signing up for this course you are declaring yourself to have a health profession or coaching qualification OR you accept this is for your own personal use and not to be used for treatment purposes.
2) These courses are intended solely for the general information of the attendees, with some basic strategies to share with clients if all red flags have been ruled out and it is deemed safe. Level 2 is the next step aimed at helping health professionals or coaches who wish to learn how to begin to integrate this approach into their own work with clients.
If you decide to continue with the full online Practitioner course you would learn in more depth the concept and self-empowering strategies, as well as how to support clients through their recovery. You would also learn skills to support clients whom you feel might struggle while dealing with past, possibly traumatic experiences, in a safe and contained way, or learn when to refer on.
** This Level 1 course is a mandatory pre-requisite for the Level 2 full practitioner course. (coming soon) **
Following this introductory course the Practitioner course is the next step in a comprehensive career development path for health professionals interested in this work. After successful completion of the Practitioner course there is also the opportunity to become a SIRPA member and the first 2 months of this subscription is included for free as a taster.
This offers the chance to continue your professional, clinical and business development in a supportive community with numerous benefits included to help with this.
Currently we have trained people from many backgrounds, including Physiotherapists, Psychotherapists, Doctors, Hypnotherapists and Coaches who have came to attend the physical courses from places as far afield as Europe, Tasmania and Los Angeles!
Testimonial:- “Thank you for your years of hard work in this area. I'm so glad I came across SIRPA at this stage of my career. It's amazing to have clear, scientifically proven answers to my questions about unusual pain behaviour and emotional links." Course Attendee
Are you ready to join us?
If you are a health professional or coach who wants to improve client outcomes for Chronic Pain conditions and begin your journey into a pain recovery approach - this course is for you!
- 11 - Timelines
- 12 - House of Health
- 13 - Treatment Principles
- 14 - Breathing
- 15 - Journaling - Part 1
- 16 - Journaling - Part 2
- A few resources for clients
- Dr David Hanscom's talk at our 2015 Conference
- Fran Sommer Anderson's talk at our 2015 Conference
- Additional resources to enhance your understanding
- Books to support your understanding
About the instructor
Georgie Oldfield is the European leader in Chronic Pain Recovery, a physiotherapist by profession, in 2007 she went to america to learn from the pioneer in this field Dr John Sarno. Since then Georgie has hosted two international conferences, written a book which has over a thousand copies and helped hundreds of people recover from chronic pain in her private practice. She also founded SIRPA, a training organisation set up to support other practitioners to integrate this approach into their work.