Level 2 - SIRPA Practitioner Course

CPD Level 2 = 41 hours

Do you see clients whose lives are severely limited by chronic pain?

Would you like to help your clients do more than learn to manage their pain?

Would you like to become part of a growing network of respected professionals helping to change people’s lives forever using a pioneering approach to chronic pain?


Throughout the western world people suffer from severe pain which persists, despite current conventional and alternative treatments, often destroying lives and livelihoods. The impact of chronic pain in the western world is enormous, with the total costs associated with persistent pain in the US alone  being about $600 billion a year.

Pain and the CNS

The acute pain of an injury is an unpleasant, but important, biological signal indicating tissue damage. However, we now understand that where there is no underlying physical disease, such as cancer or an auto-immune disorder, chronic pain is actually created by the central nervous system, rather than the bodily location where the pain is felt to be. The triggers for the brain to create or cause pain to persist are many and varied, but the adapted ‘stress’ response underlying this is unconscious and automatic and acts as a protective, or maladapted ‘fight or flight’ response.

SIRPA’s approach

SIRPA’s approach is based on this cutting edge concept and uses a self-empowering educational approach, as well as numerous self-empowering strategies to address the central nervous system directly, via its ‘software’ – the mind.  Pain science now shows that neuroplasticity allows us to change our neural pathways, therefore allowing individuals to take responsibility for their health, often with life-changing results.

Testimonial: “It’s great having such a competent and enthusiastic colleague in the UK” John E Sarno MD Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine and Pioneer in the field of Tension Myositis Syndrome (Stress -Induced Symptoms)

CPD Level 2 = 41 hours

SIRPA’s mission:

SIRPA’s mission is to engage health professionals, educate them about the SIRPA approach to chronic pain and equip them with practical competencies necessary to shift their clients from living with pain to living without it.  Chronic pain is now the world’s leading cause of disability, affecting 20-30% of the global population. By cultivating a community of ambassador-clinicians for the emerging approach, SIRPA aims to dramatically reduce human suffering in the world.

What will your investment include?

This course is delivered via an interactive online programme packed full of videos, activities and with additional resources to support Practitioners as they begin integrating this approach into their own work. Included in the course will be:

  • The theory underpinning the neurophysiology of psychophysiological disorders
  • The many possible manifestations of a psychosocial cause
  • How to identify a psychophysiological disorder and what red flags to watch for
  • Client assessment – theory, observation and experiential practice
  • Understanding the treatment principles behind the SIRPA programme
  • Theory and experiential practice of self-empowering strategies used in the SIRPA programme
  • Supporting clients through their journey
  • Understanding possible barriers to success
  • Practical assignments between the modules
  • How to approach clients with the concept
  • Basic marketing tips and suggestions to reach out to a new audience

Additional resources available to SIRPA Practitioners after the course include membership of SIRPA which includes a number of benefits, you can read about these here. The membership is designed to support your ongoing professional development and will be discussed in more detail within the online Practitioner training. 

Testimonial: “A portable and comprehensive training that will benefit all practitioners looking to gain competence in this exciting field. The online format makes it easy for the trainee to learn at their own pace with continuous access to high quality training materials. This training will open your eyes to something that was there all along in your patients and consequently benefit them hugely in their healing journey” Dr Lizzie Croton, GP
Testimonial: "I have increasingly wondered over my years of clinical practice what the golden key would be for my patients to truly understand why they were developing their symptoms.  Having done the SIRPA practitioner course I feel like I have been given the gift of knowledge and understanding to guide them to the true cause of their pain and dysfunction.  To reveal how our emotions make themselves known, heard and felt in our bodies.” Jo Coulter, Physiotherapist

This course is for you if you are:

  • A Medical professional
  • A Mental Health professional
  • A Complementary therapist, or
  • A Health Coach

and you:

  • are looking to add value to your clients and practice
  • have a full professional qualification
  • are regulated by a respected professional body, and
  • have up to date professional indemnity insurance

N.B. If you are not sure whether you fit these criteria and would like to discuss how you might be able to meet SIRPA’s requirements, please do get in touch.

CPD Level 2 = 41 hours

How will you benefit from completing this course?

You will:

  • Learn the wide ranging causes of stress-induced conditions and the variety of conditions which are often psychophysiological.
  • Learn to competently help clients identify and understand stressors, links and triggers and recognise how these relate to their pain and symptoms.
  • Learn to understand and demonstrate the appropriate use of treatment tools/techniques taught on the course and how to integrate these within your own work.
  • Learn to competently and compassionately encourage self-empowerment with patients and confidently support them on their journey.
  • Learn to recognise any risk factors and understand limitations and when to refer on a client who might be at risk.
  • Learn to be a leader in this ground breaking field – (SIRPA’s practitioner training was the first course worldwide to provide training for health professionals interested in integrating this approach into their work with their own clients.)
  • Become part of a growing group of professionals pioneering an exciting and often life-changing approach to chronic pain and making a real difference.
  • Be able to help your clients do more than just learn to manage their pain.
  • Gain a huge sense of job satisfaction by improving your patient outcomes.

The SIRPA approach is a rare example of a medical practise that has actually caught up with the leading edge of medical knowledge”. Adam Al-Kashi PhD, Thought Leader and  Relationship Centred Facilitator

What does the SIRPA Practitioner training provide?

  • Information via numerous resources to enable delegates to easily work through the course in their own time
  • Provides easy to follow guidance, from introducing the concept to clients, undertaking an in-depth  SIRPA assessment and supporting clients through their recovery programme
  • Peer Support: Encourages interaction with peers during the course and afterwards in order to be able to question, share and support each other via a private forum 
  • Option for additional peer support from experienced SIRPA Practitioners
  • Access to 2 free months of SIRPA membership
  • The opportunity to access clinical supervision for additional support
  • The opportunity to progress and work towards becoming a licensed SIRPA practitioner
  • Downloadable worksheets and strategies for use with clients
  • Additional information available via links to a number of external, supportive resources to  ensure an in-depth and broad understanding of the concept and approach


By purchasing SIRPA's Level 2 Practitioner course you are confirming that you are qualified as one of the following; a medical professional, mental health professional, complementary therapist or a health coach and you are currently regulated by a respected professional body and have up to date professional indemnity insurance. SIRPA will not be held liable for anyone who undertakes this course who does not fit these criteria and all delegates must be working within their own scope of practise as accepted by their own professional body. Any queries, please contact us.



SIRPA is committed to your complete satisfaction with our services. If, for any reason, you are not entirely satisfied with our services, we offer a 100% money back guarantee which is available from 30 days after the first day of the course you attend. In the unlikely occasion that this does ever occur we will aim to gain an understanding of your reasons to request your money back, in order to continue to improve our services.

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Georgie Oldfield MCSP
Georgie Oldfield MCSP
Physiotherapist & Founder of SIRPA

About the instructor

Georgie Oldfield MCSP is a leading physiotherapist and chronic pain specialist, promoting a pioneering approach to resolving chronic pain through her SIRPA Recovery Programme. Georgie is the founder of SIRPATM (Stress Illness Recovery Practitioners’ Association), an organisation dedicated to promoting the concept that chronic pain is part of an unconscious protective response caused by learned nerve pathways, rather than any physical ‘abnormality’ found, therefore the aim is to enable pain relief as well as enabling individuals 

Since coming across this concept in 2007 and traveling to New York to visit the pioneering Doctor, John Sarno, Georgie returned to the US on a number of occasions to develop her understanding by attending the first conferences in this field and learning from some of the other Specialists in the US.  

As well as her clinical work, Georgie gives talks and writes widely about the concept.  In 2014 published her first book, ‘Chronic Pain: your key to recovery’.  and along with 16 other health professionals she co-authored the book, 'Psychophysiologic Disorders: Trauma Informed, Interprofessional Diagnosis and Treatment, which was published in 2019.

Through SIRPATM Georgie developed the first training programme worldwide, enabling health professionals to learn how to integrate this approach and the concept on which it is based within their own work. The SIRPA course has evolved over the years and by developing this online course it is making this exciting training available to people worldwide. 

Georgie is passionate about raising awareness of this concept and approach.  This is demonstrated by the fact that she organises and hosts conferences for health professionals, which are held at 1 Wimpole Street, the home of the Royal Society of Medicine in London.


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