Title: More Than Words: How Can We Help People Express Their Experience Of Pain?
Synopsis: Like drugs, words have the ability to change the way another person thinks and feels. Words are capable of corrupting thoughts, generating emotions and creating actions that lead to behavior change. As clinicians, we play a pivotal role in the lives of people in vulnerable, distressing situations.
The words we choose can either contain the capacity to heal, or have the potential to cause devastating and lasting harm. It is therefore not only crucial for us to understand the impact that our words have when attempting to help people in pain, it is also essential for us to help others to find ways to talk about their experience.
This presentation will highlight the impact of language across healthcare whilst also exploring divergent ways to enable people to express, make sense and overcome their pain.
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BIO: Mike Stewart is a physiotherapist and visiting university lecturer with twenty years of experience managing complex, persistent pain conditions. In addition, he is a dedicated practice-based educator committed to providing evidence-based education to a wide variety of health professionals. His Know Pain workshops have provided clinicians around the world with practical pain education skills.
He has an MSc in Physiotherapy and Practice-based Education from the University of Brighton, and is planning a PhD focusing on pain and communication. His published work has received international praise from the leading names in neuroscience.