Webinar Skills Training in Pain Management


Keyboard with new skills key.

´╗┐The webinar skills training program aims to give you an opportunity to learn how to help your patients better manage chronic or persisting pain problems.

Each program consists of six webinar sessions of 90 minutes duration conducted over a 2-3 month timeframe. In each session you explore specific strategies on how to effectively manage patients experiencing chronic pain.

The schedule is as follows:

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

Participants will receive a certificate of completion recognising 24 hours of professional development if all attendance and homework requirements are met.

Mode of delivery

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

An Iterative Process

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 & other participants
  • Presenting & 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, advice on the technical aspects of the webinar sessions and relevant papers for background reading. We also provide you with 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.

Note: Webinar groups are limited to 10 participants to foster discussion between participants and facilitators.