Chronic Pain Program
The program is based on a range of evidence-based therapies, in particular, drawing from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Sessions are facilitated by the multidisciplinary team, including a Health Psychologist, Exercise Physiologist, Psychiatrist and Pain Specialist.
In a group therapy setting, patients will:
- Develop an understanding of chronic pain and its impact from a biopsychosocial perspective.
- Develop and practice adaptive coping strategies for pain and emotional distress.
- Learn the concepts of behavioural activation and pacing.
- Develop and work toward value driven goals.
- Learn techniques to manage unhelpful thoughts which exacerbate negative experience.
- Understand the relationship between depression and/or anxiety and pain.
- Improve communication and social support, including conflict resolution.
- Address grief and loss.
- Reduce the functional and emotional impact of chronic pain.
- Participate in therapeutic outings, including hydrotherapy.
The program requires a 13 day admission and offers therapy groups three times daily (weekdays). General therapy groups, including those available to carers, are also offered on a Saturday.