Disclosure: I was provided the online course in order to review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Control My Pain Project is a program that educates, encourages, and seeks to improve the lives of people in pain. With the teaching of OT, Pam Garton, patients living in pain can learn how pain occurs in the body. Pam is getting her PhD studying the efficacy of structured biopsychosocial rehabilitation in Injury Management.
The Control My Pain Project is an easy to use online series of “classes”. The six-week program is divided into 6 sections that come in the way of video instruction and audio files. Each week’s program is very simple to complete and even has quizzes to let viewers see how well they understand the topic.
Although the program was initially planned to teach medical professionals, it is certainly not too difficult for non-medical professionals, too. The scientific portion was explained on a level that anyone could understand. I found this area especially helpful.
The 6 Weeks of Topics include: Science of Pain, Biopsychoscocial Approach, Thoughts & Feelings, Relaxation, Managing Activity, and Communication. Many of the information seemed like common sense, while others came from a variety of psychological and Buddhist philosophies.
One of the biggest terms taught in this program is mindfulness. Mindfulness is described by Psychology Today as:
“Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass by you, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” (https://psychologytoday.com/us/basics/mindfulness)
Mindfulness comes out of Zen Buddhist meditation principles, and a statue of Buddha was even shown on one of the slideshows.
I found the information in Week 2 as something I was unfamiliar with. Biopsychosocial is a system that considers biological, psychological, and social factors and their complex interactions in understanding health, illness, and health care delivery. George L Engel taught at the University of Rochester. He was prominent in the field of psychosomatic theory and his ideas became the biopsychosocial method.
The Survive, Strive, Thrive organization offers this 6-week course, hoping to make this methodology very easy-to-understand. They offer step-by-step activities to complete and lots of resources to further investigate each week’s training. For those taking part in the course, there is also a private Facebook Group.
You’ll find the Australian accents enjoyable to hear and easy to understand. The program is thorough but also short enough for anyone to complete, even if they are in pain.
@2018, copyright Lisa Ehrman