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SCI Pain Course

The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Pain Course is a free online and internet-delivered program designed to provide good information about chronic pain and to teach practical skills for the management of chronic pain and emotional wellbeing. . We developed the SCI Pain Course based on very encouraging feedback from our standard Pain Course, HERE, and because chronic pain is a very common consequence of spinal cord injury. For example, research shows that approximately 2 in 3 Australians with paraplegia and quadriplegia (partial or complete) experience chronic pain. Unfortunately, we know that may people with a spinal cord injury face significant difficulties accessing pain management programs, which can help to manage pain and difficulties with anxiety, worry, low mood and depression.

We are now actively developing the SCI Pain Course with the hope of helping to reduce the impact of chronic, stress, anxiety, worry, low mood and depression on people's day-to-day functioning and quality of life.

To learn more about Chronic Pain, please click HERE. To learn more about symptoms of low mood and depression, please click HERE. To learn more about anxiety and anxiety disorders, please click HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: You can scroll right to the bottom of this page to make an application or register your interest in the SCI Pain Course.

PLEASE NOTE: The SCI Pain Course is specifically designed for people with a spinal cord injury. If you do not have a spinal cord injury (e.g., complete or incomplete paraplegia or quadriplegia), you can read about and make an application or register your interest for our standard Pain Course, HERE

What does the Course involve?

  • 5 online lessons that provide information and teach practical skills for managing chronic pain, anxiety and low mood.
  • 5 Do It Yourself (DIY) Guides to help you practice those skills.
  • Lots of Additional Resources and Case Stories from others.
  • Brief weekly contact with a clinician via email and telephone.

The SCI Pain Course is based heavily on our standard Pain Course, which is delivered over 8 weeks and is designed to provide you with practical information about chronic pain and proven skills for managing chronic pain, anxiety and depression. This Course is not designed to treat chronic pain. However, the skills taught in the Course have been found in numerous scientific studies to help with the management of chronic pain and the maintenance of emotional wellbeing, despite pain.

The Course aims to provide the information and skills that you would normally receive from a Clinical Psychologist, if you attended a specialist Multidisciplinary Pain Management Clinic. Multidisciplinary Pain Management is now considered best practice. Please Note: Many people with chronic pain have had the regrettable experience of being told that their pain may be imaginary, psychological or all in their mind. Please be reassured that all pain is real. The Pain Course is designed to help people maximise their ability to cope with the very real pain they experience and maintain their emotional wellbeing despite pain.

Who is the Course Suitable For?

  • Australian adults aged 18 and older.
  • With a diagnosed spinal cord injury.
  • With chronic pain - that is, pain that they have experienced for more than 6 months.
  • With symptoms of stress, anxiety, low mood and depression.
  • Who want to learn information and skills to improve the quality of their lives and emotional wellbeing.
  • Who have at least 4 hours per week to spend working on the Course and practicing the skills taught during the Course.
  • Who have had their pain examined by a General Practitioner (GP) in the last 3 months to rule out any malignant or treatable causes to their pain. This is a compulsory condition for being eligible to apply to the Pain Course.

Unfortunately, we cannot include people who are currently suicidal or who are not Australian residents. We also strongly recommend you discuss your participation in this Course with your GP. Maintaining a good working relationship with your GP is essential when you have chronic pain and they help you decide whether this program is going to be suitable for you.

Not sure if this course is right for you? Please contact us, click HERE.

The Next Trial

We are very excited to start to offer the SCI Pain Course. We have now had more than 1600 Australians, several of whom have had a spinal cord injury, complete the standard Pain Course and the results are very encouraging. More than 95% reported the Course was worth their time and more than 95% reported they would recommend friends and family do the Course, if they had chronic pain. Most participants said it was hard work. But, most also made good clinical improvements in how much they were able to do day-to-day and in their symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Our next trial of the SCI Pain Course attempts to answer 3 key questions:

(a) Is the SCI Pain Course helpful in managing symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety, low mood and depression and improving overall quality of life?
(b) What are the benefits of doing the SCI Pain Course via the internet and is it acceptable to participants?
(c) What can we do to further improve the SCI Pain Course for future participants?

When is the Next Course Being Offered?

We currently do not have an exact date when we will be offering the SCI Pain Course. If you are interested in participating in the next Course just click on the Register Now! button below and follow the prompts.

Of course, if you have any questions about the Course please feel free to contact us, click HERE.

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