Forthcoming workshops 2019-2020:
Please use the Contact link above for information on any of the following workshops..
FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2019: Distraction Pain and Guided Imagery workshop: Great Ormond St Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London UK.
WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2020: ACT on Stress Workshops: Morning and Afternoon - RED Centre Training Facility; Alice Springs Hospital Campus. Northern Territory, Australia.
THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2020: Emotions, Pain and Stress in Palliative Care: ACT-based Psychology, Pain and Palliative Care workshop for Health & Social Care Professionals RED Centre Training Facility; Alice Springs Hospital Campus. Northern Territory, Australia.
TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2020: Distraction Pain and Guided Imagery workshop: Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory, Australia.
THURSDAY 12 MARCH 2020: Distraction Pain and Guided Imagery workshop: Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch New Zealand.
FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020: Distraction Pain and Guided Imagery workshop: Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch New Zealand.
Please click on the above link for a list of Pain and Palliative Care Events hosted by the Royal Marsden Hospital Conference Centre.
ACT on Stress workshop: Living and working with high-level stress.
Distraction, Pain and Guided Imagery workshop: Procedural pain and fear in children and adolescents.
Emotions, Pain and Stress in Palliative Care Workshop for Health and Social Care Professionals.
Please use the Contact link for more information or to register for a workshop. The Distraction, Pain and Guided Imagery workshop brochure is available for download here. The Palliative Care Workshop brochure for health and social care professionals is here. Please click on this link for the ACT on Stress Workshop.
If you would like Dr Bernie Whitaker to speak on managing pain and fear, anxiety, ACT or Palliative Care and Guided Imagery at your conference or event please Contact Here.
Welcome to Top-Down Pain Control: Education and training in managing procedural pain and fear in children and adolescents and ACT and guided imagery skills for parents and health/social care professionals in palliative care. The approach is a synthesis of Personal Construct Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Bernie, I am using guided imagery on a weekly basis in my anaesthetic practice, finding it very useful for successful procedures (iv line placement, mask tolerance) in children and adults. You have changed my anaesthetic career for the better and helped me help many patients.
(Email from an Anaesthetist, Australia)
The first time I used guided imagery with a child in a procedure was over 30 years ago. The boy was 5 years-old and I took four sutures out of his eyelid in an emergency department while he sat with his eyes closed happily engaging with his friends, playing football (Aussie Rules) in imagery. When we had finished he opened his eyes and asked me, "Is it going to hurt?" My astonished reply was along the lines of, "We're all done Mate". I have to say that sparked a passion to learn more about managing procedural pain and fear in children. With this in mind I explored the types of imagery that worked well in a Masters degree and then a PhD in psychology examining the effects of distraction, relaxation and imagery on procedural pain and fear in children. I never intended this to 'sit on the shelf' and collect dust so in 1995 I started teaching people how to use these techniques.
The images above are from a video of me using guided imagery with a boy who is having a venepuncture while playing cricket in his imagery. He was truly amazing hitting the ball again and again over the fence for a 'big six' before being 'run out' in the dramatic style of his cricketing heroes and yes, of course, his team won the game.
Because in a constructivist sense the brain is not an end-point, it is both the generator and modulator of experience be it pain, fear, joy, memories or the thoughts you are having right now. Globally, Top-Down Pain Control is all about:
WALKING THE ROAD WITH THE CHILD AND IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT OF PROCEDURAL PAIN AND FEAR, AND
PROVIDING A FRAMEWORK FOR LIVING AND WORKING WITH THE INEVITABLE STRESS OF WORK, LIFE AND SPECIAL AREAS SUCH AS PALLIATIVE CARE
From distraction and pain to living and working with high-level stress and palliative care. There are workshops for you and your staff to build on existing skills and develop further.
Ready to take the next step? Come to Reigate in Surrey for a day packed with practical knowledge and skills or on a larger scale: Host a workshop in your hospital/workplace now.