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Welcome to our new SIG: Interprofessional Pain Management

Pre-Meeting Workshop: Tuesday April 2nd, 2019 1:00 - 5:00pm

 “How to navigate difficult conversations about pain: Interprofessional perspectives, strategies and skills for daily practice”

Cost: $50

The Interprofessional Pain Management SIG strives to support evidence-based care from a biopsychosocial and interprofessional perspective. As an extension of the Interprofessional Pain Management SIG, this workshop will focus on providing attendees with new knowledge and applied skills related to navigating difficult conversations about pain from an interprofessional perspective.

Workshop speakers include Dr. Timothy H. Wideman, PT, PhD; Dr. Judy Watt-Watson, RN, PhD; Dr. Rebecca McDermott, C.Psych, PhD, and Dr. Stephen Henry, MD, MSc. The overarching purpose of this workshop is to bring together a diverse group of professionals with an interest in pain to engage in a day of interprofessional learning and networking. We hope to see you there!

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Dr. Timothy H. Wideman, PT, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University

Dr. Timothy Wideman is a licensed physiotherapist and assistant professor in McGill's School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. Dr. Wideman helps lead a national initiative to improve pain education within the entry-level training of healthcare providers and has delivered numerous workshops to help clinicians better understand and manage pain. He has received a new investigator award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for his research in clinical rehabilitation and a mentorship award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for excellence in teaching and service related to translating pain research into practice.                                

Dr. Judy Watt-Watson, RN, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Dr. Judy Watt-Watson is Professor Emeritus, UofT Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing; Senior Fellow-UofT’s Massey College; Executive member- UofT Centre for the Study of Pain; and Associate Scientific Staff - Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital. She is Past-President of the Canadian Pain Society, and on the International Association for the Study of Pain Executive Task Force for the 2018 Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education. Her research has focused on a) establishing pain prevalence and related risk factors, particularly for cardiac surgical patients, and b) pain education interventions, involving health professionals and/or patients.

Dr. Rebecca McDermott, C.Psych, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Chronic Pain Clinic, Kingston Health Sciences Centre 

Dr. Rebecca McDermott is a psychologist at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) in an interprofessional chronic pain program as well as a clinical supervisor of clinical psychology graduate students at Queen's University. She completed her graduate training in clinical psychology at the University of Western Ontario and a clinical residency at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Through her clinical work, Dr. McDermott helps patients cope with their chronic pain condition and identify psychological contributors to their pain. She also develops group-based treatments and conducts research on the efficacy of psychological interventions for the management of chronic pain.

Dr. Stephen Henry, MD, MSc 
General Internist and Associate Professor, University of California Davis 

Dr. Stephen Henry is a general internist and associate professor at University of California Davis. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and completed residency and research training at the University of Michigan before joining UC Davis in 2012. His research and teaching interests focus on developing strategies to improve patient-clinician communication, particularly around opioids and pain management. He currently leads US National Institutes of Health-funded research projects to encourage patient opioid tapering and to train primary care physicians to more effectively communicate about chronic pain and opioids. Dr. Henry also leads several research projects involving the CURES database, including projects involving collaborations with the California Departments of Justice and Public Health to evaluate opioid prevention efforts in California.

Pre-Meeting Workshop: Tuesday April 2nd, 2019 1:00 - 5:00pm

Cost: $50

See below for more information on how you can get involved!

Our newest Special Interest Group is a consolidation of our Education, and Nursing Issues SIGs. .

Scope of the SIG

The Interprofessional Pain Management SIG will focus on supporting evidence- based care from a biopsychosocial and interprofessional perspective.

  • An interprofessional perspective values collaboration and shared decision making between patients, families, and the healthcare team, with the common goal of improving patient outcomes.
  • SIG membership will be open to all clinicians regardless of whether they are working within an interprofessional setting.
  • An emphasis will be placed on supporting biopsychosocial pain management strategies that can be applied across professional disciplines and practice settings (e.g. educational interventions, self-management strategies).

The objectives of this SIG are to facilitate:

  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration and networking
  • Capacity building and professional development in interprofessional management of pain
  • Knowledge exchange between researchers, clinicians and people living with pain.


To join one of our SIGs, you must be a member in good standing of the Canadian Pain Society.

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