11-12 June 2019 Changing Health Behaviour to Improve Health Outcomes


Course Aims/ Summary

This course aims to provide physiotherapists with knowledge of behaviour change techniques to help patients with persistenet pain management.  It aims to give physiotherapists the knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to communicate effectively with their patients in order to best understand their needs and to enable them to take responsibility for their pain.  This will involve understanding the key psychological factors shown in research to predict recovery and focusing on identifying biopsychosocial 'flags' that might act as barriers to improvement.  There will be a strong focus on health behaviour change, models and theories of behaviour change, psychotherapeutic constructs including CBT and ACT and ways to motivate patients to engage in treatment recommendations.

Course Objectives

On completion of thie two day course, delegates will be able to:

  • Discuss the evidence base relating to key psychological factors predicting pain experience and recovery
  • Discuss the cognitive behavioural approach to pain management including acceptance of pain and improvement of function
  • Use cognitive behavioural tools and techniques to facilitate behavioural change 
  • Ask more effective questions around core 'flag' areas to fully understand patient's beliefs about their pain and associated behaviours during an initial assessment
  • Hold structured review sessions by setting a clear agenda and following it
  • Negotiate with patients to set challenging but achievable 'homework' activities
  • Challenge patients to reflect on their behaviour and to reflect on what has to change to secure a good outcome for them

Pre Course

There are no pre-course conditions, aside from an interest in the biopsychosocial approach to pain management involving the use of CBT and ACT techniques.


Dr Julie Denning has worked on the field of pain management for the past 17 years for both a leading pain management company in the UK and more recently in her own company, Working to Wellbeing.  She has researched effective tools to screen for psychological risk factors associated with pain and has trained physiotherapists to deliver 'psychosocial' elements of a functional restoration programme.  In her role as consultant Health Psychologist, she has also coached individual Physiotherapists to hone their skills in effective communication with patients in order to achieve outstanding results.  Julie has an MSc and PhD in Health Psychology and a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

COST: 2 day course - £280 Memebers, £340 Non-Members - Lunch NOT included.

VENUE AND LOCATION: YHA London St Pancreas, 79-81 Euston Road, London NW1 2QE

DATES AND TIMES: Tuesday 11th June 2019 10.30am - 5.00pm and Wednesday 12th June 2019 10.00am - 4.30pm


For further information on course content please email  julie.denning@workingtowardswellbeing.com  07930 556505