Power Over Pain: Re-Envisioning Chronic Pain Care to Improve Access and Connection
Presenters: Dean Penney, MSW, RSW & Julie Dwyer MSc. Clinical Psychology - Centre for Pain and Disability Management
When acute pain is not addressed in a timely and effective manner it can become chronic. Chronic pain impacts an estimated 7.6 million Canadians, and its prevalence is expected to rise to nine million by 2030. Chronic pain can reduce quality of life and cause depression, increased suicidal ideation, insomnia, impaired cognitive function, and other damaging long-term effects including fear of movement, physical deconditioning and social isolation. Improving access to pain services is one of the top priorities identified among Canadians living with pain and their families. Power over Pain Portal (PoP) is a national initiative funded by Health Canada to improve connection and access for those living with pain as well as those who treat it. This presentation will explore the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain and introduce the PoP as a resource that can be used within a social work practice.

Comprehensive DBT Program Overview
    • Aldena Hillier-Legge BSW, MA Couns. Psych, RSW, DBT Coordinator, NL Health Services, Labrador Zone
    • Deena Strang MSW, RSW, DBT Coordinator, NL Health Services, Eastern Rural Zone
    • Lesley Maddigan MSW, RSW, DBT Coordinator, NL Health Services, Central Zone
    • Georgina (Gina) Mercer MSW, RSW, DBT Coordinator, NL Health Services, Eastern Urban Zone
    • Cathy Fudge MSW, RSW, DBT Coordinator, NL Health Services, Western Zone
The session will cover what Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is, as well as an overview of the program in terms of structure, referral process, and components. We will also look briefly at DBT skills as well as our vision for the program.

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