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Pain as protest, pain as protection, pain as process: An integration of Gestalt theory, therapy and the contemporary pain field’

29 August 2023 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

This webinar will focus on the contemporary understandings of chronic pain and the role of a mind/body approach to management and potential reduction in pain. This contrasts with the biomedical understandings of pain as indicating damage to the body which therefore needs correcting. This discussion will cover the new and emerging ground of chronic pain and the impacts on clinicians, therapists, and people with lived experience.

About your Presenter:  

Dr Shelley Barlow is a pain physiotherapist (Titled APA) who works at Ballina Community Health, both in outpatients and in the community. She has a small private pain practice specialising in Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT). Shelley works on the Faculty of Brisbane Gestalt Therapy (GTB) as an academic and year two trainer. “I believe that working with people experiencing trauma and chronic pain is both a challenge and an opportunity for growth. Growth that is personal and professional. I have been working on the North Coast in this field for over 30 years. I am a NZ trained physio and have a Masters in Gestalt Therapy and a PhD.
My PhD was looking at “The lived experiences of Physiotherapists in their clinical encounters with people with chronic pain: A phenomenological enquiry”. This I finished in 2022 a month before my house was inundated by the flood. I am interested in the subjectivity of the clinician/ health practitioner as they navigate the clinical encounter. I am wondering how we engage with people in pain and at the same time take care of us as we honour our experience as it emerges in the “in between space”. I also spend time walking around our maybe not so beautiful town and do as much yoga as I can.”

$45 for GANZ Members, $90 for everyone else. Get your ticket here.

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