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Explain Pain, Boston

With Catherine Barry

55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114 United States

October 19, 2019 - October 20, 2019

Course Host: Agnes Barroso

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In a world experiencing an epidemic of chronic pain and increasing evidence of the failure of synthetic drugs, simple but extremely powerful educational tools can effectively target the natural pain treatment systems within us all.

Knowledge is power. In the new series of Explain Pain courses delivered by NOI instructors around the world, contemporary pain sciences are made accessible and understandable for all.

We know more about pain in the last twenty years than in the thousand years before and it’s all providing answers to “why do I hurt the way I do” and “what can I do about it”. The knowledge is applicable to young and old, from back pain to hemiplegia and general aching to the complexities of phantom pain and complex regional pain syndrome.

Explain Pain works to reduce catastrophisation and negative pain beliefs and when combined with active treatment, reduces pain and enhances return to work and play. Explain Pain has no side effects, is available around the clock, and you can share the knowledge and strategies with others.

Don’t miss this opportunity. NOI Explain Pain courses are fun, intellectually stimulating, based on evidence, always challenging, and integrate the Explain Pain ecosystem of Explain Pain, The Explain Pain Handbook: Protectometer, and Explain Pain Supercharged. You will come away with the most impressive therapeutic tool set ever!


A strength of the Explain Pain course is that participants come from many professions, so come with an open mind. Pre-reading the Explain Pain Second Edition book would also be beneficial.

Other related reading: Moseley GL & Butler DS (2015) Fifteen years of Explaining Pain: the past, the present and future. J Pain 16, 803-13.

This course is open to:

Health professionals working with patients or clients in acute and chronic pain and stress states.


By the end of this course participants will have:

  1. reconceptualised pain and stress based on neuroimmunology, modern pain sciences and bioplasticity of homeostatic systems
  2. constructed a conceptual change framework to deliver individual and group educational therapy
  3. gained an understanding of the growing evidence for Explain Pain and recognise opportunities to integrate Explain Pain with other biopsychosocial evidence based strategies.
  4. gathered a collection of therapeutic narratives using metaphor, literal story and linked multimedia, and the skills to construct patient centred education interventions in real time
  5. developed the skills to use the Protectometer to identify immediately applicable and educationally informed multimodal treatment strategies
  6. built the confidence to plan and deliver treatment for all patients with persistent pain and stress, and educate other stakeholders
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Explain Pain, Boston in Boston on October 19, 2019 - October 20, 2019

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Catherine Barry PT, MS, OCS

Language: English, Region: United States of America

Courses: Explain Pain

Catherine Barry

Catherine hails from Perth, Western Australia. After receiving her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in physiotherapy from Curtin University in 1982, she completed a MS degree at Boston University in 1987 with research in ergonomics. She continued her studies completing the Kaiser Orthopedic Residency Program in San Francisco in 1991.

Catherine joined the NOI team assisting teaching Mobilisation of the Nervous System from 1994 to 1998 before relocating to Boston to work in private practice. Her interests have focused on treatment of complex spine and musculoskeletal patients. She now enjoys her role as a clinical specialist in an outpatient hospital-based orthopedic and spine center which allows time both as a clinician and staff educator.
Free time is spent sailing and skiing with her husband and busy teenage daughter.


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