A Biopsychosocial Approach to Clinical Practice
A broader look at applying biopsychosocial principles to practice with real examples and a longer lecture format.
A comprehensive biopsychosocial approach to clinical practice.
A fully online course consisting of modules covering pain science, motivational interviewing techniques, critical thinking skills, and active interventions that can be applied in a face-to-face or tele-health contexts.
What you'll learn in this course
In this module we discuss the basics of the physiology that underpins tissue injury and pain, and how bio, psycho, and social factors can influence this biology. We then explore how our practice can evolve to reflect this science, and how we can apply this knowledge in the clinic.
Introduction, biopsychosocialism, and pain
Optional pain science extras
Clients seek help because they have an issue. They attend with a set of beliefs and thoughts and feelings about their condition and future. They act and behave in certain ways to serve their survival needs. And all these factors can be complex and difficult to comprehend as an outsider (e.g., a clinician aiming to help). In this module, we explore a useful framework for organising complex human experiences. The framework will enable you to navigate and develop, with the client, a coherent, values-driven, set of strategies to move towards recovery.
Extracting and visualising a person's schema
The hallmark of a good clinician is the ability to have a client feel heard, validated, and motivated to engage in their recovery. This section leans on motivational interviewing skills, elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to ensure you can maximise your client outcomes. This is all exemplified with real client sessions to maximise your learning outcomes! Often, people see communication skills as a bit airy-fairy, but we guarantee you will be excited about exploring different strategies and techniques in your practice once you finish this section.
Diving deep into psychologically informed practice
Building on all the theory and concepts that you’ve learnt so far, we now dive into applying movement and physical activity to people with pain. In this section, we explore setting up movement experiments for people to safely test their capacity, grading load and other biopsychosocial factors, and strategies that look to assist in modifying symptoms – for those who just need some pain relief.
You’ll come out of this module with a fresh perspective on using movement in the clinic, and excited to explore some new strategies.
Integrating movement and exploring different strategies
If Covid taught us anything, it's that even in a tele-health context we can have impact as healthcare practitioners. The pandemic opened up a new avenue to treating people, and has also increased opportunities for access to care. In this module we explore the use of tele-health as a resource that can be powerful in helping those who may be rural or unable to attend face-to-face appointments.
Maximising telehealth opportunities
You've made it, but that's not the end. We have a tonne of resources and support for you moving forward, ensuring you continue to excel as a healthcare practitioner.
Final words and further resources
6+ hours of content (lectures, quizzes, and activities) that'll fast track your career!
Gain access to all lectures, learning resources, further readings, podcasts, and exclusive content. This course attracts a content implementation session (worth $190) with one of our team members who will ensure you maximise what you get out of your course and ensure you keep moving forward!
What others are saying:
"I HIGHLY recommend this for EVERYONE, regardless of your current ability to interpret research - such a good baseline for understanding and delving into science and philosophy. Definitely made me a more critical and logical thinker and has significantly impacted the way I approach difficult topics with my patients and people in general. TOP course."
- Rohit, Physiotherapist
Tick of approval and endorsed!
We make sure that you are getting the most from our courses by staying relevant and accredited.
This course is accredited for 15 ESSA CPD points or 16 hours of equivalent CPD. This course has the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) international tick of approval