Chronic pain is pain that lasts for more than three months and is a significant health problem, affecting one in every five people. This treatment manual is designed to provide practical guidance for health workers who work with people who have intellectual disabilities and chronic pain. Containing evidence-based cognitive behavioural principles, it provides carers and health professionals with a range of tools for teaching service users how to manage their chronic pain more effectively.
The manual gives clear, practical instructions with each treatment module, including: key learning objectives; rationale for the technique in relation to pain management; the time commitment involved; practical guidance on how to conduct the session; tips for making the intervention more effective; a case example; handouts and a DVD.
This manual will help professionals to work with service users to manage their own pain. The skills in each session are built upon in other sessions so that service users become more independent in using the skills whenever they need to. The treatment manual also provides a detailed description of chronic pain and the ways in which health professionals working in pain management now think about chronic pain. In addition, the manual provides a comprehensive description of psychological approaches to pain management and points the readers towards other useful resources.
Professionals within the social care sector are required to undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Those who use this resource will be able to gain CPD points.