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Insight into Compassion: The Foundation of Pain Care

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13 Nov 2020

TimeUTC+1 (Amsterdam)

19:00 - 19:45

Insight into Compassion: The Foundation of Pain Care

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Compassion in pain care is more than just extending kindness towards people in pain. It involves gaining a more in-depth understanding and insight into the needs of the person we are serving and ourselves, then choosing responses that serve both, within the context of the situation.

As healthcare providers, it is assumed we will provide compassionate care to those we serve, as it is inherently part of our job. However, research shows that the capacity for compassion can vary and depend on a wide variety of factors. There may be challenges we face that may influence or inhibit our ability to offer and receive compassion.

Join Shelly Prosko for this session as she outlines these challenges and the benefits of cultivating compassion and self-compassion in pain care for both the person living with pain and the health provider.


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  • Shelly Prosko
    Shelly Prosko
    Physiotherapist and Yoga Therapist

    Shelly is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, author, pioneer of PhysioYoga, and educator with over 20 years of experience in working with people in pain. She teaches in yoga therapy and physiotherapy programs, presents at international conferences, contributes to academic research and writing, provides mentorship to health professionals, and offers onsite and online continuing education courses for yoga and health professionals on topics surrounding persistent pain, compassion, pelvic health, and professional burnout and is a Pain Care U Trainer. Shelly is co-editor of the book Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain and author of the chapter Compassion in Pain Care. She maintains a clinical practice in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada and believes that compassion, meaningful connections and sharing joy can be powerful contributors to healing and well-being.

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 13 Nov 2020
  • Time: 13:00 - 13:45