The Speakers

Georgie Oldfield

Georgie Oldfield

As the founder of SIRPA, Georgie Oldfield MCSP will explain the latest developments within this field in the UK and Europe along with our plans to continue raising awareness of this exciting and pioneering approach.

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Dave Clarke

A discussion led by Dave Clarke MD about the process initiated by adverse childhood experiences that can ultimately lead to physical symptoms.  A variety of successful treatment measures also will be reviewed

Donna Nakazawa

Donna Nakazawa

Learn from science-writer and award winning author, Donna Jackson Nakazawa, how our early chronic stressors shape our biology in ways that pre-determine our adult health and how this understanding could improve your client outcomes


Howard Schubiner

Dr.Schubiner will provide an algorithm for physicians and therapists to differentiate between structural and psychophysiological disorders (PPD). He will also discuss the basics of the treatment of PPD.

Ange Cooper

Angela Cooper

The key theories of emotion, emotional dysregulation and pain will be explained by Dr Angela Cooper who will also introduce three discharge pathways for unconscious anxiety and the development of chronic symptoms

David Hanscom

David Hanscom

David Hanscom MD will explain how pain pathways become permanently etched into the brain and intertwined with the emotional circuits and why the solution lies in the sequence of: awareness, hope, forgiveness and play.

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Who should attend?
Medical doctors, mental and physical health practitioners as well as coaches and lay people who want to understand the links between emotional stress and real physical symptoms and how they can be successfully treated with education and self-empowerment using a mindbody approach.

Where and when?
The conference will take place at The Royal Society of Medicine In London. The day begins with networking at 9am and finishes at 5pm and doors will open at 8.30am. View Map Of Location

About the day

On 15th October 2017, SIRPA will be pushing the boundaries of our understanding of  the cause and treatment of chronic pain, with some of the leading lights in this pioneering field coming over from the US to present their clinical and research findings.  If you have an interest in chronic pain and the mysteries of medically unexplained symptoms, you don’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to learn to identify and treat the underlying causes of these persistent conditions, with the aim of enabling individuals to ‘recover’ and regain their lives.

The foundation of our approach is the pioneering work of John E Sarno MD – described as ‘America’s Best Pain Doctor’ in Forbes magazine – who found that most chronic pain is a manifestation of unresolved or avoided emotional turmoil.  For over four decades, this insight enabled tens of thousands of people to recover from debilitating chronic pain and other symptoms using a non-physical, mindbody approach.  Sadly Dr Sarno died in June, just a day before his 94th birthday so this conference will be in memory of this remarkable man whose work continues to evolve and change lives through his own writing and through those of us who are following on with his work.

Over the past 10 years, the pain science and evidence base has caught up to support the theory that chronic pain is a result of activated neural pathways involved in the primal ‘fight or flight’ response which form part of a protective response from the ‘threat’ of acknowledging ‘painful’ unresolved or avoided emotional turmoil/trauma.  The treatment programme has also evolved as awareness has grown and includes; education about pain science and how the fight or flight response works, understanding and changing behaviour that might unintentionally keep it turned on and working through current, and sometimes past, challenges that trigger our danger signals.  Once the signals are turned off, the pain will usually improve and often resolve completely.

Speaking at this conference will be three of the leading specialists in this field who will explain the evidence base related to the concept and approach and our keynote speaker will be award-winning science journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa who will discuss the decades of research linking adverse childhood experiences to ill-health, including chronic pain, in later life.

5 Reasons To Attend

You’ll gain better understanding about chronic pain, dispellingmany archaic myths which are not supported by current scientific research

Learn from the leading medical specialists in this field and see just how powerful the mind-body connection is and the often life-changing impact this understanding can make to people’s lives

You’ll learn new strategies and approaches to help you better understand and support your clients

You will be in an inspirational environment with the opportunity to meet a large network of forward thinking medical and mental health professionals, therapists and life coaches.

You will become part of a growing group of professionals pioneering this exciting and life-changing approach to resolving chronic pain that sooner or later will gain the recognition it deserves from mainstream medicine.

With the VIP conference tickets, you will receive potential savings of over £300

Testimonials from our 2015 conference

The Evidence

Research has shown that pain perception occurs in the brain, affected by many factors including adverse experiences in childhood and later, as well as our personalities, fears and anxieties.  Consistent with this concept, brain imaging has shown that once tissues have healed from an injury, if pain becomes chronic then activity in the brain moves from the cortical areas associated with the site of injury to the limbic/emotional areas. Research has also shown that whether a pain condition becomes chronic is influenced by an individual’s personality, negative pain beliefs, depressed mood and also greater exposure to past traumatic life events.

Studies have also shown no link between pain and posture, structure or biomechanics despite this myth remaining prevalent in medical practice, health education and product marketing In addition, research shows only a weak relationship between back pain and the amount of spinal degeneration found on imaging studies.  There is also increasing evidence that the best outcomes for patients with chronic pain and functional illness derive from use of the biopsychosocial model rather than attempting ‘management’ of a physical problem.

The SIRPA community is part of a growing group of specialists and health professionals worldwide who recognise that chronic pain is a psychophysiological condition, often triggered and driven by sensitised, learned nerve pathways.

Full recovery is possible once the underlying emotional causes are identified and addressed.  This is an exciting outcome that can revolutionise conventional care. When practitioners add this knowledge to their existing training and experience they experience the rewards of their patients achieving remarkably improved outcomes.


N.B. CPD certificates will be emailed to attendees after the event

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Standard Ticket

  • Conference entry pass
  • Delegate programme
  • Recorded instructions from each speaker
  • Lunch and refreshments

VIP Ticket

  • Conference entry pass
  • Conference entry pass
  • Delegate programme
  • Recorded instructions from each speaker
  • Priority seating
  • Recordings from each talk from our 2015 conference
  • Recordings from each talk from our 2017 conference
  • Recorded interview with David Clarke MD
  • Recorded interview with David Hanscom MD
  • E-Book: “Hidden In Plain Sight” Detecting and managing emotional factors in medcial presentations. By Allan Abbas MD & Howard Shcubiner MD
  • Audio-Book: “Chronic Pain: Your Key to Recovery” By Georgie Oldfield MCSP
  • Discount off updated Sirpa Course
The Programme

09.00   Registration

09.30   Georgie Oldfield MCSP  – Welcome and Introduction

09.50   Donna Jackson Nakazawa –  Trauma, Chronic Pain and Illness, and How to Heal

10.35    Q & A Session

10.50   Matt Kinal MCSP MSc– Understanding psychophysiological conditions through the evidence base

11.20    Coffee Break

11.50    Howard Schubiner MD – Hidden in Plain Sight: Diagnosis and treatment of PPD

12.30    Sally I’Anson – Personal recovery after ‘failed’ back surgery

12.45    David D Clarke MD – Exploring the links between ACEs & Medically Unexplained Symptoms 

13.25    Q & A session

13.40    Lunch

14.40    Christos Christophy DPsyche– Dr John Sarno’s Protocols: Through the Lens of My Research Findings

15.10    David A. Hanscom MD – Treating Chronic Pain: A Whole Person Approach

15.50    Angela Cooper DClinPsy, R.Psych  – The use of Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy in the treatment of Chronic Pain

16.30    Q & A Session with all speakers.

17.00   Finish

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