SIRPA Conference 2017 – Programme of Events

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

Venue: The Royal Society of Medicine – 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON  W1G 0AE

Date: 15th October 2017

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
Over the past decade, scientists have discovered that childhood trauma often leads to lifelong struggles with mental and physical health and chronic pain. Early chronic stressors shape our biology in ways that pre-determine our adult health. In other words, your biography becomes your biology. Click here to read Donna’s bio and to find out more about what she will be speaking about.

10.35   Q & A Session

10.50   Matt Kinal MCSP MSc– Understanding psychophysiological conditions through the evidence base
More information to come

11.20     Coffee Break

11.50    Howard Schubiner MD – Hidden in Plain Sight: Diagnosis and treatment of PPD
The most common disorders seen by primary care providers are headaches, neck and back pain, irritable bowel and bladder syndromes, insomnia and fatigue. Studies have shown that the majority of these patients do not have a structural diagnosis, yet billions are spent on attempts to treat them as purely physical disorders. Click here to read Dr Schubiner’s bio and find out more about how these conditions can be treated once the underlying causes are identified and addressed.

12.30     Sally I’Anson – Her Personal Recovery Story after ‘failed’ back surgery
Sally will describe the impact debilitating back pain and sciatica had on the end of her pregnancy and the first year of Motherhood and her journey through the conventional medical world as she desperately tried to find an answer to her pain.  Only after realising that even surgery for a prolapsed disc didn’t change anything did she eventually come across this concept and began to believe maybe there was an answer.  Sally will then talk about how she managed to make a full recovery and eventually overcame her fears of having another baby.

12.45   David D Clarke MD – Exploring the links between ACEs and Medically Unexplained Symptoms 
A discussion led by Dave Clarke MD about the process initiated by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) that can ultimately lead to physical symptoms.  A variety of successful treatment measures also will be reviewed. Click here to read Dr Clarke’s bio and find out how he will help conference attendees begin to understand how to help their clients begin to identify the cause of their chronic pain.

13.25    Q & A session

13.40    Lunch

14.40    Christos Christophy DPsych – Dr John Sarno’s Protocols: Through the Lens of My Research Findings
Christos has recently completed a doctoral research project into chronic pain at The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, in London. Using an in-depth qualitative methodology, the research had two main aims; to increase understanding of chronic pain and to apply this understanding clinically to recovery. In this talk Dr Christophy will talk about Dr John Sarno’s treatment protocols through the lens of his research findings. Click here to find out more about Dr Christophy and his talk.

15.10    David A. Hanscom MD – Treating Chronic Pain: A Whole Person Approach
Extensive research has demonstrated that many factors affect pain. All of them are important and must be addressed simultaneously with the patient taking charge of his or own care. These factors include sleep, stress, medications, physical conditioning, and life outlook.  By breaking pain down into its component parts, it is a solvable problem and this talk will present an overview of the process. Click here to find out more about Dr Hanscom and his talk.

15.50    Angela Cooper DClinPsy, R.Psych  – The use of Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy in the treatment of Chronic Pain
Patients with mind body symptoms (MBS) often present with physical difficulties for which investigations fail to reveal any organic pathology. The blockage of psychological and emotional processes in these patients is thought to result in altered autonomic, endocrine, and immune system activity related to the development of somatic presentations. ISTDP is an effective, low risk, cost efficient psychological assessment and treatment method. Click here to find out more about Dr Cooper and her talk.

16.30    Q & A Session with all speakers.

17.00   Finish