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The Back Skills Training (BeST) programme focuses on ‘undoing’ beliefs about low back pain, and provides skills to become more active, despite pain. The programme was developed by experts in psychology, physiotherapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and people with long-standing low back pain. According to a rigorous clinical trial, the BeST programme produces long term reductions in people’s pain and disability and is a very cost effective treatment. On this course you will explore the BeST programme, examining the causes of persistent low back pain, and the cognitive behavioural approach.

  • Introduction and Background to the course
  • Understanding the patients perspective
  • Group sessions 1 and 2 of the BeST Programme
  • Group sessions 2 and 3 of the BeST Programme
  • Group Sessions 4 and 5 of the BeST Programme
  • Group Session 6 and Bringing it all together

This course is approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development for healthcare professionals. It is an unfacilitated course designed for healthcare professionals with a role or interest in managing patients with low back pain (including nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and psychological therapists).

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Apply a cognitive behavioural approach to effectively help people better manage persistent low back pain.
  • Reflect on how to implement these techniques in clinical practice.
  • Lead a group back skills training (BeST) programme in your clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate understanding of a cognitive behavioural approach to managing persistent low back pain.

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