Health professional workshops and presentations in 2018
Posted on July 13, 2018 by Joletta Belton

We thought we’d share some of what we’ve been up to this year with our health professional workshops and participation in professional conferences. Here is a sampling:

San Diego Pain Summit, California

In February, Joletta took part in the Living with Pain panel at the San Diego Pain Summit. She has been to all four San Diego Pain Summits thus far and is honored to contribute to such an important annual summit.

In addition to being a panelist in 2018, she was also a patient demo for Peter O’Sullivan, pain researcher and physical therapist, in 2017 (she wrote up that experience here).

Montana Pain Conference, Missoula MT

In April, Joletta was invited to speak and lead breakout sessions at the Montana Pain Conference to represent the patient perspective. She co-presented with pain physician Dr. Chris Caldwell, kicking off the conference with Teaching Pain Science into the Patient Narrative. It was a truly interdisciplinary audience of MDs, DOs, PharmDs, PsyDs, nurses, physical therapists, movement professionals, behavioral health counselors, and other allied health pros.

Montana Pain Conference Breakout Session

To continue on joint presentation’s theme, Joletta also led breakout sessions each day on the patient perspective. She spoke about why and how pain science is valuable in pain treatment and how pain science can inform empowered paths forward for people living with pain (and the clinicians who treat them).

Paincloud Convention, Oslo Norway

A few weeks later Joletta presented on The Patient Perspective at the Paincloud Convention in Oslo Norway to an international audience of clinicians from all over Europe and the world. She also shared the stage with pain researcher Tasha Stanton to answer questions from the audience and joined clinical researcher and psychologist Silje Endresen Reme at the end of the conference for a round of group discussions with the clinicians in attendance.

CME Lecture, Steamboat Springs, CO

In July, EPIc will be providing a 2 CME lecture for clinicians on pain science and patient empowerment titled Why Do I Hurt. The lecture will be held at UC Health/YVMC in Steamboat Springs and was made possible by a collaboration with the Rx Task Force and the Yampa Valley Medical Park Pain Management Clinics.

Steamboat Springs CME Flyer

IASP World Congress on Pain, Boston MA

In September Joletta will be attending IASP World Congress on Pain. 2018 is the Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education. Joletta is a member of IASP and the Pain Education special interest group. She will be at the World Congress on Pain to represent the patient voice and discuss the importance of patients, clinicians and scientists coming together to change the way we talk about, research, and treat pain.

Stay tuned for more on this in the near future!

Reforming MSK Practice by #The3Rs, Manchester, UK

In October, Joletta will be heading to the UK for the Reforming MSK Practice conference in Manchester. She will be the keynote speaker on Patient Engagement as well as a panelist (with her buddy Pete Moore of Pain Toolkit fame).

This is a conference that is less didactic and more focused on meaningful discussions between speakers, panelists, and audience members. The intention is to reform physiotherapy practice and the treatment of pain. It should be awesome!

Collaborations with Modern Pain Care

Joletta is also a frequent collaborator with Mark Kargela and Modern Pain Care. From being a part of patient panels for DPT students to Skyping into continuing education courses that Mark is teaching around the country, Joletta has provided the patient perspective to many clinicians and clinicians-to-be.

Mark and Joletta bring the patient perspective to clinicians through the Modern Paincast, too. A podcast where Joletta and Mark sit down to chat with people who are living with or have lived with pain. It is an opportunity to learn from the insights and experiences of real people who’ve lived with real pain.

And more!

Those are the big ones, but there is always smaller scale workshops going on as well. We’ve had meetings with other nonprofits, patient advisory councils, and practice based research networks that are leading to really interesting collaborations with primary care physicians, physical and manual therapists, and behavioral health counselors.

We’re looking forward to all that is on the horizon! If you are interesting in exploring hosting or collaborating on a workshop or presentation, please email us at or via our contact form.

Health professional workshops and presentations in 2018 was last modified: July 29th, 2018 by Joletta Belton

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