Mindfulness physical therapy, pain management, rehabilitation

Hosting Courses with Carolyn McManus, PT, MS, MA

Carolyn is available to provide a lecture or course to your group or organization, tailored to your needs and interests. In addition, she presents pre-conference courses and educational sessions at state and national conferences where her presentation topic is determined by the nature of the programming.

Carolyn’s courses are typically booked 6 – 12 months in advance and are generally offered on weekends; however, weekday options can be arranged.

If you would like to host a course at your facility, please contact Carolyn.

Carolyn’s most commonly requested courses are:

2-Days: Mindfulness-Based Pain Treatment

The medical literature suggests that mindfulness-based therapies can reduce pain intensity, depression, and anxiety and improve function and quality of life in individuals with pain. This course provides you with the science of mindfulness and pain. As understanding the role of the central nervous system in the experience of pain is a foundation for appreciating how mindfulness contributes to pain relief, pain neurophysiology and practical guidelines to explain pain to patients is be presented. You will learn how cognition, emotions and stress impact pain perception. You will practice mindful meditation, body scan and movement and learn skills to apply mindful awareness to teaching patients breathing, body awareness, exercise and the self-regulation of reactions to stress and pain. Experiential exercises help you personally experience the transformative power of mindful awareness. You will return to your clinic with the ability to explain pain and the benefits of mindful awareness to your patients and teach mindfulness-based skills for pain relief that can help both prevent and treat complex pain conditions. In addition, you will learn mindful self-care skills to avoid burn-out and promote your own well-being. Audience: This course addresses the topic of mindfulness and pain for all specialties (and the generalist!) dealing with pain.

Day One

7:30 – Registration

8:00 – Introductions, course overview

8:20 – Experiential practice: Introduction to mindfulness

8:40 – Introduction to mindfulness lecture

9:10 – Experiential practice: Sitting meditation

9:30 – Proposed mechanisms for how mindfulness works

10:00 – Break

10:15 – Experiential practice: Mindful body scan

10:35 – Current concepts in pain science

11:20 – Stress and pain

11:45 – Trauma, PTSD and pain

12:05 – Cognitive and emotional modulation of pain

12:30 – Lunch

1:30 – Mindfulness and pain research

2:00 – Mindful movement research

2:15 – Experiential practice: Mindful Movement

3:00 – Break

3:15 – Explain mindfulness and the self-regulation of reactions to pain demonstration

3:30 – Experiential practice: Explain mindfulness and/or mindful movement

4:00 – Case studies

4:20 – Experiential practice: Practice reflection

4:45 – Questions and answers

5:00 – Adjourn

Day Two

8:00 – Review, questions and answers

8:15 – Experiential practice: Mindful movement, body scan, sitting meditation

9:15 – The mindful healthcare provider: lecture & experiential exercise

10:00 – Break

10:15 – Applying mindfulness to pleasant and unpleasant situations: lecture & experiential exercise

10:45 – Mindfulness, pain and opioid use research

11:00 – Mindfulness and sleep, anxiety and depression

11:15 – Mindfulness and special topics: fibromyalgia, pelvic floor pain, LBP, headache, TBI, cancer, opioid addiction

11:45 – Kindness meditation and pain

12:00 – Experiential practice: Kindness meditation

12:30 – Lunch

1:30 – Mindful communication: lecture & experiential exercise

2:10 – Self-management barriers and facilitators

2:30 – Putting it all together: Treatment protocol, documentation, billing

3:00 – Break

3:15 – Case Studies

3:30 – Questions and answers

3:45 – Evaluations and wrap-up

4:00 – Adjourn


2-Days: Mindfulness for Rehabilitation Professionals

An increasing body of medical research shows mindful awareness training can improve both physical and mental health measures in clinical populations. In addition, healthcare providers who receive mindful awareness training show reductions in stress and burnout, increases in feelings of personal accomplishment and an improved ability to listen and respond to patients effectively. This course provides you with an introduction to mindful awareness principles and practices and their practical application to patient care and self-care.

You will learn how stress impacts health and disease and the latest research on the role of mindfulness training in clinical populations. In this practice-intensive program, experiential exercises in mindful meditation, body scan, walking, movement and listening help you personally experience the power and benefits of mindfulness. You will practice applying mindful awareness to teaching patients breathing, body awareness and exercise and learn strategies to help patients self-regulate their reactions to unpleasant physical sensations, thoughts and emotions. You will return to your clinic with the ability to explain mindful awareness and its benefits to your patients and introduce mindfulness into your patient care. In addition, you will be able to begin your own mindfulness meditation practice and apply practical mindfulness skills to a busy work day and personal life to promote your own happiness and well-being.

Day One

7:30  Registration

8:00 – Introductions, course overview

8:30 – Mindful awareness: Experiential exercise

8:50 – Introduction to mindfulness

9:20 – Mindful breathing: Experiential exercise

10:00 – Break

10:15 – Stress, health and disease

11:00 – Mindful body scan: Experiential exercise

11:30 – Mindfulness: Proposed mechanisms

12:15 – Q & A

12:30 – Lunch

1:30 – Mindfulness and clinical populations

2:00 – Explaining mindfulness and introducing mindfulness to a patient: Lab

2:30 – Walking meditation: Experiential Exercise

3:00 – Break

3:15 – Mindful movement research

3:30 – Mindful movement: Experiential exercise

4:15 – Case studies

4:45 – Practice reflection/mindful listening exercise

5:15 – Questions and answers

5:30 – Adjourn

Day Two

8:00 – Review of day 1, Q&A

8:30 Mindful movement, body scan, sitting meditation: Experiential exercise

9:30 – Managing challenges patients have with mindfulness

10:00 – Break

10:15 – The mindful healthcare provider: Lecture and experiential exercise

11:30 – Mindfulness of pleasant and unpleasant: Lecture and experiential exercise

12:00  Heart Rate Variability

12:30 – Lunch

1:30 – Introducing mindful movement to a patient: Lab

2:00 – Kindness meditation: Lecture and experiential exercise

2:40 – Case Studies

3:00 – Break

3:15 – Practice reflection/mindful listening exercise

3:30  Q & A

3:45 – Evaluations

4:00 – Adjourn