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The Psychology of Resilience and the Associations with Chronic Pain

August 11, 2015 - 9:30am PDT, 12:30pm EDT
Recorded in August, 2015


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Prevalence studies typically demonstrate that around 20% of the adult population experiences some form of persistent pain. Yet, not all those with pain end up significantly disabled and distressed by their condition. Why?

Why do some people suffer a trauma or hardship and adapt, whereas others never fully recover? One explanatory concept is that of psychological resilience. Resilience will be discussed firstly in its general terms, and then applied specifically to the challenges of living with chronic pain. 

This webinar will help you to:
  • Understand the differences between the three key resilience dimensions: recovery, sustainability and growth
  • Integrate the resilience literature with those psychological factors known to promote adaptation to chronic pain
  • Determine whether resilience is a purely innate quality, or whether it can be learned/taught in order to facilitate adaptation to challenging circumstances.

Dr. Toby Newton-John

Senior Lecturer & Clinical Psychologist
Graduate School of Health, University of Technology, Sydney  

Dr. Toby Newton-John is a practicing Clinical Psychologist at Northern Private Pain Centre, Sydney as well as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at University of Technology Sydney. He has published over 40 journal articles, book chapters and reviews on the psychology of pain, and is an Assistant Editor of Australian Psychologist. His research interests are in the social dimensions of chronic pain, particularly the impact of pain on interpersonal relationships.  
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