It's a pleasure to be spending this time with you. Speaking of time, we have a long episode. This is probably one of the longest episodes since I began the show a few years ago. The reason why is because the topic of forgiveness is an important topic for those living with chronic pain. It's also the first time that we are broaching this topic. I figure we take a nice deep dive into the science behind forgiveness, how it affects both cognitive behavior and motivational components and bring a human voice and experience to forgiveness and chronic pain. The definition of forgiveness is the act of willfully putting aside feelings of resentment toward an individual or an event that has committed a wrong, unfair, hurtful, or otherwise harmed you in some way.
Forgiveness is not equated with reconciliation or excusing someone and it is not merely accepting what happened or ceasing to be angry. Rather, forgiveness is the transformation of one's feelings, attitudes and behavior so that you're no longer dominated by resentment and can go on living the life you'd like to live. Forgiveness is often identified as an important part of life and it can also be an important part of pain rehabilitation. Here to speak to us about forgiveness is Dr. Karen Litzy. She's a licensed physical therapist, international speaker, host of the Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast and owner of Karen Litzy Physical Therapy.
Through her work as a physical therapist, she has helped thousands of people overcome painful conditions, recover from surgery and return to their lives with family and friends. She has been a featured speaker at both national as well as international events, including the International Olympic Committee Injury Prevention Conference. In this episode, Karen shares her own story about developing pain, coping with pain, overcoming pain, and the role of forgiveness played in her recovery. I want to thank Karen for joining us to speak about this important topic and especially for her openness, honesty, and authenticity on the topic of forgiveness and chronic pain. Let's welcome Karen to the show and learn about forgiveness and chronic pain.
I hope you are well and safe wherever you are. We are a global community and I wanted to do an episode that could help you during the COVID-19 outbreak no matter where you are in the globe. Many healthcare professionals have been rapidly shifting to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the shelter and home measures have been introduced and enforced, people with pain are looking for solutions since they can no longer attend in-person treatment for their pain. The potential for long-term isolation may have adverse effects on many living with persistent pain. Luckily in this day and age, we have eHealth and virtual measures where we can continue to provide care, treatment, and support for people living with pain.
I've been telling people that healthcare never closes and the treatment of pain should not stop. We have solutions to help people with pain. Here to speak to us about how to manage patients with pain during the COVID-19 outbreak using remote supported health service is Dr. Tonya Palermo. She is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She serves as the associate director for the Center for Child Health Behavior and Development or longstanding NIH-funded research program has focused on assessment and treatment of chronic pain in both children as well as adolescents.
She is specifically interested in cognitive-behavioral interventions and the delivery of psychological treatment via Telehealth and mHealth interventions for sleep disturbance, parent family factors, and the treatment of chronic pain. In this episode, you'll learn all about the public health considerations of COVID-19 for those living with persistent pain, the potential ramifications of not treating people with pain during the crisis, and finally, the research supporting delivery of pain care via telehealth. If you're a practitioner, make sure you download the free guide to this episode on Helpful Tips and Strategies to Implement Telehealth Into Your Practice. To download this free guide, all you have to do is text the word 176Download to the number 44222.
If you're on a computer, you can open up a new browser and type in the URL www.IntegrativePainScienceInstitute.com/176Download. If you're a practitioner, if you need a 100% HIPAA Compliant Telehealth platform, make sure to check out the Integrative Pain Science Institute's Professional Membership and Telehealth platform solution where we provide you with a Zoom telehealth platform. That's 100% HIPAA Compliant as well as all the training that you need to provide telehealth to your patients. I want to thank Dr. Tonya Palermo for joining us. We through this episode together because it's such an important topic. She'll talk about some of the research as well as an article that's coming out in The Journal of Pain. Let's begin and let's meet Dr. Palermo and talk about Telehealth for pain management.
We are talking about how to integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy alongside your existing physiotherapy or physical therapy practice. This episode is for physical therapists or physiotherapists, but it's also for you if you're an occupational therapist, a nurse, a doctor, a licensed massage therapist. Maybe even a mental health provider like a psychologist or social worker or a licensed professional counselor who is interested in learning how to shift their practice and seed their treatment with principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. My guest is physiotherapist, Sarah Wilson. She qualified as a physiotherapist in 2001 following rotational post. She chose to specialize in pain management in 2006 and started to implement and learn about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy shortly thereafter.
Sarah has worked in both primary and secondary pain care before moving to the Bath Centre for Pain Services, which is a UK national center providing residential pain management programs for both groups as well as individuals. The Bath Centre provides care across the lifespan and uses an interdisciplinary Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach. Sarah's current research interests include psychologically informed physiotherapy. You'll learn all about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and how it can complement and improve a physiotherapist pain practice, what some challenges are for physiotherapists as they begin to implement ACT into their practice. Finally, some of the differences between Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Pain Science Education.
If you're a physical therapist or a physiotherapist or another licensed health professional and you're interested in learning more about ACT and how you can implement it into your practice, make sure to register for the waitlist for the ACT For Chronic Pain course at the Integrative Pain Science Institute. You can simply do that by going to IntegrativePainScienceInstitute.com. Go to the Courses tab, scroll down and you'll find the ACT for Chronic Pain Course Waitlist. I'm excited to share this with you. Sarah has over a decade worth of experience implementing ACT into physiotherapist practice. Without further ado, let's meet physiotherapist, Sarah Wilson.
In this episode, you will meet two physical therapists who are breaking ground and have created Core Principles for the Education of Physical Therapists in the Context of the Opioid Crisis in the United States. Their work present model educators can use on a state, national and global level with regards to the development of opioid education for physical therapists and other licensed health professionals. The research which we'll discuss all about on this episode recognizes not only the role of physical therapists in the care of chronic pain but most importantly, a profession that engages patients who are at risk for opioid misuse and patients who have opioid use disorder as a primary diagnosis. This episode's expert guests are professors Julia Chevan and Amy Heath. Professor Chevan is a Professor of Physical Therapy and the Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Springfield College in Massachusetts.
Professor Amy Heath is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Western Michigan University. Both are authors of several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts related to the profession of physical therapy. You'll learn how to create Core Education Principles that physical therapists can use to educate the public, how to screen for and prevent opioid use disorder? The importance of the movement system and how physical therapists can engage in interprofessional care of chronic pain and opioid use disorder? As you all know, the care of chronic pain and the treatment of opioid use disorder is an important topic and developing education initiatives for physical therapists in response to the crisis is deeply needed. Without further ado, let's meet professors Amy Heath and Julia Chevan.