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Health professionals are likely to work with patients who experience pain. A simplistic tissue-based view of pain is not adequate for the best patient care especially when the pain is persistent.

This 2-day workshop will allow participants to explore the role and interaction of neural, immune and endocrine systems on pain and recovery.  

Teaching Team

What You’ll Learn

Topic 1 - Body’s Protection System
The Body’s Protection System is complex and integrated, comprising of neuro-immune-endocrine interactions. Key elements of this system including important cells and mediators of the stress response will be presented.

Topic 2 – Neuro-immune-endocrine Plasticity
Plasticity and learning are key features of survival. Our life experiences, particularly early adverse events, can have a lasting impact on health and well-being. This is not only due to plasticity of neural structure and function, but also due to the plasticity in immune and endocrine function. Allostasis and allostatic loads are useful terms to describe how our physiology and behaviour react to stress. Examples will be used to illustrate this.

Topic 3 – Stress, Pain and Recovery
The impact of stress during pain and recovery has been apparent for a long time. The role of stressors including social stress on pain and tissue healing will be discussed.

Topic 4 – Application in Clinical Practice
Applying the psychoneuroimmunology to clinical practice may be a new concept. The Pain and Movement Reasoning Model will be briefly introduced as a tool to assist clinical reasoning. Simple and novel strategies for identifying physiological signs of stress and innovative interventions that have been shown to assist pain and recovery will be presented. This practical session will require some disrobing and some discomfort (i.e. sensory threshold or tolerance testing). While all participants are encouraged to participate, personal choices will be respected without prejudice.

Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to:
  • Describe key elements and functions of the neuro-immune-endocrine interactions that preserve the body’s homeostasis
  • Explain using a psycho-neuro-immunological approach, how early life events might make someone more pain vulnerable
  • Appropriately apply the concepts of stress biology to clinical examples
  • Identify equipment that can be used to assess for pain sensitivity
  • Describe the process for testing centrally modulated responses to discomfort

Who Should Attend

  • All health and medical professionals working with people who have pain
  • Health and medical professional educators
  • Other practitioners working with people with pain

SITizens Learning Credits (SLC) - Eligible Course

This course is SITizens Learning Credits (SLC) eligible. Please refer to the user guide how to register for courses utilising your SLC.

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Advance preparation by viewing and reading the following:  

Certificate and Assessment

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who:
  • Attend 75% of the course
  • Undertake non-credit bearing assessment (during course)


Day 1

Topic 1: Body's Protection System
Topic 2: Neuro-immune-endocrine Plasticity
Topic 3: Stress, Pain and Recovery
Topic 3: Stress, Pain and Recovery
Small group – reflect on application to current practice
End of Day

Day 2

Review key points from Day 1
Topic 4: Application in Clinical Practice 
- Translating research into practice
Topic 4: Apply Pain Assessment Strategies
Lunch Break
Topic 4: Apply Pain Assessment Strategies
Assessment – small group discussion then presentations 
Summing Up
End of Day


Category Full Fee After SF Funding
Singapore Citizen (Below 40) / Singapore PR $1,391.00 $417.30
Singapore Citizen (40 & above) $1,391.00 $157.30
Non-Singaporeans $1,391.00 Not Eligible

  • All figures include GST. GST applies to individuals and Singapore-registered companies.
  • You can opt for either SF Series Funding or Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy. Both cannot be combined.

» Learn more about funding types available

Terms & Conditions:

SkillsFuture Funding

In order to be eligible for the 70% training grant awarded by SkillsFuture, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:
  1.  Be a Singaporean Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  2.  Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the programme

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

To be eligible for the 90% enhanced subsidy awarded, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:
  1.  Be a Singaporean Citizen
  2.  Be at least 40 years old
  3.  Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the programme

SIT reserves the right to collect the balance of the programme fees (i.e. the potential grant amount) directly from the applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) should the above requirements not be fulfilled.



“Lester’s talk inspired a lot of discussion long into the evening and still ongoing this morning, particularly about managing the challenges of applying some of these concepts. He really helped to reframe some aspects of persistent pain for me, in the context of pain vulnerability and response priming. I'm really excited to learn more during the workshop that he will be holding next year.”

Kyle Wild, Clinic Manager & Senior Physiotherapist, UFIT Clinic.

"Very relevant to clinical practice, topic is not covered even at post-graduate physiotherapy level. Lester was patient in his experience."
Lian Guojie, Principal Physiotherapist, Physio & Sole Clinic

"Thought provoking workshop that teaches you to explore the pain dimensions in different ways. Lester was also very encouraging towards participants asking questions and prompts us to think about how we can treat/see patients differently."
Tiang Poh Gek, Senior Physiotherapist,  Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

SIT reserves the right to make changes to published course information, including dates, times, venues, fees and instructors without prior notice.
SITizens Learning Credits

Key Info

Venue SIT@Dover, 10 Dover Drive S138683
Time 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Date 11 Mar 2022 (Fri) to
12 Mar 2022 (Sat)
Registration is Closed.

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