NEW Understanding health beliefs and behaviours: developing your skills for improved health outcomes

Date: Date coming soon

Time: UNIT 1: 4th November 09:30 - 16.30 AND UNIT 2: 25th November 2021 09:30 - 11.30

 Cost: ACPOHE Members £180

Location: Course – online

Course Aims / Summary

This course aims to provide physiotherapists with knowledge of the cognitive behavioural approach to pain management. It aims to give physiotherapists the knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to communicate effectively with their patients in order to best understand their needs and to enable them to take responsibility for their pain. This will involve understanding the key psychological factors shown in research to predict recovery and focusing on identifying biopsychosocial ‘flags’ that might act as obstacles to improvement. There will be a strong focus on health behaviour change and ways to motivate patients to engage in treatment recommendations.


Course Objectives

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Discuss the cognitive behavioural approach to pain management including acceptance of pain and improvement of function
  • Use cognitive behavioural tools and techniques to facilitate behaviour change
  • Ask more effective questions around core ‘flag’ areas to fully understand patient’s beliefs about their pain and associated behaviours during an initial assessment
  • Negotiate with patients to set challenging but achievable ‘homework’ activities
  • Challenge patients to reflect on their behaviour and to reflect on what has to change to secure a good outcome for them


Pre-Course requirements

Delegates should come prepared with a number of case studies that they can discuss during the sessions. These can be cases that in their opinion went well or improvements could have been made. Patients need to be anonymised to ensure confidentiality.

Participants must have a health background if they are not Chartered Physiotherapist, e.g. nurse, occupational health adviser, sports therapist etc.



Dr Julie Denning CPsychol, BSc. MSc. PhD. PGDIP, HCPC, BABCP

Julie is Managing Director for Working To Wellbeing and a Chartered Health Psychologist and CBT therapist.  She is responsible for the design and delivery of VR services that are multi and interdisciplinary in approach.  She manages and clinically supervises a team of Occupational Health Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Cognitive Behavioral Therapists and Occupational Therapists. She regularly designs and delivers training for employers to help them to support their colleagues who are experiencing long term conditions.  

As an ACPOHE tutor and lecturer at KCL, she trains Physiotherapists to improve their communications skills with their patients by applying a biopsychosocial approach and using the most up-to-date psychological interventions in order to improve clinical outcomes with their patients.  This includes a strong work focus. As a lecture on the MSc Health Psychology course she teaches students to understand the relationship between work and health.  



Course cost

Booking is via our Health & Work Learning and Development Hub.

  • Total for Units 1 and 2 - UNIT 1: £180.00 for ACPOHE members. If you'd like to register your interest in this course please send an email to

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