The Psychology of Resilience and the Associations with Chronic Pain

1 Hour | taught by Toby Newton-John PhD

Course description


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. 
Toby Newton-John PhD
Toby Newton-John PhD
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.  


This program is pre-approved by VRA Canada for a 1 hour training session