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The Pain Picture

A 2-day workshop exploring complex pain states by considering the dynamic interactions of brain, body, and world. 
October 4th & 5th 2024

Course Description

The clinical world of pain is rapidly changing. 

Once upon a time, life as a clinician treating people in musculoskeletal settings was simple. You could poke and prod the painful area, hoping for the symptoms to settle, often experiencing dramatically varying results. You would get the person moving in a graded but focused fashion. The causes of that person’s pain were weaknesses and imbalance, faulty movement or posture, damaged tissues. And if you couldn’t find a suitable explanation then you could just say they were making it up and it wasn’t real. 

Clinicians are faced with increasing challenges. An expectation to fix someone’s pain problem but with the realisation that pain can be a complex and unpredictable problem.

The Pain Picture will give you the skills and knowledge to be excited by the complex presentations that you meet. To meet that person at their story and maintain genuine interest without feeling overwhelmed or woefully out of your depth.

The last few decades have brought about a wealth of discovery in pain sciences. Clinicians and patients are recognising the value in bringing findings from research with imaging; lab techniques; and observational and behavioural experiments to better understand pain in a clinical setting. 

Pain is a complex perceptual experience, not a sensation. A broad framework is required to understand the place of biological and behavioural responses that occur when someone experiences pain. Inviting philosophical thinking allows us to go some way to link these bodily mechanisms with the self. 

This 2-day workshop explores complex pain states by considering the dynamic interactions of brain, body, and world. We use complex and persistent pain states as a reference point to understand the experience and the perception of the person in pain. During the workshop participants will be introduced, through videos and case studies, to patient perspectives of living with pain and their personal pain journeys. There will be discussions and debates to allow a thorough reflection of the picture of pain, dissecting pain models and considering concepts such as vulnerability/susceptibility and tolerance/resilience and their relevance to the person in pain and their wellbeing. Participants will also design and develop appropriate treatment programs for complex pain states with an updated way of thinking about pain.

Included in this course:

*Accreditation for KNGF/Keurmerk algemene fysiotherapeuten (Dutch registered general physiotherapists) has been requested. 

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Dates: 4 & 5 October  2024

*Accreditation for KNGF/Keurmerk algemene fysiotherapeuten (Dutch registered general physiotherapists) has been requested. 

Attending IN-PERSON or ONLINE​

  1. Sixteen-hours in-person teaching with Tim Beames

    • supported by Laura Rathbone and Christine Petrides​

  2. Three-months post-course clinical support in a private community space

  3. One-hour group post-course Clinical Coaching session with Tim Beames (worth €150!)

  4. Recorded lectures - LIVE from the day!

  5. Digital copy of the course manual

  6. Reference-bundle 

  7. Lunch on both days (only in-person) 

  8. Tea and coffee (only in-person)

Those attending via LIVE STREAM: 

You will be given login codes and access links to watch the live links of lectures. 

We are working with Tim to ensure that the online cohort is able to experience the practical sessions and we will be facilitating your discussions and sharing your questions live with Tim! 

It will be like being there, except in your slippers!


We really want you there live!

Course outline

Day 1

Key Concepts and

Teaching modules.

This day includes practical sessions

Introduction/Landscape of the course:

  • Reflection on current understanding of pain.

  • Introduction and analysis of the person in pain and their personal suffering. 

Historical Pain Models:

  • Introduce basic pain relevant philosophy and biology. Compare and contrast different pain models in relation to specific pain states. Develop features and characteristics required in a pain model. 

Predictive Processing/Developing a new model for pain: 

  • Build a new model for pain utilizing the features and characteristics developed in the previous lecture.
    Introduce predictive processing and the six main features required to understand it.
    Offer scientific evidence for predictive processing as a new model to understand pain.

Exploring Body Perception

  • Demonstrate the limitations and biases that clinicians hold in examining the person in pain. Introduce body perception and the fit with predictive processing. Demonstrate the link of body perception change and pain.

Day 2

Key Concepts and

Teaching modules.

This day includes practical sessions

Pain Debate: The complexity in complex pain states:

  • Critical reflection of pain. Develop a more robust understanding of pain considering different perspectives.

Integrating pain models into the clinical assessment:

  • Introduce specific features and characteristics of complex and persistent pain states.

  • Introduce clinical bedside tests to explore body perception. Be comfortable with interpreting findings.

Introducing treatment options:

  • In-depth analysis and critique of treatment considerations. What does the research say and how to incorporate into an individualized treatment programme

Patient case studies:

  • 4 complex pain states to review and specific questions to answer – group work.

  • Summary of the course.

About Tim

Tim Beames: Msc Bsc (Hons) MCSP

Tim is a pain specialist physiotherapist and pain educator living in Tunbridge Wells, UK. He’s been teaching with NOI since 2006 during which he has co-authored the Graded Motor Imagery Handbook, alongside David Butler and Lorimer Moseley.

He is the co-founder of Le Pub Scientifique, a unique learning platform connecting people interested in pain to the latest science and the world leading experts on pain. He is also co-founder of Pelvic Pain Matters, a group dedicated to improving the lives of men suffering pelvic pain.

Tim splits his time between his clinical role treating people experiencing persistent pain and helping to offer hope for recovery; teaching and mentoring healthcare professionals interested in growing as clinicians; and organising and running pain-related events

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Course location:

OBA (Weesp Library)

Oudegracht 67, 1381 XX Weesp

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Weesp is part of Amsterdam and is just a 15minute train ride from Amsterdam central Station.

Weesp station is a small but well-connected commuter station with direct links to Amsterdam stations, Utrecht, Schiphol airport and more.

The OBA Weesp (Library) is a 10-minute walk/ 3-minute cycle from Weesp Train Station

*Please note that the teaching room is situated on the first floor and accessed via the staircase.  If you require adjustments to  participate in this course please contact the host:

Nearby accomodation:




Weesp can be easily reached from Amsterdam centre, Amsterdam Zuid and Amsterdam Oost. There is plenty of parking around weesp and we will happily guide you to the free parking on request.

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