Educational Resources

These forms and worksheets are included in the Understanding Pain resource manual. If you have been participating in the program and have used up the copies of these forms included in your manual, you can download and print fresh copies here. If you have not participated in the Understanding Pain program but think that these forms might be helpful to you, please help yourself to the forms.

  • Pain Diary
    This is a form which you can use to track a wide variety of factors which might impact your experience of your baseline level of pain. When you have a better understanding of the factors which influence your baseline level of pain then you will be in a position to do something about those factors.
  • Self Observation of Pain Triggers Exercise
    This is a form which you can use to track a wide variety of factors which might impact your experience of your baseline level of pain. When you have a better understanding of the factors which influence your baseline level of pain then you will be in a position to do something about those factors.
  • Functional Goal Planner and Tracker
    This form can help you to identify personal Functional Goals (physical activities/bodily movements which you would like to be able to engage in but have given up or reduced because of pain) and will also help you to develop step-by -step Action Plans for gradually moving toward achieving the functional goals you have identified.
  • Assertiveness Scripting
    This form can be helpful if you are working on learning how to more effectively communicate with other people, especially in difficult situations.  Remember that difficult interactions with others are stressful and that stress pushes pain levels up.

We encourage you to not only watch these videos but to also explore beyond these videos by searching the Internet (either in general or inside YouTube) for additional videos featuring the following speakers and authors:

  • Lorimer Moseley - Pain
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn - Mindfulness meditation, mindfulness in everyday life
  • Ronald Siegel, PsyD - Happiness, positive psychology, mindfulness
  • Dr. Russ Harris - Acceptance, mindfulness, happiness
  • Dr. Norman Doidge - Neuroplasticity

The following videos were created by leaders in various fields of study relevant to the management of persistent pain.

Pain

Acceptance

The Nervous System

Neuroplasticity

Mindfulness

Happiness

  • What It Takes to Be Happy: Ronald Siegel, Psy.D. author of Back Sense discusses Positive Psychology, Happiness, & Mindfulness

Guided Meditation

Opioid Medication

Blog

Chronic Pain Management

  • "Explain Pain" by David Butler & Lorimer Moseley
  • "Back Sense" by Ronald Siegel, Michael Urdang & Douglas Johnson
  • "The Divided Mind" by John Sarno, MD
  • "Unlearn Your Pain" by Howard Schubinger, MD
  • "The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim your Life" by Dennis Turk & Frits Winter
  • "Managing Pain Before it Manages You" by Margaret Caudill

Neuroplasticity and Rewiring the Brain

  • "The Brain that Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge
  • "Mindsight" by Daniel Siegel
  • "Buddha’s Brain" by Rick Hansen
  • “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

Relaxation & Meditation

  • "How to Relax" by Patrick Davis, PhD
  • "The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook" by Davis, Eshelman & McKay
  • "Wherever You Go, There You Are" by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • "Full Catastrophe Living" by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • "Asserting Yourself: A Practical Guide for Positive Change" by Bower & Bower

Miscellaneous

  • "Open Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions" by Pennebaker
  • "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey
  • "The 10 Natural Laws of Effective Time and Life Management" by Hyrum Smith
  • “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl
  • “The Happiness Trap” by Russ Harris
  • “A year to Live” by Stephen Levine