The Professional Development Tool

Brought to you by the CPA Pain Science Division

Outcome 5

I apply biopsychosocial reasoning to the person-centered comprehensive assessment of people with pain

Want some more help with this learning outcome? Here are some sample resources to get you started.

Sub – Outcomes
  1. I demonstrate empathetic, compassionate, and trauma-informed* communication during pain assessment
  2. I assess client/patient preferences and values to determine pain-related goals and priorities
  3. I communicate diagnoses and prognoses compassionately and effectively

*trauma-informed: providing trauma-informed care is not necessarily about treating symptoms or syndromes related to trauma. Rather, it is about delivering services in a way that is welcoming and appropriate to the special needs of those affected by trauma (from


check back soon!

Journal Articles

Listening is therapy: Patient interviewing from a pain science perspective. By Diener I, Kargela M, Louw A.


COMPASS Interpersonal Skills Development Workshop by Dave Walton, Jasdeep Dhir, and Jim Millard

Videos & Webinars

Trauma and the Pelvic Floor – through Pelvic Health Solutions

Online Publications

Trauma-Informed Toolkit – A resource for service organizations and providers to deliver services that are trauma-informed

Musculoskeletal Clinical Translation Framework – From Knowing to Doing (an e-book out of Curtin University)



This list is meant to provide you with some options. It is not meant to be fully comprehensive, nor should you feel like you need to access everything. Explore what works for your learning style and context