New Course at clinic.

Conversations with Purpose.  Paul Sullivan BSc, MSc, Pg Dip

Strengthening patient-therapist interactions in physiotherapy

Sunday 22nd January 2017; 9am – 5pm; Hallamshire Physiotherapy, 2 Newbould Lane, Sheffield, S10 2PL

£85; 8hrs CPD.

About the course

History talking is an overlooked part of the treatment encounter, and is often shortened so objective assessment and treatment can be prioritised. However, modern research highlights the complex interaction of factors across the bio-psychosocial spectrum that underpins most pain disorders. Getting information across this spectrum, while building trust and a therapeutic relationship, is key to unlocking what is driving pain disorders. Indeed, evidence now shows that treatment outcome is strongly affected by the patient-therapist relationship. Few would disagree that listening, empathy, relationship building and communication are key factors in successful treatment; however, these skills are often assumed. This course is designed to equip physiotherapists with practical and clinically applicable skills around communication, relationship building, reflective listening and how to dispense information in ways that build therapeutic alliance.

About the trainer

Paul Sullivan has been developing and delivering training to a wide variety of health and social care professionals for 10 years. Initially, he began working with drug and alcohol users in residential services, specialist treatment units, young people’s services and primary care. It was while working in addictions that Paul became interested in the importance of the therapeutic alliance and how this improves treatment outcomes. Paul now specialises in developing and delivering training that facilitates lifestyle and behaviour change and in particular Motivational Interviewing. Paul has taught hundreds of professional workshops in Motivational Interviewing from introductory courses to more advanced applications, group work settings, mentoring and consultancy. Paul has recently become a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and continues to promote the importance of collaborative working to enhance the treatment experience for both the patient and the practitioner.

Course outcomes

  •   To develop a therapeutic relationship with a patient based on trust and empathy.
  •   To collaboratively explore the patient story and recognise the factors which contribute to paindisorders.
  •   To gain a practical knowledge of key technical skills involved in consultation; this includes questioning,reflective listening and eliciting self-motivational statements.
  •   To provide information to patients in an engaging and collaborative way and negotiate treatmentplans.
  •   To challenge patients’ unhelpful beliefs around pain management in a non-confrontational andconstructive way.
  •   To work with more challenging patients, and to minimise the likelihood of difficult interactions.

Booking and Payment Form

Name___________________________________ _____________________ Address_______________________________________________________ Telephone____________________ email____________________________ Your Profession_________________________________________________ Course Fee: £85

Payment to be made by cheque or bank transfer by 10th Janurary 2017.

Please send cheques payable to:

Mr Paul Sullivan
41 Springbank Avenue Gildersome, Leeds LS27 7TR

Bank transfer details

Account number: 00717427 Sort Code: 11 05 28

Your place will be confirmed by e mail upon receipt of payment. Course fees are non-refundable.

Please return this completed form to:

Paul Sullivan, 41 Springbank Avenue, Gildersome, Leeds, LS27 7TR Or email to

For any further information, please call Paul on 07921072013 or email at the above address.