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EFIC Pain School on Pain Psychology for Non-Psychologists

General information

5-7 November 2024
Verona, Italy

Course Organisers: Stefano Tamburin, Lidia Del Piccolo, Gianluca Castelnuovo, Daniele Battelli, Elisa Mantovani

The faculty will include experts from different backgrounds and who will be chosen among European experts on pain and its psychological features. A comprehensive list will be announced in due course.

Focus of this EFIC Pain School:

Psychological aspects are integral to the experience of acute and chronic pain and significantly modulate pain experience, medication adherence and pain relief. This school aims to provide deeper understanding of the psychological dimensions of pain to guide healthcare professionals without a specific psychological expertise in choosing optimal pain management strategies.

The faculty list and programme outline can be viewed here.

Target Audience

The School is open to early-to-mid career healthcare professionals from clinical and research backgrounds, who are already working in the field of pain or are considering a career in pain management. Given the theme of the Pain School and the EFIC’s philosophy of multi-disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, the School is intended for applicants from different professions (i.e., medical doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, etc.), including trainees.

Learning Outcomes

The School’s program is expected to cover the following sections of EFIC’s post-graduate curricula in Pain Psychology:

  • Section 1: Pain science and knowledge (1.3, 1.5)
  • Section 2: Pain medicine roles in practice
  • Section 3: Principles of assessment and measurement in pain
  • Section 4: Treatment and pain management
  • Section 5: Subgroups and clinical conditions

The School’s program will also cover the sections related to pain psychology in the Pain Medicine curriculum, including those listed below:

  • Section 1.6: Biopsychosocial aspects of pain – psychological assessment (1.6.13-1.6.15) and psychological management (1.6.16)
  • Section 2: Pain medicine roles in practice – therapeutic relationships (2.4.1-2.4.7), obtaining relevant information (2.4.8-2.4.10), sharing information with patients and significant others (2.4.11-2.4.17) and sharing information (2.4.18-2.4.21)

The School’s program will complement the Pain Nursing and Pain physiotherapy curricula, which currently do not cover pain psychology.

How to apply


Application for this EFIC Pain School is now closed! Applicants will be notified in August 2024.


  • Please note that for this pain school, your level of English needs to be at least C1 or higher according to the CEFR standard.
  • EFIC offer 15 places for this Pain School free of charge via a grant. For the chosen 15 applicants, all teaching and related activities are provided free of charge, along with accommodation and meals. The only significant cost these applicants should expect to pay is their travel.
  • Participation in the school is also possible as self-paying attendee; the registration fee will be communicated in due course and will cover hotel accommodation, meals and participation in all activities included in the school’s program.
  • As EFIC Pain Schools aim to focus specifically on interprofessionalism, this EFIC Pain School is open to all professions and disciplines interested in pain psychology.
  • All applications are evaluated by the European Pain Federation EFIC® Committee on Education and approved by the Executive Board.