2019 Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable Webinar Series

IASP is offering a free quarterly webinar series as part of its 2019 Global Year on Pain in the Most Vulnerable Populations. Check back to see when new ones are scheduled and when archived versions are available for convenient on-demand access. Although webinars are free, registration is required.

Pain in Children – February 25th, 2019

This webinar is sponsored by the IASP Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood.


Moderated by Liesbet Goubert, PhD, Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium

Pain and Irritability of Unknown Origin in pre-verbal/non-verbal children 

Speaker: Harold Siden, MD, Childrens & Womens Health Centre, University of British Columbia, Canada

Detrimental effects of emotional distress on treatment outcomes in children with chronic pain and their caregivers: A call for action in science and clinical practice 

Speaker: Tanja Hechler, PhD, Department of Clinical Child and Adolescents Psychology, University of Trier, Germany

Speakers and Biographies:

Dr. Harold (Hal) Siden, MD, MHSc, FRCPC is Medical Director at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver, Canada. He is also is an Attending Physician in Pediatrics and Medical Director of Palliative Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital and an Investigator in the BCCH Research Institute. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His clinical interests are pediatric palliative care, pediatric pain management and general & complex care pediatrics. He is Principal Investigator on several projects funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

Prof. Dr. Tanja Hechler is full professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents at the Department of Psychology, University of Trier, Germany. She is the head of the outpatient clinic for children and adolescents (with a focus on treatment of chronic pain and emotional disorders in children) and the head of the postgraduate training in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Her lab consists of a clinical-psychophysiological laboratory and a mobile laboratory to enable assessment in the natural environment of the children (e.g. in kindergarten).

Dr. Liesbet Goubert is Full Professor in the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University, Belgium. She is interested in psychosocial risk factors for the development of chronic (pediatric) pain and in the interpersonal dynamics of (chronic) pain and chronic illness. More recently, she became very interested in the study of psychosocial resilience mechanisms that may account for the sustainment of adaptive functioning and well-being in the presence of pain.

To learn more about the Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable, please visit: iasp-pain.org/GlobalYear

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