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Psychosocial adjustment to living with long-term conditions

  • 20 March 2019
  • 1.00PM - 5.00PM
  • Public event: Yes  |  Booking required: Yes
  • T1.01, The Curve  |  Directions

About | Psychosocial adjustment to living with long-term conditions



This free workshop is aimed at clinical practitioners working with people with long-term conditions, for example, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, rehabilitation medics and nurses. Knowledge of cognitive behavioural therapy is an advantage, but not essential.

Event aims
• To create impact by introducing practitioners to an innovative process model of psychological adjustment, which has potential for direct clinical application
• To launch a new website supporting adjustment to and self-management of chronic conditions

Workshop content
You will gain an introduction to clinical application of the Integrative Model of Adjustment to Chronic Conditions (IMACC) (Hammond & Hirst-Winthrop, 2018). This is an innovative process model of adjustment, which is particularly useful for identification of barriers to adjustment and it also offers a method of intervention.

In addition, we are hoping to launch a new website aiming at providing positive support for people with long-term conditions as well as information and tools for practitioners.

This event forms part of work towards an impact case study entitled Improving function and well-being of people with long-term health conditions. This is based on a body of research by Dr Lis D. Hammond and Dr Stephanie Kilinç, both senior lecturers and health psychology researchers at Teesside University. Dr Hammond is also a counselling psychologist with experience of clinical work in brain injury rehabilitation and pain management. In exchange for the event being free of charge, you will be asked to consider agreeing to complete follow-up questionnaires 6 and 12 months post-event.

What practitioners say about IMACC
I can’t recommend this enough. [The IMACC] has been invaluable to me in my work with individuals and groups with chronic pain. It has a wide variety of applications across different healthcare settings, patient populations and disciplines. (Highly specialist psychologist)

The IMACC model allowed me to conceptualise the process patients go through when adjusting to a long-term condition, chronic pain. It helped me identify where the patient was having difficulty and helped me focus my rehabilitation as it enabled me to align the rehab with the appropriate stage. (Lead physiotherapist)

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