Health practitioners such as Chiropractors are daily confronted in the Therapeutic Relationship, to the expression of Pain and need to approach it with the adequate psychological standpoint as Body and Mind are interrelated.

During his studies at the University of Psychology of Lyon II, Patrick Sermet published several research papers on pain, trying to link physical pain and mental suffering. He also worked in hospital where he heard caregivers (physiotherapists, doctors, nurses,...) facing pain in severe-burned patients.

He participated several years in teaching classes in nursing and midwives schools, and today at the Institut Franco-Européen de Chiropraxie

The Placebo effect is not considered in our medical society at its fair value. Yet Placebo teaches us a lot about the body-mind relation. Ethnologists speak of the symbolic efficiency without which no healing or recovery would be possible.

The practitioner might himself be the source of unwanted side effects that impair or impede the effectiveness of care even when applying a suitable therapeutic protocol.

Attitude, intent, listening, speaking and silences of the practitioner inflect the prognosis of care.

Pain and Placebo Seminar aims to educate practitioners to develop an active listening to patients experiencing pain.

Participants are invited to step back from the medical point of view, limiting to a physiological cause of pain.

Pain is a multiple causes phenomenon and it is felt and lived differently based on ethnic origin, cultural background, beliefs, education,...

It can be a means of expression of distress, however it can itself - by its form, intensity, lasting,... - become a source of distress.

Practitioners are granted a relief mission. Adored when the treatment provides relief, they can end up being designated - or even charged - for the lasting pain when not responding to care.

The initial patient's demand can turn into an exigency most likely to generate practitioner-patient conflicts, conducive to the emergence of stressful interpersonal situations, and potentially yield to exhaustion of the therapist.  


 Pain and Placebo Seminar 

P&P Seminar goal is to provide to the practitioner training and tools to:

  • Develop his inner representation of his own caregiving relationship
  • Assess and recognize with hindsight the patient in his painful complaint
  • Develop a positive attitude to increase therapeutic efficacy
  • Remain consistent at all times with the therapeutic/care procedure
  • Protect his Psychological and professional integrity

 Pain and Placebo Seminar 

  • provides a better understanding of Pain phenomenon with the lightening of cultural, social, emotional, religious,...  perspectives 
  • offers theoretical courses about psychological and cultural influences on Pain 
  • presents neuro-scientific researches studying the phenomenon of Placebo and Pain. 
  • trains the participant to a better hearing and answering at the patient-in-pain complaint