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Chronic Pain & Trauma

Many of our clients with harsh or traumatic childhood histories suffer physical pain and chronic health conditions that defy medical diagnosis and conventional treatments.  While hoping to address their current issues or post-traumatic stress, the preoccupation with their bodies and physical suffering often gets in the way of focusing on the therapy.  Equally, attempts to address the psychosomatic issues are apt to be misinterpreted by clients as an invalidating “It’s all in your head.”   While therapists often suspect that there is a connection between the trauma and medical issues, psychotherapy models do not offer one clear-cut treatment method.

In this recording, we will approach chronic physical symptoms in trauma clients as a manifestation of unprocessed traumatic memories held in the body.   Inspired by the work of Robert Scaer, this approach draws on interventions from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and clinical hypnosis to help clients locate the origins of their pain in the events of their past. You will learn how to help clients “hear” the communication conveyed by their symptoms, connect with the child self holding the bodily manifestation of memory, and begin to resolve the trauma-related fear and pain driving the chronic physical issues.


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Janina Fisher, Ph.D.
1 Hour 28 Minutes
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Mar 10, 2014
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



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Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice; Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute; and EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Credit Provider; former president of the New England Society for the Treatment of of Trauma and Dissociation; and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School. An international writer and lecturer on the treatment of trauma, she is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma, and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation and Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities. For more information, go to


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Janina Fisher has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  • Identify chronic medical issues and pain as expressions of traumatic memory
  • Educate clients about the relationship between trauma and physical symptoms or pain
  • Apply Sensorimotor Psychotherapy techniques to address the pain or condition as body memory
  • Describe interventions that facilitate re-processing the memories and alleviate the physical distress


  • Understanding the relationship between trauma and chronic pain or illness
  • Challenges for clients in accepting medical issues as unresolved memory
  • Interventions for addressing the interaction between chronic pain and traumatic experience

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 11


Helen G - Santa Cruz, California

"Good information integrating both content and therapeutic approach "

Les A

"Great course!"

Louise L - ANN ARBOR, Michigan

"Janina Fisher's gentle tone and pace and her presentation is ideally suited to this subject matter. Her knowledge of the material is excellent. "


"I learned much from the course and would like to hear much more about this subject. I think Dr. Fisher is very knowledgeable and makes it easy to understand the principles. I really enjoyed this!"

sheldon w - TEANECK, New Jersey

"excellent review of basic concepts of trauma and it's connection to chronic pain symptoms"

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