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Feeling Safe Enough to Heal: Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is one of the most costly and difficult conditions to treat and traditional medicine fails to provide effective relief. The resolution of chronic pain can be best understood and resolved using the evolutionary neurophysiological framework of the polyvagal theory based on systemic brain-body responses to safety and threat. To heal chronic pain, safety is needed in order to promote health, growth and restoration of the nervous system.


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Les Aria, PhD
56 Minutes
Nov 06, 2021
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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 hours CPD.



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Les Aria, PhD, is a pain psychologist who has been practicing for the past 16 years and treats complex medically unexplained symptoms and chronic pain with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Northern California, Sacramento, CA. He served as the Lead Pain Psychologist for Kaiser Northern California to help redesign the chronic pain workshop curriculum to incorporate modern pain science, mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Les Aria is a pain psychologist for Kaiser Permanente North Valley Comprehensive Pain Management. He is an adjunct faculty at Northern University. Dr. Aria receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Les Aria has no non-financial relationship to disclose.


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  1. Categorize the 4 phases of how chronic pain develops.
  2. Evaluate 3 ways that current treatments may not lead to pain recovery.
  3. Demonstrate 3 behavioural and neurobiologically based interventions for reducing chronic pain.


  • Learn how to explain chronic pain using modern pain neuroscience.
  • Learn the Hand Breath Technique to promote instant safety in the nervous system.
  • Learn how to lean into the pain using the 3Ns to reduce fear-avoidant behaviours.

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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