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Helping Clients Unlearn Their Pain: The New Neuroscience of Pain

Nearly half of all clients in therapy have physical pain, yet for the majority of these individuals, their pain has no clear medical cause. This is particularly true for those with back and neck pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, and abdominal-pelvic pain. Neuroscientists now know that all pain is constructed by the brain’s alarm mechanism, which can be activated by either physical injury or perceived emotional threat. This workshop will provide tools and step-by-step techniques to help therapists simultaneously address physical and emotional pain.


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Howard Schubiner, MD
1 Hour 53 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 24, 2018
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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 2.0 hours CPD.



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Howard Schubiner, MD, is an internist at Providence Hospital in Michigan and a professor at Michigan State University. He’s the author of Unlearn Your Pain, Unlearn Your Anxiety and Depression and coauthor of Hidden from View.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Howard Schubiner is an attending physician at Children’s Hospital of Michigan; harper Hospital; Hutzel Hospital; and Detroit Receiving Hospital. He is a faculty member at Providence Hospital. He is an author for Mind Body Publishing and receives royalties. Dr. Schubiner receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-financial: Howard Schubiner is a fellow in the American College of Physicians; the American Academy of Pediatrics; and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.

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Knowledge about Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD)

  • How is pain produced and processed in the conscious and subconscious brain
  • What are some of the common manifestations of PPD
  • Relationship between stressful life events and PPD
  • Overview of treatment of PPD

How to assess if someone has PPD, including examination skills if appropriate (Medical assessment)

  • Medical history
  • Review of records and imaging studies
  • The search for discrepancies
  • Review of symptoms checklist lifetime
  • Medical examination or review of medical examinations

How to determine the psychological cause of PPD

  • Early childhood history—priming events
  • Teen and early adult history—triggering events
  • Later life history, search for themes and patterns
  • Connection between onset and exacerbation of symptoms and stressful life events

How to educate patients and personalize information about PPD

  • Explaining PPD 101—the information
  • Review themes and relate life events to onset and exacerbation of PPD symptoms
  • Obtain feedback and answer questions

How to implement the basic cognitive and behavioral elements of Treatment

  • Education as a basis of treatment
  • Understanding the concepts and applying them personally
  • Believing in them and self-confidence to allay doubts
  • Developing self-confidence for successful recovery
  • Affirmations for recovery
  • Challenging symptoms
  • Conditioned responses and outcome independence

Description of expressive writing exercises, handouts only

List of writing techniques (Lists):

  • Free writing
  • Unsent letters
  • Dialogues
  • Gratitude
  • Forgiveness
  • Barriers to recovery
  • Responding to life situations
  • Writing a new life narrative

Description of the role of meditative exercises, handouts only

  • Mindfulness practices
    • Attending to emotional states
    • Decreasing self-induced suffering
    • Tolerating symptoms as transient events
  • Guided meditations

How to guide a PPD patient in emotional awareness and expression exercises

  • Basic principles
  • Description of steps in the process
  • Demonstration of the process

Conclusions, Questions and Answers


  1. Discover an approach to distinguishing clients with psychophysiologic pain from those with more structurally caused pain
  2. Discover how to help clients understand the psychophysiological process for pain in ways that encourage their commitment to positive action
  3. Discover how to use mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral techniques to address psychophysiologic pain in clients

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 260

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