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Interrupting the Reign of Pain

Typically, physical and psychological pain are treated separately, even when they’re deeply intertwined. Nearly half of all therapy clients suffer from chronic physical pain, which often has no clear medical cause, including back and neck pain, headaches, and fibromyalgia.

We 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. In this workshop, you’ll learn tools to simultaneously address physical and emotional pain in your work with clients.


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Howard Schubiner, MD
3 Hours 55 Minutes
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Mar 23, 2019
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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 4.0 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 

  • 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. Articulate how the brain’s predictive coding mechanisms create and reinforce physical pain in clients. 
  2. Determine in session if a client has psychophysiologic-induced pain. 
  3. Articulate concepts of psychophysiologic pain to clients and implement cognitive-behavioral techniques designed to eliminate it. 
  4. Implement Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy techniques to help alleviate clients’ pain symptoms.

Target Audience

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



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