In recent years, Therapeutic Neuroscience Education (TNE) has gained considerable evidence and clinical popularity. Current best-evidence shows that TNE improves pain ratings, function, pain catastrophization, physical movement and cost of healthcare utilization. Clinically, there is a shift whereby more and more clinicians are gaining experience in teaching people about pain.

Basic application of TNE in the clinic is a good starting point, but it is not the end-point for most patients. The ultimate expression of recovery is behavior change: return to physical confidence. For many patients, some pain will continue to be a part of life, but it doesn’t need to rule their lives. In order to help patients move forward despite their pain, clinicians need to embrace and impart additional strategies such as goal setting, pacing, graded exposure and behavioral change. These strategies lead to functional, empowered patients being able to resume fulfilled, meaningful lives. This course bridges the gap from initial pain education to independence.

Through pre-course material, lectures, case studies, group sessions, clinical application and motivated interviewing, clinicians will develop skills aimed at true behavioral change. Pre-course work includes 6 videos, required reading, and a quiz to demonstrate competency, for a total of approximately 4 hours of preparation.

Course Highlights

Course highlights include the sharing of new pain metaphors and stories, extensive group discussions, success and failure stories pertaining to clinical application of TNE, and explorations of concepts related to readiness for change, motivation and addiction. Attention is given to preventing provider burn out and calcification by fostering patient ownership of their pain experience.


Target Audience: This course is open to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, certified occupational therapist assistants, and other professionals who treat patients in pain.

Contact Hours: 18 Contact Hours (3 online and 15 onsite) from EIM Institutes of Health Professions



Program Applicability: Credits from this course count towards ISPI’s Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification


Upon completion of this class, attendees will:

1. Advance their knowledge and clinical ability to perform therapeutic neuroscience education
2. Problem solve various barriers to reconceptualization regarding therapeutic neuroscience education
3. Utilize motivational interviewing and goal setting to develop a structured plan of care to foster behavioral change
4. Develop and implement pacing and graded exposure of various daily activities and exercise for people with persistent pain
5. Identify, discuss and address issues related to fear-avoidance and kinesiophobia for people recovering from pain-related fear and limited function
6. Develop strategies to apply course material into clinical practice


Occupational Therapists: This course meets criteria under EIM’s AOTA Provider #10170. For more information on this course, click here.


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