ISPI’s Introduction to Pain Science Education course is designed to provide participants with a 4-hour introduction to latest evidence and clinical application of therapeutic neuroscience education for patients in pain. Current best evidence has shown that neuroscience educational strategies utilizing neurobiology and neurophysiology are able to reduce pain, increase function, reduce fear and catastrophization, improve movement and change cognitions and brain activation during pain experiences. Therapeutic neuroscience education changes patient beliefs regarding their pain, thus reducing the threat of pain. This class will discuss the evolution of therapeutic neuroscience education and why neuroscience education is needed in patient care.


Participants will receive the first introductory module from ISPI’s Pain Science Education course, a 6-week interactive online course. Learning activities will focus on four online video presentations of Dr. Adriaan Louw presenting this course in a seminar format. Special features include various metaphors, images, examples and case studies explaining neuroscience to patients in pain. Successful completion of this course requires a final passing grade of 80% on the post course quiz.

Learners will have 30 day access to the online course material.

Target AudienceIntermediate level course open to healthcare providers. Includes occupational therapists.

Credits:  4 contact hours from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress:  This is an online course.


Upon completion of this class, attendees will be able to:

  1. Discuss the latest evidence for therapeutic neuroscience education
  2. Demonstrate the clinical ability to apply therapeutic neuroscience education to clinical practice with the use of at least one metaphor shared in class
  3. Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week!

References Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.


If you are in need of a disability-related accommodation, please contact [email protected]. We will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner. For more information please see the Accommodation Procedures for Disabled Participants page.

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