Teaching People About Pain

This course is designed to update attendees on the latest evidence and clinical application of Therapeutic Neuroscience Education (TNE) 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 TNE, why neuroscience education is needed in physical therapy and, more importantly, the clinical application and implementation of TNE for patients with acute, sub-acute and chronic pain. Special features include various metaphors, images, examples and case studies explaining neuroscience to patients in pain. In addition, the class will cover clinical issues such as compliance, pacing exercise and activity, incorporation of TNE with traditional movement-based therapy, billing and insurance reimbursement concerns and delivering TNE in busy, time-constrained clinical environments.

This class is a must for all health care professionals dealing with patients in pain.


Target Audience: This course is open to all health care professionals who manage and treat patients in pain.

Course Format: 2-Day onsite

Credits: 15 hours

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress: Casual dress


Upon completion of this class, attendees will:

  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. List at least half of the output systems discussed in class and their response in a chronic pain patient
  4. List potential strategies to implement therapeutic neuroscience into clinic practice regarding time, staff, billing and traditional therapeutic treatments
  5. Design a treatment plan for a chronic pain patient based on output system dysfunctions with correct pain neurophysiological reasoning behind the treatment with information provided in the course

Occupational Therapists:

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

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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