This course is designed to update participants on the 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, why neuroscience education is needed in patient care and, more importantly, the clinical application and implementation of therapeutic neuroscience education.


Adriaan Louw, Kory Zimney, Steve Schmidt, and Louie Puentedura, developed this course in a modular, web-based, faculty-directed format using the Moodle Learning Management System. The course is interactive and media-rich to help make the e-learning environment both engaging and convenient for the participant.

Learning activities will focus on a series of online video presentations of Dr. Adriaan Louw presenting this course in a seminar format, readings, forum discussions, and submissions that allow participants to develop skills for clinical application and implementation of therapeutic neuroscience education 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 therapeutic neuroscience education with traditional movement based therapy, billing and insurance reimbursement concerns and delivering therapeutic neuroscience education in busy, time-constrained clinical environments. Weekly online forum discussions and submissions serve as graded elements to reinforce course objectives and assess learning.

Successful completion of this course requires a final passing grade of 80% on all learning activities. The course is designed to be completed in an 6-week time period.

Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to licensed healthcare providers, including occupational therapists. Unlicensed healthcare providers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Credits: 26 contact hours from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

(CEU Note:  This online course is approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.  For all other states, please check with your state approval board to verify if they accept reciprocity with Texas.  If not, EIM can provide documentation for you to apply for approval in your state.  Contact [email protected] to request documentation.)

EIM Program Applicability: Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification (ISPI TPS 6410; 4 credits)

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress: This is an online course.


Upon completing this course, you’ll 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. 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

Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week!

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

Occupational Therapists:

This course meets criteria under EIM’s AOTA Provider #10170. For more information about the 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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