Why this course?

How Mindful Stress Management can enhance your practice

Evidence based strategies for stress management are not yet commonly discussed or employed by healthcare professionals. Given the current state of the healthcare arena, it is critical that healthcare practitioners have strategies that they can use in real time, practice in the workplace and at home, and share with patients who lack resources to manage the complex emotions associated with illness and disease. 

This is consistent with an integrative, biopsychosocial approach to self-care and patient-management that is easily accessible, non-pharmacological, and evidence based. Healthcare providers deserve preventive strategies that promote healthy lifestyles and their patients will benefit from practitioners who listen deeply, make safe and effective clinical decisions, and use psychologically informed, holistic approaches.

Course Description

Burnout, compassion fatigue, and stress are real concerns in today’s healthcare arena. Mindful practice is a way of being with stress that prevents the cascade of autonomic, metabolic, and neurological events that can harm us. This course will teach evidence based practices that are simple to employ in any situation and have lasting effects on practitioner mental health and emotional well-being. 

Course material will include the history of mindfulness and the explosion of neuroscientific research for the beneficial effects of mind-body interventions. It will discuss the neural correlates of the default mode network as compared to the experiential network and it will provide specific and detailed tools for daily practice. Concepts such as burnout, compassion fatigue, conflict, boundaries, and trauma will be covered. Updated research on the body’s neural axes will shine light on how stress affects every body system and how the by-products of stress predict chronic illness and dis-ease. Upon completion of the course you will be able to apply stress management strategies for yourself, your patients, and your colleagues to enhance health outcomes and quality of life.

Benefits of this programme

  • Improved outcomes

    Patients who are empowered to make decisions about their health that better reflect their personal circumstances experience improved health outcomes.

  • Community support

    Network with your peers and Dr Joe Tatta, share best practice and research interests. Identify the root cause of patient pain and assess patients and clients holistically.

  • Increase referrals

    Evidenced-based strategies and techniques to increase your referrals and generate higher revenues for your practice.

Course curriculum

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    1. History of Mindfulness

    2. Mindfulness of Body, Mind, Experience

    3. The Stress Axes and the Practice

    4. Personal Practice

    5. Experiential Training Videos

    6. Handout: Mindfulness & Physical Disease, Greeson & Chin 2019

    7. Practice Doc and Resources

    8. Week 1 Quiz

    1. Research: Neuroscience of Mindfulness

    2. Default vs. Mindful vs. Mindful Mind

    3. Mindfulness, Burnout, Compassion Fatigue

    4. Personal Practice

    5. Experiential Training Videos

    6. Handout Option 1: Physician Anxiety & Burnout, Roy et al, 2020

    7. Handout Option 2: Mindfulness, Compassion, & Self-Care, Coversano, 2020

    8. Week 2 Quiz

    1. Practice for Daily Life: Tools #1-3

    2. Practice for Daily Life: Tools #4-6

    3. Practice for Daily Life: Tools #7-9

    4. Personal Practice

    5. Experiential Training Video

    6. Handout Option 1: A Neurobehavioral Account for Decentering, King & Fresco, 2019

    7. Handout Option 2: Paradoxes of Mindfulness, 2018

    8. Week 3 Quiz

    1. Unpacking Personalities

    2. Boundary Making and Breaking

    3. Conflict: Blame, Empathy, Deep Listening

    4. Personal Practice

    5. Experiential Training Video

    6. Handout: The Answer to Anger & Aggression

    7. Week 4 Quiz

    1. The ACE Study and Resilience Research

    2. Research: Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and Mindfulness

    3. A Case Study

    4. Personal Practice

    5. Experiential Training Video

    6. Handout: Action Steps using ACES & TIC, Leitch, 2017

    7. Week 5 Quiz

    1. Coaching Call Information

    2. Complete Course Survey for CE/CEUs

About this course

  • $499.00
  • 40 lessons
  • 5 hours of video content

"I've structured the course to keep things sequential and straightforward to assimilate [Dr Joe Tatta]

#1: To define what mindfulness is and is not.

#2: To adopt a contemporary terminology related to stress and the neural circuitry that accompanies it.

#3: To learn, explore, and practice evidence-based strategies that dampen the stress response.

#4: To understand the neuroscience associated with mindfulness, including the brain regions associated with mind-wandering, default mode, and resilience.

#5: To explore the various ways that individuals experience conflict, based on personality profiles.

#6: To explore the concept of healthy boundaries, blame, empathy, and self-awareness.

#7: To explore trauma-informed-care, resilience research, and emotion regulation.

#8: To develop a healthy habit of daily mindfulness practices that take 5 minutes.


Meet your instructor

Annette M. Willgens, PT, MA, EdD, RYT

Annette M. Willgens is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Willgens earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Ithaca College in 1989, a Master of Education from New York University in 1993, and a Doctor of Education from Northcentral University in 2012. She was board certified as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist from 2009-2019 and continues clinical practice at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds a certificate from NovaSoutheastern University in Qualitative Research Methods and she is a Registered Yoga and Reiki Practitioner.


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  • Is this program approved for CEUs?

    Yes! This course is approved for 7 CEUs for PTs and OTs.

    The Integrative Pain Science Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course is approved in New York as well as more than 34 states through reciprocity (see below for a list of states).


    Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida (Rule 64B17-9), Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

    ​​This course is also approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

    NOTE: Some states still do not require continuing education for re-licensure. In addition, some states do not perform verification of continuing education material, which means they do not approve courses for CEU credit and usually accept any material. Please check with your state physical therapy association or state PT board for more details.

    For participants outside of the United States or those who do not require a formal CEU certificate, we will be happy to provide a Letter of Participation form that you may keep for your records. Upon completion of the course, please contact us at support@integrativepainscienceinstitute.com to request the form. Please check with your industry governing body to confirm whether this is required for your continuing education.

  • How long do I have to access or complete the program?

    Registration includes unlimited access. You have as long as you need to complete the program and you can come back to the training as many times as needed.

  • Can I work on the program at my own pace?

    This is an on-demand program. Each week you will receive new content. The program can be accessed in real-time, anywhere, and at any time. If you fall behind you can catch up at your own pace.

  • How many hours per week do I have to dedicate to learning?

    This program requires approximately 1-2 hours per week to complete.

  • How is the information presented?

    Lessons are available in a variety of formats to make learning easy and fun, including video, audio, transcripts, study guides, PDF handouts and quizzes.

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You will also receive FREE exclusive access to …

  • Coaching and Mentorship Call

    One-on-one calls with Dr Joe Tatta for personalised support and guidance

  • Networking Forum

    Our digital community incorporates an online forum where you can share best practice, research interests, and benefit from peer-to-peer support

  • Free Updates

    Receive free updates on all courses to keep your practice consistent with the latest research and knowledge exchange