Why this course?

How Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief can enhance your practice

Earn 15 CEUs and Become Certified in Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief

Empower your patients to alleviate pain utilizing their greatest tool - the mind.

Mindfulness is not only a practice  - it is a state of awareness, a behavioral trait, an intervention, an act of self-care, and a way of living that can dramatically shift the nervous system toward homeostasis, or a state of internal equilibrium. Reduced pain, depression, anxiety, and distress are some common observed benefits of mindfulness interventions. 

Research shows even just a few minutes of practice has substantial impact. And, exercises can be practiced anytime, anywhere. For these reasons, mindfulness-based pain relief can be easily adapted into a variety of pain care practices.

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 Description

Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief is an 7-week online course designed to teach practitioners the necessary experiential skills and tools to guide their patients through training in mindfulness-based pain reduction.

Mindfulness meditation has been found to significantly reduce pain in experimental and clinical settings, along with associated anxiety, depression and stress. The primary processes of the positive health behavior changes and outcomes that occur through mindfulness training is through the enhancement of self-report measures of mindfulness, self-efficacy, pain acceptance, social connectedness, and improvements in physiological measures like heart rate variability. 

Participants will also learn to cultivate compassion within themselves, to make these elements accessible while engaging with their clients/patients, and to learn, and self-compassion. The benefits of compassion cultivation include reduced defensiveness, improved listening skills, and improved ability to decode facial expressions and body language. All of these attributes can serve a role in establishing a stronger therapeutic alliance, enhancing patient autonomy and treatment adherence, and reducing the inherent vulnerability of clinicians to “empathy fatigue” including stress and professional burnout.

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

#1: Identify the cognitive effects of mindfulness as it relates to chronic pain.

#2: Describe how mindfulness regulates pain neurophysiology.

#3:Explain how mindfulness benefits central sensitization in patients with chronic pain.

#4:Explain how mindfulness promotes healthy interceptive processing in those with chronic pain.

#5: Develop competence in communicating how mindfulness and meditation can benefit a patient in pain.

#6:Describe how mindfulness can be integrated into the practice of psychology.

#7: Critique the relationship between meditation and psychotherapy as it relates to chronic pain.

#8: Create two 20-minute guided mindfulness techniques for mindfulness of the breath.

#9: Create one 20-minute compassion meditations.

#10: Create one 20-minute emotion focused meditation.

#11: Identify the core philosophical issues arising in the meditative traditions regarding the topics of suffering and self-identity.

#12: Demonstrate how to intentionally cultivate positive emotions, such as: gratitude, joy, and kindness.

#13: Explain the emerging science on the effects of mindfulness practice for mental and physical health.

#14: Explain the roles of stress reduction and reactivity as it pertains to mindfulness.

#15: Identify negative patterns of reactivity triggered by stressors and utilize mindfulness to develop alternative responses to stress.

#16: Use mindfulness to cultivate a deeper connection with body, emotions, and relationships with others.

#17: Articulate an understanding of the foundational principles of an MBSR program.

#18: Demonstrate the basic MBSR teaching skills.

#19: Describe the central role of mindfulness meditation practice for chronic pain in the regulation of emotions and behaviors.

#20: Articulate the rationale for a teacher’s ongoing mindfulness meditation practice when teaching mindfulness.

Learn the necessary mental skills and cognitive techniques to guide your patients through mindfulness-based pain relief, including:

• A thorough understanding of the neuroscience of mindfulness in pain relief and the cognitive change mechanisms at work in the brain during meditation

• Mindfulness interventions that actively engage patients in pain self-management within an evidence-based (level 1a) biopsychosocial framework​

• How to design a program that seamlessly blends into your current practice and positively impacts many chronic pain conditions.

Course Detail

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    1. Start here!

    2. How to Create a MBPR Protocol

    1. What is Mindfulness?

    2. Attention Control & Emotion Regulation

    3. Self Awareness & 5 Facets of Mindfulness

    4. The Transition to Teacher

    5. Benefits of Meditation

    6. Five Facets of Mindfulness Questionaire

    7. STOP

    1. 1-Minute STOP Meditation: A mindful practice to anchor to the present moment

    2. 5-Minute Foundational Breath: Harness the power of your breath to relieve stress and reestablish inner calm

    3. 10-Minute Breath: A deeper focus of attention on your breathing and its natural rhythm and flow

    4. 10-Minute Zen Breath: An ancient technique for calm

    5. 20-Minute Breath: A deep practice for vital living

    6. Transcripts

    7. MBPR Week 1 Slides

    8. 3 Question Quiz

    1. Thinking About Thinking

    2. Pain Catastrophizing & Mindfulness

    3. Positive Reappraisal

    4. TAP

    5. The Role of Mindfulness in Positive Reappraisal

    1. Noticing Thoughts as Thoughts

    2. Savoring A Positive Thought: Fully present and appreciative of the experience

    3. Watching Thoughts Float By: Learning to let go of our thoughts

    4. Leaves On a Stream: Letting go of the attachment and over-identification with thoughts that cause suffering

    5. Watch the Show: Writing a new story for your life and all you may experience

    6. Mindful Reappraisal Transcripts

    7. 3 Question Quiz

    8. MBPR Week 2 Slides

    9. MBPR Week 2 Slides cont.

    1. Interoception and Prediction

    2. Introception & Emotion

    3. Interoception & Pain

    4. Bodily Mapping of Emotion

    5. SIFT

    6. Who Can You Serve?

    7. Perceptions of Mindfulness in a Low-income, Primarily African American Treatment-Seeking Sample

About this course

  • $549.00
  • 91 lessons
  • 12.5 hours of video content


Meet your instructor

Joe Tatta PT, DPT, CNS

Dr. Joe Tatta, PT, DPT is the founder of the Integrative Pain Science Institute, a cutting-edge health company reinventing pain care through evidence-based treatment, research, and professional development. His research and career achievements include scalable practice models centered on health behavior change, integrative medicine, and methods that empower physical therapists to serve at the top of their scope of practice as primary providers of healthcare. He is a speaker, author, hosts a podcast, adjunct professor, and guest lecturer in many DPT programs.

What professionals are saying...

Kerstin Palombaro, PT, PhD, FNCP

Dr. Kylie E Rowe,PT, DPT. San Francisco, California

The courses and certification for practitioners through the Integrative Pain Science Institute promise to provide the foundation for valuable and practical evidence-based tools that we as clinicians can immediately put into practice to indeed help our patients heal their pain.​

Carolyn Dolan, PT, DPT, FNCP

Mary Grant, Physiotherapist. Dublin, Ireland

I really enjoyed the MBPR course. It has given me the skill to use Mindfulness techniques in a targeted way with patients. I have already found this very useful when helping people to live well with persistent pain.

Dr. Andrea Moore, PT, DPT Seattle,Washington

I have taken multiple mindfulness courses & read countless books, but struggled to bring it into the clinic until I found Joe’s program. This certification exceeded all my expectations. Not only is it evidence-informed, it also includes a step-by-step guide along specific exercises and instructions so you can literally bring into the clinic the next day. It will change your brain and your patient's brain!

Beth Frackleton, M.Ed., BSN, RN, NBC-HWC. Charlottesville, Virginia

I am so appreciative of the MBPR course! I have learned new skills to assist my clients with chronic pain. I particular find the step by step weekly protocols so helpful. As a Health and Wellness coach, I am definitely more confident using mindfulness not only with clients with chronic pain, but with all clients to help them achieve a higher level of health and wellness. I highly recommend this course!

Mary Doyle, PT, DPT. Delaware

The courses at the Integrative Pain Science Institute have completely changed the way I practice. And the best part is you are welcomed into a community of like-minded professionals learning the same thing with ongoing support and guidance afterward. Participating in the community allows you to see how others are using the material and how you can improve your own practice. I can now reach patients in a more meaningful way with proven biopsychosocial techniques.​

Christine Robenalt, PT, CIMI, FNCP. Denver, Colorado

Dr. Tatta’s Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief course was the perfect blend of scientific evidence and practical application. Not only did I learn useful clinical skills to implement immediately with my patients, but I also was able to grow my personal mediation practice through the provided guided meditations. This is my third course from the Integrative Pain Science Institute, and I can’t wait to sign up for the next course offering.


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  • Is this program approved for CEUs?

    Yes! This course is approved for 15 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.

  • Do you offer payment plans?

    Yes; we offer 3-month payment plans.

  • 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