Why this course?

How Pain Education and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain can enhance your practice

The management of chronic pain continues to be an unmet need in the United States and around the world.  In order to meet this global burden, practitioners must be able to assess and treat pain taking into consideration the multidimensional nature of the pain experience. 

Current evidence suggests that when healthcare providers are up-to-date on the latest pain science and educate their patients, they are able to treat pain more effectively. This more comprehensive biopsychosocial approach has been demonstrated to improve outcomes and enhance quality of life.

Course Description

Over the past two decades, there has been an explosion of pain science research and professionals are utilizing pain education as an intervention to improve physical and psychosocial outcomes. 

During this 6-week course, we will cover the latest concepts in pain science, how to comprehensively evaluate pain, and use pain education as an intervention. You will learn how to use evidence-based outcomes and measures and various pain management interventions - ranging from pain neuroscience education, exercise and modalities, graded exposure and pacing, lifestyle modifications, and psychological approaches including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness.

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.

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

#1: Define pain and the multidimensional nature of the pain experience.

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

#3: Describe the nociceptive, neuropathic, and nociplastic mechanisms of pain.

#4: Identify contributors to individual differences and variability of pain.

#5: Recognize common methods and outcome measures used in pain assessment.

#6:Recognize patient and provider influences on the pain experience.

#7: Understand the principles of developing a therapeutic patient-provider relationship.

#8:Recognize the impact of, and evidence for, the use of therapeutic neuroscience education and self-management as a critical part of pain management.

#9: Understand the utility of exercise in the management of pain.

#10: Recognize the application and current evidence for common modality applications for pain management.

#11: Recognize the role of sleep and nutrition in the management of pain.

#12: Integrate pain neuroscience education and lifestyle factors into a comprehensive pain management program.

#13: Recognize the role of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) & acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as part of a comprehensive pain management program.

#14: Recognize the utility of coping methods including breathing, mindfulness, and relaxation part of a comprehensive pain management program.

#15: Integrate concepts of this course into psychologically informed clinical practice when managing patients with pain.

Course Details

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    1. Week 1A

    2. Week 1B

    3. Week 1C

    4. Week 1D

    5. Week 1 Slides

    6. Mechanisms of Pain

    7. Neurobiology of Pain

    8. Week 1 Quiz: Basic Concepts and Mechanisms of Pain

    1. Week 2A

    2. Week 2B

    3. Week 2C

    4. Week 2D

    5. Week 2 Slides

    6. Individual Differences in Pain

    7. Pain Outcome Measures

    8. Week 2 Quiz: Individual Differences, Pain Variability, Pain Assessment

    1. Week 3A

    2. Week 3B

    3. Week 3C

    4. Week 3D

    5. 15 Years of Explaining Pain

    6. 15 Yea

    7. The clinical application of teaching people about pain

    8. PNE Resource List

    9. Week 3 Slides

    10. Week 3 Quiz

    1. Week 4A

    2. Week 4B

    3. Week 4C

    4. Week 4D

    5. The clinical application of pain neuroscience graded motor imagery and graded action

    6. NOI GMI posters

    7. Week 4 - PDF of slides

    8. Week 4 Quiz

    1. Week 5A - Sleep & Pain

    2. Week 5B - Nutrition and Pain

    3. Week 5C - PNE+

    4. Week 5 - PDF of slides

    5. Article - Anatomy of Sleep 2013

    6. Handout - Sleep hygiene

    7. Article - Food pyramid & chronic pain

    8. Week 5 Quiz

    1. Week 6A- CBT & ACT

    2. Week 6B - Relaxation & Coping Strategies

    3. Week 6C - Meditation & Mindfulness

    4. PDF of slides - Week 6

    5. Article - CBT & Pain Education for People with Chronic Pain: Tests of Treatment Mechanisms

    6. Article - Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Chronic Pain (2019)

    7. Handout - CBT Worksheets

    8. Handout - Examples of Negative Thinking

    9. Handout - Resource list - Week 6

    10. Week 6 Quiz

About this course

  • $449.00
  • 53 lessons
  • 6.5 hours of video content


Meet your instructor

Carey E. Rothschild, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS

Dr. Carey Rothschild is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Rothschild earned a Bachelor of Health Science in Physical Therapy in 1999 from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2005.

What professionals are saying...

Kerstin Palombaro, PT, PhD, FNCP

Associate Professor, Widener University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

This evidence-based nutrition course completes your skills as a physical therapist. The information you obtain from this course prepares you to address any persistent pain syndrome encountered in a physical therapy practice with nutrition.

Carolyn Dolan, PT, DPT, FNCP

Reno, Nevada

The benefits of implementing nutrition and the latest clinical evidence into practice is invaluable to optimize healing and speed recovery from injury, surgery or a painful condition. This course teaches you how to use nutrition to reverse pain and chronic disease as well as provides professionals with the necessary evidence-based knowledge. I highly recommend it for any physical therapist or practitioner who treats patients with chronic pain.


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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, California, 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 [email protected] 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