422 – Helping Clients Unlearn Their Pain

The New Neuroscience of Pain                                              
Howard Schubiner

Nearly half of all clients in therapy have physical pain, yet for the majority of these individuals, their pain has no clear medical cause. This is particularly true for those with back and neck pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, and abdominal-pelvic pain. Neuroscientists now know that all pain is constructed by the brain’s alarm mechanism, which can be activated by either physical injury or perceived emotional threat. This workshop will provide tools and step-by-step techniques to help therapists simultaneously address physical and emotional pain. You’ll discover:

  • An approach to distinguishing clients with psychophysiologic pain from those with more structurally caused pain
  • How to help clients understand the psychophysiological process for pain in ways that encourage their commitment to positive action
  • How to use mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral techniques to address psychophysiologic pain in clients


Howard Schubiner, MD, is an internist at Providence Hospital in Michigan and a professor at Michigan State University. He’s the author of Unlearn Your Pain, Unlearn Your Anxiety and Depression and coauthor of Hidden from View.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Howard Schubiner is the founder and director of the Mind Body Medicine Program at Providence Hospital.
Non-financial: Howard Schubiner is a fellow in the American College of Physicians; the American Academy of Pediatrics; and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.

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