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Somerset Hunterdon Psychological Association Fall Luncheon
Thursday, September 06, 2018, 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM EST
Category: Affiliate Programs

Somerset Hunterdon Psychological Association

Luncheon Conference – Thursday, September 6, 2018

“Stopping Chronic Pain (not just managing it!): The work of John Sarno, MD”


Jeffrey Axelbank, Psy.D.


Objectives: Participants will be able to identify the three pillars of John Sarno’s approach to chronic pain

l Participants will be able to recognize and critique the evidence for mind-body disorders that are often labeled as medical or physical disorders

l Participants will be able to apply techniques to help their patients recognize the ways that their pain distracts them from unpleasant emotions

l Participants will be able to recognize the connections between adverse childhood events and trauma, and chronic pain

Target Population: All Mental Health Professionals

Program Description: Chronic pain is one of the major health problems today.  Over 100 million people are affected by chronic pain, more than the number dealing with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined.  And yet, medical treatments - dominated by medications, injections, and surgery - by and large do not work. 

Psychological approaches to chronic pain have traditionally focused on “managing” the pain and its impact.  However, in the 1980’s, John Sarno, MD developed a new way to think about chronic pain that led to psychological treatments that actually eliminate the pain, truly curing people of pain they may have endured for years or decades.   Dr. Axelbank will present Dr. Sarno’s work, an interesting hybrid of psychoanalytic theory and a treatment that combines psychodynamic therapy with some cognitive elements.  There will also be a chance to discuss chronic pain cases you are working with to see how to integrate Dr. Sarno’s approach into your therapy practice.  

Program Sophistication:  Intermediate: Some basic knowledge of the specific content is required.

Time: 11:30 - 12:00 PM Registration and Welcome

          12-1 Luncheon

          1:00 – 3:00 Presentations/Q&A

Location: Beaver Brook Country Club 25 Country Club Dr. Annandale, NJ 08801

Cost: $25.00 SHPA members / $35.00 non-members

About the Speaker: Jeffrey Axelbank, Psy.D. is a psychologist in private practice in Highland Park, NJ.  He provides individual and group therapy, specializing in complex trauma and chronic pain.  He also consults to organizations and community groups using a whole-system approach to problems such as conflict resolution, strategic planning, burnout and morale, organizational culture, and change management.

 The presenter does not have any commercial support and/or conflict for interest for this program. ADA accommodations available upon requests. Requests must be made at least 3 days prior to the event. Please contact Mark Aronson for more details.

Registration: Contact Mark Aronson by September 3 at [email protected] Preregister by sending a check payable to SHPA to: Mark Aronson, Ed.D. 12 Quimby Lane Bernardsville, NJ 07924

This program is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) and the Somerset Hunterdon Psychological Association. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 2 CE Credits for Psychologists – CE fees - Sustaining Members: Free, NJPA Members: $15, NJPA Non-Members: $25