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New Approaches to Psychotherapy for Chronic Pain (3 CEs)
Thursday, June 09, 2022, 12:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Category: NJPA Programs

NJPA Live Webinar:  New Approaches to Psychotherapy for Chronic Pain (3 CEs)

Join us for the talk, New Approaches to Psychotherapy for Chronic Pain, followed by the film screening This Might Hurt and Q&A 
Presenter:  Jeffrey Axelbank, PsyD
Thursday, June 9, 2022
12:00pm – 3:00pm
Program Cost – Live Webinar Fees includes CE Certificate
NJPA Member: $60| NJPA Sustaining Member: $51 | NJPA ECP Member: $45
NJPA Emeritus:  $30 | NJPA Student Member: $30 | Non-NJPA Member: $120

Program Narrative
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 and medical 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 are ending chronic pain. Disorders such as degenerative disk disease, carpel tunnel, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, TMJ, IBS, whiplash, have been successfully treated in this way.  The approach has also been successfully applied to medically unexplained conditions and other mind-body disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.  Dr. Axelbank will present Dr. Sarno’s work, and variants developed by others who followed, an interesting hybrid of psychoanalytic theory in a treatment that combines psychodynamic therapy with some cognitive elements.  We will use some excerpts from a documentary movie on Dr. Sarno’s work, All The Rage, as well as personal examples and cases Dr. Axelbank has treated in his psychotherapy practice.  This program will also feature a screening of the documentary film This Might Hurt, which follows a cohort of patients in a group-based treatment program with Dr. Howard Schubiner, based on Dr. Sarno’s approach.  There will also be a chance for questions and answers to discuss chronic pain cases you are working with to see how to integrate Dr. Sarno’s approach into your therapy practice. 

Learning Objectives
1. Identify the three pillars of John Sarno’s approach to chronic pain.

2. Recognize and critique the evidence for mind-body disorders that are often labeled as medical or physical disorders

3. Apply techniques to help their patients recognize the ways that their pain distracts them from unpleasant emotions

4. Identify the connections between adverse childhood events and trauma, and chronic pain

Level of Learning – Introductory

Target Audience – Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Educators, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, School Personnel