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Minding the Pain
Applying the Principles of Mind-body Medicine in Pain Management

(Includes detailed, fully-footnoted course outline)

Course Purpose: Prevailing standard practices notwithstanding, there are many ways to treat pain besides drugs, surgery, and physical therapy. Progressive relaxation, meditation, hypnosis, imagery, and psychotherapy can all be very effective in alleviating pain and sometimes eliminating it altogether. This seminar provides both the theoretical and practical understanding you need to use mind-body therapies effectively in treating pain.

Course Objectives: You will learn...

  • Emerging standard practices in defining and assessing pain
  • Basic pain physiology
  • The philosophy of pain management: important experiential lessons from the Buddhists and the Stoics
  • The "gate control" theory of pain modulation and control
  • The diathesis-stressor psychological model of chronic pain syndromes
  • The scientific evidence supporting the techniques of mind-body medicine in pain management
  • Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS): a controversial but often useful theory in treating back, neck, and other forms of chronic skeletomuscular pain
  • Mind-body treatment modes and their use with different types of pain
  • The proper roles of the physician, nurse, and the mental health professional in mind-body pain management
  • The multi-disciplinary pain clinic as a model for integrating mind-body medicine with conventional treatment in the era of managed care
  • Discussion of case studies from your practice (as time permits)

Who Should Attend

Nurses who are looking for ways to improve patient outcomes, shorten hospital stays, and reduce the need for analgesics — along with some useful techniques for handling their own on-the-job stress.

Mental Health Professionals who would like to expand their practice and clientele into this rapidly-evolving field, or who would like to further improve their competency in an existing mind-body psychotherapeutic practice.

Practitioners with dual certification with the California boards of Registered Nursing and Behavioral Science earn CE credit for both licenses.


BY FAX Fill out, clip and fax registration panel on brochure, or print, fill out, and fax REGISTRATION_FORM to:

(949) 633-0027

Be sure to include either a check or a valid credit card number and signature. We DO accept faxed checks. Thanks.

BY MAIL: Fill out, clip and mail registration panel on brochure, or print, fill out, and mail REGISTRATION_FORM to:

Noetic Health Institute
931 W. 19 St., #26
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Be sure to include either a check or a valid credit card number and signature. Thanks.


(949) 633-0027

Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out, in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance. Participants not fulfilling these requirements will not receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Early registrants will receive certificates at the end of the seminar. Others will receive them by mail.

Refunds/Cancellations: If canceling 3 or more days prior to seminar, registrant receives full refund minus a $10 processing fee. If canceling within 3 days of seminar date, or in the event of nonattendance, or in the event of cancellation of the seminar due to factors outside our control, registrant receives voucher for full tuition to any other seminar we offer. Refunds/vouchers will be given within 10 business days.


Approved by the California Department of Consumer Affairs for continuing education credit.



Provider Number

Board of Behavioral Sciences


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