Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Educating Patients About Pain

  • Date: December 6, 2014
  • Time: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Location: Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center Auditorium, 8303 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68114

Target Audience

Target Audience

Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists



Value: $225

Cost: $180 with promo code: 20PD

Methodist and Jennie Ed employees please use the 2014 health system promo code for a 100% discount.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund will be given if course is dropped by NOON on Weds, Nov 26th. If course is dropped after this date, no refund will be given.

Course Description

Course Description

This condensed 8 hour, 1 day class is designed to update attendees on the latest evidence and clinical application of therapeutic neuroscience education for patients in pain. Current best evidence has shown that neuroscience educational strategies utilizing neurobiology and neurophysiology are able to reduce pain, increase function, reduce fear and catastrophization, and improve movement and change cognitions and brain activation during pain experiences. Therapeutic neuroscience education changes patient beliefs regarding their pain, thus reducing the threat of pain. This class will discuss the evolution of therapeutic neuroscience education, why neuroscience education is needed in medicine and, more importantly, the clinical application and implementation of therapeutic neuroscience education for patients with acute, sub-acute and chronic pain. Special features include various metaphors, images, examples and case studies explaining neuroscience to patients in pain. In addition the class will cover clinical issues such as compliance, pacing exercise and activity, incorporation of therapeutic neuroscience education with traditional movement based therapy, billing and insurance reimbursement concerns and delivering therapeutic neuroscience education in busy, time-constrained clinical environments. This class is a must for all clinicians dealing with patients in pain.

Participant will be able to:

1. Know the latest evidence for therapeutic neuroscience education

2. Demonstrate the clinical ability to apply therapeutic neuroscience education to clinical practice

3. Acknowledge the need for pre-emptive neuroscience education in acute and sub-acute phases to impact development of chronic pain

4. Develop strategies to implement therapeutic neuroscience education into clinic practice regarding time, staff, billing and traditional therapeutic treatments

5. Apply concepts from the class into clinical practice



7:30-8:00am Registration
8:00 - 9:00 Cognitions and Pain
 9:00 - 9:45
Education for Pain
9:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 12:00pm The Neuroscience of Pain
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 The Neuoscience of Pain - continued
2:00 - 3:15 Step-by-Step Teaching People About Pain
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:30 Matching Movement, Exercise and Pain Education
4:30 - 5:30pm The Clinical Side of Teaching People About Pain



Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD (C), M.App.Sc (physio), GCRM, CSMT

Adriaan, co-founder and CEO of ISPI, earned both an undergraduate as well as a master's degree in physiotherapy from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an adjunct faculty member at Rockhurst University in Kansas City where he teaches spinal manipulative therapy. In addition, he maintains a clinical practice and is co-owner of The Ortho Spine and Pain Clinic in Story City, Iowa. Adriaan has been teaching postgraduate, spinal manual therapy and pain science classes throughout the US and internationally for 15 years. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist through ISPI. In addition, Adriaan has presented at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences and has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters related to spinal disorders and pain science. Presently, he is completing his Ph.D. which centers on therapeutic neuroscience education and spinal disorders.


Credit Information

Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development awards educational credit to the disciplines listed below. Each professional is accountable to understand their accrediting/licensing body's standards and requirements. The definitive source of information on continuing education requirements is your state or national regulatory board.

In order to obtain contact hours or CEU's for a continuing education event, participants are required to attend the entire event and return a completed evaluation.

ISPI is applying for 8 hours of NPTA credit. Website will be updated when credit approval is received.

Education Credit
8.0 education hours.  Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development assigns education hours based on 60 minutes of classroom instruction for each offering.  Participants may use these for their professional continuing education hours and toward re-licensure if so approved within the standards and guidelines of their discipline.

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