Howard Schubiner|Alan Gordon: Beyond Pain Management at 1440 Multiversity

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Beyond Pain Management

Beyond Pain Management

Rewiring the Brain to Unlearn Your Pain

January 25 - 27, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

10 CE Credits Available

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

Are you a health-care professional interested in helping your patients become pain free? Unlearn Your Pain is a revolutionary approach to treating chronic pain that has helped thousands of people when traditional medical approaches have failed.

Join Howard Schubiner, MD, and Alan Gordon, LCSW, and empower your practice with concrete knowledge of an emerging model of care that brings together cutting-edge research and advanced clinical interventions. Through lecture, role-playing, and demonstrations, you will learn:

  • Analyze the core concepts that pain is a function of the brain, that not all injuries result in pain, and that pain can be due to lifetime trauma and unresolved emotional experiences
  • Identify how “medically unexplained” disorders—headaches, neck and back pain, abdominal and pelvic pain, TMJ, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and insomnia—are best conceptualized as being psychophysiologic in nature
  • Explain the concepts to your clients
  • Define skills and specific scripts to identify and counsel patients with chronic pain caused by the brain.

This training is suitable for professionals—including physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, coaches, bodyworkers, and other therapists—who work with clients or patients with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, and other associated symptoms.

You will return home with a combination of effective educational, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional clinical practices you can use right away to help your patients eliminate chronic pain.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Howard Schubiner, MD

    Creator of Unlearn Your Pain program

    Dr. Howard Schubiner, on the list of Best Doctors in America since 1995, is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and has developed a cutting-edge program to help patients with non-structural chronic pain and other associated disorders. He is the author of three books, including Unlearn Your Pain and Unlearn Your Anxiety and Depression.

    Dr. Schubiner is director of the Mind-Body Medicine Program at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, and is a clinical professor in the medical schools of Wayne State University and Michigan State University. He has written more than 60 papers and book chapters and has conducted studies demonstrating the efficacy of this version of mind-body treatment.

    Along with his colleague Mark Lumley, PhD, Dr. Schubiner has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate the effects of this novel approach for patients with chronic pain.

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    Alan Gordon, LCSW

    Expert in pain psychology and pain treatment

    Alan Gordon is the director of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles, California. He has extensive experience working with patients suffering from back and neck pain, RSI, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel sydrome, tendonitis, pelvic pain, chronic headaches, and other pain disorders.

    An adjunct assistant professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work, where he founded the Mind-Body Caucus, Alan has written widely on the topic of chronic pain, including an article, Miracles of Mind-Body Medicine, that outlines the history, theory, evidence, and treatment protocol for psychogenic pain. Coauthor of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association Treatment Outline, in 2015 he patented a device that utilizes systematic desensitization for pain-related anxiety.

    Alan has presented on the topic of pain treatment at hospitals, mental health facilities, and pain centers nationwide and is a founding member of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association. In 2013, with Dr. Howard Schubiner, he organized the Los Angeles clinical training for the treatment of mind-body disorders.

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  • Why Attend
    • Learn a new model of how to treat pain caused by learned neural pathways and unresolved emotions.

    • Initially developed by John Sarno, MD, this model is based on cutting-edge research and advances in neuroscience, psychology, and medicine.

    • Receive basic certification in the Unlearn Your Pain process and learn how to incorporate it into your existing practice.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Friday, January 25

    7:30 pm – 9 pm

    Understanding pain, the brain and neural pathways     

    How to assess if someone has PPD, including examination skills if appropriate

    Saturday, January 26

    8:30 am –  9:30 am

    Why does PPD develop? Neural pathways and the danger signal

    Practice-Joey, Peter, Elizabeth, determining the diagnosis

    9:30 am – 10:15 am

    How to educate patients and personalize information about PPD  


    Practice, explanation of PPD, personalization of information


    10:15 am – 10:30 am


    10:30 am – 11:30 am

    How to educate a PPD patient about the basic cognitive and behavioral elements of treatment

    Breaking the pain cycle, conditioned responses, outcome independence, extinction bursts



    11:30 am – 1 pm:


    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

    The emotional basis of chronic pain, importance of emotional processing in treatment, 

    How to guide a PPD patient in emotional awareness and expression exercises



    2:30 pm – 3 pm


    Dealing with sadness

    Lead: Alan Gordon, LCSW


    3:00 pm – 3:15 pm


    3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

    How to guide clients in expressive writing exercises

    How to guide clients in meditative/mindfulness, formal and informal practice

    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    Reducing the danger signal in the brain

    Sunday, January 27

    9 am – 11:30 am

    How to advise patients with PPD who are having difficulty understanding and accepting PPD as their diagnosis or who are having flares or symptoms or symptom substitutions

    How to integrate PPD work into your practice setting

    Leads: Alan Gordon and Howard Schubiner

    Questions and wrapping up



    None required.

    Experience Level

    A basic understanding of and skill level for dealing with psychological issues is necessary.

    For Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage and Family therapists, Creative Arts Therapists, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Occupational therapists, Nurses. All levels.

    Recommended Reading

    Unlearn Your Pain, Howard Schubiner, 3rd edition

    Special Details

    This is not a therapeutic program for patients who are experiencing pain. This is a program to train professionals to help clients.

    Continuing Education Credits

    CE Credits Available

    This course has been approved for 10 CE hours for qualified participants. To learn how and where to apply for CE (continuing education) hours, click HERE. The cost is $30.

    CME Credits Available for Physicians and Nurses

    CME credits provided by the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA). NAAMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    This program has been approved for 10 CME hours for qualified participants. The cost is $50.

    The $50 check or money order is payable to NAAMA and should be mailed to:

    Dr. Basim Dubaybo, Director of Medical Education

    Providence Hospital

    16001 W. Nine Mile Rd.

    Southfield MI 48075

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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