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Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Teaching People About Pain (TNE)
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Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Teaching People About Pain (TNE)

When: August 26-27, 2017

Where: University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Course Description

This 2 day/15 hour 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, 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 physical therapy 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 therapists dealing with patients in pain.

Target Audience: Entry level course open to all medical professions.

Credits: 15 contact hours

Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).


Upon completion of this class, attendees will:

  1. Discuss the latest evidence for therapeutic neuroscience education.
  2. Demonstrate the clinical ability to apply therapeutic neuroscience education to clinical practice with the use of at least one metaphor shared in class.
  3. List at least half of the output systems discussed in class and their response in a chronic pain patient.
  4. List potential strategies to implement therapeutic neuroscience into clinic practice regarding time, staff, billing and traditional therapeutic treatments.
  5. Design a treatment plan for a chronic pain patient based on output system dysfunctions with correct pain neurophysiological reasoning behind the treatment with information provided in the course.


Day 1: 8AM – 6PM

8:00 – 8:15 am       Introduction and Welcome
8:15 – 9:15 am       Our Patient and Our Reasoning
9:15 – 10:00 am       Cognitions and Pain
10:00 – 10:15 am       Break
10:15 – 11:00 am       Education Patients
11:00 am – 12:30 pm       Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Nociception and Pain
12:30 – 1:30 pm       Break
1:30 – 3:00 pm       Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Neuropathic Pain
3:00 – 4:15 pm       Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Central Sensitivity
4:15 – 4:30 pm       Break
4:30 – 6:00 pm       Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Multiple Output Mechanisms defending

Day 2: 8AM – 4PM

8:00 – 8:15 am       Recap and review from day 1
8:15 – 10:00 am       Clinical Application: Step-by-Step education for patients in pain
10:00 – 10:15 am       Break
10:15 – 11:00 am       Clinical Application: Step-by-Step education for patients in pain (cont).
11:00 am – 12:00 pm       Clinical Issues: Time, duration, billing, other therapy, duration, frequency and more…
12:00 – 1:00 pm       Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 pm       Therapy for Pain: Exercise, Movement and more…
2:30 – 2:45 pm       Break
2:45 – 3:45 pm       Case Study: “Everything Hurts; Nothing helps” – putting it all together
3:45 – 4:00 pm       Summary, Questions and Finish

Speaker Information

Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT 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 St. Ambrose University, South College and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Adriaan has taught throughout the US and internationally for 20 years at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist, Therapeutic Pain Specialist and has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters related to spinal disorders and pain science. Adriaan completed his Ph.D. on therapeutic neuroscience education and is the Director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group – an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience. Adriaan is the Program Director of the Therapeutic Pain Specialist and Pain Science Fellowship post-graduate program for Evidence In Motion.


TNE course registration August 26-27, 2017

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