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New scientific evidence reveals that the cause of most chronic back pain isn't damaged spinal disks or other structural problems, but a cycle of psychological stress, muscle tension, and fear-based avoidance of activity. Mindfulness turns out to be a powerful tool for interrupting the cycles maintaining this disorder. This Telecourse will teach you a step-by-step, mind-body approach for dealing with back pain and other chronic, stress-related conditions that integrates advances in rehabilitation medicine with psychodynamic, behavioral, and mindfulness-based techniques.
Instructor: Ronald Siegel, Psy. D., is an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. He's coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain.
Session 1: The Strange Case of Chronic Back Pain • Structural Abnormalities and the Orthopedic Story • The Other Evolutionary Accident • Understanding Chronic Pain Cycles
Session 2: The Four Steps of the Back Sense Program • Integrating Cognitive, Behavioral, and Psychodynamic Treatments • The Dangers of Excessive Caution • The Central Role of Unwanted Emotions
Session 3: Mindfulness: The 2,500-Year-Old Intervention • Everyday and Formal Mindfulness Practices • A Different Way to Experience Pain • Tailoring the Technique to the Individual
Session 4: The Epidemic of Psychophysiological Disorders • Why Is Everyone Stressed? • A Four-Step Program for Treating Insomnia, Sexual Dysfunctions, Gastrointestinal Distress, and Related Disorders • Silver Linings: Psychological Growth from Medical Disorders
1. Recognize some of the common dynamics of chronic pain and psychophysiological disorders.
2. Understand the mechanisms through which aggressive functional restoration is an effective treatment for chronic pain.
3. Learn the basic components of mindfulness practices and how to craft techniques to fit the needs of particular clients or patients.
4. Learn how to integrate mindfulness practice with cognitive, behavioral, and psychodynamic approaches in step-by-step programs for treating chronic pain and related medical disorders.