409/509 Treating Chronic Pain

Maggie PhillipsMaggie Phillips • Saturday All Day
More than half of all individuals over the age of 50, and many younger people, suffer from chronic or persistent pain, which standard medical approaches—including drugs, physical therapy, surgery, acupuncture, and biofeedback—may actually worsen. In this workshop, we’ll explore the latest research on the psycho-neurobiology of pain, a complex intermingling of physiological factors, unresolved psychological trauma, and toxic emotions, which often underlie and maintain pain. You’ll learn a toolkit of easily learned, portable, mind-body techniques and skills (mindfulness, breathing techniques, “Heart Math” or heart-rhythm control, energy psychology, Somatic Experiencing, and others). These approaches help clients discover the source of their pain, self-regulate, reduce their vulnerability, find greater inner resiliency, and change the life conditions causing their pain in the first place. You’ll also learn how to develop individualized protocols for clients who aren’t responding to treatment. (This session will continue with Workshop 509.)

Maggie Phillips, Ph.D., is the coauthor of Freedom from Pain (with Peter Levine) and the author of Reversing Chronic Pain. Other books include Healing the Divided Self.

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