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Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief Practitioner Certification

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Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief Practitioner Certification

Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief Practitioner Certification

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Certificate of completion
The instructors
This course was recorded in January 2021

Welcome to Joe Tatta's 7-Week Virtual Training for all Practitioners who Treat Pain!

This program is for: PT, PTA, OT, OTA, RMT, MD, DO, DC, RN, NP, PA, PSYCH, and all healthcare professionals.

Earn 15 CEUs and become certified in Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief


Watch this short video by the instructor of this course, Joe Tatta, to learn more:


Overview of the Certification Program:

Discover a research-proven method to reduce pain and improve mental & physical health that is recommended by several major global health organizations including the WHO, APTA, AOTA, APA, AMA, NIH, and CDC.

Learn the necessary mental skills and cognitive techniques to guide your patients through mindfulness-based pain relief, including: 

  • A thorough understanding of the neuroscience of mindfulness in pain relief and the cognitive change mechanisms at work in the brain during meditation
  • ​Mindfulness interventions that actively engage patients in pain self-management within an evidence-based (level 1a) biopsychosocial framework​
  • How to design a program that seamlessly blends into your current practice and positively impacts many chronic pain conditions


Empower your patients to alleviate pain utilizing their greatest tool —  the mind.

Mindfulness is not only a practice — it is a state of awareness, a behavioral trait, an intervention, an act of self-care, and a way of living that can dramatically shift the nervous system toward homeostasis, or a state of internal equilibrium. Reduced pain, depression, anxiety, and distress are some commonly observed benefits of mindfulness interventions. 

Research shows even just a few minutes of practice has a substantial impact. Plus, exercises can be practiced anytime, anywhere. For these reasons, mindfulness-based pain relief can be easily adapted into a variety of pain care practices. 


Throughout the 7-week virtual training, you will learn how to:

  • Develop a Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief (MBPR) program specific to your patient population and health challenges.
  • Easily adapt MBPR to a variety of practice settings that rely on health professionals to deliver safe and effective pain management.
  • Provide targeted pain relief by using simple techniques that regulate thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations and effectively promote health behavior change.
  • ​Teach people to become mentally stronger as individuals and more satisfied, safe, and secure inside their body.​
  • Reverse the negative consequences of pain that keep people stuck in patterns of avoidance, pain catastrophizing, emotional suffering and poor daily function.
  • Reduce fear, anxiety, and distress commonly associated with pain and improve your patients' mood and motivation to engage with life.
  • Use meditation and cognitive skills for progressive relaxation, focus, concentration, awareness, guided imagery, compassion, loving-kindness, and observer perspective.
  • Develop healthy body awareness and interoceptive processing in your patients, so they feel comfortable and open to exploring movement and physical activity.
  • Engage your patients in the positive benefits of mindfulness and mental skills training for lifelong and sustained physical and mental well-being.
  • Improve your own personal well-being by reducing stress, eliminating compassion fatigue, and buffering professional burnout.


MBPR Practitioner Certification is approved for 15 CE/CEUs for:

  • Physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in New York as well as more than 34 states through reciprocity (see below for a list of states).
  • Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants
  • The Integrative Pain Science Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Integrative Pain Science Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content
  • The Integrative Pain Science Institute is recognized by the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching as an approved continuing education provider


What does the MBPR Course Include?

Week 1: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief

  • Mindfulness as a foundational intervention in pain care
  • How the meditating brain works to modulate pain and suffering 
  • Cognitive-behavioral mechanisms of change for the treatment of pain


Week 2:  Mindful Reappraisal & Pain Reduction

  • Working with the storytelling mind, cognitive change and positive reappraisal
  • Promoting relaxation techniques for individuals suffering from pain

Week 3: Retraining the Interoceptive Network

  • Using the body to influence the somatosensory cortex and the pain neuromatrix
  • Understand the integration between bodily sensations and emotional processing in chronic pain

Week 4: Enhancing Emotional Resilience

  • Techniques for developing new emotion-regulation strategies
  • Approaches for fostering non-elaborative, non-judgmental and non-reactive awareness of present-moment experience 

Week 5: Compassion-Focused Care

  • How to intentionally cultivate positive emotions such as kindness, empathy, and compassion necessary for pain self-efficacy and coping
  • Cultivate a path to personal growth and transformation through caring for the one who is suffering

Week 6: Mindfulness and the Intention-Behavior Relationship

  • How mindfulness influences factors affecting the intention-behavior relationship such as memory, motivation, and self-efficacy
  • How to use mindfulness to set positive intentions for effective behavior change, including engaging in physical activity

Week 7: Coaching and Recorded Virtual Retreat 

  • This 2.5-hour retreat includes:
  • Advanced pain relief meditation practices
  • A guided sequence of group meditation and mindfulness practices
  • Discussion on how to embed mindfulness into contemporary pain care 
  • Step-by-step training on conducting individual and group mindfulness meditation 
  • The opportunity to gain experience leading others in mindful meditation
  • How to effectively and safely deliver mindfulness to patients struggling with pain and the associated co-morbidities of anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction



The Integrative Pain Science Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board of Physical Therapy, as an approved provider of physical therapist & physical therapist assistant continuing education. Courses are approved in New York as well as more than 30 states through reciprocity (see below for a list of states).


States Approved Through Reciprocity:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

NOTE: Many state boards accept offerings accredited by national or other state organizations. If your state is not listed, please check with your professional licensing board to determine whether the accreditations listed are accepted.

For participants outside of the United States or those who do not require a formal CEU certificate, you will receive a certificate of completion when you complete this course. The Integrative Pain Science Institute can also provide a Letter of Participation form that you may keep for your records. 

The instructors
Joe Tatta

Dr. Joe Tatta is one of the pioneering experts in lifestyle interventions for treating persistent pain. A unique combination of physical therapist, nutritionist, and ACT trainer, he has 25 years of experience in physical therapy, integrative models of pain care, leadership and private practice innovation. He holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, is a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist and has trained extensively in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Tatta is the Founder of the Integrative Pain Science Institute, a company dedicated to reinventing pain care through education, research and professional training.

In 2017 he was a key member of the APTA task force expanding nutrition as part of the scope of practice for physical therapists. He is chair of the Physiotherapy SIG at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the parent organization of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He also volunteers his time on the New York Physical Therapy Opioid Speakers Bureau and the New York Physical Therapy Association Opioid Alternative Task Force. Dr. Tatta is author of the bestselling book, Heal Your Pain Now and host of The Healing Pain Podcast, featuring interviews and free training from respected pain experts.

Course Material included in this course
  • Week #1: Neuroscience of Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief
  • Welcome and Contact Information
  • What is Mindfulness
  • Attention Control & Emotion Regulation
  • Self Awareness & 5 Facets of Mindfulness
  • The Transition to Teacher
  • Benefits of Meditation
  • Five Facets of Mindfulness Questionaire
  • STOP
  • Week #1 Meditations
  • 1-Minute STOP Meditation: A mindful practice to anchor to the present moment
  • 5-Minute Foundational Breath: Harness the power of your breath to relieve stress and reestablish inner calm
  • 10-Minute Breath: A deeper focus of attention on your breathing and its natural rhythm and flow
  • 10-Minute Zen Breath: An ancient technique for calm
  • 20-Minute Breath: A deep practice for vital living
  • Transcripts
  • MBPR Week 1 Slides
  • 3 Question Quiz
  • Week 1 Feedback
  • Week #2: Mindful Reappraisal & Pain Reduction
  • Thinking About Thinking
  • Pain Catastrophizing & Mindfulness
  • Positive Reappraisal
  • TAP
  • The Role of Mindfulness in Positive Reappraisal
  • Week #2 Meditations
  • Noticing Thoughts as Thoughts
  • Savoring A Positive Thought: Fully present and appreciative of the experience
  • Watching Thoughts Float By: Learning to let go of our thoughts
  • Leaves On a Stream: Letting go of the attachment and over-identification with thoughts that cause suffering
  • Watch the Show: Writing a new story for your life and all you may experience
  • Mindful Reappraisal Transcripts
  • MBPR Week 2 Slides
  • 3 Question Quiz
  • Week 2 Feedback
  • Week 3: Retraining the Interoceptive Network
  • Interoception and Prediction
  • Introception & Emotion
  • Interoception & Pain
  • Bodily Mapping of Emotion
  • SIFT
  • Who Can You Serve?
  • Perceptions of Mindfulness in a Low-income, Primarily African American Treatment-Seeking Sample
  • Week #3 Meditations
  • Body Scan Meditation
  • Brief Body Scan: the best form of mindfulness meditation for pain conditions
  • Light It Up: Becoming fully aware of the flow of energy in the body
  • Two Point Scanning: Going deeper to sharpen concentration on the body
  • Body Scan with Painful Sensation: Opening up and exploring pain curiously
  • MBPR Week 3 Slides
  • 3 Question Quiz
  • Body Scan Transcripts
  • Week 3 Feedback
  • Week 4: Enhancing Emotional Resilience & Regulation
  • Emotion & Mindful Flexibility
  • Emotion & Addiction
  • How Emotions Are Made
  • RAIN
  • Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation
  • Week #4 Meditations
  • MBPR Week 4 Slides
  • Brief Emotion Practice: Dipping one's toe into unwanted emotions
  • Mindful Emotions: Becoming aware of our emotions without being overwhelmed by them
  • RAIN. - A simple technique for working with strong emotions so that you are more able to remain present
  • Surfing Emotions: Learning to safely ride the wave of emotions
  • Ride Out the Storm - take a look at your current emotional weather
  • Emotion Meditation Transcripts
  • 3 Question Quiz
  • Week 4 Feedback
  • Week 5: Compassion-Focused Care
  • MBPR Week 5 Slides
  • Intro to Compassion-Focused Care
  • The Role of Self-Compassion in Chronic Pain
  • Compassion-Focused Care and Meditation
  • COAL
  • Loving-kindness meditation: a tool to improve healthcare provider compassion, resilience, and patient care
  • 3 Question Quiz
  • Week 5: Meditations
  • COAL: A brief practice for cultivating loving-kindness
  • Head, Hands, Heart: Three ways to nurture kindness for the body
  • Gratitude for the Body: Giving thanks to our entire form
  • Receiving Loving-Kindness: An essential self-care practice
  • Metta: A contemplative loving-kindness practice
  • Compassion Transcripts
  • Week 5 Feedback
  • Week #6: Mindfulness and the Intention-Behavior Relationship
  • Goals-Values-Intentions
  • Intention-Behaviour Relationship
  • 5 Steps to Setting and Intention
  • Mindfulness and the Intention-Behavior Relationship Within the Theory of Planned Behavior
  • Week #6 Meditations
  • Basic Intention Meditation: Start each day with an intention
  • Grounding: An intention exercise to anchor to the present moment
  • PEACE: A mindfulness practice for intentional living
  • Cultivating and Positive Quality: Creating space for personal growth
  • Mindful Intentions: A healthy way of moving through life
  • MBPR Week 6 Slides
  • 3 Question Quiz
  • Week 6 Feedback
  • Week 7: Virtual Retreat & Advanced Training
  • Appropriate Referrals for Mental Health
  • Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief Complete Protocol and Interventions by Session
  • Training Part I
  • Training Part II
  • Advanced Meditation Scripts
  • Week 7 Feedback
  • Congratulations - You are certified in Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief! Just two more little steps to complete.
  • Complete Course Survey for CE/CEUs
  • Practitioner Directory
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