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Join us for the talk, New Approaches to Psychotherapy for Chronic Pain, followed by the film screening This Might Hurt and Q&A (3 CE)

Presenter:  Jeffrey Axelbank, PsyD

An official selection of the Austin Film Festival, This Might Hurt follows three chronic pain patients who have spent years searching for answers. Desperate for relief, they enter a new medical program, run by Dr. Howard Schubiner, that focuses on uncovering hidden causes of pain, and retraining their brains to switch the pain off.
This new paradigm for diagnosis and treatment, Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET), was found to be effective in several randomized trials and was listed as a “best practice” by the HHS’s task force to combat the opioid epidemic.
This Might Hurt provides an intimate exploration and suggests a path to healing for millions.

View the trailer here!

Thursday, June 9, 2022
12:00pm – 3:00pm

  • This workshop is sponsored by NJPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • NJPA is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0076.  This program is approved for NYSED credit.

Program Cost – Live Webinar Fees includes CE Certificate
NJPA Member: $60| NJPA Sustaining Member: $51 | NJPA ECP Member: $45
NJPA Emeritus:  $30 | NJPA Student Member: $30 | Non-NJPA Member: $90

Jeffrey Axelbank, PsyD is a psychologist in private practice in Highland Park, NJ.  He provides individual and group therapy, specializing in complex trauma and chronic pain.  He also consults to organizations and community groups using a whole-system approach to problems such as conflict resolution, strategic planning, burnout and morale, organizational culture, and change management.

Program Narrative
Chronic pain is one of the major health problems today.  Over 100 million people are affected by chronic pain, more than the number dealing with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined.  And yet, medical treatments dominated by medications, injections, and surgery by and large do not work.

Psychological and medical approaches to chronic pain have traditionally focused on “managing” the pain and its impact. However, in the 1980’s, John Sarno, MD developed a new way to think about chronic pain that  led to psychological treatments that are ending chronic pain. Disorders such as degenerative disk disease, carpel tunnel, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, TMJ, IBS, whiplash, have been successfully treated in this way.  The approach has also been successfully applied to medically unexplained conditions and other mind-body disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.  Dr. Axelbank will present Dr. Sarno’s work, and variants developed by others who followed, an interesting hybrid of psychoanalytic theory in a treatment that combines psychodynamic therapy with some cognitive elements.  We will use some excerpts from a documentary movie on Dr. Sarno’s work, All The Rage, as well as personal examples and cases Dr. Axelbank has treated in his psychotherapy practice.  This program will also feature a screening of the documentary film This Might Hurt, which follows a cohort of patients in a group-based treatment program with Dr. Howard Schubiner, based on Dr. Sarno’s approach.  There will also be a chance for questions and answers to discuss chronic pain cases you are working with to see how to integrate Dr. Sarno’s approach into your therapy practice. 

Learning Objectives
1. Identify the three pillars of John Sarno’s approach to chronic pain.

2. Recognize and critique the evidence for mind-body disorders that are often labeled as medical or physical disorders

3. Apply techniques to help their patients recognize the ways that their pain distracts them from unpleasant emotions

4. Identify the connections between adverse childhood events and trauma, and chronic pain

Level of Learning – Introductory

Target Audience – Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Educators, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, School Personnel


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