Beyond Explaining Pain: Clinical Applications from Neuroscience

Course description

Working with patients who have pain requires not only the skills to examine tissues and pathologies but also to teach about pain, to motivate patients and to build insight into the patients’ perspective. Embracing the patient’s understanding of the pain experience has become a hallmark of modern biopsychosocial pain treatment, an approach that puts the patient at the center of care.

This course will teach clinical skills needed for working with patients who have complex pain. It will also review the basic science, recent research and relevant theories of pain. Participants will be invited to speak about their treatment interventions with patients and clinicians across other disciplines. We will expand on the participants’ current skills and knowledge of pain and will explore the roots, biases and relevance of current pain theories.

Participants will learn how to teach a patient about pain and how to use communication as a treatment intervention by learning to appreciate and work with levels of motivation and engagement. Participants also will learn how to plan simple graded exposure training relevant to their patients, safely and successfully returning them to their lives.

April 25-26, 2015
Providence Portland Medical Center
Cancer Center Amphitheater

Target audience

This course is applicable to all health care professionals who have an interest in pain and basic knowledge of human physiology, such as physicians, mental health practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, clinical pharmacists, acupuncturists and athletic trainers.

Learning objectives

After completion of this course, participants will:
  • Understand principles of modern pain science
  • Understand the mechanism-based approach to pain treatment and how to apply this knowledge in the context of acupuncture, cognitive-behavioral therapy, manual therapies, TENS, pharmacology and communication/patient education
  • Understand how the context may affect the patient and thus affect the pain that the patient experiences
  • Understand how communication may affect treatment, including the placebo and nocebo effects
  • Understand fundamental principles of motivation and learning in order to coach the patient to better results


Registration fee:

  • $450 per person covers continental breakfast, refreshments, certificate and course manual.
  • Early-bird registration fee is $400 per person if registered online on or before April 4, 2015.

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*If registering by mail, registration must be postmarked by April 4, 2015, to receive the early-bird price.

Refund policy: Full refunds less a $50 administrative fee will be granted if requested by April 11. No refunds will be made after that date. If the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, full refunds will be issued.

About the speaker

Morten Høgh, PT MSc, COMT, RISPT, specPT (OMT), specPT (Sports) A physiotherapist since 1999 working with both complex pain patients and elite athletes, Morten Høgh completed a Master of Science degree in pain science in 2012 from King’s College London (MSc Pain: Science & Society). Training there under Mick Thacker, Høgh developed a greater appreciation of the fields of neuroscience and consciousness and their role in understanding pain treatment. He is dedicated to understanding pain from both a phenomenological and neuroscientific perspective.

In addition to working in private practice in Aarhus, Denmark, Høgh speaks internationally, has a blog (, chairs the Danish Society for Pain and Physical Therapy, and teaches graduate-level physiotherapy courses in pain management and sports medicine in accordance with the International Association for the Study of Pain professional curricula. He is on the faculty of NeuroOrthopaedic Institute, teaching Explain Pain, and teaches the Korean martial art, Shinson Hapkido.