From Pain Management to Recovery

Practical neuroplasticity and the emerging mind-body revolution
in chronic pain treatment

OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2023 “LIVE” online practitioner training – NOW OPEN for ENROLLMENT 

 “RECORDED / ON DEMAND” online practitioner training (includes interactive forum) –  ALWAYS OPEN for ENROLLMENT

Led by
Professor Howard Schubiner MD (USA) and
Hal Greenham BSc (Psych), Somatic Psychotherapist (Australia)

October – December 2023, we will be running our seventh online LIVE professional development training in the burgeoning field of evidence-based mind-body therapy for chronic pain. We are excited to offer this highly practical online training of 3 hours of content per week, over 9 weeks.  The first week is pre-recorded information for all participants and the remaining 8 weeks consists of 2 hours of live and 1-hour prerecorded content, and there will be approximately one hour of additional materials that are optional to enhance the learning experience. (Please note there is no live session/class the week of Thanksgiving).

Inspired by the remarkable clinical achievements of Dr John Sarno MD, and further evolved into a potent neuroplasticity and psychotherapy treatment approach, this biopsychosocial innovation in treatment has helped thousands to become pain-free or substantially recovered from diverse chronic pain conditions.

A number of recent studies (references below) have demonstrated the efficacy of this approach which has been developed by Schubiner and Greenham, along with a variety of colleagues over the last two decades. It is a mind-body treatment that includes elements of Dr. Sarno’s approach, Pain Neuroscience education, Pain Reprocessing Therapy, and Emotional Awareness and Expression therapy.  Data gained thus far has shown a superior effect size to existing gold standard psychological treatments and in clinical practice, this approach is frequently able to resolve not just manage pain presentations.

If you are interested in the course please don’t delay in signing up as previous training has all sold out quickly.

The following video was shot before our transition to the online format.

Please note in previous training teaching has been shared equally between Howard and Hal, due to existing commitments Howard may be doing more of the live teaching in this program, but Hal will be available in the forum to answer any questions about the psychotherapy / emotion-focused aspects of the training.

The LIVE training program (opens for study the week before the first live Zoom session on Oct 12th): week 1 consists of 3 hrs of prerecorded content, weeks 2-9 consist of 2hrs  LIVE training + 1hr essential prerecorded material per week
+ approx 1hr optional material per week. (with 12-months access to the course)
LIVE sessions commence the following week on Thursday, Oct 19th 7.30 pm (ET) time, Friday Oct 20th 10.30 am Sydney (AET) time, for 8 weeks, 2-hour sessions at the same Detroit time each week. (Daylight savings can affect class times for those outside of Detriot)
Recordings only program: 9 x 3 hrs of essential recorded materials per week – **ENROLMENTS ARE OPEN 
+ approx 1hr optional materials per week. (Self-paced study with 12-months access to the course)
Total 16 hours CE credits (See below for details)
**Please note: Live classes are always based on Detroit time.**

Previous participants have said:

“Dr Howard Schubiner and Hal Greenham have created an in depth, dynamic course about the
solution to most people’s chronic pain and other devastating chronic symptoms. The course
teaches their effective methods to diagnose and treat mind body conditions in a multi-faceted
and fascinating way. This is important, life-changing work. Thanks guys!”

“My patients thank you! I am already seeing breakthroughs with techniques I’ve learnt.
Great course, thank you Dr Schubiner and Hal Greenham.”

“The course succeeds in providing a clear and concise programme for teaching the theory and
practical treatment of mindbody conditions. A fantastic training from a personal and
professional perspective which will be invaluable for life and for my work with clients.”

Dr Howard Schubiner MD, FACP

Professor Howard Schubiner MD, FACP

Dr. Howard Schubiner is the Co-founder, Clinical Director, and Medical Advisor of Freedom From Chronic Pain.

He is board-certified in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and internal medicine in the USA. He was a Professor at Wayne State University for 18 years and now works at Cormendi Health. He is currently a Clinical Professor in the department of Internal Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.  He has authored over 100 publications in scientific journals and books. He has given over 500 lectures to scientific audiences regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Schubiner has consulted for the American Medical Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute on Mental Health.

Dr. Schubiner is a leader in the field of mind-body medicine and has published ground-breaking research showing that novel mind-body therapies are effective for chronic painful conditions, such as fibromyalgia, whiplash, back and neck pain, myofascial pain, TMJ syndrome, tension and migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder syndrome, insomnia, anxiety, and other related conditions. He was included on several lists of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Schubiner lives in the Detroit area with his wife of 40 years and has 2 adult children.

Hal Greenham BSc (Psych), BA, Radix Body Centered Psychotherapist, Clinical Director

Hal Greenham
BSc (Psych), BA, Somatic Psychotherapist

Hal Greenham is the co-founder and Clinical Director of Freedom From Chronic Pain. After recovering from chronic pain with a mindbody intervention he retrained, studying psychology and a number of schools of psychotherapy and now specialises in helping other people to do the same. He has 12 years clinical experience in the treatment of chronic pain and fatigue syndromes and employs a combination of neuroplasticity and psychotherapy techniques in his work to help people achieve optimal results. Hal Greenham has also been an invited speaker to the AIMA Conference and the Metagenics International Congress on Natural Medicine.  With Prof Schubiner he has delivered a live series of webinars for the Shift Network (USA) on the Freedom From Chronic Pain program as well as three previous live online trainings.

Training program syllabus:
  1.   From pain management to recovery: the neuroscience of the mindbody revolution in chronic pain treatment
  2.   Fundamentals of diagnosis and patient education
  3.   Pain reprocessing therapy 1 – Graded exposure and desensitization
  4.   Pain reprocessing therapy 2 – Mindfulness and somatic tracking
  5.   Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET)
  6.   Going deeper – understanding and working with somatic symptoms of psychological origin
  7.   Meeting and defusing protectors / defenses – Internal Family Systems insights into treating chronic pain
  8.   Practical tools to resolve inner conflict – Critical parents and inner children

Certificate of attendance and continuing education / professional development credits

  • Certificate of attendance provided
  • US APA 16 CE Credits available for US psychologists
  • 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available to physicians
  • 16 CE’s available for US Social Workers as an ASWB ACE program
  • Australian psychologists can claim CPD points under the APS self-assessment of CPD scheme
  • Australian social workers can claim CPD points under the new AASW self-assessment of CPD scheme. 

CEUs are available for both the live and on-demand, recorded versions of the training. Those in the USA who intend on claiming CEUs must complete the live training within 14 weeks of the training opening date and those in the on-demand, recorded version have 12 months to complete their training program.

Please email us if you would like to know more.

Who is this training program for?

This course is designed for medical and health professionals (doctors, psychotherapists, psychologists, counselors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, naturopaths, occupation therapists, certified coaches, expressive arts therapists, and social workers) working with chronic pain and related syndromes.  Participants will learn the fundamental mind-body concepts and techniques in order to apply them to their professional and personal lives. The format of the training involves didactic learning as well as a wide range of experiential processes designed to help participants deepen their understanding of mind-body treatment.  This training will have a practical skill acquisition focus, and we’ll also have time for Qs and As.

Please note the course will cover medical and psychotherapeutic content but is not sufficient nor intended as a replacement qualification for the practice of medicine or psychotherapy.  That said the intention of the training is to develop a deeper capacity within one’s existing profession to recognise and intervene effectively in mindbody presentations of pain and fatigue.  This approach is beneficial for a wide range of diagnoses and symptoms including:

  • Back pain, including most disc bulges and degenerative changes (see exclusions)
  • Neck pain, including most disc bulges and degenerative changes (see exclusions)
  • Other musculoskeletal pain (see exclusions)
  • Chronic headaches (see exclusions)
  • Migraine (see exclusions)
  • IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (see exclusions)
  • Irritable Bladder Syndrome (see exclusions)
  • RSI
  • Tennis elbow
  • CRPS (see exclusions)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Many eczema / skin conditions
  • Some arthritic conditions
  • Some endometriosis presentations
  • RSD
  • Some interstitial cystitis presentations
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Other medically unexplained chronic pain
  • Other medically unexplained chronic fatigue

Dr Schubiner, Talks at Google: 'The Reign of Pain Lies Mainly in the Brain'

Freedom From Chronic Pain is a social enterprise startup with a vision to transform the understanding and treatment of chronic pain through clinical excellence, training and research.  At the present moment of the opioid addiction crisis sweeping the USA and increasingly impacting Australian communities, this transformative approach offers a practical roadmap for effective, empowering pain treatment that puts individuals back in charge of their physical and emotional health.


Should I choose the Live or Recorded version?

If you can afford it we suggest that the Live training is the optimal learning experience.

You get to do the exercises straight away with a course buddy in a private breakout room and get your questions or challenges addressed straight away when returning to the main room.

You also get the charged atmosphere of a live bunch of passionate practitioners of varied disciplines excited to learn about this revolution in chronic pain treatment.

And last but not least, the unforgettable opportunity to interact live and direct with Howard Schubiner’s unstoppable repertoire of jokes, gags, and poor attempts to do an Australian accent!

Can’t attend our LIVE training?

We offer a substantially discounted fee for our “recorded, on-demand” program.

While the fee is discounted the high quality of training remains.  Although you miss the live session interactions and breakout rooms, you will still have access to the online forum attended by Howard and Hal, the course buddy program, and the opportunity to network through the forum and our shared contact list (optional).

Both programs entitle you to 12 months of access to all course materials.

**Please note that training participants of either the “live” or “recordings” version of the training will also have the opportunity to join our forthcoming practitioner directory* and continuing professional development. (*fees and conditions apply)

EARLYBIRD LIVE Course Fees until September 3rd, 2023:

  • $897 USD or $997 with CEUs (Those in the USA who intend on claiming CEUs must complete the training by December 28th, 2023)
  • $349 USD/month (3-MONTH PAYMENT PLAN) or $382 USD with CEUs (Those in the USA who intend on claiming CEUs must complete the training by December 28th, 2023)

*For those in Europe the enrolment fee will automatically include VAT. Full price from September 4th, 2023 of $997 USD or $1097 with CEUs



Recorded / On Demand Version Course Fees:

  • $797 USD or $897 USD with CEUs 
  • $282 USD/month (3-MONTH PAYMENT PLAN) or $315 USD with CEUs

*For those in Europe the enrolment fee will automatically include VAT


get in touch if you have any queries about your course booking. View our Refund and Cancellation policy here.


(*subject to practitioner being a member of a professional association with a binding code of professional ethics and payment of USD$97 per quarter).


  • Lumley, M.A. & Schubiner, H. (2019). Psychological Therapy for Centralized Pain: An Integrative Assessment and Treatment Model. Psychosomatic Medicine, V 81, 114-124.

  • Lumley, M.A. & Schubiner, H. (2019). Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy for Chronic Pain: Rationale, Principles and Techniques, Evidence, and Critical Review. Current Rheumatology Reports (2019) 21:30

  • Hsu MC et al. (2010)Sustained pain reduction through affective self-awareness in fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of general internal medicine. Oct;25(10):1064-70.

  • Lumley, M.A. & Schubiner, H., et al (2017). Emotional awareness and expression therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and education for fibromyalgia: a cluster randomized controlled trial. Pain. Dec 2017, 158(12):2354-2363.

  • Burger AJ, Lumley MA, Carty JN, et al. The Effects of a Novel Psychological Attribution and Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Preliminary, Uncontrolled Trial. Journal of psychosomatic research. 2016;81:1-8.

  • Michael C. Hsu, Howard Schubiner, Mark A. Lumley, John S. Stracks, Daniel J. Clauw and David A. Williams. 2010. “Sustained Pain Reduction Through Affective Self-awareness in Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial”. Journal of General Internal Medicine; Oct 2010, Vol. 25 Issue 10, p1064-1070.

  • Hsu, Michael C., Schubiner, Howard. 2010. “Recovery from Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain with Psychodynamic Consultation and Brief Intervention: A Report of Three Illustrative Cases”. Pain Medicine; Jun 2010, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p977-980.

  • Annotated Bibliography for Psychophysiologic Disorders and Chronic Pain.

Credit Designation Statement


Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Freedom From Chronic Pain.  Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician Continuing Medical Education

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Psychologist Education

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Credit Designation. This program offers 16 continuing education credits for psychologists.

Continuing Social Work Education

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 16 clinical continuing education credits.


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