From Pain Management to Recovery
Practical neuroplasticity and the emerging mindbody revolution
in chronic pain treatment
A five day residential training led by
Professor Howard Schubiner MD (USA) and Australian somatic psychotherapist Hal Greenham
3rd – 8th May 2020, Warburton (Near Melbourne, Victoria)
April 2020 will see the first Australian professional development training in the burgeoning field of evidence based mindbody therapy for chronic pain. Inspired by the remarkable clinical achievements of Dr John Sarno MD, and further evolved into a potent neuroplasticity and psychotherapy treatment approach, this work 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.
Howard Schubiner MD, FACP (USA) and Australian somatic psychotherapist Hal Greenham will offer a five day residential retreat for practitioners and community advocates in a beautiful bush setting in Warburton outside Melbourne.
Professor Howard Schubiner MD, FACP
Dr Howard Schubiner is a Co-Founder, Clinical Director and Medical Advisor of Freedom From Chronic Pain.
He is board-certified in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and internal medicine. He was a full Professor at Wayne State University for 18 years and now works at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI, USA. He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Schubiner is known as a national expert in ADHD in adolescents and adults as well as mindfulness meditation and stress reduction. He has authored over 60 publications in scientific journals and books and performed research in the fields of adolescent health, ADHD and stress reduction. Dr. Schubiner is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Adolescent Health and the Journal of Attention Disorders. He has given over 250 lectures to scientific audiences regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to adolescent medicine, ADHD, and stress reduction. Dr. Schubiner has consulted for the American Medical Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Mental Health. He has been granted funds to conduct research studies of over several million dollars in total. Dr. Schubiner teaches a form of meditation known as Mindfulness Meditation, which helps individuals cope with the stresses and anxieties of daily life.
Dr. Schubiner is the founder and director of the Mind Body Medicine Program at Providence Hospital. This program uses the most current research methodologies to treat individuals who suffer from the Mind Body Syndrome (MBS) or Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) as described by Dr. John Sarno. Dr. Schubiner has created a program that uses both meditative and cutting edge psychological techniques to help individuals with chronic 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. With coauthors he recently published the first randomized, controlled research study in the field of Mind Body Syndrome or TMS for individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia. He was included in the 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 lists of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Schubiner lives in the Detroit area with his wife of 25 years and has 2 children in their early 20’s.
BSc (Psych), BA, Somatic Psychotherapist
Hal Greenham is a Cofounder 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 10 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 is currently delivering a live series of webinars for the Shift Network (USA) on the Freedom From Chronic Pain program.
Forty participants (max) will be guided through five days of:
- Cutting edge pain neuroscience
- Evidence based diagnosis of neural pathway pain syndromes and exclusion of structural causes
- Practical treatment techniques drawn from Howard and Hal’s combined 25 years experience in mindbody treatment
This course is designed for medical and health professionals (doctors, psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, naturopaths, occupation therapists, certified coaches, expressive arts therapists and social workers) as well as those committed to their self-development. Participants will learn the fundamental mindbody 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 mindbody treatment. This training will have a practical skill acquisition focus, and we’ll also have time for informal conversation and learning in the evenings in a great location.
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)
- Tennis elbow
- CRPS (see exclusions)
- Many exzema / skin conditions
- Some arthritic conditions
- Some endometriosis presentations
- Some interstitial cystitis presentations
- Other medically unexplained chronic pain
- Other medically unexplained chronic fatigue
Dr Howard, Talks at Google: 'The Reign of Pain Lies Mainly in the Brain'
This comfortable residential setting will allow for an enjoyable and collegiate atmosphere with time for self care, nature immersion (beautiful bush walks and river nearby), as well as quality connection time with participants and faculty. This modest Catholic retreat center from the 1960’s isn’t a five star hotel but what it lacks in room size it makes up for in opportunities for peaceful retreat, community interaction and nature connection.
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.
This training is a five day residential live-in. The Palotti Retreat Centre is 90-120 minutes out of Melbourne. Fees cover accommodation, food and linen for 5 days/5 nights. *Transport includes the shuttle bus from CBD/Melb airport to the venue on Sunday, 3rd of May and return to the airport or CBD on Friday 8th of May in time to make 7pm flights.
Please bring your own toiletries and personal care items. The closest town is Warburton which is a long walk or short taxi ride away.
You can book your training course online using this link here.
Please get in touch if you have any queries about your course booking.
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.