Clinical Online Training for Physical Therapists,
Physiotherapists and All Practitioners Working With Chronic Pain
Are your patients stuck in a cycle of suffering with chronic pain?
Do they avoid movement and experience fear and anxiety related to pain?
Would you like to help your patients break the cycle of suffering and get back to enjoying a meaningful life – despite their pain?
ACT for Chronic Pain is a cutting-edge clinical training program designed to show you exactly how to break the cycle of suffering by addressing the psychological causes of suffering.
Discover how to help your patients drop the struggle with chronic pain, reduce fear and anxiety, and reclaim a full and active life.
"The ACT for Chronic Pain course helped further my psychology-informed practice as a physical therapist. The concept of willingness to feel discomfort has helped so many of my patients change how they perceive their pain and has reduced their negative thoughts and beliefs surrounding pain."
Michael Zabala Aquino, PT, DPT Owner of Deconstruct Health
Does any of this sound familiar?
If any of this resonates with you, you’re in the right place.
ACT for Chronic Pain is a new approach to treating pain based on the premise that while pain hurts, it is the psychological struggle with pain that causes suffering.
ACT teaches us that psychological suffering is caused by the influence of language and cognition on human behavior. Therefore, ACT targets the processes of language that are involved in the suffering associated with pain.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an evidence-based approach for overcoming pain that has been associated with the following outcomes:
Multiple studies bear this out, but the proof is in the pudding. When I began using ACT with my patients as a method of psychologically-informed physical therapy, I was surprised at the transformation.
Instead of ignoring, avoiding or trying to change unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, they began to willingly experience them. They became more aware of their surroundings and noticed what was happening around and inside them, re-engaging with the present moment. They developed effective behavior patterns guided by deep personal values and goals.
Best of all, they became more physically active and returned to activities that aligned with their values – despite the fact that they sometimes still hurt (a little). Pain didn’t disappear, but they were able to reclaim a richer, more active and full life.
As a practitioner, these results are tremendously gratifying. While I can’t wave a magic wand and make all their pain go away, I can help my patients find a level of calm and acceptance that enriches their lives.
-- Dr. Joe Tatta
Discover how to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
for the treatment of chronic pain and become a hero to your patients.
"Joe is breaking ground on an important topic for all practitioners who treat pain. ACT is an empirically supported therapy that supports both the physical and emotional experience of pain. Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy with ACT improves patient outcomes and helps them return to a full and active life. I am able to incorporate the ACT principles in hand therapy and in my group program for patients with osteoporosis."
Pam Tutten, OTD, CHT, Director at BenchMark Rehabilitation
Experience the satisfaction of helping your patients suffer less and enjoy life more.
ACT helps your patients drop the struggle with chronic pain by supporting them to:
A = Accept unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
C = Choose a valued direction.
T = Take action.
Your patients will discover that it’s not pain itself, but rather the agenda to avoid, control or eliminate pain, that is the problem.
People are stuck, they are not broken.
Free them from needless suffering with ACT.
At the core of ACT is the concept of psychological flexibility. This is the ability to contact the present moment more fully; accept unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and sensations associated with pain; and align behavior to one’s long-term values rather than short-term impulses.
You see, a patient living with chronic pain experiences thoughts, feelings, memories, and physical sensations associated with pain. These thoughts, feelings and memories are often unpleasant, causing the patient to try to avoid, eliminate or change them. This can lead to a focus on pain and a narrow life. It is a rejection of the present moment, which always causes suffering.
In contrast, when a patient develops greater psychological flexibility, they are able to willingly accept and move forward with all of their thoughts, emotions and sensations. Their repertoire of reactions to pain grows and expands, and they are able to consciously choose to act in ways that support their values and engage with a more meaningful life.
About Your Instructor
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.
Dr. Tatta is the 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.
ACT with Physical Therapy
The biopsychosocial model is the paradigm from which all health care professionals are expected to treat pain.
Using principles of ACT is psychologically-informed care and part of the scope of practice for physical therapists.
Physical therapists are now expected to recognize pain-associated psychosocial distress and modify their treatment.
However, a gap exists between being able to recognize the pain associated with psychosocial distress in patients, and having the competence and skills to effectively apply treatment to get the best possible outcomes.
That's why I created ACT for Chronic Pain.
As a physical therapist, I know how overwhelming it can feel to find the time to learn a new modality and incorporate it into your practice. Understanding that you have limited time and energy, I designed ACT for Chronic Pain to make it as easy as possible for you to learn and master the skills of ACT and quickly and confidently apply them in your PT practice.
The training videos break down the essentials into bite-size chunks, with no fluff. The associated transcripts, guides, and worksheets make everything clear and simple. Plus, throughout the course, I’ve included plenty of real-life case studies so you can learn by example. Even the newest and busiest practitioner can do this!
Is this just for physical therapists?
No. ACT for Chronic Pain is for any practitioner working with chronic pain, including, but not limited to, physical therapists/physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, physicians, nurses, health coaches, fitness professionals, and more. If you work with clients or patients struggling with pain, this course is for you.
When you incorporate the tools and strategies in
ACT for Chronic Pain into your practice, you will:
"I highly recommend the ACT for Chronic Pain program. Weaving ACT into my physical therapy practice has been a game changer. It has shifted the focus from one of pain reduction to values-based living, and has helped tremendously with increasing movement and physical activity."
Susie Gronski, PT, DPT Pelvic Health Physical Therapist
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The Program Curriculum
All health and wellness professionals are welcome to register for the course.
ACT for Chronic Pain is fully accredited for 20 Physical Therapy CEUs, fully accredited 20 credits for Psychologists, and meets the requirements for continuing education for Occupational Therapists.
Week 1: The Science and Theory
The nuts and bolts of the ACT model for pain
- Suffering versus pain
- Relational frame theory
- ACT model of human suffering
- How language and cognition causes suffering
Week 2: Stuck, Not Broken
Moving from avoidance to being open, aware, and active
- Exploring workability
- Experiential avoidance
- Creating space for something new
- Letting go of the pain control agenda
Week 3: Values-Guided Action
The missing ingredient to the secret sauce in pain care
- Clarifying values
- Assessing values
- Connecting with values
- Distinguishing values from goals
Week 4: Cognitive Defusion
Unhook and gain distance from your thoughts
- Defusing from unhelpful thoughts
- Why thoughts do not control behavior
- Why your thoughts are not what they say they are
- Drop the struggle to change pain relate thoughts/beliefs
Week 5: Nurturing Acceptance
Retrain the “willingness muscle” to embrace life and live fully
- Cultivating acceptance
- The pitfalls of acceptance
- Willingly have all experiences, fully and without defense
- Move from avoidance to acceptance/willingness
Week 6: Present Moment Awareness & Self-as-Context
Build the awareness to be here-now and grow bigger than pain
- Learning to be present, here now
- Developing a larger than pain context
- Exploring simple mindfulness techniques
- Self as Context vs. the Conceptualized Self
Week 7: Committed Action
Set your compass and move your feet toward what matters
- Choose a valued direction
- Set SMART value guided goals
- Create a flexible persistent course
- Build patterns of committed ACTion
Plus, Get These Exclusive Bonuses…
Bonus #1: Access to Two Live Mentorship and Coaching Calls with Dr. Joe Tatta
Dr. Joe Tatta, your instructor for ACT for Chronic Pain, is a widely respected leading expert in integrative pain management. He is the president of the Physiotherapy Special Interest Group at the Association of Contextual and Behavioral Science, the home of ACT.
During each Mentorship and Coaching Call you’ll have direct access to Dr. Tatta to get help with:
- Case studies
- Patient outcomes
- Implementation how-to, issues or obstacles
- Practice building
- Any question related to implementing ACT in your practice
Bonus #2: Access to a Members Only VIP Group
Network, share and hold yourself accountable in our Members Only VIP Group. This is where you’ll feel supported by our generous and talented community of fellow clinicians from all around the world. Together, you’ll cheer each other on and share experiences as you learn and master the tools of ACT.
Your membership in the VIP Group extends beyond the initial 7 weeks of the ACT for Chronic Pain course and includes years of ongoing support as you grow your practice. This is a great way to stay inspired and learn from like-minded professionals committed to keeping up with the most advanced pain care strategies available.
Bonus #3: PDFs of All Video Trainings
I know you’re busy. That’s why you’ll get access to transcripts of all video training so you can quickly consume, review or highlight the material that’s most relevant to you. These are beautifully formatted PDFs for easy printing and include step-by-step guides for all experiential and mindfulness exercises to make learning as easy as 1-2-3!
Bonus #4: Clinical Protocol Manual
A clinician’s manual and step-by-step protocol guide so you’ll always know exactly what to do. This “paint-by-numbers” manual is designed to make your work as simple as possible, so you can implement ACT with more ease and confidence.
Bonus #5: Lifetime Access to the Course
I understand sometimes life gets in the way. If your progress gets stalled for any reason, no worries! You can go back in and resume your studies at any time. The material is there for you when you need it—even if that’s months or years from now. Plus, you get complimentary upgrades whenever I update the course again. How’s that for a warm welcome?
"Joe is breaking the glass ceiling on psychologically-informed care for all health professionals, and ACT is the perfect vehicle to help your patients open up and live life beyond pain."
JoAnne Dahl, PhD ACT Psychologist
Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to enhance the lives of your patients and become the “go-to” pain management clinician in your community!
Act for Chronic Pain is the premier training that will give you the knowledge to serve people on a deep human level and join a growing group of practitioners who embrace ACT and psychologically informed physical therapy.
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ACT for Chronic Pain is fully accredited for 20 Physical Therapy CEUs, 20 credits for Psychologists, and meets the requirements for continuing education for Occupational Therapists.
ACT for Chronic Pain is for any practitioner working with chronic pain, including, but not limited to, physical therapists/physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, physicians, nurses, health coaches, and fitness professionals. If you work with clients or patients struggling with chronic pain, this course is for you
I want to make sure ACT for Chronic Pain is right for you. If you have any questions, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
See you in the course!
Dr. Joe Tatta, PT, DPT