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Beyond Pain Education                LIVE

Beyond Pain Education LIVE


Psychosocial Strategies for Body-Oriented Clinicians and Athletes

Boulder, CO June 14th-June 16th, 2024


Course Objectives:


  • Understand the paradigm shift in our profession and in the scope of pain science.

  • Learn modern neurophysiology of pain from a medical and psychological perspective.

  • Explore the concept of therapeutic alliance in healing professions.

  • Structure your clinical exam based on a modern understanding of the neurophysiology of pain

  • Learn methods of reducing fear that go beyond basic cognitively oriented PNE+ 

  • Build fear reduction strategies into your psycho-education and manual interventions

  • Learn pain reprocessing strategies and integrate them with your other modalities

  • Integrate emotional processing strategies into your clinical practice


Pre Reading


If you haven't already done so, please familiarize yourself with the books "Explain Pain" by the NOI group, "Unlearn Your Pain" or "Hidden From View" by Howard Schubiner, and "The Way Out" by Alan Gordon before the course.


Post Training Consult/Mentoring - 6 months of clinical consultation is included in the cost of the course.


You'll have an opportunity to meet with Charlie Merrill on a monthly hour-long group consult call for 6 sessions total after the training (6 hours of ongoing learning and practice). As PTs and other therapists, we're used to the old "train and hope" model where we learn for a weekend and then assume we'll retain everything and be able to apply it well. We feel that consultation after any training is critical for all attendees. Implementation science shows that a clinician's ability to apply any model of treatment well depends on consult over time. This work is novel and unique and so requires some ongoing learning and mentoring to really do well. We think you'll find this opportunity very rich and rewarding. You'll take away massively more confidence by sharing and discussing cases, asking questions, and collaborating with other colleagues over time. We'll talk more about this unique option during the training.




How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Charlie Merrill at 303.717.8351 or charlie@Mperformance with questions


What's the refund policy?

We're so confident that this course will transform your practice for the better, we'll refund your course fees in the first 30 days if you aren't satisfied.


Is the course just for Physical Therapists?


No, this course is for any clinician, coach, or provider who works with pain and other chronic symptoms including Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, Rolfers, Movement Specialists, etc. While the course is aimed at synthesizing body oriented interventions with psychosocial strategies, others traditionally biomedical providers are welcome to attend including Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nutritionists, etc. People with pain are also welcome to join if interested in learning more about a mind/body approach to symptoms. Sliding scale options are available for non-clinicians. If you have a question about whether this course is appropriate for you, please get in touch with Charlie Merrill. 303.717.8351


Will CEUs be offered?


This course has been approved by the Colorado APTA for 24 hours of Category 1 credits. If you live out of state, you can easily submit this course to your state's professional organization for CEUs once you receive your certificate of completion. I can supply you with any information your state requires for approval. 



Clinician/Instructor Biographies For “Beyond Pain Education”



Charlie Merrill, MSPT, is owner of Merrill Performance in Boulder, CO where he's practiced, mentored, and taught manual therapy for 23 years.  Charlie uses a mind-body approach to treat primary pain with a wide range of clients including the best runners, cyclists, rock climbers, and CrossFitters in the world. He consults with Lin Health, a digital health company aimed at scaling and expanding access to evidence based pain care. He’s the co-developer of this course and is actively building a program for athletes looking to overcome chronic pain. Charlie is a content creator in the pain and fitness space, a competitive masters athlete in multiple disciplines, and has invented and prototyped mobility tools with Rogue Fitness.


Howard Schubiner, MD, is the director of the Mind Body Medicine Program at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, and a clinical professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He is the author of Unlearn Your Pain and Unlearn Your Anxiety and Depression, the book “Hidden from View’, and his most recent “Diagnostic Guide for Psychophysiologic Disorders”. He consults with insurers/payers and health tech companies and lectures/teaches clinicians internationally. He is a co-founder of the PPDA (Psychophysiologic Disorders Association). Dr Schubiner recently published a groundbreaking study (Ashar et al, JAMA Psychiatry, 2021) on novel psychological interventions for chronic low back pain. The recent film “This Might Hurt” documents Dr Schubiner’s important work on primary symptoms. 


    Live Course June 14th - June 16th, 2024:

    Friday, June 14th - 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

    Saturday, June 115th - 8:00 AM-5:30 PM

    Sunday, June 16th - 8:00 AM-5:30 PM


    Boulder Community Health. Boulder, CO

    4747 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303.


    Ongoing Monthly Group Consultation:


    After the live course, six monthly virtual (zoom) group consultation sessions are included in the cost. This gives you an opportunity to continue learning through ongoing case sharing, Q&A, skills practice, and connection with other clinicians doing this work. These sessions are live and facilitated by Charlie Merrill.


    Beyond Pain Education Course Information - Cohort 6


    Every day you work hard to problem-solve for your clients. But so many complain of acute and chronic pain that has no clear cause. Or you feel you have a solution but it doesn't get the results you and the client were hoping for. You do the proper assessments, apply the hands-on skills you've mastered, and use corrective exercise and movement practices according to the best evidence. You're savvy to the latest pain neuroscience education strategies but you find yourself seeing these same patients over and over again without the pain fully resolving. Because of this common challenge, Dr Schubiner and I created this in-depth workshop where you're going to explore how to go beyond manual modalities, movement, and pain science education to cure symptoms once and for all.


    Are you experiencing these common challenges?:


    • Finding your clients aren't getting well consistently in your existing paradigm?

    • Noticing that clients drop out before achieving their goals?

    • Feeling like you're missing an important component to wellness?

    • Managing pain over time rather than curing it?

    • Realizing you can't help people in ways that feel satisfying to you, or to your clients?

    • Lacking professional satisfaction as clients abandon therapy or don't get well?

    • Burning out due to high volume clinics and feeling like you don't have time to be effective?

    • Feeling like you can't have the impact you know you're capable of having?


    There's an explanation for why these frustrations are so common in clinical practice. Even for those who are the best manual therapists and who teach pain science expertly. Most clinicians know that the brain has an important role to play in people's pain experience. But only a few have the tools to truly address the psychosocial drivers of pain. While bodywork can help in the short term, it fails to address the true cause of pain and other symptoms while also reinforcing a body damage bias. While pain education can reduce fear of the pain itself, the brain is influenced by many emotions beyond the fear of pain itself. And explaining how pain works cognitively has not proven effective in the research. Somatic strategies are indispensable in effectively treating pain and other symptoms. If you're ready to go beyond manual therapy and PNE+, Beyond Pain Education is a masterclass is for you.


    This course offers you:


    • The professional satisfaction of supporting people in getting and staying well.

    • A clear understanding and conceptualization of why manual therapies and PNE (pain education) are often ineffective.

    • The feeling that your career has deeper meaning and purpose.

    • The opportunity to become a leader in your community

    • A niche skill set making you the go-to clinician for clients

    • A remedy for the boredom and burnout of traditional high volume biomedical practice.

    • Opportunities beyond clinical practice including education, content creation, health tech, coaching and other ways to grow professionally.

    • Connection with a community of forward thinking colleagues who are looking to paradigm shift the profession toward a healthier future. 

    • Skills that lead to powerful personal and professional growth in your own life. 


    In this course you'll learn to:


    • Determine whether symptoms are caused more by physical or psychological factors.

    • Apply your evaluation to rule out physical dysfunction and identify stress and emotional factors while ruling out structural/medical problems and red flags.

    • Build the therapeutic alliance and listening skills necessary to connect with your clients in a new way.

    • Actively reduce fear while you educate and treat your clients with your manual therapy and exercise skills.

    • Support clients with graded exposure with return to movement and with emotions.

    • Teach pain re-processing (PRT) strategies like somatic tracking to change the brain’s neural pathways. These skills were recently shown to be highly effective in the CU low back pain study published in JAMA Psychiatry in October 2021.

    • Support your clients in processing emotions and creating meaningful life change using "Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) and tools like therapeutic writing.

    • Integrate these strategies into your manual therapy and movement practices.


    Beyond Pain Education is designed to help you change your paradigm, get out of your silo, and learn how to use your current skills in a new way to help cure people of acute and chronic symptoms, changing their lives. You'll learn how to then synthesize modern pain science and therapeutic alliance skills with novel psychological and social strategies that are fully accessible to body-oriented clinicians. This course will teach you how to integrate PRT-based tools and employ emotion-focused concepts synthesized from EAET, ISTDP, and IFS. Yes, we'll be talking about emotions! Every one of your clients has them, they're rarely explored, and they're involved in everyone's pain experience, regardless of the diagnosis. Often they're the missing variable in why people don't recover fully after injury or surgery. For others, they are the most important of healing. 


    Course Schedule:


    This course is taught live and fully in person in Boulder, CO

    Friday, June 14th - 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

    Saturday, June 15th - 8:00 AM-5:30 PM

    Sunday, June 16th - 8:00 AM-5:30 PM


    Beyond Pain Education Course Cost:


    $895 per registrant until April 31st

    $995 per registrant after May 1st


    The cost for students is $400 per registrant. Students, please email Charlie directly - - before registering to ensure this course is appropriate based on your experience.


    If you've taken this course in the past and would like to take it again, or you consumed the asynchronous version of the course, you're welcome to join the live course to reinforce the content and further practice strategies for the repeat attendee rate of $400. Please contact Charlie at 303.717.8351 for a special code for previous attendees who are re-taking the course. 

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