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Beyond Pain Education ASYNCHRONOUS

Beyond Pain Education ASYNCHRONOUS


Psychosocial Strategies for Body Oriented Clinicians and Athletes.



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. 


    Beyond Pain Education Course ASYNCHRONOUS Information


    Learn at your own pace, guide your own experiential learning, practice skills in your clinic with real patients, and join the monthly consultation group to continue learning, problem-solve cases, practice skills, and grow as a clinician.  The asynchronous version of Beyond Pain Education is packed with all the pre-recorded lecture and live material from the prior cohort but can be self-paced.  The fully asynchronous course is available on Podia and organized by day for easy navigation.


    Each day includes a 60-90 minute lecture video, a 2-3 hour live video, and breakout materials including experiential exercises and self study content. 


    Breakouts are designed to be done on your own while watching the live recordings. Or they can be done in the clinic with actual clients after each lesson. Additional clinical materials are available in Podia within each day of the course as well as on the course Slack channel.


    The Slack channel is a private active forum for attendees during the course and thereafter. It's chock full of research, articles, resources, clinical tools, case examples, success stories and challenges, clinician conversations and questions, and other helpful information that's been curated over time. It's also organized by lesson week and by date as well as being searchable.  You'll have access to the Slack channel upon registration and we hope you'll add to the conversation. 


    Below is a description with more information about the course:


    Every day, practitioners are scratching their heads trying to problem-solve for their clients. But many of your clients 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, use 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 body work 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 about the pain itself, the brain is influenced by many emotions beyond the fear of pain. And explaining how pain works cognitively has not proven effective in the research. If you're ready to go beyond manual therapy and PNE+, Beyond Pain Education is a masterclass is for you.


    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 are 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. Often they're the missing variable.


    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 reductions 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



    Beyond Pain Education Course ASYNCHRONOUS Cost


    $895 per registrant


    Cost for students is $495 per registrant. Students please email Charlie directly - - before registering to assure this course is appropriate based on your experience.


    Many clinicians take the course again after practicing in the clinic for 6-12 months. If you've taken the course in the past and would like to review it live, you're welcome to join the live course to reinforce the content and further practice strategies for the student rate of $495. Please contact Charlie at the number below for a special code for previous students.


    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 - 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 consult after any training is critical for all attendees. Implementation science shows that a clinicians 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?


    Refunds will be considered on a case by case basis


    Is the course just for Physical Therapists?


    This course is for anyone with a background in manual therapies, body work, and movement including Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, Rolfers, Movement Specialists, etc. However, others 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?


    An application has been submitted to 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.

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