Focus on Function: Changing Pain Related Behavior (TNE II)

September 9-10, 2017

Focus on Function is the Weekend Intensive II (Labs & Practical Application) for the Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification.

In recent years, pain neuroscience from a therapeutic perspective, has gained considerable evidence, especially teaching people more about the biological and physiological aspects of their pain experience. Current best-evidence supports that therapeutic neuroscience education improves pain ratings, function, pain catastrophization, physical movement and cost of healthcare utilization. Clinically there is a shift whereby more and more clinicians are gaining experience in teaching people more about pain. This, however, is a good starting point, but not the end-point. The ultimate expression of recovery is behavior change, or return to physical confidence. Following the initial pain education, clinicians now need to embrace and impart additional strategies such as goal setting, pacing, graded exposure, motivational interviewing and behavioral change leading to a functional, empowered patient being able to resume a fulfilled meaningful life. The mantra of “despite pain…” should become the cornerstone of recovery, indicating an understanding of the pain experience, decreased fear and measurable, visible improvement in function. This highly interactive advanced course bridges the gap from initial pain education to independence. Through lectures, case studies, small and large group sessions, clinical application and motivational interviewing; clinicians will develop skills aimed at true behavioral change. Each participant must have taken Therapeutic Neuroscience Education through the International Spine & Pain Institute.

Prerequisites: Therapeutic Neuroscience Education I:  Teaching People About Pain

Upon completion of this class, attendees will:

  • Strengthen and expand their knowledge and clinical application of pain metaphors
  • Develop a clinical understanding of the factors associated with success and failure of pain neuroscience education
  • Be updated on behavioral change concepts including stages of change, addiction, motivational interviewing and green flags
  • Be able to problem solve and develop pain science solutions to various psychosocial risk factors preventing recovery
  • Be able to apply all treatments, principles and techniques into clinical practice

Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin Center
1102 Bates, 1st floor conference room
​​​​​​​Houston, Texas 77030

Cost -  


Earned credits -  

15 contact hours or CCU’s through TPTA and TOTA






Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030

Nightly rate: $105.00 (price varies based on room availability)


Contact: Jade LeBeauf


Angela Dumas