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The Psychologically-Informed Pain Practitioner Certification Program™ is a professional training that equips practitioners with psychological, behavioral, and whole health approaches to treat pain. Developed at the Integrative Pain Science Institute.
The Psychologically-Informed Pain Practitioner Certification™ was developed by Joe Tatta, PT, DPT in collaboration with a team of leading educators, researchers, and clinicians. The curriculum closely follows best practice recommendations for pain management outlined by:
- APTA Clinical Practice Guidelines
- International Association for the Study of Pain
- Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy Pain Education Guidelines
- American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guidelines
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Task Force on Pain Management
- UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines for Pain
- And many others…
Pain Education and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Motivational Interviewing for Chronic Pain
Trauma-Informed Pain Care
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Pain
Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief
Mindful Clinical Mentoring
The certification approach goes beyond pathology-based treatments that rely on “find-it-and-fix-it” methods consistent with an outdated biomedical model. Instead, it integrates whole health, psychological, and behavioral approaches so that you, the provider, have a better understanding of the patient's lived pain experience.
This improved understanding is used to individualize interventions so that both the physical and psychological factors are addressed. This multimodal approach is supported by empirical evidence and benefits the patient by providing viable options for improving life activities previously limited due to pain.
It prepares you with an up-to-date and in-demand approach sought out by physical therapy clinics, pain management centers, rehabilitation hospitals, universities, behavioral health, and addiction treatment centers. The certification ends with how to teach these skills to junior staff and peers.
Dr. Kylie E Rowe, PT, DPT
Mary Grant, Physiotherapist
Dr. Andrea Moore, PT, DPT
Dr. Michael Zabala Aquino, PT, DPT
Who can register for this certification?
We welcome anyone who cares for people with pain. This includes PT, PTA, OT, COTA, MD, DO, DC, RN, NP, PA, Pharm, mental health, RD, nutritionist, health coach, life coach, fitness/wellness professional and pastoral counselors.
Is this program approved for CEUs?
Yes! This course is approved for 7 CEUs for PTs, OTs, and Health Coaches.
The Integrative Pain Science Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course is approved in New York as well as more than 34 states through reciprocity (see below for a list of states).
STATES PRE-APPROVED THROUGH RECIPROCITY:
Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida (Rule 64B17-9), Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
This course is also approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
NOTE: Some states still do not require continuing education for re-licensure. In addition, some states do not perform verification of continuing education material, which means they do not approve courses for CEU credit and usually accept any material. Please check with your state physical therapy association or state PT board for more details.
For participants outside of the United States or those who do not require a formal CEU certificate, we will be happy to provide a Letter of Participation form that you may keep for your records. Upon completion of the course, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the form. Please check with your industry governing body to confirm whether this is required for your continuing education.
How long does it take to complete the certification?
The certification can be completed in as little as six months.
How much time do I have to complete the certification?
You have unlimited access to coursework.
What if I fall behind, get sick, etc.?
If you have a life event that slows you down, we’ll create a custom plan so you can comfortably complete the certification.
What credentials can I use after my name to indicate certification?
The value of certification enhances credibility and respect from peers. Upon successful completion of the certification, you can use the initials PIP® (Psychologically Informed Practitioner) after your name to indicate validation of knowledge.
How does this fit within my scope of practice?
All health and wellness professionals may (and do) use principles of behavior change. This certification provides important psychologically-based skills and techniques proven to help people overcome pain.