Clinical Pain Science: A Transdisciplinary Approach - Portland, OR (Oct. 4-5, 2019)

Clinical Pain Science: A Transdisciplinary Approach - Portland, OR (Oct. 4-5, 2019)

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Clinical Pain Science
Hosted on April 26-27 at Providence Portland Medical Center (4805 Ne Glisan St, Portland 97213)
Sponsored by Paradigm Education LLC

This course qualifies for 13 contact hours for PT.


Kevin Cuccaro


DO, is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. He is an appointed member of the Oregon Pain Management Commission & Oregon Health Authority HERC Chronic Pain Task Force. He is on the PainWise Taskforce Committee in Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties.  Dr. Cuccaro spent years seeing patients and providers struggle to treat chronic pain but he now he is committed to debunking myths and misconceptions that cause pain treatments to fail so more people can get their lives back from debilitating pain.

Sharna Prasad

Is a PT with 31 yrs of clinical experience in treating Chronic Pain. She currently works at Lebanon Community Hospital which has been named the “Pain Mecca” by the OPTA. She co-leads the MMAPS program (Movement, Mindfulness and Pain Science) which is an outpatient group program. She is enrolled in the tDPT program and has completed the TPS(Therapeutic Pain Specialist) Program. She has presented at the OPTA conference and Kaiser Permanente Rehab Day. She is an invited presenter at the 2019 San Diego Pain Summit. She is also a volunteer member of the Oregon Health Authority’s Oregon Opioid Health communication and social marketing campaign. She is passionate about treating chronic pain patients. She does presentations in High schools on opioid and pain awareness. She is a co-founder of MVPA (Mid Valley Pain Alliance), a regional collaboration between patients and providers. Her belief is transforming society (education) by optimizing movement (empowerment) to improve the human experience (empathy).

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Lianne Dyche

Is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Adult Outpatient Program at Linn County Mental Health. A graduate of Portland State University with a Masters in Social Work, Lianne provides classes and individual therapy for community members with persistent pain and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Lianne developed and facilitates ACT Beyond Pain, a fusion of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, pain science, gentle yoga and mindfulness within a biopsychosocial group model. Lianne is a founding member of the Mid-Valley Pain Alliance. She is passionate about cultivating community through education and empowerment.


There is a revolution occurring in the healthcare world when it comes to pain. Integration of up-to-date pain science into clinical practice can be challenging. Some may feel that incorporating current evidence into their practice invalidates their prior education, while others may feel that it is “too complex” or “too confusing” for clinical practice. Complex pain patients are a difficult population that many therapists feel they can’t properly help. Often times, this lack of perceived progress or therapeutic ineffectiveness can lead to feelings of burnout. This can change. Clinical Pain Science provides a bridge between the science of pain and its application. The course will provide participants with an easy-to-apply conceptual model that simplifies how to understand pain. This model can then be used to ‘deconstruct’ their client’s pain to identify a therapeutic plan, where they can utilize their existing skill set (if applied differently). Course materials are designed to be engaging and are presented in a blended fashion that utilizes both didactics and experiential applications.

Learning Objectives

· Assess the evidence for the current treatment of chronic pain
· Reconceptualize pain as an emergent phenomenon
· Establish a treatment methodology consistent with modern pain science
· Evaluate and integrate psychosocial factors into a healthcare treatment plan
· Utilize the pain narrative to validate and engage with patient
· Organize presenting information to determine an initial care plan
· Identify behavioral patterns associated with pain treatment that increase provider distress
· Understand human motivation to reframe the idea of patient noncompliance
· Use concepts of pain science to improve patient referral pathways

Course Schedule

Day Two
8:00-8:30am - Refresh

8:30-9:30am - Concepts, Categorization, Pain, & Your Brain (Kevin)

9:30-10:30am - How to Deconstruct to Reconstruct The Pain Experience (Creating a New Narrative) Part 1 (Lianne)

10:30-10:45am - BREAK

10:45-11:45am - How to Deconstruct to Reconstruct The Pain Experience (Creating a New Narrative) Part 2 (Lianne)

11:45-12:30pm - LUNCH

12:30-13:30pm - Getting Brains & Bodies to Feel Safe & Healthy Again, Using the Drug Cabinet in The Brain (Sharna)

13:30-14:30pm - Group Experiential

14:30-14:45pm - BREAK

14:45-15:45pm - Group Experiential

15:45-16:45pm - Clinical Panel, What do we mean by Transdisciplinary Team? Discussion with a panel of Clinicians who have taken the journey from the Bio model to Biopsychosocial

16:45-17:00pm - Wrap Up

Day One

8:00am - Introduction, Expectations & Course Outline (Kevin)

8:30am - Foundations of Pain Medicine; Why We Are Where We Are (Kevin)

9:30am - Reconceptualizing Pain to Align with Modern Pain Science (Kevin)

10:30am - Constructing Pain - What are The Contributors from which Pain Emerges? (Kevin)

10:30- 10:45am - BREAK

10:45-11:45am - Putting The Pain Triangle into Clinical Practice (Sharna)

11:45-12:30pm - LUNCH

12:30-13:30pm - Where are the Risk Factors? What to Look for on the Patient Chart (Kevin)

13:30-14:30pm - From Fixing to Facilitating & Patient to Student Incorporating the Biopsychosocial Model into Clinical Practice (Lianne)

14:40-14:45pm - BREAK

14:45-15:45pm - Understanding The Titanic: The Importance of Self-care to The Clinician, the patient & Clinical Practice (Sharna)

15:45-16:45pm - Pain Transformation Panel. A Panel of patients who have taken the journey of pain and have now emerged as people who are living their lives

16:45-17:00pm - Wrap Up

Life Changing, significantly changes my perceived role as a provider and more importantly my perception of myself!
I work in Acute Care. My usual population is total joints. My patients are very medicated and have large bandages on their body. It’s hard to tell them they will feel better. I do think I will be able to use some of this, which is very exciting!
This class was excellent! It took pain science and showed us how to actually use it with patients to get effective results.