Chronic Pain & Trauma Curriculum

Gain the knowledge, skills and tools to work with your complex chronic pain clients through a trauma-informed lens. 

How can the Chronic Pain & Trauma Curriculum benefit you, your clients, and your practice?

In this video, we cover whether the Curriculum will be a good fit for you and practice, we review the logistics and syllabus, and we address whether this is the right time for you to jump in and join us.

"When I see human faces, I see beauty. I see tremendous suffering. And an enormous potential for transcendence."

- Gabor Maté

The Chronic Pain & Trauma Curriculum is a self-study educational program to develop the knowledge, skills, and practice to work with complex chronic pain clients through a trauma-informed lens.


This curriculum is applicable to:

Physical Therapists | Physical Therapist Assistants | Occupational Therapists | Occupational Therapist Assistants | Personal Trainers | Fitness Instructors | Yoga Teachers | Bodyworkers | Chiropractors | Osteopaths | Nurses | Physicians | Psychologists | Social Workers | Nutritionists | Health Coaches

Did you know? We offer 10 hours of CMEs after full completion of the curriculum.

What does it mean to be trauma-informed?

Understand the prevalence and impacts of trauma

Acknowledge signs and symptoms of trauma

Respond and support in an informed manner

Aim to avoid retraumatization

"A function of human beings is to pick up on each other's rhythm, and help them restore their rhythm."

- Stephen Porges

Exploring what a trauma-informed healthcare system might look like, and how we can actively be on the forefront of that change today.

Reviewing the prevalence of chronic pain and trauma in our society, and the impacts it might have on us, our clients, and our work.

Exploring how we can continue to stay in our scope of practice while working with those suffering in pain and trauma.

Identifying the outcomes our clients may experience when we approach our work from a trauma-informed perspective.

We'll jump right into a series of somatic practices to introduce to your clients, as well as interactive exercises to address expectations and intentions for this work.

Diving into the anatomy and function of the autonomic nervous system.

Exploring the vagus nerve, sometimes referred to as the “connection” nerve, and its role in stress, connection, and safety.

Using a scientific theory to inform how to effectively work with clients suffering with trauma and pain.

The science behind “bedside manner” by exploring “co-regulation” and its critical importance to a client’s success.

We'll see how polyvagal theory and our understanding of the vagus nerve can be applied to our own lives and our client's lives through various exercises.  

Diving into the connections between trauma, stress, and complex chronic pain.

Reviewing the complexities of chronic pain and how we can shift a body from a state of alarm to a state of ease.

Diving into the psychology behind human behavior and why our client’s lack of compliance or “laziness” is often more complicated than what meets the eye.

Exploring the emotional pain of negative mental loops that can cause our patients to stay stuck no matter what we do on the treatment table.

We'll explore our own mental and emotional landscape by working through a multitude of practices. We'll continue to explore various somatic and cognitive practices in the context of chronic pain.

Taking a look at how somatic practices work to regulate the nervous system.

Discovering the principles that can drive healthier movement and inform exercise selection and execution.

We'll run through a series of somatic practices that help regulate our nervous system and provide relief. Next, we'll explore movement-based practices with clear modifications to address a variety of pain cases.

Highlighting the benefits of social connection, touch, and therapeutic relationships for those with complex chronic pain and trauma.

Exploring how the language we use with our clients can impact their self-sufficiency and support their autonomy.

How to support our patients' autonomy and boundaries so they can maneuver through medical treatments without losing their voice.

Bringing trauma-informed care into the way we market to clients and conduct our business.

We'll explore language and "co-regulation" through a series of exercises that improve the safety and connection our clients have with us.

"As a board certified urologist, I’ve spent over 10 years treating patients from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Over time, I’ve noticed a trend among many of my patients. Many have experienced horrific things such as physical, sexual, or psychological abuse and devastating injuries that have left them with life-long limitations, pain, and stressors. While the American Urology Association is starting to identify previous trauma as an independent risk factor for many urology conditions, there are still limited resources available to help physicians become more trauma-informed in their practice. I’m so excited that I found The Chronic Pain and Trauma Curriculum as it has undoubtedly helped close the gap between what I knew and what I need to know in order to more properly care for my patients."

- Dr. David Hall, MD
Board-Certified Urologist



Unlimited access to course content
Resource library of exercises
Option for private sessions
Certificate of completion and 10 CMEs

Can I get CEUs or CMEs for taking this curriculum?

Yes! For any professions who need CMEs, you can receive up to 10 CMEs for full completion of this curriculum. This experience is powered by CMEfy – an AI-powered platform that directs learners along a pathway to capture reflections at the point of inspiration, point of care. Clinicians earn their CME/CE credit via ReflectCE, the accredited activity portal. You can learn more how this works HERE. In addition, many professions are able to “petition” for CEUs. Once you’ve received your certificate of completion, please email us to get the appropriate documentation to submit.


Does this teach me how to treat trauma or chronic pain?

No, we do not cover how to treat trauma or chronic pain. In this curriculum, we teach you how to work with trauma and chronic pain through education and skills to navigate the many symptoms or responses that can arise with our demographic.


What are the time requirements for this program?

We suggest setting aside 2-3 hours per week for 5 weeks to listen, participate, and integrate the content. However, feel free to take as long as you need to digest the material!


Do you offer refunds?

Due to the nature of this program, we do not offer refunds at this time.


What's covered in the "Lecture + Lab Classes"?

These classes are a combination of education and practices that you can follow-along to in real-time. We highly recommend practicing all of the exercises with yourself first before trying them with a client.


Are there any live classes?

With this self-study and self-paced program, there are no live classes. However, you're more than welcome to send an email at any point for clarification.


I'm a mental health provider, will this work for me?

Yes! Many psychologists, social workers, addiction specialists, and counselors who work with complex pain clients have found this content novel, applicable and effective for their practice.




By purchasing this program, I understand that this curriculum does not qualify or certify me to treat complex chronic pain and trauma. I understand that this training is continuing education, that may or may not be accepted as continuing education credits depending on my credentials. I understand that the Chronic Pain & Trauma Curriculum is not a substitute for medical advice and is for educational purposes only. I understand that the Chronic Pain & Trauma Curriculum is not to help treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure disease. I understand that the founder and any other entities associated with the Chronic Pain & Trauma Curriculum are not responsible or liable for any decisions, injuries, or outcomes as a result of this program.