Chronic Pain Master Class: Pathways to Pain Relief®

Master Class in Treating Psychophysiologic Pain Disorders: October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Those interested in a small-group exploration of the topics of chronic pain as a mindbody disorder, the relational psychoanalytic perspective of chronic pain, and the role of anger, rage and other emotions in the development of chronic psychophysiologic pain disorders, may join one of two master classes to be held on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 from 10 AM - 3:30 PM. Register for one date only, please. The same material will be presented both days. 


Pathways to Pain Relief® - Master Classes in Treating Psychophysiologic Pain Disorders (PPD/TMS)

10am - noon:  Experiencing the Pain Matrix® with Dr. Anderson 

In this seminar, we will explore early life pain memories to shed light on how they impact the adult’s experience of somatic pain and how they can be used to guide treatment interventions.  Participants will receive two articles to read one week before the class.

Dr. Sommer Anderson will use her experiential learning technique, Experiencing the Pain Matrix® to guide participants in a silent experiential process about early pain memories.  In discussions that follow, she will elucidate the role of sensory, emotional and cognitive processes that influence our perception of sensations that we label painful.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how the perception of pain is comprised of sensations, emotions and cognitions/beliefs by participating in silent guided experiential exploration of pain memories using Anderson’s experiential teaching method, Experiencing the Pain Matrix ®

       2. Apply the integration of pain memories in the treatment of chronic somatic pain


Dr. Anderson would like you to read the following materials for her portion of the Master Class:


1:30pm-3:30pm:  Common Pitfalls and Dilemmas in working with Tension Myoneural Syndrome(TMS)/Psychophysiologic Pain Disorders(PPD) with Dr. Sherman 

Somatic symptoms serve as a means to protect an individual from unbearable emotional distress.  The aim of treatment is to eliminate the pain symptomatology by helping the individual identify and tolerate feelings that were previously foreclosed or disavowed. Once the feelings are tolerable, underlying emotional issues and/or unresolved traumatic material which contributed to the development of the pain symptomatology can be resolved. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how to define PPD, how to distinguish PPD from malingering, hypochondriasis, and other conditions and list the different presentations of PPD
  2. Explain the multiple and overlapping etiologies of psychophysiologic pain syndromes including unresolved traumatic material, and apply interventions based upon etiologies of PPD

Target Audience: This conference will be informative for mental health clinicians from all disciplines at every level of development and students as well. 


4 CE credits

Due to limited seating, this course is only available for credit.


Register now for:

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10am-3:30pm (with a break for lunch from noon to 1:30pm)  

Pre-registration: $75 

Student pre-registration: $40 

Pre-registration closes at 5pm on Friday, October 18

After this time Registration is: $85  



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of ths CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  

SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE and FAMILY THERAPISTS (LCSW, LMFT, ASW, IMF, LEP, LPCC, PCCI): The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.