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Working with Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Values in Chronic Pain: An Introduction and Skills Building Seminar

  • Entropy Physiotherapy and Wellness 1925 North Clybourn Avenue Chicago, IL, 60614 United States (map)

Instructor:  Dr. Kevin Vowles

Chronic pain can be a source of immense human suffering and disability. There is emerging evidence indicating that as pain sufferers set aside struggles for control over pain, attend to present experiences, and engage in meaningful activities, they suffer less and function better, even while pain persists. These treatment processes are respectively referred to as acceptance, mindfulness, and values-based action. The extant literature suggests these processes are highly relevant in the treatment of chronic pain, where the best-researched therapy model has been Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a form of CBT that directly targets these processes. This seminar will provide a brief overview of the theoretical model underlying ACT and will include significant opportunities for clinical practice. The majority of the seminar will be spent in experiential, skill building, and case conceptualization exercises with training modalities including a mix of didactic instruction, modeling, and practice/role play. Opportunities for consultation, instruction, and feedback will also be provided. At the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to more adequately identify targets for treatment in those suffering from chronic pain and directly apply interventions to augment acceptance, mindfulness, and values.

Sandy’s translation of why you should come to this course!

Pain is supposed to be a short term event.  When pain persists, the suffering that comes along with the pain is another problem to address.  There is growing evidence that treatment aimed to increase acceptance, mindfulness, and values can help decrease the suffering, even if pain persists.   These skills can help you help your patients through rehabilitation.

The class has lots of labs and discussion time for practice to increase your confidence around using ACT informed language in treatment. Join us!  

It would be a great choice for those who teach other health professionals to help those in pain. You won’t find this content in any one paper or video! Come get up to date!


This course is appropriate for Healthcare providers working in clinical or academic settings and who work with individuals who have chronic pain and illness.

This course has been approved for 14 CE hours by the Illinois Physical Therapy Association - Approval 647-6552

This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.