Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief Practitioner Certification Program (MBPR)

A 7-week virtual training for all practitioners who treat pain

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Why this course?

How Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief can enhance your practice

Earn 15 CEUs and Become Certified in Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief

Empower your patients to alleviate pain utilizing their greatest tool – the mind.

Mindfulness is not only a practice  – it is a state of awareness, a behavioral trait, an intervention, an act of self-care, and a way of living that can dramatically shift the nervous system toward homeostasis, or a state of internal equilibrium. Reduced pain, depression, anxiety, and distress are some common observed benefits of mindfulness interventions. 

Research shows even just a few minutes of practice has substantial impact. And, exercises can be practiced anytime, anywhere. For these reasons, mindfulness-based pain relief can be easily adapted into a variety of pain care practices.

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Benefits Of This Program:

Improved outcomes

Patients who are empowered to make decisions about their health that better reflect their personal circumstances experience improved health outcomes.

Community support

Network with your peers and Dr Joe Tatta, share best practices and research interests. Identify the root cause of patient pain and assess patients and clients holistically.

Increase referrals

Evidenced-based strategies and techniques to increase your referrals and generate higher revenues for your practice.

Continuing Education

Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief is approved for 15 CEUs for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists..

Course Description

Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief is a 7-week online course designed to teach practitioners the necessary experiential skills and tools to guide their patients through training in mindfulness-based pain reduction.

Mindfulness meditation has been found to significantly reduce pain in experimental and clinical settings, along with associated anxiety, depression, and stress. The primary processes of the positive health behavior changes and outcomes that occur through mindfulness training is through the enhancement of self-report measures of mindfulness, self-efficacy, pain acceptance, social connectedness, and improvements in physiological measures like heart rate variability. 

Participants will also learn to cultivate compassion within themselves, to make these elements accessible while engaging with their clients/patients, and to learn, and self-compassion. The benefits of compassion cultivation include reduced defensiveness, improved listening skills, and improved ability to decode facial expressions and body language. All of these attributes can serve a role in establishing a stronger therapeutic alliance, enhancing patient autonomy and treatment adherence, and reducing the inherent vulnerability of clinicians to “empathy fatigue” including stress and professional burnout.

“I’ve structured the course to keep things sequential and straightforward to assimilate [Dr Joe Tatta]

#1: Identify the cognitive effects of mindfulness as it relates to chronic pain.

#2: Describe how mindfulness regulates pain neurophysiology.

#3:Explain how mindfulness benefits central sensitization in patients with chronic pain.

#4:Explain how mindfulness promotes healthy interceptive processing in those with chronic pain.

#5: Develop competence in communicating how mindfulness and meditation can benefit a patient in pain.

#6:Describe how mindfulness can be integrated into the practice of psychology.

#7: Critique the relationship between meditation and psychotherapy as it relates to chronic pain.

#8: Create two 20-minute guided mindfulness techniques for mindfulness of the breath.

#9: Create one 20-minute compassion meditations.

#10: Create one 20-minute emotion focused meditation.

#11: Identify the core philosophical issues arising in the meditative traditions regarding the topics of suffering and self-identity.

#12: Demonstrate how to intentionally cultivate positive emotions, such as: gratitude, joy, and kindness.

#13: Explain the emerging science on the effects of mindfulness practice for mental and physical health.

#14: Explain the roles of stress reduction and reactivity as it pertains to mindfulness.

#15: Identify negative patterns of reactivity triggered by stressors and utilize mindfulness to develop alternative responses to stress.

#16: Use mindfulness to cultivate a deeper connection with body, emotions, and relationships with others.

#17: Articulate an understanding of the foundational principles of an MBSR program.

#18: Demonstrate the basic MBSR teaching skills.

#19: Describe the central role of mindfulness meditation practice for chronic pain in the regulation of emotions and behaviors.

#20: Articulate the rationale for a teacher’s ongoing mindfulness meditation practice when teaching mindfulness.

Learn the necessary mental skills and cognitive techniques to guide your patients through mindfulness-based pain relief, including:

• A thorough understanding of the neuroscience of mindfulness in pain relief and the cognitive change mechanisms at work in the brain during meditation

• Mindfulness interventions that actively engage patients in pain self-management within an evidence-based (level 1a) biopsychosocial framework

• How to design a program that seamlessly blends into your current practice and positively impacts many chronic pain conditions.

Course Details

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Welcome to the Certification!

Start here!

How to Create a MBPR Protocol

What is Mindfulness?

Attention Control & Emotion Regulation

Self Awareness & 5 Facets of Mindfulness

The Transition to Teacher

Benefits of Meditation

Five Facets of Mindfulness Questionaire


1-Minute STOP Meditation: A mindful practice to anchor to the present moment

5-Minute Foundational Breath: Harness the power of your breath to relieve stress and reestablish inner calm

10-Minute Breath: A deeper focus of attention on your breathing and its natural rhythm and flow

10-Minute Zen Breath: An ancient technique for calm

20-Minute Breath: A deep practice for vital living


MBPR Week 1 Slides

3 Question Quiz

Thinking About Thinking

Pain Catastrophizing & Mindfulness

Positive Reappraisal


The Role of Mindfulness in Positive Reappraisal

Noticing Thoughts as Thoughts

Savoring A Positive Thought: Fully present and appreciative of the experience

Watching Thoughts Float By: Learning to let go of our thoughts

Leaves On a Stream: Letting go of the attachment and over-identification with thoughts that cause suffering

Watch the Show: Writing a new story for your life and all you may experience

Mindful Reappraisal Transcripts

3 Question Quiz

MBPR Week 2 Slides

MBPR Week 2 Slides cont.

Interoception and Prediction

Interoception & Emotion

Interoception & Pain

Bodily Mapping of Emotion


Who Can You Serve?

Perceptions of Mindfulness in a Low-income, Primarily African American Treatment-Seeking Sample

Body Scan Meditation

Brief Body Scan: the best form of mindfulness meditation for pain conditions

Light It Up: Becoming fully aware of the flow of energy in the body

Two Point Scanning: Going deeper to sharpen concentration on the body

Body Scan with Painful Sensation: Opening up and exploring pain curiously

Body Scan Transcripts

MBPR Week 3 Slides

3 Question Quiz

Emotion & Mindful Flexibility

Emotion & Addiction

How Emotions Are Made


Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation

Brief Emotion Practice: Dipping one’s toe into unwanted emotions

Mindful Emotions: Becoming aware of our emotions without being overwhelmed by them

RAIN. – A simple technique for working with strong emotions so that you are more able to remain present

Surfing Emotions: Learning to safely ride the wave of emotions

Ride Out the Storm – take a look at your current emotional weather

Emotion Meditation Transcripts

MBPR Week 4 Slides

3 Question Quiz

Intro to Compassion-Focused Care

The Role of Self-Compassion in Chronic Pain

Compassion-Focused Care and Meditation


Loving-kindness meditation: a tool to improve healthcare provider compassion, resilience, and patient care

3 Question Quiz

MBPR Week 5 Slides

COAL: A brief practice for cultivating loving-kindness

Head, Hands, Heart: Three ways to nurture kindness for the body

Gratitude for the Body: Giving thanks to our entire form

Receiving Loving-Kindness: An essential self-care practice

Metta: A contemplative loving-kindness practice

Compassion Transcripts


Intention-Behaviour Relationship

5 Steps to Setting and Intention


Mindfulness and the Intention-Behavior Relationship Within the Theory of Planned Behavior

Basic Intention Meditation: Start each day with an intention

Grounding: An intention exercise to anchor to the present moment

PEACE: A mindfulness practice for intentional living

Cultivating and Positive Quality: Creating space for personal growth

Mindful Intentions: A healthy way of moving through life

MBPR Week 6 Slides

3 Question Quiz

Week 6 Meditation Transcripts

Appropriate Referrals for Mental Health

Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief Complete Protocol and Interventions by Session

Training Part I

Training Part II

Advanced Meditation Scripts

Complete Course Survey for CE/CEUs

Faculty: Meet your instructor

What Professionals Are Saying…


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Is this program approved for CEUs?

Yes! This course is approved for 15 CEUs for PTs and OTs.

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).


Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, California, 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, Texas, 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 [email protected] to request the form. Please check with your industry governing body to confirm whether this is required for your continuing education.

Yes; we offer 3-month payment plans.

Registration includes unlimited access. You have as long as you need to complete the program and you can come back to the training as many times as needed.

This is an on-demand program. Each week you will receive new content. The program can be accessed in real-time, anywhere, and at any time. If you fall behind you can catch up at your own pace.

This program requires approximately 1-2 hours per week to complete.

Lessons are available in a variety of formats to make learning easy and fun, including video, audio, transcripts, study guides, PDF handouts and quizzes.

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