Psychologically-Informed Pain Practitioner Certification™

Transform your clients lives with the best psychological and behavioral health approaches. Developed exclusively at the Integrative Pain Science Institute, the premier provider of psychologically informed physical therapy training.

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How Psychologically-Informed Pain Practitioner Certification™ Can Enhance Your Practice

The Psychologically-Informed Pain Practitioner Certification Program™ is a professional training that equips practitioners with psychological and behavioral approaches to treat pain. This training is specifically designed for physical therapists and other pain providers. 

The Certification was developed by Joe Tatta, PT, DPT, in collaboration with a team of leading physical therapist educators, researchers, and clinicians specializing in pain management. The curriculum follows best practice recommendations for pain management outlined by:

  • American Physical Therapy Association Clinical Practice Guidelines for Managing Pain
  • Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy Pain Education Manual for DPT Programs
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pain and Opioids
  • NIH HEAL Initiative; Helping to End Addiction Long-term®  and Improve Pain Management.
  • International Association for the Study of Pain Curriculum Outline on Pain for Physical Therapy
  • American College of Physicians Guidelines
  • UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines for Pain
  • And many others…

Certification Includes The 5 Best Psychological Approaches To Pain:

  1. Pain Education and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  2. Motivational Interviewing for Chronic Pain
  3. Trauma-Informed Pain Care
  4. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Pain
  5. Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief

How This Certification Prepares You For Your Role In Pain Management

The certification approach goes beyond pathology-based treatments that rely on “find-it-and-fix-it” methods consistent with an outdated biomedical model. Instead, it integrates psychological and behavioral approaches so that you, the provider, better understand the patient’s lived pain experience. 

This improved understanding is used to individualize interventions and address physical and psychological pain-related factors. Psychologically-informed physical therapy is supported by empirical evidence and benefits the patient by providing viable options for improving life activities previously limited due to pain. 

It prepares you with an up-to-date and in-demand approach sought out by physical therapy clinics, pain management centers, rehabilitation hospitals, universities, behavioral health, and addiction treatment centers. The certification ends with how to teach these skills to junior staff and peers.

Benefits Of This Program:

Continuous Professional Development

Fully accredited for 56 Physical Therapy Continuing Education Units!

The Integrative Pain Science Institute is an approved provider for PTs and PTAs. If your profession is not represented, we will provide you with the information needed to submit for board approval. Early positive scientific findings demonstrate that professionals who complete the didactic and experiential aspects of the training possess essential skills and tools that positively influence their professional practice and pain outcomes. Key components of the training are also associated with decreased professional burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress.

Practitioners graduate from the program with a comprehensive understanding of pain and are armed with evidence-based tools to empower pain relief and improve quality of life. The Psychologically-Informed Pain Practitioner Certification™ is comprehensive, science-backed, and ready for immediate implementation into your classroom, clinic, or research study.

ANY healthcare clinician may register for the certification!

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Who can register for this certification?

We welcome anyone who cares for people with pain. This includes PT, PTA, OT, COTA, MD, DO, DC, RN, NP, PA, Pharm, mental health, RD, nutritionist, health coach, life coach, fitness/wellness professional and pastoral counselors.

Yes! This course is approved for CEUs for PTs, PTAs OTs, and OTA’s. 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.


Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, 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, Tennessee, Texas, 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.

The certification can be completed in as little as six months.

You have unlimited access to coursework.

If you have a life event that slows you down, we’ll create a custom plan so you can comfortably complete the certification.

The value of certification enhances credibility and respect from peers. Upon successful completion of the certification, you can use the initials PIP® (Psychologically Informed Practitioner) after your name to indicate validation of knowledge.

All health and wellness professionals may (and do) use principles of behavior change. This certification provides important psychologically-based skills and techniques proven to help people overcome pain.

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