Trauma-Informed Pain Care

A 5-week virtual training program for all practitioners who treat pain

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Why this course?

How Trauma-Informed Pain Care can enhance your practice

Currently, many health professionals lack education and training on principles of trauma-informed care to inform and influence practice patterns, policies, and the therapeutic context of healing. Given our increased understanding of the role of trauma’s imprint on our nervous and immune systems, healthcare practitioners who implement trauma-informed care principles are well-positioned to decrease vicarious trauma, increase patient activation through building trust and improving value for patients with persistent pain conditions. 

Additionally, there are many areas of the United States where access to mental health services is limited. Persons with persistent pain carry deep emotional burdens and find themselves in the care of other healthcare practitioners who may be limited to affect change on emotional or spiritual wounds. In many cases, non-mental healthcare practitioners become de-facto mental health providers exposing them to vicarious trauma.

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Course Description

Trauma impacts how people interact with both the healthcare practitioner and health-care system. Persons with significant trauma histories are exquisitely sensitive to power differentials and require safety, transparency, choice, collaboration, and empowerment.  Trauma-informed pain care seeks to provide a therapeutic environment for patients while recognizing and respecting the need for trust, self-determination, and collaborative problem-solving. This course will allow clinicians to realize and recognize the impact of trauma on the pain experience, respond by integrating knowledge into practice, and resist re-traumatization.

This course invites clinicians to shift their perspective of the patient/client interaction from “What’s wrong with you” to “What happened to you”; providing the healthcare practitioner with a trauma-informed lens to view their patients/clients. Ultimately, healthcare practitioners will better understand how a patient/client’s past experiences shape their current pain experience through screening and identifying traumatic exposure, understanding the role of early childhood adversity on future healthcare risk, and implementing principles of trauma-informed care through case-based scenarios.

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.

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

#1: Define trauma

#2: Differentiate between stress, toxic stress, trauma and complex trauma

#3: Recognize factors influencing the impact of a traumatic experience

#4: Summarize outcomes associated with early experiences of trauma

#5: Recognize guiding principles of trauma-informed care

#6: Implement trauma-informed care principles in clinical practice

#7: Given a patient case, select an appropriate screening tool to assess trauma exposure

#8: Develop collaborative resource networks to address complex trauma

#9: Select self-care strategies to reduce risk of secondary trauma

Course Details

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Week #1: Trauma and Pain
Trauma and Pain
Types of Trauma
Factors Affecting Traumatic Experience
Common Traumatic Experiences

Perceived Lack of Training Moderates Relationship Between Healthcare Providers’ Personality and Sense of Efficacy in Trauma-Informed Care
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Safety, Trustworthiness, Transparency

Collaboration, Mutuality, Peer Support

Empowerment, Voice, Choice

Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues

SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach



Realizing the Impact of Trauma

Recognize Signs and Symptoms

Responds by Acknowledgement

Resisting Re-traumatization

How To Manage Trauma – Infographic

Emergence of Delayed Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Related to Sexual Trauma: Patient-Centered and Trauma-Cognizant Management by Physical Therapists


Life Events Checklist for DSM-5 (LEC-5)

Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5)

Suicide Risk Screening Tool


Screening for Trauma

Case Narrative #1

Case Narrative #2

Case Narrative #3


Advancing Trauma-Informed Care Issue Brief


Coaching Call Replay

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Faculty: Meet your instructor


Feel free to get in touch using the ‘Contact’ link above if you don’t find the answer to your questions.

Is this program approved for CEUs?

Yes! This course is approved for 7 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.

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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