Learn how to diagnose and treat Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD) online or in-person

Our Online Course Series

Psychophysiologic Disorders

Psychophysiologic Disorders - a 13-module online course led by David Clarke, MD (PPDA President) and Jessica Shahinian (PPDA Outreach Director). Our continued medical education course was developed for health professionals but is also a useful recovery resource for patients. Learn more and watch the first module for free.


Other Online Courses

Led by PPDA Board members or our colleagues

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Dr. Howard Schubiner’s digital seminar

Helping Clients Unlearn Their Pain: The New Neuroscience of Pain - a 2-hour digital seminar by Howard Schubiner, MD (PPDA Co-Founder), presented by PESI, Inc. Available for CE credit.

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SIRPA’s Practitioner Training

Developed by SIRPA and it’s founder, Georgie Oldfield, MCSP, this 2-level course certifies you to become a SIRPA (Stress Illness Recovery Practitioner’s Association) Practitioner.

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Dr. Kevin Cuccaro’s Pain Education & Training

Advanced pain science for every clinical practice.

  • The Pain Class Online Pain Education Module provides healthcare clinicians an introduction to modern pain neuroscience and uses a unique conceptual model to demonstrate how to comfortably and confidently approach pain treatment in clinical practice. (Free, 1.5 contact hours)

  • The advanced pain training found in The Pain Course gives clinicians a strategic understanding of pain and how pain treatments work so they can apply their clinical expertise in safe, effective, and unique ways for pain care. (Free preview, $397 for the full course).


CE Conferences

Led by PPDA Co-Founders

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Understanding psychophysiologic pain disorders (PPD) From a psychophysiologic perspective

Instructors: Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP, Eric Sherman, PsyD.
Discussion Facilitator: Karen Kay, PsyD, PhD
When: October 17-19, 2019
Location: The New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, CA
To Enroll, email: EricGSherman2003@yahoo.com

Thursday October 17th 8pm-10pm

In this study group, psychoanalysts Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP and Eric Sherman, PsyD will present what they have learned about chronic pain in the past 40 years and its relationship to processing emotions. Dr. Karen Kay, a member of NCP who has studied PPD for 20 years, will facilitate discussion with members of the audience.

Dr. Anderson’s presentation will be “No Longer Afraid to Feel: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Disrupted Early Attachment, Emotion Regulation and Somatic Pain.” She will use interviews with two people who had chronic pain to illustrate her relational psychoanalytic perspective.

Dr. Sherman will discuss the role of anger, rage and other emotions in the development of chronic psychophysiologic pain disorders. In presenting “It’s Not all the Rage, All the Time,” he will acknowledge the foundational work of the late John E. Sarno, MD, who was Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Rusk Institute-NYU Langone Medical Center, as well as noting recent developments in this field. Based on his observations of people in pain beginning in the early 1970s, Dr. Sarno identified chronic pain as a mindbody disorder which he named “Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS).” He subsequently changed the name to “Tension Myoneural Syndrome,” which is also referred to as Psychophysiologic Pain Disorders or PPD.

Study Groups: Friday Oct 18 & Saturday Oct 19 10am-12noon

Dr. Anderson, using her experiential learning method “Experiencing the Pain Matrix,” will offer current knowledge from the neuroscience of pain. After leading the group in silent imaging exercises, she will invite participation from the study group. She will illustrate that pain is a complex subjective experience that can be understood within a relational psychoanalytic framework.

Friday Oct 18 & Saturday Oct 19 1pm-3pm

Dr. Sherman will be focusing on “An Introduction to Approaching PPD from a Psychoanalytic Framework.” Using case histories, he will elaborate on the role of disavowed emotions in the development of PPD.

All Study Groups will meet at
The New Center for Psychoanalysis
2014 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles, CAA 90025

Enrollment for all Study Groups on Friday & Saturday is limited to 25


Past CE Conferences

Annual Events, Start Planning for Next Year!

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Beyond Pain Management - May 31-June 1, 2019

Beyond Pain Management: Treating the Intersection of Pain and Unresolved Emotional Experiences - a 2-day CME conference in Southfield, Michigan led by PPDA Co-Founders Howard Schubiner, MD, and Alan Gordon, LCSW with guest speakers Mark Lumley, PhD and Christie Uipi, MSW. Click for more details and registration information.