Our Online Course

Course Description

Our course teaches successful treatment of symptoms linked to psychosocial stress (Psychophysiologic Disorders or PPD). The concepts that will be presented can transform these patients from among the most frustrating to among the most rewarding. A majority of patients with chronic pain, medically unexplained symptoms, chronic functional syndromes and many who fail to respond as expected to treatment can achieve far better than their usual outcomes.

Objectives include learning to:

  • Assess for current stresses, inadequate self-care skills, the long-term impact of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) and somatic presentations of Depression, PTSD and Anxiety

  • Develop empathy skills that enable understanding of issues that patients struggle to articulate

  • Apply treatment measures that meet the specific needs of each patient

These concepts are based on detailed interviews with over 7000 patients suffering from PPD. The course was developed during over three decades of presentations to physicians, mental health professionals, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, behavioral health consultants and graduate students throughout North America and Europe.

While the course is designed for health professionals, patients will also find this material very helpful toward their recovery.

CME Credit

Our course will be available for continued medical education (CME) credit for various health professionals this summer. Subscribe to our email list in the footer below to receive an update when our full course is available.

Click on the video below to watch Module 1 of 13



Learn more about the instructors by clicking on each video

David Clarke, MD - PPDA President & Co-Founder

Jessica Shahinian, BFA - PPDA Outreach Director