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Empowered Relief

Become certified to deliver an evidence-based single-session pain relief class that reduces pain catastrophizing and has broader benefits.

Developed by Beth Darnall, PhD, "Empowered Relief" (TM) has been embedded into clinical care pathways at Stanford University since 2013. Early positive scientific results (Darnall et al, J Pain Res 2014) led to major NIH funding to study further the benefits and mechanisms of the single-session pain relief class. The class is manualized, research-grade, and ready for immediate implementation into your clinic or research study. 

NOTE: One week prior to the workshop you will be emailed a PDF of collated articles relevant to the workshop content. These suggested readings are the only materials you will receive prior to the workshop. All else is distributed to you in person at the workshop sign-in.


Instructors: Dr. Beth Darnall & Dr. Maisa Ziadni

Feb. 11 & 12

The Dana on Mission Bay, San Diego


Approved for continuing education for physical therapists via the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) for 1.225 CEUs


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Beth Darnall, Ph.D., is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University. She is a pain psychologist and scientist. She is a past President of the Pain Society of Oregon and is current Co-Chair of the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Her NIH-funded research investigates mechanisms of pain catastrophizing and the effectiveness of a single-session pain catastrophizing treatment she developed. She is author of The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit © 2016 and Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain ©2014.  Beth also blogs for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.


Maisa Ziadni, Ph.D. (Stanford) Clinical Instructor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. Master Trainer, “Empowered Relief”

This intermediate workshop consists of lecture and demonstration.

Learning Objective:

  • Apply evidence-based approaches in pain management to optimize patient evaluation and pain treatment

Session Objectives:

  • Develop the necessary tools and skills to implement Empowered Relief (CBT) to patients at their respective health institutions
  • Recognize the efficacy and be able to organize Empowered Relief to help patients constructively manage their pain
  • Assess perspective when talking with patients

The attendees will attend a pain single session class with patient participants and the objectives of this specific class are as follows:

o   Describe pain and the power of pain psychology

o   Apply specific mind-body techniques that will help the patient stop catastrophizing, calm their nervous system and manage their pain better without pills


8:30 am:  On-site arrival, terms of use contract signing, course materials distributed

9:00 am: Welcome, orientation

9:30 am: Scientific background, class applications in clinical practice and research Optimizing placebo (non-specific factors), minimizing nocebo

11:15 am: BREAK

11:30 am: Outline of the treatment manual and materials

11:45 am: LUNCH BREAK

12:45 pm: Gather for demo class

1:30 pm: Observe demo class delivered to patients volunteers.

3:30 pm: Class ends, patient question period with instructor (break for workshop participants)

4:00 pm: Workshop participants remain in the room and debrief

5:00 pm: Adjourn

**Homework: Read Instructor Manual



**Early morning homework: Read Instructor Manual a second time

10:00 am: Group discussion of the class and review of scientific content covered in the class (articles, data)

12:00 pm: Social Lunch

1:15 pm: Interactive skill building and content practice

3:45 pm: BREAK

4:00 pm: The importance of presence, authority, and warmth, key ingredients that optimize non-specific efficacy (placebo).

4:30 pm: Certification (review processes, license restrictions)

5:00 pm: Adjourn

Included Materials

  • Instructor manual
  • Workshop binder
  • Treatment binaural MP3 audio file
  • Treatment PowerPoint slide deck
  • Live demonstration of the treatment class with chronic pain patients
  • Patient class print materials
  • “Empowered ReliefTM” advertising materials for your clinical practice
  • Instructor certification and frameable certificate
  • Registered permission to use the intervention for research and clinical purposes
  • 60-minute group call 12 weeks after the course for group Q&A with the course instructors



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