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Schedule for San Diego Pain Summit 

Full week schedule of events for the 2020 San Diego Pain Summit.

Information on the venue and visiting San Diego

The pre-conference workshops, SDPS Dinner Party, and the two-day conference are sold separately.

There are a limited number of Full Week Experience packages available at a discounted rate. 

There are a limited number of discounted seats for physical therapy students and 1st year physical therapy practitioners

Can't attend in person? Attend virtually for only $150! Regular price is $250 beginning on Oct. 1. Details on registration page (click registration button below)

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Pre- Conference Clinical Workshops

For more information such as objectives, scheduling, & format, please click on title of workshop.


Feb. 11 & 12Empowered Relief Instructors: Dr. Beth Darnall & Dr. Maisa Ziadni


Feb. 11 & 12Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Instructor: Dr. Bronnie Thompson


Feb. 13 & 14Motivational Interviewing. Instructor: Steven Malcolm Berg-Smith


Feb. 13 & 14: Making Sense of the Evidence. Instructor: Dr. Neil O'Connell

Feb. 14: SDPS Dinner Party, 7:30pm in The Dana Ballroom ($65)

Gather with the 2020 Summit presenters, workshop instructors, and colleagues for a relaxed, fun evening!

  • Mexican Cuisine Buffet, Ice cream bar, Craft beer tasting (4 tickets to sample from 3 local breweries hosting onsite), Live music, Photo booth, No-host bar (alcohol/non-alcohol drinks available)


The intermediate two day conference consists entirely of lectures and interactive discussion. On completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Summarize how negative biases in children’s memory about pain can carryover as chronic pain into their adulthood and discover how this can be recognized and treated.
  • Identify the role of non-prescribing medical providers in managing opioid use disorder and recognize how clinicians can provide hope for patients who are struggling with OUD.
  • Interpret unique insights from the patient’s perspective serve to broaden our understanding of pain and pain treatment, complementing scientific research and clinical expertise.
  • Discuss how clinicians can promote systematic change in health care and health research by addressing the implicit and explicit barriers that limit our ability to provide appropriate care to those that need it in a way that honors each patient.

Approved for 1.40 CEU's via the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA).

Approved for 11 CE’s via National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).


Feb. 15 

7:30 am: Registration

9:00 am: Keynote Dr. Melanie Noel,  Remembering the Pain of Childhood

9:45 am: Q&A

10:00 am: Break

10: 15 am: Diarmuid Denneny Psychologically Informed Practice: Beyond The Two Day Workshop

11 am: Q&A

11:15 am: Break

11:30 am: Lars Avemarie, The Future Of Pain Rehabilitation

12: 15 pm: Q&A

12:30 pm: Lunch (not provided, one restaurant on site and others are within walking distance)

1:30 pm: Prize drawings

1: 45 pm: Dr. Neil O’ConnellLow Back Pain -  What Have Clinical Guidelines Ever Done For Us?

2: 30 pm: Q&A

2:45 pm: Break

3 pm: Cory Blickenstaff, The Next Edge of Interaction

3:45 pm: Q&A

4 pm: Break

4:15 pm: Dr. Mario Lopez, Clouded Hope: Our Role In Addressing Opioid Use Disorder

5 pm: Q&A

5:15 pm: Break

5:30 pm: Erik Ouellet, Deconstructing Palpation: The Illusion of Touch

6:15 pm: Q&A

6:30 pm: END

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Feb. 16

8:30 am: Ben Cormack, Making Moving Person Centered

9:15 am: Q&A

9:30 am: Break

9:45 am: Joletta Belton & Keith Meldrum, The Lived Experience: A Conversation About Pain

11:15 pm: Break

11:30 pm: Jamie Lowy, Chronic Pain Management In Low Income And Homeless Populations: When Uncertainty Is The New Normal

12:15 pm: Q&A

12:30 pm: Lunch (not provided, one restaurant on site and others are within walking distance)

1:30 pm: Prize drawings

1:45 pm: Dr. Jarod HallBecoming A Responsible Human Interactor

2:30 pm: Q&A

2:45 pm: Break

3 pm: Dr. David Walton, Blood, Spit, Hair, and Poop: How Novel Biomarkers Are Shedding New Light On The Transition To Chronic Pain

3:45 pm: Q&A

4 pm: Break

4:15 pm: Dr. Sandy Hilton, Dr. Maxi Miciak, Dr. Mark Milligan, & Dr. Uchenna OssaiKnow It, Own It, Change It - Transforming the Way We Think and Do Health and Health Care for the Good of All

5:45 pm: END

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