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Schedule for San Diego Pain Summit 

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

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. SOLD OUT


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


Live Streaming Available!

Watch all presentations on Feb. 15 & 16 in real time (does not include workshops) Register for live stream access for only $250 here.

  • Participate in Q&A’s
  • Win prizes
  • One week access to video recordings after event is over
  • 1.4 CEU’s for physical therapists by California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA)
  • 11 CE’s for U.S. massage therapists by National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)


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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 - SOLD OUT


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


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


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

Healthy Activities for Conference Attendees

Since movement and fresh air will help our brains digest all this information, we have some healthy activities planned for the mornings of Saturday Feb. 15th, and Sunday Feb. 16th.

Activities will include a yoga class on the lawn near the Bayview Suites and a group walk along the bay - both are free to attend.

Details TBA

Feb. 14: SDPS Dinner Party, 7:30pm in The Dana Ballroom ($65) - registration will close on Feb. 9th for this event.

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

  • Mexican Cuisine Buffet

    • Carne asada (grilled sirloin marinated with herbs and garlic)

    • Grilled salmon (topped with a chipotle glaze & mango salsa)

    • California fiesta salad (mixed greens, black beans, shredded cheese, tomatoes, avocados & sweet corn with a Cilantro Vinaigrette or Chipotle Ranch Dressing)

    • Spanish rice (vegan)

    • Black beans (vegan)

    • Corn & flour tortillas

    • Salsa, guacamole, sour cream

    • Churros (vegan)

  • Ice Cream Bar (Ice cream comes from family farms that practice sustainable farming & has never used the hormone rBST)

    • Chocolate & vanilla ice cream

    • Waffle cones

    • Toppings

  • Craft Beer & Tequila tasting (4 free tasting tickets per attendee)

  • Live music

  • Photo booth

  • No-host bar (alcohol/non-alcohol drinks available)


Feb. 15 - 16: Conference

Note: Registration is NOT accepted at the door, registration will close for this event on Feb. 14, 2020.

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.


Continuing Education Credit Approvals

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).

Approved by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) for 7 PD CEC's Cycle 12.

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 (must be present to win)

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. Marcos 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

7:30 - 9 pm: Narrative Medicine Workshop taught by Lissanthea Taylor and Julie Traylor. Pizza and (non-alcohol) beverages provided. $15 (register for this workshop on the main registration page). Seating limited to 50 attendees.

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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 am: Break

11:25 - 11:45 am: Intro to oral facial pain home kit for patients (presented by special guests)

11:50 pm: Jamie Lowy, Chronic Pain Management In Low Income And Homeless Populations: When Uncertainty Is The New Normal

12:35 pm: Q&A

12:50 pm: Lunch (not provided, one restaurant on site and others are within walking distance)

1:50 pm: Prize drawings (must be present to win)

2:05 pm: Dr. Jarod HallBecoming A Responsible Human Interactor

2:50 pm: Q&A

3:05 pm: Break

3:20 pm: Dr. David Walton, Blood, Spit, Hair, and Poop: How Novel Biomarkers Are Shedding New Light On The Transition To Chronic Pain

4:05 pm: Q&A

4:20 pm: Break

4:35 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

6:05 pm: END

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