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24th Napa Pain Conference

NPC2017-F09b - Practitioner Practice Session: Counseling Chronic Pain Patients & Providers on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Aug 18, 2017 4:30pm ‐ Aug 18, 2017 5:45pm

Credits: None available.



End Day 1 of the Conference with an interactive workshop. This experiential course will review the science and practical application of mindfulness based stress reduction for your chronic pain patients. Learn strategies to counsel patients, increase patient engagement, and help them to adhere to treatment plans.


15min Introducing & Practicing Mindfulness
15min What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Science & Efficacy
15min How to Counsel Chronic Pain Patients About MBSR
15min MBSR Practices You Can Teach to Your Patients
15min Q&A


As a result of completing this course, learners will be able / better able to:

  • Counsel patients as to the long and short-term benefits of MBSR for their chronic pain.
  • When appropriate, include MBSR in a multimodal treatment plan for patients with chronic pain.
  • Overcome barriers to treatment for patients who would benefit from including mindfulness-based practices in the treatment of their chronic pain.


  • Kabat-Zinn, J. (1982). An outpatient program in behavioral medicine for chronic pain patients based on the practice of mindfulness meditation: Theoretical considerations and preliminary results. General Hospital Psychiatry, 4(1), 33-47
  • Kabat-Zinn, J., Lipworth, L., & Burney, R. (1985). The clinical use of mindfulness meditation for the self-regulation of chronic pain. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 8(2), 163-90
  • Kabat-Zinn, J., Lipworth, L., Burncy, R., & Sellers, W. (1986). Four-Year follow-up of a meditation-based program for the self-regulation of chronic pain: Treatment outcomes and compliance. Clinical Journal of Pain, 2(3), 159
  • Kabat-Zinn, J. & Chapman-Waldrop, A. (1988). Compliance with an outpatient stress reduction program: Rates and predictors of program completion. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 11(4), 333-352
  • LeFort, S., Gray-Donald, K., Rowat, K.M. & Jeans, M.E. Randomized controlled trial of a community-based psychoeducation program for the self-management of chronic pain. Pain, 74, 297-306, 1998
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction for chronic pain conditions: variation in treatment outcomes and role of home meditation practice. J Psychosom Res. 2010 Jan;68(1):29-36. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2009.03.010


  • Dr. Michael Amster, MD, Interventional Pain Specialist, NorthBay Center for Pain Management
Category: CME


Credits: None available.

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