4 month online course - Limited to 20 students per month

Reinvigorate Your Clinical Work

▶ get up to speed on principles of modern pain science

▶ learn how APPLY pain science principles into practical skills that you can Use in the clinic

▶  overcome common obstacles when treating patients with chronic pain

▶  Learn a FRAMEWORK FOR evidence based TREATMENT That Also leaves room for  creativity

All I can say is WOW! I feel thoroughly reinvigorated as a clinician
— Elizabeth, Physical Therapist (United States)

For Health & Wellness Professionals

▶  Physical Therapists

▶  Nurses

▶  Physicians

▶  Psychologists

▶  Personal Trainers

▶  Yoga instructors

▶  Chiropractors

▶  Massage Therapists

▶  Health Coaches

As a Registered Nurse working as part of an interdisciplinary team assessing and treating chronic pain, I have found the Retrain Pain course invaluable. The up to date and well presented lessons have extended and reinforced knowledge gained working in the field over the last 3 years. My practice was positively impacted from the first lesson and I feel as if I have so much more to offer the patients I work with. I felt well supported and encouraged throughout and highly recommend this course for anyone working with and treating those experiencing chronic pain.
— Nikki Dennehy-Block, Registered Nurse (New Zealand)
I highly recommend this course for health, fitness, and wellness professionals. It’s ridiculously thorough, and gives a deeper, richer, and more thoughtful perspective on the phenomenon of pain, discomfort, and avoidance behaviour.

For me, it deepened my understanding of what mindfulness practices and exercises are really doing to the brain, nervous system, and human physiology. I love when I come across courses and teachings that connect the dots from different modalities, philosophies, and methodologies. This course surely does that.
— Luke Sniewski, Ph.D. researcher, Health Coach, & Personal Trainer (New Zealand)

Course features

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Weekly content modules are short and to the point

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Convenience: Learn online, when you want, where you want.

Satisfaction guaranteed! Full refund if a course doesn't meet your expectations (within 14 days of course start)

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Certificate of completion so you can demonstrate your training to patients and colleagues

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Reasonably priced

(because learning evidence-based-care shouldn't cost an arm-and-a-leg)

Supports our non-profit (proceeds go towards creating more free patient resources).

This is so interesting and explained well. I like how it encourages me and challenges to really think about what is going on rather than just doing what I have always done. I’m so stoked that I am doing this certification! I am going to recommend that others in our team complete this certification as part of our orientation into the service.
— Physiotherapist (New Zealand)

“This course vastly improved my understanding of pain science and challenged me to apply pain science strategies to my patients each week. It is a versatile course that allows one to explore pain science at a elementary or deep level through extra materials, recommended readings and journal citations. Last but not least, it is the best value in pain science education.”
— Daniel Bordt, Physical Therapist (United States)

Topics Including

The Art & Science of Patient Expectations

Have you ever wondered why some patients get better no matter what you do, while other patients don't seem to make any progress even with the best treatment?  

In this section of the course we will explore how pain expectations (e.g. placebos and nocebos) influence pain symptoms.  We will then show how to integrate these concepts into clinical practice to enhance your patient's outcomes.

Overcoming Fear

Many healthcare professionals acknowledge the role of pain related fear, but don't feel equipped to help patients overcome these fears. In this course you will learn new discoveries about pain related fear AND practical tools to help patients re-engage in meaningful physical activity.


In this section of the we will explore the role of relationships in development and treatment of persistent pain.  We will discuss early life experiences, social rejection, parent-child, partner , and  patient - provider relationships. We will includes strategies for addressing these relationships as part of a pain rehabilitation treatment plan. 


Simplifying Mindful movement, Meditation, & BREATH-WORK

In thissection of the course we will take a deep dive into the topic of body awareness and embodiment. We will explore mindful movementmeditation, and breath-work (pranayama).  We'll focus on practical strategies for teaching pain specific techniques to patients, and address the common challenges in teaching "mind-body" techniques in the clinic.

Exercising with persistent pain

Exercise is the gold standard for chronic pain, yet it seems to make so many patients feel worse.  In this section of the course, we will explore the pain science of exercise, and strategies to make it easier for patients. We will also learn an entirely new framework for exercise that utilizes stretching, motor control training, and strengthening from a non-biomechanical pain science perspective.

The New Science of Pain

This section of the course takes a step away from the clinic to dive deeper into pain science concepts such as sensitization / habituation, pain vulnerability, maladaptive plasticity, and new perspectives on the neurobiology of the conscious lived experience of pain.


A New Approach to Manual Therapy

This section will explore the science of acupuncture, massage, manipulation, and other touch based therapies.  We will present practical strategies for integrating these treatments into patient care without reinforcing harmful beliefs or unhealthy reliance on passive treatment.  We will also explore pain science concepts that open up new doors for creative application of these therapies.  

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Taming Stress

In this section, we will explore the role of  stress (including PTSD) in the development and treatment of persistent.  We will learn novel strategies for enhancing stress resiliency that can be integrated into a pain rehabilitation program

Sleep & Pain

In this section, we will explore the role of sleep in the development and treatment of persistent pain.  We will also cover strategies for sleep enhancement that can be used by clinicians. 

I find this style of learning very enjoyable. Easy and effortless compared to previous methods I have done.
— Nurse (Australia)
Once again I have to say that above all the pain courses I have ever done I am absolutely loving this course and it gets better and better each week. As a Physio studying this particular lesson, I feel liberated and so much better able to continue doing what I do best knowing that I am being backed by the latest neuroscience and understanding it all in so much better detail than ever before. Than you!
— Physiotherapist (Australia)
If only I could have taken this course when i was a student! It pulled a lot of things together for me.
— Physical Therapist (Israel)
Your classes are awesome just like the retrainpain website. Love it! And I can immediately apply in the clinic the information I have learned.
— Occupational Therapist (United States)


Elan Schneider is a dynamic speaker and a natural born educator. He has an infectious curiosity, quick wit, and mindful approach to teaching that helps keeps students actively engaged in the learning process.
— Dr. Teresa Miller PT, PhD, Associate Professor SUNY Downstate Medical Center

About Dr. Elan Schneider DPT, CYT

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Dr.  Schneider is the co-founder (and content creator) of the Retrain Pain Foundation.   

He is a physical therapist and certified yoga instructor who has worked clinically in hospitals and private practice, and served as the director of the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at H&D Physical Therapy.   

Dr. Schneider has been a lecturer at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and has delivered professional training seminars to hundreds of health care providers.

Lectures & Seminars

  • New York State Pain Conference

  • Global Sickle Cell Disease Network Global Conference

  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center

  • Mt Sinai Hospital

  • Hospital of Special Surgery

  • Cornell University Hospital

  • Swedish Massage Institute

  • Northeast Business Group on Health

  • Con-Edison


  • Private Medical & Physical Therapy Practices
    Throughout the United States

Elan Schneider is committed, kind, considerate, and competent teacher. I learned a lot and I highly recommend this course!
— Julia Sebba, Physical Therapist (Brazil)

About Joletta Belton


Joletta Belton brings together her lived experience of pain and education in pain science to provide unique insights to health care professionals and offer hope to people living with pain that change is possible. She has written chapters for two forthcoming texts: Yoga and Science in Pain Care and the second volume of Meanings of Pain, edited by Simon van Rysewyk. She has also had the opportunity to give presentations, moderate and be a part of patient panels, and provide workshops on pain science and patient empowerment around the world.

Joletta is a writer, nature lover, and bibliophile who has lived with chronic pain. She blogs at, where she makes sense of her experiences through science and story, and is cofounder of the Endless Possibilities Initiative, a nonprofit organization with a mission of empowering people living with pain to live well. She is also a founding member of the Global Patient Alliance for the worlds largest professional pain organization, the International Association for the Study of Pain. .

Lectures & Seminars

  • IASP World Congress on Pain, Boston MA

  • Paincloud, Oslo Norway

  • San Diego Pain Summit

  • Montana Pain Conference, Missoula MT

  • Reforming MSK Practice, Manchester UK

  • Oregon Pain Summit, Lebanon OR

  • Tree of Healing Behavioral Health Conference, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Spokane WA

  • Person-Centered Pain Care, Denver CO

  • CME Lectures, including the event Prescribing for Pain Today, Steamboat Springs CO

  • Multiple patient panels and presentations with Modern Pain Care


From the course creator....


When I graduated physical therapy school, I was fascinated by the topic of persistent pain.  Aside from my own chronic pain, I was confused and frustrated when working with patients who had chronic pain.  Unfortunately, I struggled to find a course that would help me get up to speed on the topic - the pain science and the practical implementation.

I spent years trying to figure out how to provide effective therapy for patients with persistent pain.  In my own learning journey, I sought out and consulted with leading pain scientists throughout the world to get their perspective, read hundreds of pain science articles, academic textbooks, and took advanced training courses in numerous rehabilitation approaches.  This was all coupled with extensive trial and error in the clinic.  

While I never found a perfect solution that works for all patients, I learned many valuable skills and a new style of clinical reasoning that has helped me overcome my own pain, and to assist hundreds of patients who came to me for therapy.

The course you are about to begin is designed to simplify the science, and help you become competent and confident in treating patients who have complex pain presentations. It's the course I wish I would have been able to take when I was a new grad.

I'm looking forward to learning together!  Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn, or send me an email with any questions that you have about the course.

Best wishes,


FREQUENTLY Asked Questions


How long is the course and how much does it cost?

The online course is designed to be completed
gradually over a period of 4 months.  The cost is $500 USD.

Will I have access to the content after I complete the course?

Some parts of the course will only be available during the duration of enrollment.  However, there will be other components that you can download or continue to access in the future.


Can I try it out first?

We do not offer a free trial, but we do have a satisfaction guarantee with a no-questions-asked full refund policy.  Requests for refund must be made within the first 14 days of starting the course

When do I get the certificate?

After you finish the coursework you will take a comprehensive examination and present a graded case study assignment.  Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a Certification in Biopsychosocial Chronic Pain Rehabilitation.   


Is there homework?

Each section of the course has practice questions and journal assignments to assist you in integrating the material into your clinical practice.  These assignments must be completed but are not graded.

What if I get busy with life and fall behind?

While it is very helpful to stay with the pace of the course, you can slow down if you need to for any reason.


Can I stay up all night and complete the course over a weekend?

Not exactly.  While much of the content could be "consumed" in a few weekends, the goal of the course is to enhance clinical practice.  It takes time to think through and practice applying the concepts with your patients or clients.  As such, the course is deliberately paced over a longer period of time.

What format is the content?

The lesson materials are a mix of several multimedia formats including text, images, slides, video, checklists, outlines, and decision making tools.  


Will I get to interact with the other participants?

Yes.  We can pair you up with study partner from the class to work through the course assignments together.

Do you charge VAT?

Our payment processor (Gumroad) charges VAT on all transactions made in the EU.   If you have been charged VAT, but are a business with a valid VAT Number issued by any Member State of the EU you can get a refund for the VAT charge.  See this page on Gumroad for more information. . 


More questions?

Feel free to contact us with any questions.