Brief Psychoeducation for Chronic Pain
by Ronald D. Siegel

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Discover a grounded, accessible approach for helping your clients struggling with chronic pain by using psychoeducation and mindfulness techniques. 
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Many clients present with chronic pain, an experience that is both a physical and a psychological phenomenon. In this short video, mindfulness expert Ron Siegel provides some brief psychoeducation combined with very short experiential exercises in session with Lorraine, a 60-year-old woman who had a car accident about a year prior, and has been out of work, and struggling with pain and rehabilitation since then.

Psychoeducation helps increase a client’s willingness and motivation to engage in treatment. Watch as Siegel teaches Lorraine two things: first how fear plays a role in increasing muscle tension that often contributes to chronic pain. Second: how thoughts, for example anxiety, can significantly amplify pain sensations because it affects how we direct attention to our body. By combining information with the simple, approachable exercises demonstrated in this video, you’ll be able to give your clients useful tools for managing their chronic pain.

Want to go deeper? Watch Siegel continue to work more deeply with Lorraine in one of our other short videos, Mindfulness Exercise for Chronic Pain. presents Mastery in Minutes

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Length of video: 0:06:42

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-570-X

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-570-0

Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the board of directors and faculty of The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

He is the coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain, coeditor of the acclaimed books for professionals, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, and coauthor of the new professional text, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy.

Siegel lives with his wife in Lincoln. He regularly uses the practices in this book to work with his own busy, unruly mind.
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