Online Certification Course in Modern Chronic Pain Rehabilitation

A 4 month practical certification course for healthcare and wellness professionals

100% online.  Includes live 1-on-1 video conference with instructor

Reinvigorate Your Clinical Work

Simplified Pain Science

Get up to speed on principles of modern pain science.

Focus On Practical Skills

Apply pain science principles through practical skills.

Overcome Obstacles

Boost your confidence and learn a framework for evidence based care that also leaves room for creativity.

All I can say is WOW! I feel thoroughly reinvigorated as a clinician

— Elizabeth, Physical Therapist (United States)
“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 treating those experiencing chronic pain.”

— Nikki Dennehy-Block, Registered Nurse (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. Last but not least, it is the best value in pain science education.”

— Daniel Bordt, Physical Therapist (United States)


Weekly content modules are short and to the point

Certificate of Completion

Demonstrate your training to patients and colleagues


Learn online, when you want, where you want

Reasonably Priced

Learning evidence-based-care shouldn't cost an arm-and-a-leg

Satisfaction Guaranteed

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

Supports a Non-Profit

A portion of proceeds goes to the Retrain Pain Foundation to offer free patient resources

For Healthcare & Wellness Professionals

Physical Therapists
Personal Trainers
Occupational Therapists
Yoga Instructors
Massage Therapists
Social Workers
Case Workers
Health Coaches

Course Topics


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.


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.


In this section of the course we will take a deep dive into the topic of body awareness and embodiment. We will explore mindful movement, meditation, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

“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,
State University of New York

“Elan Schneider is committed, kind, considerate, and competent teacher. I learned a lot and I highly recommend this course!”

Julia Sebba, Physical Therapist, Brazil,
A note from the Course INstructor

This is the course I wish I had been able to take...

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.

Dr. Elan Schneider, DPT
Course Creator,
Co-FOUNDER of the Retrainpain Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Course Instructor: Dr. Elan Schneider, DPT

Dr. Elan Schneider DPT 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
  • Innovation Summit at Cleveland Clinic Medical Center
  • Private Medical & Physical Therapy Practices Throughout the United States

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 $650 USD.

Will I get to interact with the instructor?

Students can schedule a 1 hour (or 2 half hour) phone or video conference sessions with the instructor. These sessions are available during working hours (European time zone).

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

Most of the content will remain available to you after the course ends.

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 quiz. Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a Certification in Principles of Biopsychosocial Chronic Pain Rehabilitation.

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, and video.

More questions? | Contact the Instructor

Feel free to email the instructor at with any questions.