- To share our passion! Bring the exciting developments in the science of pain to the pain community in a validating, compassionate, and empowering approach - teaching why normal biological changes enhance the pain experience and how to use biological-based skills to reduce it.
- Pay it Forward! To reach every person affected by pain with a message of hope and a method to improve pain that is rooted in solid scientific principles and empowered against the stigma of chronic pain.
- Share what we learn, share our passion, share our results.
- Encourage others to pass along what they learn, their passion, and their results.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Learn more about Mastering Pain
Virtual training to tame the beast of chronic pain with science, skills, & support.
- the biological mechanisms of pain
- the biological mechanisms that can change pain
Learn how to
- activate your own endogenous (natural) opioids
- control your blood vessel dilation, reducing muscle tension, reducing pain
- retrain your motor nerves and release muscles
- rewire the agony/suffering circuitry activated by pain
- train your vagus nerve and turn off the stress response
- activate your pleasure circuitry that opposes pain
- enhance your restorative/anti-inflammatory systems
- solidify your sense of self despite the pain
- enhance your fluency in pain communication
- support and be supported by others who have pain
Learn more about Mastering Pain IN PRINT
Master Your Pain: A Comprehensive ScienceBased Method to Help You Live Well With Chronic Pain is workbook that
explains the science of neurobiology and applies this to the reality of living with pain. Based on the author's professional
experience as a pain psychologist and her own experience of dealing with chronic pain, it provides a set of skills based on cutting edge research and techniques—skills that each reader can use to reduce his or her own pain. Master Your Pain provides techniques that can be used in the privacy of one's own home and integrated easily into daily life.
Learn more about Mastering Pain IN PERSON
- For the person with pain: The Mastering Pain Method was developed at Evergreen Behavioral Health through a natural integration of evidence-based psychological therapies with individuals with chronic pain. Today the clinic has expanded from a single provider to a growing group practice. In-person therapy provides the opportunity for tailoring skills to the individual to meet their unique needs. Therapy is person-driven and may focus on pain and/or a range of other areas of psychological distress identified by the individual. Each provider at Evergreen Behavioral Health is trained in The Mastering Pain Method and is able to continually consult with the developer and research team on the latest outcomes, continually enhancing the process and the skills.
- For providers wanting to serve those with pain: Drs. Fancher and Smith have begun offering continuing education courses in the community, educating mental health and physical health providers on The Mastering Pain Method.
- 11/2015 Drs. Fancher and Smith will provide another 2-day, 12 CE training on the Mastering Pain
- 6/2015 Drs. Fancher and Smith provide a 2-day 12 CE training on the Mastering Pain Method. Sponsored by Washington State Psychological Association
- 12/2014 Dr. Fancher joins forces with Legacy Pain Management in Vancouver, Washington to support the community with pain.
- 4/2014 MasteringPainMethod.com Launched
- 11/2013 Dr. Fancher provides CE at the Pain Society of Washington Meeting on importance and methods of teaching neurobiology of pain to the public.
- 10/2013 Dr. Smith presents at Portland State University introducing the Mastering Pain Method.
- 8/2013 Dr. Fancher speaks via webinar for the final part of the 4 part series, titled Mindfulness: Making the Neurobiological Change.
- 7/2013 Dr. Fancher speaks via webinar to the Portland, OR Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS support group for part III in the series, titled Endogenous Opioids
- 6/2013 Dr. Fancher speaks via webinar to the Portland, OR Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS support group on The Mastering Pain Method: Changing Pain - Changing Lives.
- 4/2013 Dr. Fancher speaks via webinar to the Portland, OR Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS support group on Neuroplasticity: How it Hurts - How to Make It Help.
- 4/2013 Dr. Fancher speaks with the Psychology Club at Washington State University about Pain Psychoogy.
- 2/2013 Dr. Fancher speaks at the regional meeting of the Washington State Psychological Association on the application of neurobiology in the treatment of chronic pain.
- 2/2013 Drs. Fancher and Smith speak at a Cedar Hills hospital CE event on the Mastering Pain Method.
- 2/5/2013 Mastering Pain Institute Website is launched.
- 11/2012 "Master Your Pain" is officially launched.
- 9/2012 Dr. Fancher speaks at the Western Pain Society meeting on the Back Pain panel discussing the psychological treatment components in back pain management.
- 9/2012 Dr. Fancher provides CE to the Pain Society of Washington, Vancouver Chapter on the advances in psychological care for the management of chronic pain.
- 3/2012 Dr. Fancher provides CE to the medical and CAM community in Vancouver, WA at the Spine Symposium on the interaction of Pain and Psychological Distress.
- 12/2010 Contract with Visceral Books, LLC for publication of "Master Your Pain."
- 4/1/2009 First outline of the Mastering Pain Method, compiled from worksheets created for Dr. Fancher's patients.
The Mastering Pain Method is the integration of several evidence-based therapies for chronic pain, mood regulation, and behavior change. The integrated therapies are seamlessly combined for a comprehensive and person-driven process and are demonstrating improvements in hopefulness, self-efficacy, and pain reduction (Fancher, manuscript in preparation). These therapies include:
- Established Cognitive Behavioral Skills
- Established Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills
- Established Dialectical and Behavior Therapy Skills
- Foundations in Motivational Interviewing
- Integrated Positive Psychological Focus
- Applied Neurobiological Skills*
* Some applied neurobiological skills are derived from evidence-based therapies with stronger emphasis on the growing body of research showing the biological influence of those skills. Some of the skills are derived from the methods sections of physiological studies in neuroimaging, electrophysiology, and other sciences.
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