Interdisciplinary Functional Restoration Programs for Chronic Pain

This program focuses on evidence-based content that supports the efficaciousness of a successful private clinic functional restoration program in an effort to promote best practices for managing chronic pain conditions, and to open discussion toward more unifying approaches among such programs. The program provides examples and case studies of how key common chronic pain problems are well-served via a functional restoration program in comparison to traditional approaches. Presenters also discuss the impact that treatment philosophy, outcome studies, and accreditation practices all have on measured and subjective outcomes. Lastly, the program discusses the role of chronic pain education and movement-based exposure therapies to reduce fear of movement and improve ADL independence in a chronic pain population as well as the biopsychosocial considerations of functional restoration treatment.

Faculty: Mark Johnson, PhD; Peter Abaci, MD; and Michael Sullivan, PT

Target Audience

This 1-hour CE activity is designed for all clinicians who treat chronic pain. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Identify five different diagnoses that can be appropriately treated in an interdisciplinary functional restoration program.
  2. Discuss three key characteristics of a successful functional restoration program.
  3. Administer and discuss the value of the Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia (TSK) as a tool for guiding treatment.
  4. Illustrate the usefulness of emphasizing decreased pain interference as a more salient goal than decreased pain intensity.  

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 APA
  • 1.00 Document of Attendance
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Mark Johnson, PhD, is a licensed health psychologist specializing in multimodal interventions for chronic pain and co-occurring disorders such as sleep, addiction, trauma, and mood disorders. Dr. Johnson’s research publications focus on clinical topics in neurofeedback/biofeedback, and topics related to chronic pain. His experience with ameliorating his own chronic pain inspired him to pursue his doctorate in health psychology to better understand the facets of his own rehabilitation, and to better understand how to assist others. His core training included an interdisciplinary understanding of biopsychosocial factors relevant to health and illness and the applications of this knowledge to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation; emphasis of the integration of biological and behavioral science approaches to the promotion of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, and the identification of etiological and diagnostic correlates of illness and health; and mind/body interaction based on knowledge of the physiological antecedents of illness and health. Dr. Johnson utilizes evidence-based (as well as evidence-informed) approaches that are supported by the scientist-practitioner model.

Peter Abaci, MD, is the medical director and co-founder of the renowned Bay Area Pain & Wellness Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. His innovative strategies for integrative pain treatment have helped restore the lives of thousands struggling with pain. The Bay Area Pain & Wellness Center is one of the few free-standing outpatient interdisciplinary pain centers in the western United States that is also CARF™ accredited. He is one of the world’s leading experts on pain and integrative medicine. He is an author and regular contributor to WebMD, the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Sharecare, and PainReliefRevolution, of which he is the creator and editor. Dr. Abaci’s publications on pain treatment have become a trusted resource for patients, family members, doctors, psychologists, physical therapists, and insurance companies, alike. From 2013 to 2016, he hosted and produced the acclaimed radio show, “Health Revolution Radio,” for iHeartMedia.

Michael Sullivan, PT, is the director of physical therapy at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. He manages the functional restoration program teams including physicians, physical therapists, cognitive behavioral therapists, marriage and family therapists, wellness instructors, nutritionists, and personal trainers delivering integrated care to people suffering from chronic pain. He received his master’s of science in physical therapy from Duke University and went on to work in a private practice setting rehabilitating orthopedic disorders with a focus on helping people injured on the job return to active lifestyles. Having recognized that physical therapy provided within the framework of a traditional biomedical model was not sufficient to meet the health care needs of many, he began working with an interdisciplinary chronic pain program and embraced a biopsychosocial approach to the treatment of chronic pain. He believes strongly that education, exercise, and the development of a wide range of self-management skills are the key to living well with pain.

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest

All individuals in a position to control the content who had relevant financial relationships are listed below. If their name is not listed below, they disclosed that they had no relevant financial relatioships.

Dr. Johnson reports that he has investments in Aspire Healthcare.

Dr. Abaci reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Mr. Sullivan reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Acknowledgement of Commercial Support
No commercial support was received for this educational activity.


Method of Learner Participation: Each learner will listen to each audio self-directed module while following along with the visual slides. Upon completion, each learner will answer evaluation questions to receive their certificate.

Satisfactory Completion: Learners must complete an evaluation to receive a certificate of completion. Your chosen sessions/videos must be viewed in their entirety.

Bibliographic Sources: Bibliographic sources can be found on the program slides.

The Academy of Integrative Pain Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Osteopathic Association accepts ACCME accredited programs for Category 2-A CME credit.

The Academy of Integrative Pain Management is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Academy of Integrative Pain Management maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Academy designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 CE credits.

Nurses and Pharmacists
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco, LLC and the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. Amedco, LLC is jointly accredited by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Amedco designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 contact hour for nurses and 1 knowldege-based contact hour for pharmacists. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extrent of their participation in the activity. PHARMACIST NOTE: The only offiical Statement of Credit is the one you pull from CPE Monitor. 

Nurse Practitioners
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recognizes the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as approved accreditors and allow reciprocity for AANPCP continuing education credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 APA
  • 1.00 Document of Attendance

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