The largest mindbody conference in history is available on-demand!

12 CE/CME hours

Twenty-two experts share how to eliminate (not just manage) chronic pain, chronic functional syndromes and medically unexplained symptoms (collectively referred to as Psychophysiologic Disorders) through an evidence-based, biopsychosocial approach. 12 CE/CME hours included.

Registrants will have on-demand access to the conference for one year and access to enduring credit through October 31, 2022!

What are Psychophysiologic Disorders?

Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD) is the clinical term for mindbody symptoms. PPD are physical conditions and pain symptoms in the body that develop in response to stress, trauma and other psychological factors. These mindbody symptoms can affect almost any structure, organ system or region of the body. 

Conditions such as chronic pain, migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue and pelvic pain syndromes are just a few of the very real chronic conditions that can be diagnosed as PPD. In fact, you may be surprised by just how many different symptoms are actually mindbody disorders.

The good news is that after years of clinical research, there is now evidence that many of these mindbody symptoms (previously thought to be incurable) can be relieved and even cured without surgery, physical therapy or medication. With an evidence-based approach to diagnosis and treatment, sufferers can achieve relief from their chronic pain.


  • Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP
  • Yoni Ashar, PhD
  • Lee Canter, MSW
  • David Clarke, MD
  • Encarna Espunya, PT
  • Arlene Feinblatt, PhD
  • Alan Gordon, LCSW
  • David Hanscom, MD
  • Mark Lumley, PhD
  • Charlie Merrill, PT
  • Rob Munger, MA, MS
  • Terri Nishimoto, PT, CLT PRPC
  • Jessica Oifer Stelle, MA, MBA, LMFT
  • Georgie Oldfield, MCSP
  • Nicole Sachs, LCSW
  • David Schechter, MD
  • Howard Schubiner, MD
  • Roy Seidenberg, MD
  • Jessica Shahinian
  • Scott Shimotsu, PhD, MPH
  • John Stracks, MD
  • Christie Uipi, LCSW
  • Alon Ziv

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Definition and Scope of Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD) – David Clarke, MD

Patient Perspectives & Physician Responses: Using the Clues

  • Case #1: Jessica Shahinian & David Clarke, MD

  • Case #2: Rob Munger, MA, MS & John Stracks, MD

  • Case #3: Lee Canter, MSW & David Schechter, MD

Communicating and Making the Paradigm Shift: What Follows - David Schechter, MD

Sheila Swadell Memorial Lecture: The Neuroscience and Evidence for PPD – Howard Schubiner, MD

What the Science Shows: University of Colorado Back Pain Study & Beyond – Yoni K. Ashar, PhD

Q&A Panel #1 - Recorded October 28th, 2021


Diagnosis of PPD – John Stracks, MD

Know Pain, Know Gain: How Physical Therapists Can Be The Future of Pain Care - Charlie Merrill, PT

PPD and Specific Syndromes

  • PPD and the Spine – David Hanscom, MD

  • PPD and the Skin – Roy Seidenberg, MD

  • PPD and the Pelvis - Terri Nishimoto, PT, CLT, PRPC

A Psychodynamic Perspective - interview with Arlene Feinblatt, PhD

What to Know for Therapists New to PPD  – Jessica Oifer Stelle, MA, MBA, LMFT

The Benefits of Writing Therapy – Nicole Sachs, LCSW 

Q&A Panel #2 - Recorded October 29th, 2021


Three Different Questions with the Same Answer - David Clarke, MD

Practical Tools from a UK Practitioners' Association – Georgie Oldfield, MCSP

Practical Tools from Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis – Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD

Key Elements of Pain Reprocessing Therapy - Alan Gordon, LCSW & Alon Ziv

Understanding Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy - Mark A. Lumley, PhD & Howard Schubiner, MD

Achieving the Quadruple Aim: UnitedHealth Group’s Model Pain Clinics - Howard Schubiner MD, Christie Uipi LCSW and Scott Shimotsu, PhD, MPH

Q&A Panel #3 - Recorded October 30th, 2021

Click to read presentation summaries & learning objectives


Enjoy $125-worth of bonuses when you purchase now!

Access to the PPDA Conference private Facebook group: enjoy Q&A with our conference speakers and discuss PPD with your fellow attendees

Bonus presentation in Spanish: “Introducción a los Desordenes Psicofisiológicos” by Encarna Espunya, PT

20% discount to our online course led by Dr. David Clarke and Jessica Shahinian

$10 off one of Dr. Howard Schubiner’s books: Unlearn Your Pain or Unlearn Your Anxiety and Depression

25% off Dr. David Schechter's online program The MindBody Healing Journey

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Our 2021 conference is available on-demand. By purchasing, you will have access for one year (through October 31, 2022) on this platform. You will login using the email address you used to register.


This conference is open to all! 12 CE/CME hours are included for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and marriage & family therapists across the US. The conference is also open to chiropractors, physical therapists, healthcare administrators, and other healthcare professionals. A discounted version (without credit) is also available by clicking here. Anyone who deals with chronic pain, chronic functional syndromes or medically unexplained symptoms will benefit from this conference.



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