There are woefully few resources available for youth with pain. Over the years, my pile of pain handouts became a workbook. In the hopes of making it more widely available, I pitched it to a publisher - and in 2019, The Chronic Pain and Illness Workbook for Teens was born! This book is ideal for children, tweens, teens and young adults of all ages; for therapists, doctors, nurses, and parents; and is filled top-to-bottom with pain education; child-friendly pain neuroscience (yes, really!); coping skills; and other pain management tools rooted in CBT, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, biofeedback, and other evidence-based treatments for pain.
Science teaches us that pain is not purely biomedical, an issue to be treated exclusively with medications and procedures; but rather, biopsychosocial - triggered and maintained by a complex interplay of biological, psychological and social factors. Pain is therefore more effectively treated when all 3 of these domains are addressed. This workbook explains science's modern take on pain - with some consultation and editing from the brilliant Lorimer Moseley PhD - and offers strategies for healing. It is for any clinician wanting an effective, easy-to-follow treatment protocol. It is for medical doctors hoping to learn more about nonpharmacological approaches to pain management. Perhaps most importantly, it is for children and parents sick of the struggle, ready to take their power back. It IS possible to take your life back from pain! When you control your brain, you control your pain. This book will show you how!
*Note to parents: Get a therapist, or "pain coach," for your child and hand them this workbook. Any trained clinician can use it!