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PACE for Pain 

Patient Centered-Care  &  Physician Support

PACE is a Cognitive-Behavioral and Mindfulness based program for patients with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (CNCP). Each session helps patients:
  • Understand centralized pain and the biopsychosocial treatment approach
  • Identify beliefs that can keep patients trapped in a pain flare
  • Learn about factors that predict and impact pain
  • Practice coping skills to improve self-care
  • Implement gentle movements with body awareness
  • Utilize mindfulness techniques and diaphragmatic breathing
  • Identify individual coping strengths
  • Focus on core values and develop personal goals
  • Practice take home and writing exercises


Planning, Pacing, Practicing Pleasant events & Preventing flare-ups


Accepting, Adapting, and All-none thinking traps


Connecting, Communication, Cognitive resilience & Coping with flares-ups


Energizing & sleep, Exercise, Enjoyment & Environment

What: a chronic pain management program that incorporates best practices and evidence-based coping skills 

How: by teaching coping and self-management skills to regulate central nervous system arousal and reduce systemic inflammation

Why: long-term management of chronic conditions to increase functioning, reduce risk, and mitigate suffering

Who: patients with chronic non-cancer non-terminal pain
Some patients taking daily opioids need more information about opioid medications before they are ready to reduce and refocus on long-term coping skills. Session “O” is a class offered separate from the PACE program and provides information about:
  • Background and history of opioids 
  • How opioids work and best uses
  • True health risks, impact on body and mind
  • Increased risks when used in combination with other substances
  • Withdrawal, tolerance, addiction, and opioid-induced hyperalgesia
  • Reduction options including rapid, moderate, or gradual tapers, benefits of non-daily use, chemical support, and detox