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About ReThink Pain

Welcome to ReThink Pain!

ReThink Pain is an interactive e-learning program that teaches individuals how to manage chronic pain using “psycho-social” techniques. Many of these techniques are based on the proven principles of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT). Clinicians and administrators can also access the program to securely monitor and track, as appropriate, their clients’ use of the system.

What is Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a psychotherapy method that helps people:

1.break out of the negative or worry filled thinking style

2. develop highly effective problem solving strategies

3. restore energy and enjoyment in life

4. learn methods for getting well and staying well.

CBT has been tested extensively and has been shown to be effective for a wide variety of emotional and behavioral issues, from anxiety and depression to chronic pain, smoking cessation, eating disorders, and insomnia.

Who authored this program?

ReThink Pain was based on the “Body and Soul: Healing from Chronic Pain” manual. This San Francisco Department of Public Health Chronic Pain Group manual was written by Susan Scheidt, Psy.D., Director of the Primary Care Behavioral Health Team at San Francisco General Hospital, and Diana Coffa, MD, Associate Residency Director of the UCSF Family and Community Medicine Residency at San Francisco General Hospital. The topics in the manual were adapted by the Empower team for use in this program.

What's in the program?

The program offers a variety of interactive media formats, including videos of Dr. Diana Coffa, program author, explaining the concepts; and videos of our main character, Bill, who is using these techniques to manage his chronic pain. ReThink Pain also offers a number of practical interactive exercises in each lesson to help individuals practice putting the concepts to work in their own lives.

What is Empower?

Empower Interactive, Inc., is the company behind ReThink Pain. More information about Empower can be found on its corporate website.