Interoception Supports for Chronic Pain, Health Management & Emotional Well-Being in Adults: It is Never Too Late!

$59.00 USD


Registration Fee: $59

This live course includes:

  • 2-hours live instruction with Kelly, Emily + Jessica (approximately 90 minutes of content + 30 minutes of Q&A)
  • 2-weeks unlimited access to the recorded version
  • Access to 3 exclusive downloadable resources
  • Personalized certificate of completion


  • February 24, 2022 @ 4:00-6:00 EDT
  • Can’t make it? No problem! 2-weeks of unlimited access to the course recording is available to all that register

What you’ll learn:

  • The science of pain as a danger messaging system and its link to interoception
  • What the most current literature says about the interoceptive system & pain
  • How interoceptive predictions contributes to the pain response in all of us
  • How people with chronic pain often have interoceptive signals that are too big or too small, which makes it harder to engage in active chronic health management
  • How interoceptive awareness provides the neurological foundation for health and wellbeing
  • The link between interoception, activity pacing and health behaviors
  • Overview of how The Interoception Curriculum can be adapted to any population regardless of age, background, diagnoses and learning styles
  • How The Interoception Curriculum was used to improve health behaviors in adults with chronic health conditions.
  • The link between neurodivergence, chronic pain & interoception
  • That it is never too late to enhance interoceptive awareness

Course Description:

In the past, interoception has been a missing consideration when helping clients manage their chronic pain and health conditions. People with these conditions are given conflicting information about listening to their bodies. Often people are told that chronic pain is a faulty messaging system, which can make them lose trust in all of their body sensations. The research indicates that active pain management strategies are the most effective. However, how do you actively manage pain when you are confused by your interoceptive signals and experience confusion about the accuracy of how you feel? This course will provide attendees with an overview of what the most current literature says about the interplay between chronic pain and interoceptive dysregulation. This course will also explore the links between neurodivergence, chronic pain and interoception. Self-regulation is an important aspect of chronic pain and chronic health management. Confusing body sensations and signals may impact on the ability to engage in health promoting behaviors that are proven to support chronic health conditions. During this course, participants will be encouraged to think about how The Interoception Curriculum could benefit a range of clients from children to adults, with or without neurodivergence and with or without chronic conditions. Using interoception-based supports are critical, however it can be confusing to know where to start: This particular course will discuss how The Interoception Curriculum was successfully adapted for adults with chronic pain and chronic health conditions. If you are ready to expand your knowledge on how interoceptive awareness can impact your clients’ ability to engage in healthy behaviors that improve chronic health conditions, register today. We look forward to seeing you in the course!
Who this course is for:

  • You are working with people of any age with chronic health conditions and whose interoceptive signals that are either too big (e.g., chronic pain) or too small (e.g., unable to notice hunger signals, leading to undereating and energy problems)
  • You are an Occupational Therapy Practitioner, Educator, Mental Health Provider, Speech and Language Pathologist, Behaviorist, or Caregiver who wants to help learners be better understood and supported.
  • You are interested in learning more about interoception, especially as it relates to chronic pain management and general health and wellness.
  • You want to remain on the cutting edge of practice and follow what the research states as the best evidence-based approach for supporting people with chronic health conditions.
  • You want to feel empowered with information you can use to create buy-in for a stronger interoception-informed approach to supporting learners you serve.

So, who are we?:

We are Emily Peelgrane and Kelly Mahler and have been friends for a few years. We’ve bonded over long emails and discussions about all things related to pain & interoception.  It didn’t take us long to discover that we share a lot of common passions including neuroscience, the brain & body on pain and educating others about the provision of more effective pain-based supports. Jessica Spencer joined some of these chats in 2021, when she was placed with Emily for her final Master of Occupational Therapy placement.

EmilyMore about Emily:Emily graduated from the University of Queensland in 2000 and has worked right across Australia, the USA, UK and Costa Rica. Her areas of interest and speciality are in neurology, complex and chronic care, research, adult education and interoception and sensory modulation for chronic pain. She currently manages a community care occupational therapy team in Australia and is excited to share her passion for working with chronic illness in this setting. Emily is passionate about teaching pain science to clients as well as training the next generation of therapists to ensure high quality, evidenced based and patient centered services for people experiencing chronic pain. Emily’s interest in the use of sensory modulation and interoception for pain science was ignited about 5 years ago when she was investigating treatment strategies for comorbid mental health conditions. Earlier this year Emily worked with masters of occupational therapy students conducting feasibility studies in sensory modulation treatment and interoceptive curriculum with adults experiencing chronic pain. The project has been submitted and accepted for the Australian Pain Societies 42nd annual scientific conference in 2022.
Jessica SpencerMore about Jessica: I have a BA in Psychology and a Master of Occupational Therapy. I’m an experienced workplace rehabilitation consultant, specializing in psychological conditions. Under Emily’s supervision, I undertook a feasibility study with adult chronic pain patients in 2021 as part of my Master’s degree, implementing a 6 week intervention based on Kelly’s Interoception Curriculum. The results were interesting and sparked my passion for interoception, chronic health management and self-regulation.

Kelly MahlerMore about Kelly: I am a fiery and passionate person that loves to crunch pinecones, cuddle with my 2 Corgi puppies and cook (sometimes poorly) with my family. I earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA and have been an occupational therapist for 19 years, serving school-aged children and adults. I’m winner of multiple awards including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award & a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. I am an international speaker and enjoy presenting on topics related to the twelve resources I’ve authored including: