Our exploration of tools to help you reduce your pain and improve your overall health and well-being continues this month with our next “Building Your Toolbox” event on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 pm ET. Please note the date change due to Election Day.

About Building Your Toolbox

Building Your Toolbox is unique in that it is held in a meeting format on Zoom, so participants can see, hear, and interact with the speaker and one another. At the end of a short presentation by the speaker, participants will have a chance to ask her questions directly. The conversation will be guided by Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, Clinical Director of Pain Connection, and long-time support group leader, Bobbi Blades.

About this month’s topic

This month’s event topic will be neuroplasticity with Rachel Zoffness, PhD. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change and adapt in response to new information, development, damage, or dysfunction. Dr. Zoffness will discuss neuroplasticity and how we can “rewire” our brains in response to pain.

About Dr. Zoffness

Dr. Zoffness is a pain psychologist and assistant clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, where she teaches pain education for medical residents. She is an international speaker and lecturer on effective treatments for chronic pain. Dr. Zoffness serves on the boards of the American Association of Pain Psychology and the Society of Pediatric Pain Medicine, and serves on the UCSF Pain and Addiction Research Center Education Committee. She is the author of The Pain Management Workbook, an integrative pain management workbook for adults that is rooted in science and research and was piloted the Psychology Today column “Pain Explained.”

Dr. Zoffness was trained at Brown University, Columbia University, University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, New York University, and St. Luke’s-Mt. Sinai Hospital. She consults on the development of integrative pain programs, runs a private practice, and leads multidisciplinary pain workshops for health providers from around the globe.