Skip to main content Skip to secondary navigation
group of people
Empowered Relief logo

Empowered Relief™ is an evidence-based, single-session pain class that rapidly equips patients with pain management skills. Developed at Stanford University.

Empowered Relief™ was developed by pain psychologist Beth Darnall, PhD, and has been embedded into clinical care pathways at Stanford University since 2013. Early positive scientific results led to major NIH funding to further study the benefits and mechanisms of the single-session pain relief class. Empowered Relief™ is manualized, research-grade, and ready for immediate implementation into your clinic or research study.

Empowered Relief™ may only be delivered by certified instructors.

Any healthcare clinician may become an Empowered Relief™ certified instructor.

Workshop Content and Structure

All certification workshops involve didactic content, a demonstration patient class, interaction with peers and faculty, and small group skills practice. Attendees finish the two-day event with foundational information and skills, all treatment materials (background scientific articles, the Empowered Relief therapist manual, instructor slide deck, and all patient materials), as well as an advertising kit.

Most workshops take place during Pacific Standard Time (PST), roughly 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days.

Registration Details

Registration fee


• 2 full days of expert-led didactics, demonstration, and skills practice

• Demonstration of the Empowered Relief™ class with actual patient participants

• Continuing Education credits/units depending on your profession

• Includes all materials required for you to successfully implement Empowered Relief™ into your clinic or healthcare system


Beth Darnall, PhD

Beth Darnall, PhD
Associate Professor, Stanford School of Medicine
Creator, Empowered Relief™

Maisa Ziadni, PhD

Maisa Ziadni, PhD
Instructor, Stanford School of Medicine
Master Trainer, Empowered Relief™

Kristen Slater

Kristen Slater, PsyD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford School of Medicine
Workshop Faculty, Empowered Relief™