Joining a Multimedia Drop-in Chat

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As a special edition of the standard weekly drop-in chat meetings held on Saturday, the PTPN occasionally hosts special online multimedia sessions where a Special Guest, usually a PPD practitioner, joins the session and provides feedback. Unlike the standard, text-only chats, in the main drop-in chat meetings, these special events include both a text-chat and voice component. These events are a great way to interact with leading figures in the PPD community and have your questions answered by experienced PPD professionals.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 Event with Alan Gordon, LCSW, 3:00-4:00 PM EST

On Saturday, June 9, 2012, from 3:00-4:00 PM EST, the PTPN will be hosting a special web conference edition of the weekly drop-in chat with guest speaker and PPD practitioner, Alan Gordon, LCSW. Alan Gordon, LCSW is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in the treatment of chronic pain. Alan is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California, has authored publications on the treatment of chronic pain, and has presented on the topic of pain treatment at conferences, mental health facilities, and pain centers throughout California. He served as the chair for the 2nd PPD Conference, which took place at UCLA in 2010.

You may know Alan from articles he has written including Breaking the Pain Cycle and Miracles of Mindbody Medicine. The Miracles of Mindbody Medicine, while written primarily for professionals is a great source information for peers as well. Breaking the Pain Cycle is another terrific article, and discusses a problem that many of us struggle with and provides techniques for dealing with it.

The event will consist of a personalized feedback section followed by a Q&A portion. Gordon will focus primarily on how to feel the feelings that are responsible for the pain and how to get to the heart of the repression. The event will include audio and text chat component, so you can ask questions throughout.

How to Connect

The PTPN hosts these meetings through a program called Fuze Meetings. This is an online webinar program. You can connect to the meeting by simply clicking the following URL: .

The meeting room will open at 2:00 PM EST, so attendees can log-in early. All attendees are encouraged to log-in 15-20 minutes before the meeting begins (at 3:00 PM) to fix any potential connection problems.

  • When prompted select that you are a meeting attendee
  • Select this button on the left to install the Fuze application (this will allow you to listen to the audio)
  • The software will load and should be able to enter the meeting.
  • Choose which way you want to connect: Dial in, VoIP, or Skype
    • VoIP and Skype are the recommended ways to connect
    • To connect via VoIP you will need at least computer speakers or headphone to listen in, and a microphone to speak.
  • Dial-in: You can also listen to the audio portion by calling in. The number to dial is 1(646) 583-7415. When prompted enter the pin number 21558901.
  • Sype: To join by Skype call fuzeaudioplus, and enter the attendee pin number 21558901 when prompted.
    • If you call in through your phone or Skype you will not be able to see the text chat portion. To participate in the text chat portion click the above link.
  • If you have any technical difficulties try to connect via the dial-in method.
  • If you have any questions on how to use the software feel free to send a chat message to the Peer Network or post in the forum in this thread.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Web Portion: The software we use has a "web-only" portion. This will only allow you to see the text chat going on. You will not be able to hear the audio, which is how the special guest speaker will be interacting.
  • Call portion: Joining the call portion will allow you to hear the audio, as well as interact via text chat. People can connect via the call portion either by dialing in on a phone, use speakers or headphones to connect through VoIP, or connect via Skype.
  • The software may slow down your computer if it is older or if you have a lot of other programs running in the background. If you are having connectivity problems feel free to connect via Skype or by dialing-in on a phone.

Connecting Problems

Some firewalls, especially those on a work or school computer may prevent people from connecting to the meeting. It is recommend to use a personal computer over a work computer which may have certain restrictions on how to use it.

If for any reason, you have difficulty connecting to the meeting, go to and scroll to the bottom of the page. There will be additional instructions here and moderators who will be able to provide technical assistance.

You can also call the Fuze customer care line at (800) 844-4118


Moderators, much like in the regular drop in chat sessions, help facilitate the text chat portion of the discussion. If any one has a question about how to use the software, the moderators will be able to answer those questions. One of their biggest roles is to relay questions people have asked in the forum. Click here for more information.

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