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Understanding & Managing Chronic Pain

11.00 CE Hours Available

All orders include the entire presentation with handouts and a CE test.
Streaming videos and audio downloads will be available immediately after checkout
Mailed CD and DVD formats include the printed handouts and CE test in an attractive portfolio

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Audio Download
Offer Price$132.00
CD Audio w/ Audio Download
Offer Price$152.00
DVD Video w/ Streaming Video
Offer Price$152.00
Streaming Video
Offer Price$132.00


Vintage courses do not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers


Participants will be able to:

  • Perspectives on chronic pain and chronic pain patients
  • A comprehensive assessment of chronic pain
  • An integrated biopsychosocial, rehabilitation approach to the treatment of chronic pain patients
  • Cognitive-behavioral perspective and principles of patients
  • Evidence-based cognitive and behavioral techniques
  • How to overcome challenges in treating patients with chronic pain
  • Comparisons of clinical and cost-effectiveness of treat- ments for diverse chronic pain syndromes
  • The future of rehabilitation of patients with chronic pain


Chronic Pain: Magnitude of the Problem

  • Number seeking treatment , cost of treatment
  • Impact on lives

Perspectives on chronic pain

  • Biomedical, psychiatric, behavioral (operant)
  • Motivational (third-party payer)
  • Subjective (patient?s)
  • Multidimensional/Interdisciplinary

Effectiveness of Treatments ? Some Surprises

  • Medication, surgery, spinal cord stimulators
  • Implantable drug delivery systems, somatic treatments
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
  • Alternative

Multidimensional Assessment

  • Case example
  • Core assessment questions
  • Screening - ACT-UP
  • Comprehensive interview
  • Assessment of pain, emotional functioning, physical functioning, behavior
  • Monitoring, goal setting
  • Patient subgroups

Biopsychosocial & Cognitive-Behavioral Rehabilitation

  • Assumptions, objectives, stages, characteristics
  • Case examples

Cognitive Techniques

  • Restructuring, coping skills training, relaxation and controlled breathing
  • Cognitive coping strategies (attention diversion, imagery)
  • Communication skills training
  • Problem solving
  • Pleasant activities planning
  • Role reversal

Behavioral Methods

  • Self-monitoring, paced mastery (shaping)
  • Self-reinforcement, participant modeling
  • Homework, goal setting
  • Involvement of significant others
  • Maintenance and generalization
  • Relapse prevention
  • Communications with referral sources

Comparative Treatment Effectiveness

  • Pain reduction
  • Medication reduction
  • Reduction in health care utilization
  • Increased activity
  • Return to work

Applying All We Have Learned

  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Future of pain management