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Treating Chronic Pain
Online Course
$284.97 USD
Product Details
Online Course
Downloadable/Streaming MP4 Video and MP3 Audio with electronic manual and instructions.
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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[+] [-] 095942 - Opioids and Chronic Pain
  1. Discover what’s behind the opioid misuse/chronic pain link and how to reduce your clients’ reliance on opioids
  2. Discover how to better understand and address clients’ fears and feelings by recognizing the intersecting neurophysiology of pain and opioid misuse
  3. Discover how to help clients use cutting-edge, evidence-based tools to treat chronic pain, like modifying thought distortions, decatastrophizing, imagery and breathing

[+] [-] 053560 - The Chronic Pain Tool Box:
  1. Specify the difference between chronic pain and a complex chronic pain syndrome and how conventional treatments (including MAT, procedures, and surgery) often “make it worse.”
  2. Delineate the difference between physical pain and emotional suffering and how the 5 Big Negative Emotions magnify the pain experience as it relates to clinical practice.
  3. Establish the ability to conduct an effective biopsychosocial assessment of chronic pain and use pain scales to recalibrate pain levels and increase wellness in a clinical setting.
  4. Utilize cognitive restructuring to assist clients in creating “black duck moments” in session that will change their perspective on their pain experiences and motivate them to live more active and purposeful lives.
  5. Practice 3 ACT interventions to defuse the impact of chronic pain and increase client commitment to positive behavioral change for symptom management.
  6. Implement 4 mindfulness-based interventions to empower clients to manage their pain by going FAR.
  7. Integrate the power of gratitude into your practice to decrease pain and increase wellness to improve treatment outcomes.
  8. Develop the competency to guide a multidisciplinary approach to pain management that connects pain clients and families to resources beyond therapy to improve client level of functioning.

[+] [-] 095942 - Opioids and Chronic Pain
  • Opioid Facts
  • Opioid Increase
  • 3 Key Concepts
  • Types of Pain
  • Pain Pathways
  • Central Sensitization
  • Radio Frequency Denervation
  • Opioid Withdrawal Pain
  • What is an Opioid?
  • Dopamine & Opioid Receptors
  • The “Dorothy Reaction”
  • Prescription Opioid Use & Abuse
  • Chronic Pain on Opioids vs. Opioid Use Disorder with Pain
Opioids & Acute Pain
  • Definition of Acute Pain
  • Efficacy of Pain Medications for Acute Pain
Opioids & Chronic Pain
  • Definition of Chronic Pain
  • Central Sensitization Inventory
  • Treatment of Chronic Pain
  • Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain
  • CBT for Chronic Pain

[+] [-] 053560 - The Chronic Pain Tool Box:
  • The Chronic Pain Dilemma
    • Pain and its impact on society
      • Neurophysiology and psychology of pain
      • Benefits and the risks of opioids
      • Pain and the family
    • Complex Chronic Pain
      • The progression from acute to chronic pain (physical and emotional factors)
      • Chronic pain syndrome and its constellation of symptoms
      • Conventional treatments and why they fail
    • Pain vs suffering: What are we really treating?
      • The 5 big “negative” emotions that magnify pain
      • The number one rule in pain management
      • Strategies to un-attach pain from suffering
    • Assessment
      • The Interview
        • Validation and the therapeutic alliance
        • Collect a biopsychosocial history
        • Co-occurring disorders and other risk factors
      • The Battery
        • Useful self-report measures
        • Interpretation of results for case conceptualization
        • Effective treatment planning
    • The Chronic Pain Toolbox
      • Best Practice Guidelines and treatment options
        • APA Division 12 recommendations
        • CDC and government recommendations
        • Empathy and the power of the therapeutic alliance
      • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
        • Unleash “black ducks” to eat up ANTs
        • Harness the power of client’s own words
        • Recalibrate Pain: a cognitive approach
        • Mindfulness
        • Why mindfulness is essential for the treatment of chronic pain
        • 4 creative interventions to help clients see “What is NOT wrong with me”
        • The FAR approach and how it resonates with clients
        • Limitations of the psychotherapeutic approach
      • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
        • Cognitive defusion and how to use it with clients
        • The Values Compass and how to help clients find their True North
        • Develop motivation and commitment
        • Limitations of the psychotherapeutic approach
      • Gratefulness
        • The hidden power of gratefulness and its evidence for chronic pain
        • 3 gratitude interventions that directly impact the pain experience
      • More Tools You Can Use
        • Include the family in treatment
        • Effective sleep hygiene
        • Multidisciplinary treatments: when and how to use them
        • The T.E.M.P.L.E.S.S hand-out you can share with clients
        • Patient advocate resources
        • Recovery resources



Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC, is a Diplomate with the Academy for Cognitive Therapy and is a practicing cognitive-behavioral therapist. She has maintained a private practice for over 25 years. She has worked in primary care settings, free clinics, and medication-assisted treatment programs. Martha is a Red Cross disaster mental health manager and has been on many national disaster deployments where she provides support to traumatized people. She is also involved with the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces to develop programs to support military and veteran families.

She has provided trainings in the United States and internationally on topics such as evidence-based treatments for trauma, DSM-5®, compassion fatigue, and behavioral treatment of chronic pain. A prolific writer, Martha has published over 175 articles in newspapers and magazines, including Psychotherapy Networker and Family Therapy Magazine. Martha is the co-author (with John Ludgate) of Overcoming Compassion Fatigue: A Practical Resilience Workbook (PESI, 2014) and (with Donald Teater) Treating Chronic Pain: Pill-Free Approaches to Move People From Hurt To Hope (PESI, 2017).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Martha Teater maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Martha Teater is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


Don Teater, MD, MPH, is a family physician who has lived and worked in western North Carolina since 1988. Dr. Teater works entirely with patients who have addiction and mental health disorders, and is a national expert in the areas of pain, addiction, and opioids. He has several years’ experience working with the Centers for Disease Control, the National Safety Council, and many other state and federal agencies and community organizations on the opioid issue.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Don Teater is the owner of Teater Health Solutions. He has an employment relationship with Meridian Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Teater receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Don Teater has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Bruce F. Singer, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and nationally recognized expert on psychosocial treatments for chronic pain and substance use disorders. He was the founding director of the Chronic Pain and Recovery Center at Silver Hill Hospital, one of the most prestigious psychiatric hospitals in the United States. He maintains a private practice and consults internationally with treatment centers.

Dr. Singer sits on the Medical Advisory Board of the U.S. Pain Foundation and on the Board of Chronic Pain Anonymous where he is an outspoken advocate for helping individuals with chronic pain obtain effective treatment. An inspirational speaker known for his creativity and sense of humor, Dr. Singer has presented at Grand Rounds and pain and addiction conferences throughout the United States. He is the author of numerous professional articles on psychosocial treatments for chronic pain and substance abuse, and his guided meditations and educational videos are readily available on the web. He recently authored Black Duck Moments Every Day, a book of daily affirmations for people with chronic conditions as well as 99 Black Duck Moments, an eBook based on his original memes and videos.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Bruce Singer is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Bruce Singer is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the U.S. Pain Foundation.
Continuing Education Credits Awarded for Completion of Entire Package
[+] [-] Combined Continuing Education Credit From All Components
Breakdown of Continuing Education Credits by Components
[+] [-] 053560 - The Chronic Pain Tool Box:
[+] [-] 085190 - Treating Chronic Pain
[+] [-] 095942 - Opioids and Chronic Pain
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