A systemic perspective on chronic pain

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  • Course Description

    Historically, when individuals struggling with chronic pain and comorbid addictive disorders enrolled in focused chronic pain management programs, they often failed due to under­managed or unmanaged symptoms of substance use disorders or mental health disorders. During this course, participants will learn the strategies for offering more comprehensive support to patients experiencing chronic pain management problems as a means to improve treatment compliance and outcomes. Chronic pain will be evaluated through the lens of Systems theory, and specific treatment obstacles will be addressed, including family saboteurs and the patients’ self­-defeating patterns of behavior.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: List three or more common obstacles facing patients with chronic pain and coexisting disorders; Describe the four levels of chronic pain that need to be addressed for successful treatment outcomes; Describe two or more common self-­defeating reactions people living with chronic pain and coexisting disorders exhibit that may negatively influence treatment outcomes


    Series-Based Course
    Please note that this course is part II of a three-part series. This course can be taken alone or as part of the series.

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

    Course requirements (including the course audio, post-test, and course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast presentation which is available for free via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your other favorite podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, presenter, sponsor, instructor, or content.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

Instructor

Pain Management Expert

Dr. Stephen Grinstead, LMFT #27377, ACRPS

Pain Management Expert

Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead is the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of A Healing Place—A Residential and Intensive Outpatient Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo California. He is author of the book Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope as well as author of several other pain management books including Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders, and the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide. Dr. Grinstead is an internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. Dr. Grinstead has a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science, a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a current Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). Since 1996, Dr. Stephen Grinstead has conducted workshops and experiential skills trainings to nearly 40,000 healthcare providers.

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