The importance of Biological, Psychological, Social/Cultural, and Spiritual treatment


  • Course Description

    Chronic pain includes both physiological and psychological pain symptoms, and participants of this presentation will learn how to differentiate between the two types of symptoms in order to support patients who are experiencing chronic pain. The multi-disciplinary Addiction Free Pain Management model offers clinicians a new skill set to address chronic pain issues with clients without the use of opioids, and also offers a treatment modality for those who are already in the throes of an addictive disorder as a result of their chronic pain and past medical management strategies. Providers will learn how about the implementation of a research-supported, multidisciplinary, and integrated pain management approach that may increase positive treatment outcomes, and participants will also learn the components that are necessary to treat the synergistic symptoms of pain and coexisting disorders including Biological, Psychological, Social/Cultural, and Spiritual.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to list the four levels of chronic pain that need to be addressed for successful treatment outcomes; articulate two or more of the six core areas for successful chronic pain management; accurately describe one or more ways that clinicians can support their patients in applying the six core principles for successful chronic pain management to positively impact their care

    Series-Based Course
    Please note that this course is part III 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.

  • Accommodations

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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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