May 16 – CBT for Chronic Pain




Beyond Painkillers: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain



Workshop Information

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 – Sign-In: 9:30am Workshop Time: 9:45am-4:45pm

Location:  Maryland City at Russett Community Library: 3501 Russett Common, Laurel, MD 20724

Cost: $149 Early Registration through May 9 – $165 Late Registration after May 9

$130 Group Registration

Presenter: Ryan J. Kalpinski, PhD

CEU Credits: 6 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 CEUs**


Presenter Bio

Ryan J. Kalpinski is the Associate Director of Training for the pre-doctoral internship program, Chief of Behavioral Medicine Services and Installation Director of Psychological Health at Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center on Joint Base Andrews, MD. Dr. Kalpinski earned his B.S. in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and subsequently received his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Dr. Kalpinski completed his Internship in Clinical Psychology at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC) at Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland in San Antonio, TX. He later completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology, also at WHASC, the only dual-accredited program by the American Psychological Association and the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine.  In addition to being an Air Force Health Psychologist, Dr. Kalpinski remains active as a Department of Defense Internal Behavioral Health Consultant Expert Trainer.

Prior to completing the fellowship, Dr. Kalpinski held several positions within the 325th Medical Group at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, FL. He served as the Chief, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program, Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Disaster Mental Health Team Chief and served as the mental health liaison for the Explosive Ordinance Disposal personnel.

Dr. Kalpinski’s research interests span several areas in health psychology, rehabilitation psychology and population health. His research broadly focuses on health behaviors and their behavioral economical influences and clinical outcomes. He is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the American Psychological Association, and the Society of Air Force Psychologists. He is the Department of Defense Chair for the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Military and Veterans’ Health Special Interest Group.



Workshop Description

Most people can recall a time where they experienced physical pain which lasted more than a few minutes, consider the impact it had on other experiences.  What if that pain never went away?  According to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), there are an estimated 100 million Americans dealing with chronic pain and it costs the United States around $600 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity. The most common first-line approach to treatment is pain medication, often controlled substances such as opiates.  The impacts of opiate use are many and the benefits are few according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).   

With the sharp rise in opiate addiction, many people are looking for more holistic approaches to addressing their chronic pain. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is highly effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is even effective with special populations including children and older adults.

This training provides the basics of conceptualizing chronic pain from a biopsychosocial perspective and best practices in treating chronic pain from a cognitive-behavioral perspective.  Further, attendees will learn how to apply pre-existing therapeutic practices to provide best opportunities for people seeking optimal improvement in daily functioning despite ongoing chronic pain.


Workshop Objectives

1.    Differentiate between the biomedical and biopsychosocial models of chronic pain

2.    Identify several risk factors for the development of chronic pain

3.    Estimate the likelihood of chronic pain among one’s clientele

4.    Name and explain at least 5 components of cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain

5.    Provide a concise rationale for why trauma and identity work may be important in treating           chronic pain patients



Workshop Agenda


** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  Acceptance of these credits are granted for all trainings by The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  These credits are also accepted by The Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners as well and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **