Oct 15 – CBT for Chronic Pain


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



Workshop Information

Date: Monday, October 15, 2018 – 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 Oct 8 – $165 Late Registration after Oct 8

$130 Group Registration

Presenter: David J. Reynolds, PhD

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


Presenter Bio

Dr. Reynolds has over 20 years’ experience with chronic pain, including research focused on the reciprocal influence of pain and mood. He joined the Air Force in 1999 and completed his fellowship in health psychology in 2006. Upon retirement, Dr. Reynolds worked at a TBI rehab center. Presently, he is Director of the Behavioral Medicine Service at Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center, Joint Base Andrews, MD, as well as the Residency Program Deputy Training Director.


Workshop Description

Everyone feels pain from time-to-time – it is our body’s defense mechanism to tell us that something is wrong.  But what happens when pain won’t go away?  Chronic pain lingers for weeks, months and even years and is extremely debilitating for the sufferer. The number of people who suffer with chronic pain is staggering. According to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), there are an estimated 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain and costs the United States around $600 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity. Often those suffering with chronic pain are prescribed medications like opiates to reduce pain, but these drugs come with a laundry list of uncomfortable side effects and can lead to opiate dependence and/or addiction.

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

This training will cover how behavioral health providers can conceptualize chronic pain so as to relate this paradigm to those with whom they work. Rates of chronic pain among various American samples will be reviewed so attendees can gain a better sense of the widespread nature of pain, particularly among clinical populations likely already seen in their daily practice. Cognitive behavioral assessment and treatment of chronic pain will be explained, such that attendees can apply already-existing skills to this population, or seek out additional training so as to work more effectively with them.


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. **