Professional Workshop: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Chronic Pain

Date: March 10, 2020
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Location:  Show map WJCS Hartsdale Clinic
141 North Central Avenue
Hartsdale, NY
Contact: John Alterman
Email: [email protected]

Date: March 10, 2020  


Time: 9:00-10:30AM


Enrollment Limited: 16                       Contact Hours: 1.5                  CEU’s: 1.5                 


Many people who present for mental health treatment suffer from chronic pain. Pain can be caused by any number of factors, but when it becomes chronic it often interferes with daily functioning, and contributes to isolation, anxiety, depressive symptoms, and mood lability. By this point, medical professionals often tell people that there is no precise physiological explanation to account for the extent of their pain, and that little can be done to resolve it. It is therefore not surprising that chronic pain often results in hopelessness and increases risk of substance abuse and suicidality. An increasingly popular non-pharmacological intervention for pain is CBT for pain management. It is an evidence-based approach to treating and minimizing chronic pain by teaching people ways of safely reintroducing activities into their lives. Components of the treatment include relaxation and mindfulness training, pain-focused cognitive restructuring, time-based activity pacing and graded task assignments. Some of these methods are common in many CBT treatments, but are presented in the context of treating chronic pain, while others are specific to this modality. In this course, participants will be introduced to the rationale for CBT for pain, become familiar with the specific interventions comprising this treatment, and learn how to implement it in clinical practice.


Method: Lecture, discussion.  


Learning Objectives:


  1. Understand ways that chronic pain can contribute to mental health challenges, and ways that depression and anxiety can exacerbate chronic pain
  2. Understand the rationale for CBT for pain and how to present the rationale to clients
  3. Become familiar with the techniques used in CBT for pain and why they are used
  4. Understand the specifics of time-based activity pacing and how to use it in clinical practice


Instructor: Rachel Held, PhD


Location: 141 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale


Cost: $75

Westchester Jewish Community Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW0067. 

Please note: To receive CE credits, one must attend the entirety of the class. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the class. Therefore, late arrival or an early departure of greater than 10 minutes constitutes not attending a class in its entirety. To document attendance, participants must sign in and out of the class and complete an evaluation at the end of each class.

Refund Policy: Refundable up to 2 weeks prior to start date.

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