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2-Day: Chronic Pain Certificate Course

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - Friday, February 28, 2020

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

Another client enters your office angry about the chronic pain they struggle with daily. They start sharing their story and the mask of frustration peels away to reveal the hopelessness and despair from living in a constant state of misery. Most clinicians are not trained in chronic pain, yet this scenario is becoming all too familiar, as at least 1/3 of our clients suffer from chronic pain. More and more clients are moving away from medication, seeking out holistic solutions, yet we’re not quite sure of the best way to help them.

Imagine helping your clients learn that while pain might be unavoidable, misery is optional. Strengthen the therapeutic relationship by validating the reality of clients’ pain while introducing ways to help them immediately experience a lessening of their distress. Explore acupressure and meditation to help clients discover how mind and body are connected.

In this two-day workshop, neuropsychologist, Dr. Robert Rosenbaum, will teach you the facts about pains’ biology and effective treatment strategies, so you can confidently educate and treat your clients. With experiential exercises such as guided imagery, acupressure, meditation, and gentle movement, combined with cognitive-behavioral methods, you’ll leave with the right skills and tools at your fingertips to treat chronic pain.

  1. Explore strategies on how to prevent pain before it begins for purposes of client psychoeducation.
  2. Explain the importance of early intervention in the pain cycle and its clinical implications.
  3. Identify the most common pain complaints as related to clinical treatment.
  4. Describe how age, gender, ethnicity, and culture influence the experience of pain as it relates to case conceptualization.
  5. Distinguish how different types of pain require different treatment approaches.
  6. Correlate how the brain, the mind, and the heart all affect pain for purposes of client psychoeducation.
  7. Examine and counter maladaptive myths about pain to improve client level of functioning.
  8. Assess pain through specialized questionnaires and interview methods to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  9. Demonstrate four meditation methods useful for dealing with pain in session.
  10. Discover six acupressure points helpful for pain prevention and management in clients.
  11. Implement clinical methods to help clients concretize their pain and use guided imagery to alleviate pain.
  12. Identify existential, spiritual, and self-identity issues which interact with biological and psychological components of pain as it relates to treatment outcomes.

Impact of Chronic Pain on Mental Health

Primary Prevention
  • The best treatment is prevention
  • Early detection and early intervention
Pain Prevalence and Impact
  • Incidence and prevalence: most common types
  • Societal costs
  • Impact on client mental health and quality of life
Sociodemographic factors
The Biology of Pain
  • What is pain?
    • Physical, emotional, psychological, and environmental factors
    • Pain intensity vs pain distress
  • Types of Pain
    • Nociceptive and neuropathic
    • Effect of location
    • Etiology, temporal course, sensation
    • Inflammation, cancer, Ischemic
    • Acute vs chronic pain
  • Pain transmission and modulation
  • Neurochemicals of pain
  • Pain, Brain, Strain
    • Central sensitization
    • The role of attention
    Pain: Beyond Basic Biology
    • Biopsychosocial model
    • Vicious circles of maladaptive coping strategies
    • Psychological and emotional aspects of pain
    • Pain’s effect on the sense of self
    • Countering pain myths
Assessment, Interventions, and Management

Pain Treatment Options
  • Medications and medical procedures
  • Introduction to analgesics
  • Opioids – Myths and Facts
The opioid epidemic
  • Opioid efficacy, risks
  • Tolerance vs. addiction
  • Risk of addiction and abuse
  • Basic guidelines
  • The interview
  • Psychometric instruments
  • Pain vs. distress
Behavioral Treatment
  • Technique vs. relationship
  • Mindfulness and other meditations
    • The hype and the reality
    • Focuses and open awareness
    • Breathing techniques: four methods
  • Comfort strategies: You Are Bigger than the Pain
    • Awareness
    • Importance of early detection
    • Concretizing with imagery and names
  • Re-Focus
    • Widening and narrowing attention
    • Going distal; going to the center
    • Imagery and self-hypnosis
  • Re-thinking
    • CBT for catastrophizing
    • Separate pain from distress
    • Deal with flares
  • Additional behavioral treatment tools
    • Pacing
    • Gentle movement
    • The importance of face, hands, feet
    • Acupressure self-massage
    • Qigong for pain
    • Sleep and rest
  • Enjoy
    • Cultivating positives
    • Antidotes for difficult emotions
    • Increasing emotional granularity
  • Relate
    • Foster positive relationships
    • Deal with difficult relationships
Differential treatment considerations
Outcomes of integrative interventions
Research limitations and risks of psychotherapeutic approaches
Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners


Robert Rosenbaum, Ph.D., has 30 years’ experience as a neuropsychologist, psychotherapist and behavioral medicine specialist. In addition to his numerous journal articles and book chapters on brief psychotherapy, he is also the author of the books Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy; Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching and co-editor of What's Wrong with Mindfulness (and what isn't). He is entrusted as a Zen teacher by Sojun Roshi of Berkeley and San Francisco Zen Centers and as a senior teacher of Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong by Master Hui Liu of the Wen Wu School.

Dr. Rosenbaum worked for over 26 years at Kaiser Permanente clinics in California, where at various times he was chief psychologist, head of the neuropsychological assessment program, developed the mindfulness-based behavioral portion of the chronic pain management program in Kaiser Oakland and started the first programs of Dayan Qigong (which subsequently spread to medical clinics throughout California). He also did research on brief psychotherapy, single-session therapy and psychotherapy integration.

In addition, he has been a Fulbright Professor at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India, the director of the doctoral training program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a consultant on brief psychotherapy to clinics and academic institutions in Australia, Japan, and Canada. Whenever he can, he spends several months a year hiking in the Sierras and the Himalayas.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Robert Rosenbaum receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Robert Rosenbaum has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Michigan Addiction Counselors: This course has been reviewed and approved by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). This course will award 12.5 contact hours and has been identified as related to substance abuse.

This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.6 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours or 1.25 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Michigan Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: PESI, Inc. is an approval provider by the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. This activity qualifies for 12.5 contact hours.

This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 12.5 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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