Freedom From Chronic Pain Suffering: Moving Out of the Problem and Into the Solution*


Course Overview

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 multidisciplinary Addiction-Free Pain Management® model offers clinicians a new skill set to address chronic pain issues with clients without the use of inappropriate opioids, and 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.

Participants will learn about the implementation of a research supported, multidisciplinary, and integrated pain management approach that will 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.  This course also explores the various ways patients with chronic pain and coexisting disorders get stuck and give up. Participants will also explore the importance of developing a treatment plan that instills balance.

When working with people suffering with chronic pain it is crucial to be aware of the cultural and family dynamics that could sabotage effective treatment.  This workshop addresses these types of obstacles and covers recommended interventions needed for positive treatment outcomes.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss two or more reasons why the biomedical approach alone may be ineffective for the low outcome subset of chronic pain patients with coexisting disorders.
  • Discuss three or more of the six significant stuck points patients experience and ways to overcome them for successful chronic pain management treatment outcomes.
  • Identify and differentiate between the physiological and psychological/emotional pain symptoms and have appropriate management strategies for both types.
  • Explain their patients let go of suffering by developing a treatment plan that adequately addresses the psychological/emotional symptoms of their pain.
  • Teach patients to explore the correlation of increased stress and worsening levels of pain and how to develop appropriate relaxation response skills to reduce their levels of stress and pain.
  • Define at least five of the twelve denial patterns (psychological defense mechanisms) that can sabotage treatment outcomes.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

2 CE hour credits approved by NAADAC, ASWB,  & NBCC

State Board Approval
TX 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143
OCDP Board # 20-774862 (C2)

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 1000
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self

    • Lecture1.1
      Freedom From Chronic Pain Suffering: Moving Out of the Problem and Into the Solution

    • Lecture2.1
      Freedom From Chronic Pain Suffering: Moving Out of the Problem and Into the Solution
  • QUIZ 1

    • Quiz3.1
      Freedom From Chronic Pain Suffering: Moving Out of the Problem and Into the Solution 15 questions
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, (LMFT) a past California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), and a current Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He served on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and also taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School and served on the faculty of University of Utah’s School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor at Alliant University teaching Masters Level and Psy.D. Students the Treating the Addicted Family System course for the Marriage and Family Therapy track for five years. From 2015 to 2018, Dr. Grinstead was the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of a Residential and Intensive Outpatient Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo California. He is author of the book Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test: A Body Mind Spirit Approach for Relieving Chronic Pain Suffering, as well as author of several other pain management books including Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope, Managing Pain, Coexisting Disorders, and the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide. Dr. Grinstead is also 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. He has been working with chronic pain management, substance use disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders since 1984.