Why is Knowing How to Treat Chronic Pain Critical in Caring for Older Adults?

Dr. Stephen Grinstead explains why learning tools to effective treat chronic pain and mental health concerns, including substance use disorders is critical when providing care to older adults

Effective Tools to Concurrently Treat Chronic Pain, Substance Use Disorders, and Mental Health Concerns

When: Available NOW! Watch on Your own time & at your own pace

WhereAsynchronous Pre-recorded On Demand Webinar

What: Continuing Education Course. 5 CE Credits/5 CMC Contact Hours

Presenter: Stephen Grinstead, Dr AD, LMFT, ACRPS

Course Description: Chronic pain is an overwhelming problem and to complicate matters, the historical reliance on opioid medication for pain management has further compounded the problem. In recent years, treatment for chronic pain has demanded that we reevaluate the traditional bio-medical approach that emphasizes harmful opioid-based pain management approaches. In this intermediate workshop, you will learn the unique challenges and obstacles that patients/clients suffering with chronic pain and coexisting disorders face, including mental health and medication misuse abuse or addiction. Through understanding these unique challenges, you will discover that treatment for chronic pain requires an integrated concurrent team approach to achieve successful outcomes. You will obtain a current evidence-based understanding, skills and treatment techniques necessary to address the neurobiological, psychological/emotional, social and spiritual aspects of chronic pain when potentially addictive medications are no longer a viable option.

Learning Objectives: After attending this intermediate-level program in full, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between medication misuse, medication abuse, pseudoaddiction and addiction then be able to develop an appropriate collaborative treatment plan with a clinical population.
  • Investigate two (2) or more reasons why the biomedical approach alone may be ineffective for the low outcome subset of chronic pain clients with coexisting disorders.
  • Evaluate three (3) successful chronic pain management treatment outcomes.
  • Differentiate between the physiological and psychological/emotional pain symptoms and have appropriate management strategies for both types.
  • Apply knowledge of the correlation between stress and pain with a clinical population
  • Utilize appropriate relaxation response skills to reduce stress and pain in a clinical setting

Target Audience: This seminar is open to all Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists, Geriatric Care Managers and other interested mental health and senior care professionals.

This program is intended for those with an intermediate level of knowledge and experience related to this content.

Recording Date: This program was recorded on 1/28/22

About the presenter

Stephen Grinstead, DR AD, LMFT, ACRPS

From 2015 to 2018, Dr. Grinstead was the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of a Triple Diagnosis Residential and Intensive Outpatient Chronic Pain Management Program in 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 Evidence-Based 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. Since 1996, he has trained well over 40,000 healthcare providers in Seminars, Workshops and Trainings across the United States and Canada.

Learn more at Dr. Grinstead's website

How To Earn CE Credits

Participants will have their participation registered through Center for Mental Health & Aging. This program is available for continuing education (CE) credit after the following steps have been successfully completed:


Step 1: Attend 100% of the course. Attendance is tracked via the online platform.

Step 2: Successfully pass the course post-test; a score of 75% or greater is passing. (You have a total of 3 attempts to pass the post-test)

Step 3: Complete the Course Program Evaluation & Attestation

Step 4: Download Your Certificate

Certificates of completion will be emailed immediately following submission of electronic survey and also available for download in the course platform. It's that simple!

Here's What You'll Learn in this Workshop

A Deeper Understanding of the Chronic Pain Problem – Knowledge is Power

·     Differentiating between acute and chronic pain

·     Understanding neuropathic pain

·     Managing recurrent acute pain aka Pain Flare Ups

·     Moving beyond anticipatory pain

·     Making peace with chronic pain

The Major Problems for Clients Living with Chronic Pain and Coexisting Disorders

·     Mistreated or undertreated chronic pain

·     Over-utilization of the traditional bio-medical model

·     The Synergistic impact of chronic pain and unidentified and/or untreated coexisting disorders

·     The misapplication or lack of MAT

·     Lack of integrated Body-Mind-Spirit treatment approaches

Common Coexisting Disorders that Can Sabotage Treatment Outcomes

·     Substance misuse, abuse, pseudo addiction or addiction

·     Unresolved trauma history (PTSD)

·     Anxiety Disorders including social anxiety disorders

·     Depression including bipolar disorders

·     Cognitive impairment from living with high levels of untreated pain

The Role of Resistance and Denial in Obtaining Positive Treatment Outcomes

·     The need to normalize and depathologize denial

·     Understanding denial as a part of the human condition

·     The role of the “Inner Saboteur” in failed treatment outcomes

·     Learn how to identify and manage the 12 denial patterns and treatment resistance

A Synergistic Treatment Plan for Healing the Whole Person

·     Identifying and implementing:

·     Biological treatment interventions

·     Psychological treatment Interventions

·     Social/Family/Cultural treatment Interventions

·     Spiritual treatment interventions

How to Measure Treatment Outcomes

·     Implement Pre-Pre-Post treatment outcome measures

·     Empower clients to become proactive participants in their own healing process

·     Relapse prevention and continue care plans for chronic pain, opioid use disorders and psychological disorders

·     Ongoing plans to increase levels of functioning and improve quality of life

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I'm so glad you're here!

I'm Dr. Regina Koepp. I'm a Stanford-trained, board certified clinical psychologist, and founder of the Center for Mental Health & Aging. For close to 20 years, I’ve worked with older adults and their families in some of the largest healthcare systems in the nation, like Stanford, Emory, and the Veterans Health Administration.

I’ve experienced first hand the difficulty of helping older adults and caregivers find mental health providers trained to help them. In fact, 67% of older adults with mental health concerns DO NOT get the mental health care they need, resulting in worse medical problems, higher health care costs, family strain, and needless suffering.

This has inspired my mission of ensuring that you, and all mental health and senior care professionals, have the tools you need to treat the mental health needs of older adults in your care.

It's only with your help that we can meet the mental health needs of older adults and caregivers. So, thank you for being here and doing your part!

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Social Workers

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Important Details

Speaker Disclosures:

  • Financial: Stephen Grinstead maintains a private practice and is the director at Innovative Treatment Solutions. He is an author and receives royalties. Mr. Grinstead receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
  • Non-Financial: Stephen Grinstead is a member of the ASAM, ASIPP, IAPM, NAADAC, CAMFT, and CCAPP.

Commercial Support: There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, content, or sponsor.

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