The New Rules for Treating Chronic Pain: Addiction-Free Solutions in the Era of Opioid Crisis

New! Filmed Fall 2021

Presented by Stephen F. Grinstead, Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS

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6 Hours  |  Pre-approved for 6 CEUs


This online course will be available on demand after purchase.

All footage and course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until October 19, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on October 5, 2022. 

The landscape of chronic pain treatment is changing rapidly as we wean ourselves off the traditional bio-medical approach that emphasizes harmful opioid-based pain management approaches. In this presentation you will learn the unique challenges and obstacles that face patients suffering with chronic pain and coexisting disorders, including medication misuse abuse or addiction. By understanding these unique challenges, you will discover that it requires an integrated concurrent team approach to achieve successful treatment outcomes.

Join chronic pain management international expert, Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead, for this dynamic interactive webinar. You will obtain the proper understanding, skills and treatment techniques you need to address the neurobiological psychological/emotional, social and Spiritual aspects of chronic pain when potentially addictive medications are no longer a viable option. You will learn about Dr. Grinstead’s evidence-based Addiction-Free Pain Management® Manualized Treatment System.

By attending you will discover how common coexisting disorders and family dynamics can sabotage treatment – and what to do about it. You will learn how to develop a synergistic treatment plan incorporating the mind, body and spirit for healing as well as strategies to empower clients to be proactive in their healing process.  This course also draws from the 2018 American Society of Addiction Medicine Handbook: Pain and Addiction – including Dr. Grinstead’s Chapter: Self-directed Non-Pharmacological Management of Chronic Pain.  By the end of the presentation you will have a new confidence in helping people and their families suffering with chronic pain and coexisting disorders including addiction.

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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 under treated 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

By attending this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Investigate two or more reasons why the biomedical approach alone may be ineffective for the low outcome subset of chronic pain clients with coexisting disorders.
  2. Evaluate three successful chronic pain management treatment outcomes.
  3. Differentiate between the physiological and psychological/emotional pain symptoms and have appropriate management strategies for both types.
  4. Develop a treatment plan that helps clients let go of suffering and adequately addresses the psychological/emotional symptoms of their pain.
  5. Analyze the needs of clients as they 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 the perception of their pain.
  6. Categorize at least five of the twelve denial patterns (psychological defence mechanisms) that can sabotage treatment outcomes.

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Stephen F. Grinstead, Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioural Science, a Master’s Degree in Counselling 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 Counsellor (CADC-II), and, a Certified Denial Management Specialist (CDMS) an 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 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.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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