In order to understand the use of psychotherapy or behavioral treatments, it helps to recognize
how chronic pain works and why it is so difficult for patients. Why aren’t opioids the answer?
When pain moves from acute to chronic, the central nervous system changes, and the brain
rewires. Since pain is both a sensory and emotional experience, the brain can modulate it. Pain
is in the brain, and perception can be changed with various behavioral interventions. Expertise
in behavioral interventions for pain management as part of an interdisciplinary approach is
needed to combat the current opioid epidemic. This workshop will focus on mind-body
interventions that turn down the volume on pain, alter pain perception, and improve function.
The focus is on how a counselor can help with effective psychotherapy treatments and talk to
patients about pain management.
- Describe the difference between acute and chronic pain and discuss how chronic pain develops through central sensitization
- Analyze the role of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors on turning down the volume of pain and explore how mind-body treatments change pain perception
- Describe evidence-based tools and techniques aimed at reducing chronic pain and increasing patient functioning
Course Lesson Descriptions
CPLB 101: Living Beyond Pain: A Holistic Approach to Manage Pain and Get Your Life Back
Linda Mintle, Ph.D.
Linda Mintle, Ph.D., has been involved in medical education since the 1980s when she first served on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). She directed the Eastern Virginia Family Therapy Clinic and helped develop the eating disorders unit at the medical school. Additionally, she conducted research at the Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida, taught in the PsyD programs at Regent University and Wheaton College. She later returned to EVMS in the Department of Clinical Pediatrics related to her specialty practice in eating disorders and obesity to help with community involvement to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. Her current efforts are focused on the opioid crisis related to addiction and chronic pain. Author of 20 books on various mental health issues and interpersonal relationships, Dr. Mintle is also a mental health content expert for media and national conferences. She hosts her own radio show on the weekends, blogs nationally, and enjoys travel and sports.
3.0 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, and LCSW.
The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: https://www.lightuniversity.com/continuing-education-statements/