Bruce Singer – The Chronic Pain Tool Box: Effective Interventions for Treating Complex Chronic Pain
Bruce Singer is a professor.
6 hours and 11 minutes.
Audio and video formats are available.
12th of April, 2018
Chronic Pain Syndrome is not the same as Chronic Pain… and understanding the distinction makes a difference
Wellness-based strategies to assist clients in disassociating emotional suffering from physical pain
Encourage good coping strategies in your clients.
8 key CBT, mindfulness, and ACT therapies for chronic pain that you can start using right away
Years ago, I went down to assess a possible client who was suffering from severe pain. She had hardly spoken for a minute before breaking down in tears as she described a 5-year-old accident that had left her with agonizing neck discomfort. Despite three back surgeries and several treatments, her back was still “killing” her, and she rated her agony as a 15 on a scale of 10. She couldn’t sleep, had gained weight, and was unable to exercise. She had stopped working, was involved in a personal injury case, and was scared to leave the house. Her doctor had prescribed her heavy dosages of an opiate pain reliever as well as an anti-anxiety drug, and she admitted to taking more than she was supposed to. She admits to having suicidal thoughts because she had given up hope of ever regaining her life.
Now put yourself in my shoes. How would you go about doing a successful assessment? Do you understand the distinction between chronic pain and chronic pain syndrome? What is the most effective way to manage pain with a co-occurring disorder? Do you believe you have enough evidence-based skills in your toolkit to assist clients in helping themselves?
It is a difficult time to address complicated chronic pain. Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and the country is battling a devastating opiate crisis that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and is tearing society apart. You are in a unique position as a therapist to deliver successful pain care to your chronic pain clients… but only if you load your invisible toolbox with evidence-based methods that work.
The assessment and management of complicated chronic pain will be the subject of this participatory and innovative presentation. You will learn how to assess it as well as how to identify and treat co-occurring conditions. You will gain confidence in your capacity to translate your understanding of CBT, mindfulness, and ACT into “magic bullet” abilities that can promote “inside-out” pain treatment for your clients. You will leave this event with eight practical interventions that you can implement right now to persuade your clients to make the changes they want and to support their families in locating the resources they want.
Manual (4.17 MB)
Outline 74 Pages Available After Purchase
The Chronic Pain Conundrum
The influence of pain on society
Pain neurophysiology and psychology
Opioids’ advantages and disadvantages
The family and the pain
Chronic Pain That Is Complicated
Transition from acute to chronic pain (physical and emotional factors)
Chronic pain syndrome and its associated symptoms
Why do conventional therapies fail?
What are we truly addressing when we talk about pain vs. suffering?
The five major “negative” emotions that amplify pain
The first rule of pain management
Strategies for detaching pain from suffering
The therapeutic partnership and validation
Gather a biopsychosocial history.
Disorders that co-occur with other risk factors
The Power Source
Self-report measurements that are useful
Results interpretation for case conceptualization
Treatment planning that works
Chronic Pain Toolkit
Treatment Options and Best Practice Guidelines
Recommendations from APA Division 12
CDC and government guidelines
Empathy and the therapeutic alliance’s power
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Allow “black ducks” to consume ANTs.
Utilize the power of the client’s own words.
Pain Recalibration: A Cognitive Approach
Why is mindfulness so important in the treatment of chronic pain?
4 innovative treatments to assist clients in seeing “What is NOT wrong with me”
The FAR method and how it is received by clients
The Psychotherapeutic Approach’s Limitations
Therapy for Acceptance and Commitment
How to exploit cognitive dissonance with clients
The Principles Compass and how to assist customers in locating their True North
Increase your motivation and dedication.
The Psychotherapeutic Approach’s Limitations
The hidden power of gratitude and its link to chronic pain
3 therapies for thankfulness that have a direct influence on pain experience
Additional Resources You Can Make Use Of
Include the family in the therapeutic process.
Sleep hygiene that works
When and how to employ multidisciplinary therapy
You can provide the T.E.M.P.L.E.S.S. handout to clients.
Resources for Patient Advocates
Resources for recovery
Psy.D. Bruce Singer Seminars and items that are related: 2
Psy.D. Bruce F. Singer is a licensed psychologist and a nationally renowned expert in psychosocial therapies for chronic pain and substance use disorders. He was the founding director of Silver Hill Hospital’s Chronic Pain and Recovery Center, one of the most famous mental institutions in the United States. He has a private practice and consults with treatment institutes all around the world.
Dr. Singer is on the Medical Advisory Board of the United States Pain Foundation and the Board of Chronic Pain Anonymous, where he is an ardent supporter for assisting those suffering from chronic pain in obtaining adequate treatment. Dr. Singer, an inspiring speaker noted for his originality and sense of humor, has spoken at Grand Rounds and pain and addiction conferences around the United States. He has written several professional publications about psychosocial therapies for chronic pain and substance dependence, and his guided meditations and instructive films are widely available on the internet. He just released Black Duck Moments Every Day, a book of daily affirmations for those suffering from chronic illnesses, as well as 99 Black Duck Moments, an eBook based on his original memes and films.
Bruce Singer is a private practitioner. PESI, Inc. pays him a speaking honorarium.
Non-financial: Bruce Singer is a member of the US Pain Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board.