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CBT for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use


12 CEs

Led by Allen R. Miller, Ph.D., this experiential workshop will teach you how to use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to provide effective treatment for clients who experience problems related to pain and opioid/opiate use. You will learn about the complicated relationship between pain and opioids and how to develop and use a cognitive conceptualization to deliver effective treatment. Dr. Miller will discuss the significance of the therapeutic relationship in CBT and demonstrate how you can use the therapeutic relationship to motivate your clients to make real changes in their lives. Throughout the workshop, you will have the opportunity to participate in roleplay demonstrations and practice techniques that will enhance your work with clients who have chronic pain and opioid use-related problems.

This workshop is designed for health and mental health professionals who want to learn how to use CBT techniques to work more effectively with complicated pain/opioid use clients, improve their level of functioning, and increase their overall quality of life.

Available Dates in 2019:

  • August 22-23

Price: $600

Workshop Times:

8:45am – 4:00pm

Workshop Location:

Beck Institute | Directions


Allen R. Miller, Ph.D

CE/CME: 12 credits


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All trainees receive a Letter of Workshop Attendance verifying participation in this program.

Workshop Curriculum

Day 1 – Thursday, December 6, 2018

8:45 AM – 10:30 AM Rationale for using CBT to treat chronic pain and opiate use
10:30 AM – 10:35 AM Break
10:35 AM – 12:00 PM CBT conceptualization of chronic pain and opiate use
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:20 PM Using CBT to motivate people to make changes
2:20 PM – 2:25 PM Break
2:25 PM – 4:00 PM Treatment planning within the CBT model

Day 2 – Friday, December 7, 2018

8:45 AM – 10:30 AM Demonstration and practice of working with automatic thoughts and core beliefs
10:30 AM – 10:35 AM Break
10:35 AM – 12:00 PM Demonstration and practice of mindfulness and relaxation techniques
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:20 PM Demonstration and practice of behavioral activation and assertiveness
2:20 PM – 2:25 PM Break
2:25 PM – 4:00 PM Developing maintenance and relapse prevention plans

Important Information

Application Prerequisite

This course is appropriate for those with a beginner to intermediate level of knowledge in a mental health or medical field.

A doctorate or master’s degree (or equivalent degree for practitioners outside the US) in a mental health, medical, or related field is required. Participation in our Essentials of CBT online course or CBT for Depression workshop are recommended, but not required.

Travel Information

There are two hotels within walking distance of the Beck Institute with special rates available. The Hilton City Avenue is directly across the street, and the Courtyard Philadelphia City Avenue (formerly the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West) is about a ten-minute walk from Beck Institute. The Courtyard also offers a shuttle to Beck Institute trainees that will take you to and from our office each morning and afternoon.

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