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Assessment and Diagnosis of Mental Health Conditions in Clients with Chronic Pain: Biopsychosocial Considerations

Assessment and Diagnosis of Mental Health Conditions in Clients with Chronic Pain: Biopsychosocial Considerations
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Description and Schedule

This course is a live, interactive webinar held on Friday, September 13th, from 1-2:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

Registration closes at midnight (EDT) the day before the event

Millions of people worldwide struggle with both chronic pain and mental health conditions. This complex interplay creates a substantial challenge for clinicians, who may miss crucial aspects of a patient's overall well-being if they fail to consider the impact of chronic pain on mental health. Traditional healthcare approaches often compartmentalize pain management and mental healthcare, neglecting the interconnectedness of mind and body. This fragmented approach can lead to ineffective treatment and leave patients feeling unheard and misunderstood.

Additionally, the lack of adequate training and resources for clinicians to address the dual burden of chronic pain and mental health conditions is a pressing issue. Many healthcare professionals are not equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to recognize and treat the intricate ways in which chronic pain can exacerbate mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. This gap in training leads to missed diagnoses and suboptimal treatment plans that fail to address the root causes of patients' suffering. Furthermore, specific populations, including the elderly, veterans, and individuals from low-income or minority backgrounds, are disproportionately affected by chronic pain and mental health issues, yet they often receive even less comprehensive care due to systemic barriers and biases in the healthcare system. The course aims to highlight these pervasive problems and emphasize the need for a more integrated and empathetic approach to care.

The course is appropriate for practitioners of all disciplines and levels; incorporating pain into the biopsychosocial perspective can be relevant at all levels and in all practices where mental health and pain are entwined.

Mental health professionals: Clinicians like therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors would greatly benefit from this course. It would equip them to better understand the complex interplay between chronic pain and mental health conditions.

This course transcends the limitations of traditional chronic pain management, which often focuses solely on medication and physical interventions. It equips mental health professionals with a groundbreaking approach: incorporating chronic pain language into the assessment and treatment of related mental health conditions. This innovative framework delves deeper than the physical aspects of pain, allowing practitioners to gain a richer understanding of the daily biopsychosocial challenges faced by individuals with chronic pain. This deeper insight empowers therapists to tailor treatment plans with evidence-based practices that address not just the mental health symptoms but the true lived experience of chronic pain, ultimately leading to better patient outcomes.

Engaging in this course will equip you with a fresh perspective on treating clients with chronic pain and co-occurring mental health conditions. Here are some key takeaways you can expect:

  • Shifting Focus: You'll move beyond a purely medical model of pain management and gain skills to incorporate pain into evidence-based practices for mental health conditions.
  • Enhanced Communication: You'll learn to effectively "talk chronic pain" with your clients, fostering a deeper understanding of their daily struggles.
  • Holistic Care: By incorporating the biopsychosocial impact of chronic pain, you'll be able to deliver more comprehensive and effective care for your clients.
  • Improved Patient Outcomes: Ultimately, this course empowers you to deliver better care and achieve more positive outcomes for your clients with chronic pain and mental health challenges, aiming to reduce overall healthcare costs for the client over time.

Traditional approaches often neglect the significant impact chronic pain has on a person's mental and emotional well-being. This course addresses this critical gap by equipping you with the skills to:

  • Uncover Hidden Struggles: By delving deeper into the "pain language" of your clients, you'll uncover hidden emotional and psychological burdens associated with chronic pain.
  • Address the Whole Person: Integrating chronic pain into your treatment framework allows you to address all aspects of your clients' health, leading to more holistic and effective care.
  • Reduce Mental Health Symptoms: Understanding the pain-mental health connection empowers you to develop interventions that can directly reduce anxiety, depression, and other co-occurring conditions.
  • Empower Your Clients: By effectively addressing the complex interplay of chronic pain and mental health, you can empower your clients to regain control and improve their quality of life.

Schedule: (listed in Eastern Daylight Time)

  • 1:00 pm - 1:35 pm Lecture
  • 1:35 pm - 1:45 pm Q&A
  • 1:45 pm - 2:20 pm Lecture
  • 2:20 pm - 2:30 pm Q&A

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, professionals will be able to do the following:

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize a standardized assessment tool to identify the biopsychosocial impact of chronic pain on clients' mental health.
  • Develop interventions for co-occurring mental health conditions by incorporating pain into evidence-based practices.
  • Effectively communicate with clients using "pain language" to foster deeper understanding and collaboration in treatment planning.


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Victoriya Reich, LCDCIII, LISW-S

Victoriya Reich is a clinical social worker and chemical dependency counselor who provides comprehensive therapy and case management for individuals, couples, families, and companies to improve personal and profession development. After spending nearly a decade working in the field of social work, Victoriya knows what truly drives conversions and impacts meaningful change in people’s lives - and it’s not just about giving advice or reciting paragraphs from books. It is how well you connect with the people you are trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them. Victoriya strives to create individual goals and plans for each person, promoting empowerment and self-efficacy. Victoriya teaches at Cleveland State University and provides social work supervision. Victoriya holds a BA in Psychology, MA in Criminal Justice and MSW in Social Work from the University of Toledo.

Victoriya has worked her way through various facets of social work, having been employed in community-based settings with adults and youth, facilitated the creation of a youth drug and alcohol program in a residential setting, implemented and expanded an outpatient mental health program for seniors and most recently provided specialized treatment for injured workers struggling with chronic pain.

CE Hours

Credit Hours: This course consists of 1.5 continuing education hours of credit.

Counselors: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No, 6693.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0048.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Many MFT licensing boards accept our courses or one of the approvals which we have from professional associations.  You can check with your board to determine if your licensing board would accept this course.

Social Workers: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 05/02/2024 – 05/02/2027. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 clinical continuing education credits.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #SW-0435.

Psychologists: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0128.

Art Therapists: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0093.

Other Professionals: This course qualifies for 90 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements.

This course is an-interactive, live online webinar.

Participants may request a printed version of their certificate of completion to be delivered by mail. A shipping/handling fee of $6.95 will be charged per request. Shipping internationally may require an additional charge.

How to Attend

Register on the website before midnight the day of the event. So that we can provide you these CEs, you are required to:

  1. login and access the direct link to the webinar through your account
  2. your attendance is marked automatically when you use the direct link and attend fully
  3. complete a post-test with a passing score of 80% or higher (which can be retaken until passed), and complete a course evaluation
  4. collect your certificate of completion on your account after steps 1-3 are completed

Recordings are not provided to webinar registrants. No refunds are offered to those who do not attend.

Directions for completing a course and collecting CEs can be found here

Enroll in the webinar by adding it to the cart and proceeding through the check out process. Create an account (or login to yours) during the checkout process.

Prepare: Download Zoom software. Participants must use a device that is connected to adequate internet speed with a camera, microphone and speakers (or headset).

Attend: At least 15 minutes before the designated start time, login to your account on the website. Go to "My Courses", click on the title of the webinar. The link for the webinar will be listed in the course content.

Attendance is recorded automatically when you use the direct link and attend the full event.


By registering for this event you are agreeing to the following:

24 hour notice is required if you are not able to make it to a live event. Recordings are not provided to webinar registrants.

To update and test using before the event to ensure you are ready for the event.

Since this is a live interactive event it means that your interaction during the event is expected.  Your name and image will be visible to other participants during the live event. You will NOT be included in any recording made.

An evaluation must be completed within one week of the event. Continuing Education credit(s) cannot be issued unless you attend the event and the evaluation is submitted.  (Evaluation is not mandatory for APA hours)

Partial CE credits are not possible; therefore you are required to be present throughout the event in order to receive CE credits.

Respect all other participants during the event as though you would if you were sitting with the other attendees at a conference table:

  • Dress appropriately
  • Be in a private location void of distractions
  • Do not multitask
  • Do not drive during an event
  • Remain on mute unless you are sharing with the group

Closed Captions

Closed captioning is offered for all live webinar participants.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.

Teaching Methods

This is a live, interactive webinar.

Course Policies

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

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This course includes closed captioning.

Cancellation Policy

Live webinars and live onsite courses: Refunds are only allowed prior to the date of the live event/course.  There is a 10% service fee for refunds.  

Grievance Policy

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