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Chronic Pain and Addiction: A Biopsychosocial Approach

July 21, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
3 CEU/clock hours
Location: 115 Stillman Hall


Chronic pain and addiction is a complex issue. It is common to have clients who are dealing with both and their quality of life is tremendously affected. When using a biopsychosocial approach to chronic pain and addiction, clinicians can begin to advance their understanding on how to treat these two issues in an empathetic, empowering and evidenced based approach. Cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance techniques can help a client improve mood, increase functioning, maintain sobriety, and build positive coping skills. This emerging issue of chronic pain and addiction can be difficult and this training will equip the participants with tools to assess overall biopsychosocial barriers, identify the disease process and its effect on brain functioning, provide evidence based treatment to clients to include positive coping skills for recovery.By the end of this training, participants will be able to:
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understanding fundamental information about pain and addiction
  • Developing a better understanding of the biological, psychological, and social contributions to the pain and development of addiction
  • Integrating the biopsychosocial information into case conceptualization when treating chronic pain and addiction

Meet your presenter:

Jessica Horstman, LISW-S, LICDC began her social work career working with those struggling with chemical dependency. She spent two years in private practice providing comprehensive drug and alcohol assessments and counseling, while also working in a federally qualified health center (FQHC) located inside of Maryhaven, Inc, providing case management and counseling services. She began working as the Chalmers P. Wylie’s VAAC’s pain social worker in December, 2013. Mrs. Horstman has participated in the VA’s Evidence Based Practice Roll-Out in July 2014 for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) and serves as a consultant for CBT-CP. In 2016, she was nominated to be a national trainer for CBT-CP. She regularly trains clinicians in CBT-CP nationwide and provides weekly consultation to ensure proficiency. In her community, Jessica has provided trainings where she educates clinicians on chronic pain management and addiction. Jessica enjoys her work as a social worker in this field, providing a variety of services to Veterans, including case management, psychotherapy, care coordination, and partnership with other services! She feels that her past work in the chemical dependency field has provided her with skills she can always use when working with people who are trying to make a change. She realizes the effect chronic pain has on Veterans’ quality of life and works with individuals and groups to regain better psychosocial functioning.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider of the Ohio CSWMFT Board. Our social worker and MFT provider number is RST111002.