Why take this course

  • Course Description

    Historically, when individuals struggling with chronic pain and comorbid addictive disorders enrolled in focused chronic pain management programs, they often failed due to under­managed or unmanaged symptoms of substance use disorders or mental health disorders. During this course, participants will learn the strategies for offering more comprehensive support to patients experiencing chronic pain management problems as a means to improve treatment compliance and outcomes. Chronic pain will be evaluated through the lens of Systems theory, and specific treatment obstacles will be addressed, including family saboteurs and the patients’ self­-defeating patterns of behavior.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: - List three or more common obstacles facing patients with chronic pain and coexisting disorders; Describe the four levels of chronic pain that need to be addressed for successful treatment outcomes; Describe two or more common self­defeating reactions people living with chronic pain and coexisting disorders exhibit that may negatively influence treatment outcomes

  • Downloadable Audio Podcast

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast presentation (streaming or free for download via our site, Apple Podcasts, or GooglePlay), a post-presentation test with six to eight questions per CE credit hour, and a course evaluation; course requirements can be accessed either via computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account. In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must #1: Have an active Clearly Clinical annual subscription, #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast, #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (a score of at least 75%; you are able to re-test) and #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

  • Continuing Education Approvals

    This course meets the requirements for Continuing Education credit hours by the American Psychological Association (APA), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). See full list of Continuing Education Approvals below, as well as information about these approvals.

  • Target Audience and Instructional Level

    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Appropriate for all levels.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once the course is completed, your certificate of completion will be available in your Clearly Clinical account, in the 'Certificates' section. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Click on the Distance Learning Policies link at the bottom of this page for more information about how to receive a copy of a course completion certificate if course access has expired. Course certificates will be on file for five (5) years from date of course completion.

  • Commercial Support

    Paradigm Recovery Group, LLC DBA A Healing Place- The Estates has been exclusively licensed to use Addiction Free Pain Management®; Dr. Stephen Grinstead is the Co-Founder & Chief Clinical Officer of A Healing Place- The Estates. Additionally, Dr. Grinstead has published a number of books on the topics of Addiction, Pain Management, and Addiction Free Pain Management®. There is no other known commercial support for this program.


Pain Management Expert

  • Dr. Stephen  Grinstead, LMFT #27377, ACRPS

    Dr. Stephen Grinstead, LMFT #27377, ACRPS

    Senior Instructor

    Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead is the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of A Healing Place—A Residential and Intensive Outpatient Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo California. He is author of the book Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope as well as author of several other pain management books including Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders, and the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide. Dr. Grinstead is an internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. Dr. Grinstead has a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science, a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a current Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). Since 1996, Dr. Stephen Grinstead has conducted workshops and experiential skills trainings to nearly 40,000 healthcare providers.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Downloadable Audio
    • Streaming & Downloadable Audio, Including Apple Podcasts and Google Play Links
  • 2
    Post-test & Course Evaluation
    • Post-Presentation Test
    • Course Evaluation

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