Chronic Pain in Adults: A Cognitive Behavioural Perspective for Assessment and Treatment

Prof Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Psychologist

From biopsychosocial concepts to practical interventions


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  • 2h of continuing education
  • 14 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 PowerPoint
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee
  • 93% of participants who completed the satisfaction survey declare they would recommend this course to a colleague


In this comprehensive workshop, Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos offers an in-depth look at cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for chronic pain management. Participants will explore various biopsychosocial models, such as the operant conditioning model of chronic pain behavior and the fear avoidance model.

The workshop includes detailed discussions on assessment strategies and highlights specific tools for effective evaluation. Dr. Hadjistavropoulos emphasizes various CBT techniques, categorizing them as cognitive (like cognitive restructuring), behavioral (such as relaxation training), and supportive (including psychoeducation).

The workshop is enriched with video demonstrations of critical therapy moments and techniques, offering practical insights into addressing common challenges like adherence to physical rehabilitation and the psychological aspects of chronic pain. Additionally, a segment is dedicated to discussing the evidence supporting CBT in this context.

About the expert

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Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Research Chair in Aging and Health at the University of Regina. He has served as President of the Canadian Psychological Association, is a Registered Psychologist in Saskatchewan and British Columbia, and is certified in cognitive behavioural therapy by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. He is also certified as a Clinical Psychology Specialist by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). His research, which has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the AGE WELL National Centres of Excellence, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), focuses on psychological issues in pain with a special emphasis on older adults.

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Learning objectives

  1. Understand at least two biopsychosocial models related to chronic pain.
  2. Master assessment tools that are used with chronic pain patients
  3. Understand the cognitive behavioural techniques that can be used for chronic pain.

Learning material

A theoretical course illustrated with clinical examples. This course is composed of videos of 5 to 15 minutes each. The PowerPoint of the course to download.


  • PowerPoint
  • Introduction to Pain Management and Assessment

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Prerequisite and definition of pain
  • 3. Pain models
  • 4. DSM5
  • 5. Assessment of pain
  • 6. Assessment tools part 1
  • 7. Assessment tools part 2
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Techniques and Interventions

  • 8. CBT Interventions
  • 9. Committment example
  • 10. CBT treatment techniques
  • 11. Problem solving
  • 12. CBT treatment techniques (behavioural)
  • 13. CBT supportive and other interventions
  • Effectiveness of CBT in Pain Management

  • 14. Effectiveness of CBT and conclusion
  • Bibliography

CE Credits

Download a certificate of successful completion.


This training is intended for mental health professionals.

What our customers are saying

« I appreciated the videos demonstrating interventions. »

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  • 2h of continuing education
  • 14 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 PowerPoint
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee

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