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First Friday Forum: CBT for Chronic Pain - Helping Patients Stop Catastrophizing and Start Exercising
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Founders Hall Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, January 10, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: First Friday Forums

CBT for Chronic Pain - Helping Patients Stop Catastrophizing and Start Exercising

Friday, January 10, 2020 - Note: This is the second Friday of the month

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program

Approximately 20% of Americans experience chronic pain (Dahlamer, et al., 2018), and the demand for non-opioid chronic pain treatments has increased (Winerman, 2018). Unfortunately, there is a shortage of psychologists trained in this field (Darnall, et al., 2016), and given the complexity of pain, working with chronic pain patients can be intimidating. Despite these barriers, mental health providers can play a significant role in helping patients manage their chronic pain and achieve improved functioning and quality of life. CBT for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) is a manualized, time-limited, evidence-based therapy for patients with chronic pain. CBT-CP is a relatively straightforward approach that combines general CBT principles with elements specific to a chronic pain population (e.g., pain catastrophizing, the "push, crash, and burn" cycle). CBT-CP can be adapted to accommodate the needs of diverse patients, such as individuals with disability or limited financial means.  This program provides a basic overview of CBT-CP and highlights some unique aspects of working with chronic pain populations (e.g., managing pain flares, addressing pain behaviors). Case discussions featuring ethical and diversity considerations will also be provided.

This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the rationale and structure of CBT for Chronic Pain, including some unique elements of therapy for patients with chronic pain (e.g., pain catastrophizing, the "push, crash, and burn" cycle).
  2. Identify common barriers to CBT-CP treatment adherence and describe strategies for addressing these barriers. 
  3. Describe strategies for adapting CBT-CP to better serve patients from culturally diverse backgrounds.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Efrat Eichenbaum, Ph.D., LP, received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University. She is a fellowship trained rehabilitation psychologist at United Pain Center (UPC), part of Allina Health. At UPC, Dr. Eichenbaum provides assessment, consultation, and a range of evidence-based therapy services, most frequently CBT for Chronic Pain. Dr. Eichenbaum is committed to evidence-based practice, professional service, and training in psychology; she is actively involved in APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) and serves as an APA Internship Site Visitor.

The speaker has indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ups are welcome onsite.

Click here to view and download a PDF registration flyer.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by January 3 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after January 3 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.