CDP Presents: Non-pharmacological Pain Management in the Context of Trauma Polymorbidity

This 89-minute webinar will review the influence of common military trauma conditions (e.g., PTSD, TBI, substance use disorders) on chronic pain and the consequence of these comorbidities on response to standard clinical treatments for pain. The presenter will highlight gaps in the existing MHS and VA care structures for chronic pain management and present putative models describing how non-pharmacological interventions like cognitive and behavioral therapies (CBT) and complementary and integrative health (CIH) may address these gaps. This webinar will then review recent clinical trials completed by the presenter that tested non-pharmacological interventions for polymorbid pain (i.e., chronic pain presenting in the context of mTBI, PTSD and substance use) and will highlight the benefits and remaining gaps in non-pharmacological care.

Participants will be able to describe the complexity of chronic pain in the context of trauma polymorbidity, understand how polymorbid trauma affects response to treatment, and outline contemporary evidence-based approaches for addressing complex pain.

For a brief overview of the presentation, check out the Bottom Line, Up Front (B.L.U.F.) below!

Learning Objectives:
After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate chronic pain and trauma comorbidity (including expected domains of assessment and clinical prognosis).
  2. Appraise gaps in existing care for complex pain and putative models of trauma polymorbidity that may guide advances in care.
  3. Differentiate evidence-based treatment approaches for complex pain management including their expected outcomes and limitations.