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An Integrated Treatment Approach for Co-Occurring Chronic Pain and Mental Health Concerns: How to Help Clients Thrive

Dean Charles, PsyD, LP

Event Location:
MHS Education Center
6600 France Ave S
Suite #230
Edina, MN 55435


6.0 CEs Approved by the Following:
MN Board of Social Work: CEP-452
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC/LPCC) Log Number: 2019.CE.028
MN Board of Psychology Log Number: 201901.455

Order By Phone: (920) 494-3401 or (800) 895-0071
Registration will close after the first 45 seats fill.

This training will provide an outline for treating clients with co-occurring mental health and chronic pain conditions. Clinicians can often feel underprepared to treatment clients with chronic pain, and mental health conditions; which can lead to a sense of helpless and stagnant treatment. This training will outline strategies for working with clients who have co-occurring chronic pain and other mental health conditions. Integrating CBT, DBT, ACT, MI, and behavioral activation strategies, providers will learn strategies to help clients increase functioning and overall quality of life. This training is designed to provide optimism and sound strategies for providing treatment to an often intimidating population.

Dean Charles, PsyD, LP


Dean is a licensed psychologist at MHS and earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University-School of Professional Psychology in Oregon. Dean is the Clinic Lead of MHS-Roseville, as well as the Program Coordinator for the certified DBT IOP program. Dean has worked with clients in outpatient and inpatient settings as a part of an integrated health care team, and has extensive training in working with clients with chronic pain and mental health issues. He has worked in the Thrive for Chronic Pain program for the past three years and has a particular interest in helping clients integrate their physical and mental wellness.  


Increase understanding of the relationship between chronic pain and mental health conditions.

Introduce stages/phases of chronic illness and how this may inform treatment and influence how we communicate with clients

  1. Process of validating clients’ demoralization to promote remoralization
  2. Promote client acceptance of chronic pain and mental health concerns to improve quality of life

Potential treatment strategies or focus points to increase clients’ functioning and quality of life

  1. Acceptance of current/new level of functioning
  2. Coordination with healthcare professionals in other fields
  3. Adherence to treatment recommendations
  4. Skills to effectively manage interactions with medical/mental health providers
  5. Impact of chronic pain on mental health and vice versa
  6. Managing social relationships and conflict
  7. Mindfulness as tool for pain management
Learning Objectives

1)      Identify personal feelings and thoughts related to working with clients who have a co-occurrence of chronic pain and mental health conditions.
2)      Recognize clients’ potential reactions to new chronic illness diagnoses
3)      Describe how chronic pain and mental health influence each other and develop strategies to reduce these impacts
4)      Gain awareness of why client acceptance of chronic pain and mental health diagnoses is key step in getting clients “unstuck” and  improving quality of life
5)      Implement strategies to increase clients’ functioning via effectiveness in treatment, appointments, and activities of daily living
6)      Identify benefits of care coordination with treatment team members from other disciplines
7)      Learn the benefits of mindfulness as a pain management tool