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

Heather B. Trangsrud, PhD, LP

Mall of America
Parkview Meeting + Event Center
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425

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Cost: $49.00 

6.0 CEHs approved by the MN Board of Social Work (CEP-452)
6.0 CEHs approved by the MN Board of Psychology (201703.178)
6.0 CEHs approved by the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (2017.CE.087)

Seminar Description:

Clients with chronic pain and comorbid depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders present a unique challenge to clinicians. With inadequate training and intervention strategies for these clients, therapists report feeling helpless and hopeless, and treatment often goes nowhere. This training, which combines CBT, DBT, ACT, and MI strategies and interventions, provides hope and sound clinical directions to the clinicians navigating these tough cases. Participants will leave feeling energized with the new skills and tools needed to help their clients improve their functioning and quality of life so they can thrive again.

Heather B. Trangsrud, PhD, LP


Heather B. Trangsrud, PhD, LP is a clinician, educator, and former university instructor who has trained professionals in the treatment of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), intimate partner violence, gender and sexual identity development, and chronic pain.

With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Trangsrud has held clinical positions at community mental health and university counseling centers, and she has authored research that has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. She is currently a lead clinician at Mental Health Systems, PC (MHS) in the Thrive Program, an intensive outpatient program for individuals with comorbid chronic pain and mental health disorders.

Dr. Trangsrud earned a doctorate (PhD) in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a MA in Counseling from the University of North Dakota, and a BS in Psychology from North Dakota State University.

Seminar Agenda:

8AM- Sign-in opens & breakfast is available

8:30AM- Program begins

TBD- Mid-morning break 

12PM- Lunch (on your own)

1PM- Program resumes

TBD- Mid-afternoon break

4PM- Program concludes. CEs administered at sign-out with completion of post-test/evaluation. 

Learning Objectives:

1) Identify ways clinicians can manage personal feelings of helplessness when working with clients with comorbid chronic pain and mental health concerns

2) Recognize potential reactions to new chronic illness diagnoses

3) Describe how chronic pain and mental health impact 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 client effectiveness with managing treatment, appointments, and activities of daily living

6) Learn the benefits of mindfulness as a pain management tool