Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pain, An Intro for the Family Medicine Provider

View the recording of our AI-PAMI Health Care Provider Presentation: “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pain, An Intro for the Family Medicine Provider,” originally presented on April 21, 2022. Hear from University of Washington licensed clinical psychologist, John (Drew) Sturgeon, PhD. Dr. Sturgeon provides an overview of this widely researched psychotherapeutic approach, providing implications for clinical practice for providers working in family medicine. He discusses how CBT principles can be applied to a variety of pain conditions with a focus on supporting those who have limited referral options for psychologists.

Presentation Slide Deck


Table of Contents

  • Psychological factors in chronic pain
  • Pain as a biopsychosocial construct
  • Role of psychology in chronic pain
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for pain
  • Psychoeducation
  • Behavioral relaxation
  • Activity pacing
  • Sleep improvement
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Assertive communication
  • Resources


Recommended Books for Additional Reading:

  • Manage Pain Before it Manages You – Caudill
  • Pain Survival Guide – Turk & Winter
  • Quiet Your Mind and Get to Sleep – Carney & Manber
  • The Chronic Pain Solution – Dillard & Hirschman
  • Full Catastrophe Living – Kabat-Zinn
  • Less Pain, Fewer Pills – Darnall
  • The Feeling Good Handbook – Burns
  • Explain Pain – Butler & Moseley

Recommended Apps:

  • Headspace
  • Calm
  • Curable
  • Insight Timer
  • CBT-I Coach
  • Calm
  • Breathe2Relax
  • Headspace
  • Calm