Navigating Chronic Pain & Mental Health through a Social Work Lens

1/14/2022 - 1/14/2022
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Live Webinar; Sponsored by Broadmoor Improvement Association; cost: $45; 3.0 CE clock hours, Live Webinar
This workshop offers a comprehensive review of working with individuals experiencing chronic pain and the impact on one’s mental health.

About this event

Session Overview:

This online workshop sponsored by the Broadmoor Improvement Association, and presented by Kaley Brand and Andrew Hancock-Shaw, is a comprehensive review of working with individuals experiencing chronic pain and the impact on one’s mental health. Unfortunately, individuals with chronic pain often suffer silently due to the stigma experienced within our society and the medical model. As helping professionals, we must be prepared to provide the most appropriate care to individuals with chronic pain and complex medical concerns. The presenters will discuss specific intervention models to best serve this clinically marginalized population, utilizing specific case examples.

The event Zoom link will be distributed 48 hours before the event begins. This workshop is approved for 3 clinical hours for Social Workers by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners and is pending approval for 3 general requirement clock hours for LPCs and PLPCs by the Louisiana Counseling Association.

Learning Objectives:

By the workshop’s completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of pain, types of pain, and how to assess chronic pain in individuals
  • Conduct a bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment with a focus on chronic pain
  • Manage depression/anxiety among individuals who experience chronic pain, utilizing tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Link clients with specific resources, learn how to help clients navigate systems of care and advocate for individuals experiencing chronic pain to reduce stigma around pain medication/chronic illness.


9am-9:10am: Welcome and Introductions

9:10am - 10:30am: Review of characteristics of pain, assessments, treatment options, and resources for individuals with chronic pain

10:30am - 10:45am: BREAK

10:45am - 12:05pm: Application of assessment and intervention models through case examples

12:05-12:15pm: Final Questions/Conclusion

About the presenters:

Kaley Brand, DSW, LCSW: Amy “Kaley” Brand, LCSW received her BA in English from Mississippi College, Masters in Social Work from Tulane University and Doctorate in Social Work from Tulane University. Kaley has spent the majority of her time in New Orleans working in the field of hospice, where she has fulfilled the roles of social worker, bereavement program development and ongoing educator to the community about end-of-life services. Currently, she is working primarily with individuals who suffer from chronic pain, addressing the impact on overall quality of life. Her primary research and clinical areas of interest include: the impact of chronic pain on mental health; hospice and palliative care, the application of grief theories to social work practice, human development across the lifespan, and the experiences of the dying individual. Her future goal is to strengthen the available research surrounding social work interventions for those who have complex health concerns and chronic illnesses.

Andrew Hancock-Shaw is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Therapist with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and serves as the Chair of AASECT’s CE Approval Committee. Andrew is a practitioner-scholar presenting at national conferences, teaching in several Master of Social Work programs, and providing direct clinical practice. His clinical areas of interests include: body dysmorphic disorder, chronic illness and pain, disabilities and unique abilities, discrimination and oppression, grief and loss, LGBTQIA+ development, mindfulness, sex and relationship therapy and trauma. He is committed to expanding access to mental health services while celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion of ALL people. Andrew received his Doctorate and Master’s degree from Tulane University in Social Work with a Certificate in Global Social Work, and Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky.

 This workshop has been approved for 3.0 CE clock ; no NBCC credits are available for this workshop.

To register:


For more information:  Bethanie Mangigian

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