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Pain Management - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP)

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PROVIDERS - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) as an effective treatment for reducing the negative impacts of chronic pain on Veterans’ lives.

CBT-CP equips individuals with an active, problem-solving approach to manage and decrease the challenges associated with chronic pain. By understanding helpful strategies, it is possible to change one’s pain experience, physically and emotionally.

The goals of CBT-CP are to help Veterans:
  • Increase participation in meaningful activities
  • Manage pain flare-ups more effectively
  • Decrease pain intensity
  • Reduce worries about increased pain or injury
  • Improve overall quality of life
 
By focusing on self-management of pain through shaping expectations, increasing activity, and improving mindset, the “volume” on pain can be turned down.

CBT-CP is available to Veterans throughout the VA health care system. Please encourage Veterans with pain to take advantage of the accessibility of CBT-CP within VA. Share the CBT-CP Veteran Brochure (below) with your patients so they can learn more. Refer them to a clinician who can help today! If you are unsure who offers CBT-CP treatment at your facility, contact the Local Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Coordinator who can help facilitate a referral for treatment. You may also contact the VA CBT-CP National Training Program at CBT-CPStaff@va.gov for assistance with finding a CBT-CP clinician near you.

CBT-CP VIDEO

What exactly does CBT-CP look like? Access VA’s Therapist Manual and examples of sessions and structure below:

Title Link                                               
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain - Therapist Manual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain - Therapist Manual (PDF)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain - Clinician Fact Sheet Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain - Clinician Fact Sheet (PDF)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain - Veterans Brochure Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain - Veterans Brochure (PDF)
Treatment Works for Vets - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) website https://www.treatmentworksforvets.org/proven-treatment-for-chronic-pain/ 
Video Title Video Link                                               
CBT- CP: Treatment Models https://bcove.video/2xXSSfn*
CBT-CP: SMART Goals https://bcove.video/2P6DJ1I *
CBT-CP: Kinesiophobia and Walking https://bcove.video/2xV8lgf *
CBT-CP: Time-Based Pacing https://bcove.video/2P73Q8O *
CBT-CP: Relaxation Techniques https://bcove.video/2DS2eyz *
CBT:CP:  Pleasant Activities https://bcove.video/2PczfXm *
CBT-CP:  Cognitive Coping https://bcove.video/2y1Zj1d *
CBT-CP: Discharge Planning https://bcove.video/2xP7T39 *

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) Resource Topics

 Veterans-Public CBT  Provider CBT    

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