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Chronic Pain and Treatment Techniques

A Therapist's Guide to

Workshop Information

It is estimated that fifty million Americans battle chronic pain (Dahlhamer, 2018). These individuals are four times more likely to experience anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, these numbers are on the rise due to both work from home injuries and Long COVID. It is very likely that you already work with chronic pain clients or will work with them in the future.


Battling chronic pain takes a deep toll on mental health. Often, these folks can experience chronic invalidation from the medical system, their families and their peers in addition to the physical and emotional isolation that comes from chronic illness. Mental health treatment can have a strong positive effect, both in helping folks improve their mental health and in reducing the intensity of the physical pain they experience.


In this workshop, we will discuss the neurobiological relationship between physical pain and psychological sequelae, as well as understanding related disorders. We will identify related psychological disorders and provide an overview of evidence-based treatments to manage chronic pain. By the end of this workshop, you will have a strong foundation for treating client with chronic pain.

Course Level: Intermediate

Target Audience: Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, other mental health professionals

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023

Time: Sign-In: 9:30am Eastern Time – Workshop: 9:45am-1:00pm ET

Location: Montgomery County Education Association: 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD 20850

Cost (includes 3.0 CE Credits):

$69 early registration through Feb 4

$79 after Feb 4, 2023

$55 per person Group Registration for groups of 3 or more (Click HERE to register a group)

Registration: Registration closes 1 day prior to the training. Participants may register online (click Register Now below to visit the Group Registration Page for groups of 3+) or by Mail.

Presenter: Eva Chiriboga, PsyD

CE Credits: 3.0 Live In-Person CE Credits
Valid for: 

  • Maryland CEU Institute is an approved provider through the ASWB ACE approved provider program.

  • Maryland Social Work Category I CE Credits (same as in-person)

  • DC Social Work CE Credits 


See below for credit & state acceptance details

Eva Chiriboga, PsyD

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Dr. Eva Chiriboga is a licensed clinical psychologist in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. She has been working with trauma since 2009, beginning with her work at Shepard Pratt Hospital on their Trauma Disorders unit. Since then, she got her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Trauma Studies from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia PA, and her doctoral degree from Long Island University Post, a small school in Long Island that focused on providing treatment for underserved populations.  In the course of her career, Dr. Chiriboga has worked with 9/11 first responders, gang members, sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, as well as military veterans. In the course of her work, she noticed the overlap between trauma and chronic pain. In order to deepen her understanding of the relationship between trauma and the body, she became a certified yoga teacher and sought training in mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and CBT for Chronic Pain. In her current practice, Dr. Chiriboga specializes in a combination of chronic pain, trauma and addiction.


Dr. Chiriboga is the owner of Sanctuary at the Spring, a telehealth psychology practice.


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After attending this course, participants will be able to…

  1. Define chronic pain, as well as common psychological co-morbidities

  2. Describe the neurobiology of pain, as well as emotional and behavioral sequelae

  3. Explain the relationship between emotional distress and physical pain

  4. Identify evidence-based treatments for chronic pain



Maryland CEU Institute, #1816, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Maryland CEU Institute maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/04/2022 – 05/04/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 3.0 continuing education credits.


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  • New Jersey accepts only individual approved courses/conferences (see more information under Maryland Social Work Accreditation)

  • New York does not accept ASWB ACE provider or course/conference approval.

  • *West Virginia accepts ACE providers and courses for programs offered outside the state or through distance learning.


3.0 Category I Maryland Social Work CE Credits

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits.

MD Social Work Credits are also accepted for: 
Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
Maryland Licensed Psychologists
Maryland Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Maryland Addictions Counselors

Maryland CEU Institute are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.

*New Jersey regulations state that credits are accepted for attendance at programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states: one credit for each hour of attendance. Additional information can be found here. Chapter 13:44G-6.4 C11


PLEASE NOTE: Even when a social work board accepts courses offering ASWB ACE credit, licensees are responsible for determining whether courses meet the CE requirements in their jurisdictions. States and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether any individual course may be accepted for credit. We strongly suggest that licensees contact their individual licensing boards to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

We do our best keep our information current, but state laws sometimes change without notice. Please remember it is your responsibility for interpreting your state’s laws, licensure requirements, course relevancy and all requirements for your state.

If you are aware of a change in your requirements that is not shown here, please send us an email at or complete our Contact Us form. 



To earn full Continuing Education Credits for this course, attendees must: 

  • Arrive on time and Sign-In

  • Attend training in full and participate.

  • Complete Sign-Out Sheet 

  • Complete a Course Evaluation at the conclusion of the training

If all of the above criteria are met, a paper CE certificate will be provided to you at the conclusion of the training after handing in your evaluation and signing out. If above criteria are not yet you may have credits deducted or may be unable to receive any credits. See Terms of Service for full details.

Refund and Cancellations:
To request a refund or cancellation please submit the required information through our Contact page. Please visit our Terms of Service for full refund and cancellation policies.

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An email will be sent to acknowledge receipt and complaints will be responded to within 30 days. For full MD CEU Institute Grievance policy information visit our Terms of Service page.