Title

Using an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Approach to Help Adults Cope with Chronic Pain

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2018

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

Courtney Wells

Abstract

Chronic pain is a complex and costly condition that impacts many American’s lives. While there are medical interventions available, individuals may continue to experience some level of chronic pain. Therefore, the efficacy of psychotherapeutic techniques should be explored. The purpose of this qualitative study was to determine how to use an integrative psychotherapeutic approach to help adults cope with chronic pain. Seven interviews with psychotherapists serving the chronic pain community in multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary medical settings were analyzed. Results showed the important roles that psychoeducation and a strong therapeutic relationship had when it came to implementing a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques. Those working with this population need to have a high level of empathy, a commitment to client-centered care, and an understanding of psychotherapeutic approaches that enhance the mind-body connection.

Keywords

chronic pain, integrative approach, adult population

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