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Pain management training for counselors, social workers, health providers

THE Community Guidance Center is holding a cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT  pain management training for  35 counselors, social workers and health providers so they can  effectively help individuals struggling with chronic pain.

Held at Kanoa Resort, the training started on Wednesday and will end on Friday.

According to Herbert Sablan, CGC substance abuse treatment supervisor for the recovery clinic, they asked the State Targeted Response Technical Assistance Consortium to provide training.

Dr. Jim Peck, one of the lead facilitators from the State Targeted Response Technical Assistance Consortium, discusses cognitive behavioral therapy for pain management at Kanoa Resort.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio Dr. Jim Peck, one of the lead facilitators from the State Targeted Response Technical Assistance Consortium, discusses cognitive behavioral therapy for pain management at Kanoa Resort. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

He said the training will help individuals struggling with chronic pain, whether non-communicable disease related, cancer, diabetes-related injuries, other health concerns dealing with nerves or possible addiction to opiates.

“We are hoping to help individuals deal with their pain and trying to support them pursue wellness and recovery through alternative medication,” he added.

When a person starts  having issues with addiction to their pain management prescription, Sablan said alternative medication, like cognitive behavioral therapy, should be available “to hopefully prevent the opioid-use disorder epidemic reaching the islands.”