Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to...

  • 1. Discuss the relationship between chronic physical illness/pain and mental health disorders

  • 2. Identify counseling techniques to address symptoms related to physical illness and pain

Course Outline

  • 1


    • Welcome Message from Dr. Brewer

    • Course Instruction Video

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Presentation Handout

  • 2


    • Course Resources

    • Relaxation Exercises

    • Self-Validation (DBT Form)

    • Self-Validation Instructions

    • TheraTappers

  • 3

    Course Video & Materials

    • Quick Note

    • Counseling Clients with Chronic Physical Illness/Pain (Recorded Webinar)

    • Client Skills (Handout)

    • Crisis Safety Card (Handout)

    • Self Validation and Invalidation

    • Types of Validation

    • VMAS Protocol

    • VMAS Protocol for Clients

    • Course References

  • 4


    • Evaluation

    • Post-Test

Course Description

Chronic physical illness and pain are frequently co-occurring with mental health disorders. Being diagnosed and living with a chronic physical illness or pain has numerous effects.   Clients may experience avoidance, unresolved grief, anger, irritability, depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite, and more.  While having these reactions are normal, it is not healthy to live with these symptoms untreated.  Clinicians need to be prepared to help clients survive and accept their experience and manage their mental health symptoms, which may in turn have a positive impact on their physical condition. 

Facilitator:  Kathryn Brewer, PhD, LPC, LCPC 

Dr. Brewer is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and a licensed clinical professional counselor in Kansas.  She has earned a PhD in psychology, a Master's degree in professional mental health counseling, and a Master's certificate in healthcare leadership and management. Dr. Brewer is also a national certified counselor, certified clinical trauma professional, certified first responder counselor, board certified telemental health provider, licensure supervisor for professional counselors in Missouri, and a board approved clinical supervisor for professional counselors in Kansas.  

Learning Level:  Basic 

Target Audience:  This course is designed for professional counselors, school counselors, social workers, marital and family therapists, psychologists, addiction counselors, case managers, nurses, and other health care professionals. 

Continuing Education:  To obtain the certificate of completion for the 2.5 hours associated with this course, the participant will need to complete the online course and earn a passing score of 75% on the post-test. 

Each course offered designates the number of clock hours.  Be sure to check with your professional board as they will specify how many CE/CEU hours are equal to one clock hour (e.g., 1 CEU = 50 minutes). 

This course is approved by the Missouri State Committee for Social Workers for 1.5 hours of continuing education.

The content of this course may meet requirements for continuing education for most national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Many boards and professional organizations will accept continuing education that is relevant to each profession (i.e., for professional counselors content must be primarily related to counseling, for psychologists content must be mostly psychological, and so on) and/or that has been approved by another professional association in the human services field.  Be sure to print the course description and submit with your certificate of attendance to your professional board for consideration.  For rules governing continuing education and to confirm whether this course qualifies for continuing education, participants should contact their respective regulatory boards.  Participants may also contact IPA and we will do our best to answer your questions. 

Registration:  Registration for online courses is available on our website.  For manual registration or payment by check, please contact IPA.