Excellent Pain Workshop

Debbie and her book are Very good with chronic pain, both physical & emotional!

A Dialectical Approach to Chronic Physical and Emotional Pain

Deborah Barrett, Ph.D., LCSW

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014

Where:  Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705

Directions.Parking available right outside of the building

When: Thursday, November 13, from 12-2 pm (NOTE: This is a Thursday program)

Registration sign-in opens at 11:45am

CEUS:  2 œcontact hours” (LCSWs and LMFTs).

Registration: online pre-registration or send checks made out to the “Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation, C/O  Jewish Family Services at 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705.

Fees:  $35 in person registration (checks or cash accepted); or $30 registration online in advance atwww.shalomdch.org/clinical-connections. Feel free to bring your lunch (vegetarian/dairy only) to enjoy during program. Drinks will be provided.


In this workshop, Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW will address parallels and distinctions between emotional and physical suffering, and present strategies to work effectively with both. Through a mix of didactic, experiential exercises, and case examples, the speaker will provide mindfulness, acceptance, and change strategies to alleviate suffering and help clients to build a life worth living. Participants will become familiar with an explanatory model of chronic pain that offers clients greater agency; the judicious use of validation; and pain management techniques to help individuals understand and change their experience with pain. Key concepts come from dialectical behavior therapy, however,  the training is appropriate for all mental health professionals, regardless of their experience with DBT or with pain management practices. DBT practitioners will see this workshop as a way to apply and extend their current approach and tools to target chronic physical pain.


Deborah (Debbie) Barrett, PhD, LCSW is a clinical associate professor of social work at UNC, where she has taught courses in health and mental health and founded the Clinical Lecture Series, now in its tenth year, which offers continuing education to practitioners. She is also a psychotherapist in private practice, who specializes in working with individuals with chronic emotional and/or physical pain. She speaks and writes on strategies to improve life, despite pain, including a 2012 book, Paintracking. She is committed to increasing access to mental healthcare services, and helped found the Pro Bono Counseling Network, at the Mental Health America of the Triangle, where she serves on its advisory board.

For more information, contact Donna Rabiner,919-354-4922 or drabi

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