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Digital Seminar

The Chronic Pain Foxhole: Strategies for Treating Pain in the Military and Veteran Populations

Benjamin M. Keizer, PhD
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Audio and Video
Nov 15, 2022
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Without a fundamental understanding of military culture and how service members and veterans view pain, you’ll be unprepared to help your clients manage the complex issues they face and have the highest quality of life. This recorded session will help you understand the most common causes of chronic pain in the military population, deliver a variety of nonpharmacological strategies to relieve chronic pain, and create an effective interdisciplinary treatment team. 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Benjamin Keizer, PhD, is a board-certified clinical health psychologist with extensive post-doctoral training in clinical health psychology at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. In his civilian capacity, he serves a clinical health psychologist and program director for the functional restoration program at the Center for the Intrepid (CFI), Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, where he provides care for military service members who have sustained serious injuries (e.g., amputation, limb-salvage, multi-trauma, major surgery). He has been awarded an Army Systems of Health Innovation Grant as a result of excellence in creating novel interdisciplinary programs in a military settings, and his leadership resulted in a 2018 Best of the Best Specialty Care Clinic award from the Military and Army Health Systems.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Benjamin Keizer has an employment relationship with the Center for the Intrepid and receives a speaking honorarium from Electromedical Products International. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Benjamin Keizer has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Assess the prevalence, causes and characteristics of chronic pain in military and veteran populations.
  2. Determine the roles and responsibilities of the mental health provider on an interdisciplinary chronic pain team.
  3. Utilize nonpharmacological strategies to relieve chronic pain.


  • The prevalence and epidemiology of pain in active-duty military and veterans 
  • Comparison of military versus civilian pain medicine 
  • Military culture and attitudes toward pain management 
  • The inter-disciplinary treatment pathway and clinic functions used to treat chronic pain  
  • Lessons learned – effective nonpharmacologic methods for alleviating chronic pain 
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks  

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Nurses 
  • Other mental health professionals

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