Pain, Insomnia and Emotional Distress

APA Clinician's Corner

May 19, 2017

Washington, D.C.

Concepts in the Treatment of the Chronic Pain Triad: Pain, Insomnia and Emotional Distress

The APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) offers monthly Clinician's Corner workshops that feature leading practitioners and scholars working in key areas of professional practice. Participants have the opportunity to interact with the presenter. All workshops include CE credits. You can attend two ways:

  • Live webcast
  • On-site (in person at the APA building, 750 First St. NE, Washington, D.C.) Space in limited. To enroll call (800) 374-2721, ext. 5991 or complete the enrollment form (PDF, 40KB). 


When: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 1–4 p.m. ET
CE Credits: 3

It is not uncommon for a patient to appear at a therapist’s practice and describe experiencing chronic pain together with difficulties sleeping, stress and mood issues. Sufferers often report high levels of continuous pain, daytime sleepiness, difficulties concentrating, negative mood states, feelings of stress and anxiety, difficulties with daily functioning and a general dissatisfaction with their lives. Medications, surgeries, and other treatments have all failed the sufferer of the Chronic Pain Triad. This workshop will introduce clinicians to a basic level of understanding of the theory and concept behind psychological therapy that help address the patient’s pain experience.

  • Recognize the basic components of chronic pain versus acute pain and the pain experience.
  • Recognize the basic components of sleep, insomnia and the relationship between sleep and health.
  • Identify and explain the major theory related to chronic pain, sleep/insomnia and emotional distress.


Robert S. Meyers, PsyD, JD

Meyers is a licensed New York psychologist and attorney in multiple private practices, an adjunct associate professor at St. John’s University and a frequent workshop presenter. In addition to his private psychology practice, he is the founder and director of New York Psychological Wellness, PC, specializing in treating the chronic pain triad and an APA accredited CE provider. Meyers has presented symposia and workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad and is a frequent presenter at APA, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Affordable Care Act and other conferences. Recent publications: “A Clinician’s Perspective on Treating Patients Suffering from Insomnia and Pain (2015);”  “Voluntary and Involuntary Psychiatric Hospitalization” (2017, book chapter) and, in process: “Treating the Chronic Pain Triad” (2017, anticipated).


Live webcast workshop fees: 
Member: $65; Nonmember: $80