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Virtual Lecture Series: Addiction and Chronic Pain: Strategies for Tough Cases

January 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Futures is a proud member of the Florida behavioral healthcare community committed to reducing the stigma surrounding addiction and its treatment. We invite you to join our virtual lecture series via the Zoom platform to network, learn from innovative practitioners, and enjoy a morning of knowledge, inspiration, and camaraderie. This will be a virtual lecture with Q&A to follow. We will provide a reminder and meeting link to anyone who has registered.

Presentation Overview

Over 20 million Americans suffer from substance use disorder and many find themselves in a physical therapy clinic seeking care. Addiction to narcotics, prescription pain medication and alcohol are complex conditions often co-occurring with mental health disorders and chronic musculoskeletal pain. The physical rehabilitation process for an individual experiencing substance use disorder requires a unique approach within the biopsychosocial model of care. The purpose of this educational session is to describe current strategies to help patients recovering from chronic musculoskeletal pain and substance abuse disorder.

An overview of the evidence pertaining to the neurophysiology of addiction and relation to pain conditions will be provided. Moreover, the evidence for exercise prescription, graded exposure, pain neuroscience education, and psychologically informed practice for the individual recovering from substance abuse disorder will be presented alongside practical examples of physical therapists currently practicing in the addiction recovery setting.

Course Objectives: An epidemic exists for patients addicted to pain medication, alcohol, and narcotics. These patients often seek the care of a physical therapist for musculoskeletal pain. This educational session aims to prepare physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to better manage patients experiencing musculoskeletal pain and substance abuse disorder.

Upon completion of this session the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the neurophysiological concepts relating to pain, addiction and substance abuse.
  2. Examine the medical management of substance abuse disorder.
  3. Examine the clinical benefits of exercise, graded exposure and pain neuroscience education for individuals recovering from substance abuse disorder.
  4. Recall specific physical therapist led programs for co-occurring musculoskeletal conditions within an addiction recovery setting.



You will need your license number and type to receive credit for this course. This course is approved for 2 hours under these licensing boards:

NBCC- All 50 state licensing boards accept hours approved by the NBCC for LPCs and LMHCs.  

NAADAC- All 50 state alcohol and drug certification boards accept NAADAC approved hours with the exception of Illinois and Louisiana (both states allow for professionals to pay a fee and apply NAADAC hours)

Beyond National Approvals which meet most state and certification board requirements individual state board approvals for this course:
Florida Board of Nursing
Florida Board of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants
Florida Board of Clinical SW, MFT and MHC, #726
Florida Certification Board
Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, And Marriage and Family Therapist Board
South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners

Many state boards accept hours approved by other state and national boards. 
If your board is not listed here please contact them directly.
California Board of Nursing accepts hours approved by other state boards.

States that accept NBCC hours for LPC or LMHC:
All 50 state licensing boards accept hours approved by the NBCC for LPCs or LMHCs.

States that accept NBCC hours for LMFT:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania,  Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington, Wisconsin

States that accept NBCC hours for SW:
Arizona, California, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin

Ahmed Rashwan & Deja Gilbert, Ahmed Rashwan: PT, DBT | Deja Gilbert: PhD, LMHC, LPC

Ahmed Rashwan, PT, DPT

Futures Recovery Physical Therapist

Ahmed has faithfully served the community of patients at Futures since September of 2015. He is the co-founder of Empowered Wellness & Therapy, an innovative physical therapy practice devoted to assisting substance use disorder treatment providers with complementary services to improve outcomes.

Ahmed is a member in good standing of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has presented on the efficacy of physical therapy to promote and maintain sustained recovery to various audiences. He remains motivated to improve the well-being of patients by reducing pain and teaching techniques that can be repeated post-treatment. Dr. Rashwan’s team includes an Acupuncturist, a Chinese Herbalist, and a Massage Therapist.


Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC, LPC

Futures Recovery Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Deja Gilbert received her PhD in Human Services in Counseling Studies at Capella University and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). As COO of Futures Recovery Healthcare, Dr. Gilbert’s focus includes enhancing and expanding the facility programs, overseeing regulatory compliance, driving operational growth, and providing strategic leadership and demonstration of exceptional service to its clients and staff. Her commitment to provide the highest level of behavioral healthcare treatment has driven Dr. Gilbert to establish and operate multiple treatment programs and facilities across the east coast. She began her career in the addiction treatment field over 15 years ago as a primary counselor, where she first witnessed the positive impact quality therapy coupled with a compassionate, dignified approach can have on changing the lives of her clients and their families. Today she brings that same approach and passion to her team as they strive to set the standard in the behavioral healthcare industry.


January 15, 2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Virtual lecture via the Zoom platform. (The meeting access link will be provided to you during the week of the event)


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