Guiding Individuals with Chronic Pain

Title: Guiding Individuals Living with Chronic Pain Towards Improved Psychological Flexibility

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Presenter: J. Bruce Hillenberg, PhD, ABPP

Chronic pain is the most common healthcare problem impacting children, adolescents, adults and older adults (Jensen & Turk, 2014). Individuals suffering from chronic pain may experience significant interference with enjoyment of life and daily activities due to psychological inflexibility (McCracken & Vowles, 2014; Renshaw, 2018). Psychologists and other behavioral health providers can play an important role in preventing or decreasing the potential impact of chronic pain. This session will cover concepts of the biopsychosocial model of pain, neurophysiological processes enhancing or inhibiting pain, psychosocial risk factors for high-impact chronic pain, the core components of a value-based model for the treatment of chronic pain, and how psychological flexibility contributes to decreased impact and improved quality of life for patients. Psychological flexibility and pain management research will be presented.

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain why psychologists and other behavioral health providers play an essential role in pain management.
  2. Describe the neurophysiological and psychophysiological foundations of pain, suffering, and pain behaviors
  3. Describe how psychological flexibility helps individuals reduce the impact that chronic pain has on their life
  4. Identify the core component of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in pain management
  5. Explain why coordination and integration of care is essential for the treatment of chronic pain

Approved by MCBAP for 3 contact hours related to substance abuse and meets continuing education requirements for psychologists per administrative rules.

Workshop Schedule of Events:

1:30-2:00 – PM Sign in/Registration 

2:00-3:30 PM – Lecture and Discussion: Review pain science, prevalence and impact of chronic pain, psychosocial risk and supportive factors, and evidence-based processes supporting pain acceptance and improved quality of life.

3:30-3:45 PM – Break

3:45-5:00 PM – Lecture and Discussion: Apply information to increase competency in treatment planning using a psychological flexibility case-conceptualization outline. Brainstorming group tasks and case-examples will be utilized to demonstrate competency and allow for group discussion.

5:00-5:15 PM – Evaluations & Certificates

Recommended for:

This workshop is appropriate for individuals seeking initial certification or recertification through MCBAP. It is also for health care professionals, particularly psychologists, counselors, social workers, and therapists seeking information about helping clients with pain management, including reducing the impact of chronic pain, increasing psychological flexibility, and using ACT in pain management.

Dr. Hillenberg

Dr. Bruce Hillenberg

This training is based on Dr. Bruce Hillenberg's 30+ years of experience providing psychological interventions in pain management. Dr. Hillenberg is currently the Chief of Pain Management Services and the Director of Psychology for the Centers for Pain Medicine for Beaumont Health. He is also the President of the Midwest Pain Society.


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