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Biopsychosocial Approaches to Treatment of Chronic Pain

Ellen Lavin, PhD

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

This course will outline biological, behavioral, psychological, social-environmental and mind-body treatment approaches to pain management and introduce techniques and interventions that mental health practitioners can use to be most effective. In addition, participants will be introduced to novel approaches to chronic pain management such as acceptance and commitment therapy, a new psychological treatment that helps clients disidentify with troubling thoughts associated with pain. Case examples will be utilized to illustrate how a mental health practitioner develops appropriate treatment plans for patients with chronic pain. Finally, special topics of interest to mental health practitioners will include: 1) treating chronic pain patients with a history of drug abuse; 2) treating special populations with pain, such as the elderly and patients with AIDS; 3) suicide and pain, and 4) reducing a client’s resistance to participation in psychological treatments.

TBD Closeout Course #30-36 | 2008 | 39 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.Describe two biological approaches to the management of nociception
2.Identify the primary behavioral goals for patients with chronic pain
3.Define target cognitions for cognitive therapy of chronic pain patients
4.Discuss the social environmental factors that affect pain management
5.Develop a treatment plan for a patient with chronic pain

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (#5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Ellen Lavin, PhD, is a California-licensed psychologist who practices substance abuse counseling / drug counseling, psychology, clinical psychology and psychotherapy in San Diego, California.

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