Behavioral Medicine Track—A Behavioral Medicine Workshop for Healthcare Professionals: Advanced Skills Target High-Impact Chronic Pain! (403)

8–9 am Sunday, April 29

This first of four sessions discusses the foundational nuts-and-bolts knowledge on integrating behavioral medicine into clinical care.

The Psychological Science of Pain and Relief

Beth D. Darnall, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the critical role of psychology in the experience and treatment of chronic pain.
  • Identify and address barriers to pain psychology in one's own practice (e.g., patient receptivity; lack of knowledge of the treatment modality; lack of resources)
  • Increase confidence to effectively engage patients in psychosocial pain care (through interactive role-playing, acquisition of skills.)
  • Acquire tangible, immediately implementable resources to facilitate patient receptivity to psychosocial treatment approaches.