Disciplines:
  • Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Ivan Molton, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): John G. Cagle, PhD, MSW
Item#: B4134
Contents: 1 Course Book (70 pages)

Assessing Pain



Price $19.95
Item # B4134
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This basic-level course provides an overview of the nature and scope of chronic pain, including the basic physiological principles that underlie pain, and presents skills for effective chronic pain assessment across various domains and settings. In addition, the course describes acute and chronic pain, and the prevalence and impact of chronic pain on physical and psychological functioning, overall health, and quality of life.  Readers are provided with a description of selected tools and interview procedures for assessing the role and influence of chronic pain on an individual’s psychosocial functioning.

Participants will receive 2 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successful completion of this course.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Chronic Pain Management: A Psychosocial Perspective (B4200).

Course Objectives
  • Explain the basic elements of pain and pain perception.
  • Describe pain prevalence and impact.
  • Describe standard assessment techniques for measuring pain.
Ivan Molton, PhD, is a rehabilitation psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He received his PhD in clinical health psychology from the University of Miami in 2006, and completed his psychology residency, followed by a two-year training fellowship, in adjunctive pain management at the University of Washington Medical Center. His expertise is in chronic pain and chronic pain management, particularly as it applies to individuals with long-standing physical disabilities. He is the author of more than 10 peer-reviewed publications on chronic pain and chronic pain treatment, and is currently supported by a Mary E. Switzer Research Fellowship through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
John G. Cagle, PhD, MSW, is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, MD. His work focuses on the psychosocial dimensions of pain and pain management, particularly as they relate to care at the end of life. As a clinician-researcher, his scholarship is informed by nearly a decade of experience as a hospice social worker. His research has included clinical trials to assess for and address barriers to pain management in hospice care, efforts to improve palliative care in long-term care settings, and an evaluation of public perceptions about pain and pain medicines. His work has been supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the National Palliative Care Research Center, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.