• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Ivan Molton, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): John G. Cagle, PhD, MSW
Item#: B4200
1 Course Book (104 pages)

Chronic Pain Management: A Psychosocial Perspective

Price $29.95
Item # B4200
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This comprehensive basic-level course provides social workers and behavioral health specialists with a fresh perspective on chronic pain. It highlights the nature and scope of chronic pain, discusses basic skills for effective assessment, and describes nonpharmacological adjunctive treatments for chronic pain and related problems. Case scenarios are used throughout the course to describe client experiences with pain, highlight sample therapist and client dialogues, and demonstrate the application of various treatments.  The course opens with a discussion of the elements of pain, which include biological pain, pain perception, cognitive-emotional responses, and sociopolitical context. After examining the physiological principles that underlie pain, the course distinguishes acute from chronic pain and explains the factors that contribute to pain becoming chronic. The impact of chronic pain on physical functioning, health, and quality of life is examined. 

Participants will learn about the prevalence of pain, racial and ethnic differences, age differences, and the social cost of pain. The course describes types of pain, including musculoskeletal, headaches, and neuropathic pain, and the effects of pain, such as physical activity limitations, sleep disruption, fatigue, depression, irritability, and disruptions in family and social support. Selected assessment tools and interview procedures are described, and assessment questionnaires and sample reporting tool forms are provided for use with clients. Assessment techniques include the clinical interview, the brief clinical interview, and self-report instruments. The discussion of pharmacological treatment of pain includes information on medication misuse, addiction, and medication adherence. Participants will also learn about complementary and alternative medicine approaches and psychosocial treatments, such as feedback-based intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and relaxation training. Barriers to effective pain care are discussed, such as provider attitudes and training, insurance coverage, and geographic and regulatory barriers. The appendices include numerous pain assessment tools and an outline of a typical cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention for chronic pain.

Social workers will receive 3 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course.

Counselors will receive 3 NBCC clock hours.

Michigan Social Workers - This course fulfills your pain management requirement.

Course Objectives
  • Explain the basic elements of pain and pain perception.
  • Describe pain prevalence and impact.
  • Describe standard assessment techniques for measuring pain.
  • Explain pain medication addiction for individuals with chronic pain.
  • Identify biopsychosocial treatments for pain problems.
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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