Emerging Psychological Treatments for Chronic Pain

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March 21, 2023
9 a.m. to noon
Event category: Training
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The Wayne State University School of Social Work invites faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to join us for Emerging Psychological Treatments for Chronic Pain presented by Wayne State Distinguished Professor of Psychology Mark A. Lumley, PhD

Chronic pain is a ubiquitous public health problem, and biomedical interventions have had little success in treating it. In this workshop, Professor Lumley will describe several of the leading psychological interventions, particularly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and more recently, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. These popular psychological approaches for chronic pain management have limited efficacy, however, and emerging concepts and treatment approaches, including Pain Reprocessing Therapy and Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy, hold promise for larger effects. These newer therapies: a) target specifically primary or centralized pain; b) seek pain reduction or elimination rather than just improved functioning; and c) emphasize the reduction of fear and avoidance, including emotional processing of the psychological trauma and conflicts. Professor Lumley will present the conceptual background, development, and implementation of these newer therapies, research supporting them, and practical issues in their use.

After completing this training, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for the management of chronic pain and their benefits
  2. Identify efficacy and theoretical limitations of CBT and ACT
  3. Describe Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) and how it might lead to pain reduction.
  4. Describe Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) and its core techniques
  5. Discuss limitations and challenges in the use of these novel therapies (PRT and EAET)

This workshop will fulfill the state of Michigan’s requirements for continuing education in pain and symptom management.

Continuing Education: Pre-registration for CE's is requested via the RSVP form. All attendees seeking CE's must sign-in at the event and stay for the full duration. Attendees will receive a post-test and/or evaluation at the conclusion of the training. CE certificates will be emailed to attendees who have passed the post-test within 14 business days, or for psychologists, made available at submission of the post-training evaluation. 

  • Three (3) Social Work CE's are available for attendees for free. This lecture has been approved by the MI Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative under CE Approval #: MICEC-0058. For details visit the Social Work Office of Continuing Education Events page. For questions regarding Social Work CE's email ce_ssw@wayne.edu or call 313-577-9348.
  • Three (3) Psychology CE's are available to attendees for free. The Wayne State University Department of Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Wayne State University Department of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please direct questions about continuing education to Professor Mark Lumley at: mlumley@wayne.edu

Sponsor: This training is supported by the HRSA funded Trauma Informed Integrated Healthcare-the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Grant (BHWET), which works to increase the comprehensiveness of patient care, especially in medically underserved communities and the SAMHSA funded Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP), which trains social workers, psychologists, nurse practitioners and medical residents to address the current national opioid and substance use crisis by advancing the clinical practice with emphasis on populations at risk for developing or who have developed a recognized opioid or substance abuse disorder.

The Zoom link will be sent upon completion of the RSVP. The RSVP deadline is Tuesday, March 14, 2023. Space is limited.


Katherine Oleksiak


March 2023