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  • August 23, 2024
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Chronic pain affects approximately 20% of the U.S. adult population. Our nation’s opioid epidemic—which intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic—has encouraged patients, clinicians, and payers to seek nonpharmacologic options to assist with managing pain. Psychological interventions for chronic pain can reduce or eliminate the use of prescription opioids and improve patient functioning and recovery, and the U.S. Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force has recommended educating patients, clinicians, and the public about the role of psychological pain management interventions and expanding access to these services.

In this series of five pre-recorded training videos, which will be played virtually during this IPA one-day event, nationally recognized experts Ravi Prasad, PhD, Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP, and Dan Bruns, PsyD, will provide participants with a strong understanding of the biopsychosocial nature of pain and the use of psychological and behavioral approaches to address chronic pain in adult populations. Information on the role of psychology in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of pain for psychologists practicing both inside and outside clinical health settings will be provided.

APA & their Pain Management Advisory Group have made this event possible.  Please note that they will be reaching out to attendees on a few separate occasions to ask for feedback on the content and your use of it.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss different theories of pain
  • Discuss the evolution of the opioid crisis
  • List psychosocial variables associated with pain
  • Describe the components of a pain clinical evaluation
  • Identify the range of evidence-based psychological approaches to pain management
  • Explain the role of interdisciplinary care in pain management
  • Discuss the rationale for pain psychology competencies

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Made available exclusively through the State, Provincial & Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs) 
in partnership
with the American Psychological Association.

Our sincere thanks to APA
for this wonderful opportunity!


Ravi Prasad, PhD 

Ravi Prasad, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and currently Clinical Professor and Director of Behavioral Health in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. His clinical work focuses primarily on evaluation and treatment of individuals suffering from acute and chronic pain conditions. He is actively engaged in leadership activities at regional and national levels through which he has been involved with interprofessional core competency, curriculum, and program development; lobbying efforts to change policies related to psychological care; and translation of research innovations into clinical practice. Outside the realm of pain, he has an avid interest in clinician wellness and has led efforts to implement associated initiatives in healthcare settings.

Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP Jennifer Kelly, PhD, ABPPis a Licensed Psychologist and is Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology. She is the Director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Kelly has expertise in treating disorders that involve the relationship between physical and emotional conditions. Within health psychology, she specializes in Pain Management. Dr. Kelly was the 2021 President of the American Psychological Association. She served as the co-chair of the Advocacy Coordinating Committee of the American Psychological Association Services, Inc. A past president of the Georgia Psychological Association, she has served as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator for 20 years. She is a recipient of APA’s State Leadership Award, Karl F. Heiser Advocacy Award, Legislative Award by the Georgia Psychological Association, and the APA Practice Organization’s Federal Advocacy Award. 

Daniel Bruns, PsyD, FAPA

Daniel Bruns, PsyD, FAPA, received his PsyD from the University of Northern Colorado. He has been a practicing health psychologist for 34 years, and specializes in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain. He is a senior clinical instructor for the University of Colorado Medical School, and has served as a technical expert for CMS. Dr. Bruns has been involved in the development of about 20 medical treatment guidelines. He is the coauthor of numerous articles and book chapters about chronic pain, and led a 15 year-long longitudinal study of 29 million patients testing the effects of the biopsychosocial model.



 8:30AM  Welcome & introductions


 Unit 1 

  • Introduction to Pain and the opioid crisis;
  • Biopsychosocial Model of Pain Part 1: Pain Theory and Biology;
  • Biopsychosocial Model of Pain Part 2: Psychological Factors; the Initial Psych Interview; Psychologists Role on an Interdisciplinary Pain Team; More Adverse Childhood/Adult Experiences


 15-minute break


 Unit 2 

  • Biopsychosocial Model of Pain Part 3: Social Factors; Social, Cultural, Racial, and Health Care Disparities As It Relates to Pain

 11:15AM  15-minute break


 Unit 3 

  • Pain Guidelines
  • Pain Assessment (Testing), Psychometrics, and Research on Outcome Variables
  • Billing (HBAI, Psych Codes, SBIRT)

 12:30PM  Lunch break (30 minutes)


 Unit 4 

  • Pain Treatment (Behavioral Tools for Pain Management)
  • Additional Populations, Conditions, and Considerations
  • Telehealth and the Impact of a Pandemic

 2:15PM  15-minute break


 Unit 5 

  • Need For All Psychologists to Understand Pain
  • Core Competencies to Be a Pain Psychologist
  • Case Histories Roundtable

 3:45PM  Closing remarks & webinar close

Continuing education credit is awarded to participants
who attend this webinar in its entirety. 


This introductory event is intended for post-doctorate-level psychologists.  Other licensed health and mental health providers and graduate students are welcome to attend. The event is sponsored by the Idaho Psychological Association.  The Idaho Psychological Association maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

A total of six (6.0) continuing education credits are available to psychologists for full attendance of this event.  

Other professionals
This activity provides a total of six (6.0) contact hours. Attendance letters will be provided. Contact your licensing board or professional association for your specific continuing education requirements.

This activity will be held via Zoom.  Comfort breaks and a lunch break are included in the above schedule.  Attendance for this event will be monitored electronically by Zoom log-in/out records.  Continuing education credit is awarded to participants who attend this webinar in its entirety.  [IPA ATTENDANCE POLICY: A brief grace period of up to 10% for shorter events (e.g., 6 minutes for a 1-hour event) with a maximum of 20 minutes for longer events (e.g., 20 minutes for a 6-hour event) may be applied. ] Your CE letter should arrive via email from IPA within 10 business days post-event. 

Registrants will receive, via email, a link to download handouts and log-in information for the workshop at least 24-hours before the event date.  Please watch for that message.  If you don't see the above email, please check your spam/junk folder.  If you don't find the email there, please contact the IPA Office.

On the day of the event, when you click on the Zoom link, you will be asked to register your name and email address so we will be able to identify the device you are using for attendance purposes.  Please plan to log-in early to give yourself wiggle room, as Zoom is often making security updates that may require a few extra minutes of log-in time.


Daniel Bruns, PsyD, FAPA

Kathleen S. Brown, PhD

Zeeshan A. Butt, PhD

Beth D. Darnall, PhD

Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP

Robert D. Kerns, PhD

Mary W. Meagher, PhD

Ravi Prasad, PhD

Nancy B. Ruddy, PhD, ABPP

Beverly E. Thorn, PhD

We thank you for your interest in this event!

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