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Pain Psychology 101: Essential Skills for Behavioral Health Providers
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When: 10/21/2016
8 - 11:45 AM
Where: Embassy Suites Cleveland – Rockside - (216) 986-9900
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd N
Independence, Ohio  44131
United States
Presenter: Sara Davin, PsyD, MPH and Sarah Rispinto, PhD
Contact: Karen Hardin

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3 CE for psychologists / social workers and counselors

Registration opens at 8 AM... Workshop begins at 8:30 AM

Cost: $75 OPA Members; $90 Non-OPA Members; $50 Students

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Pain is now considered a public health crisis. With more than 100 million adults in the U.S. living with pain, “calls to action” have proliferates, all emphasizing the need for enhanced pain training and education across disciplines. Behavioral health providers have an important role in treating and educating the person with pain. This presentation will identify the key issues when working with the person with pain including the major psychosocial factors impacting pain, treatment approaches and special topics such as addiction and chronic pain.

Learning Objectives – Participants will:

  • Apply a biopsychosocial framework to the treatment of patients with chronic pain.
  • Discuss the rationale for enhanced training of behavioral health providers’ who interface with the person with pain and role of such providers as a part of a medical team.
  • Identify essential components the evaluation of the person with pain when assessing for chemical dependency.
  • Identify therapeutic challenges when working with a person with pain and discuss potential approaches based upon empirically supported psychological treatment approaches. 

About the Speaker:

Sara Davin, PsyD, MPH
is a staff psychologist and Director of Pain Psychology Training/Education within the Center for Neurological Restoration at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Davin received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Indianapolis and completed a psychology fellowship in chronic pain at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Davin also received her Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan. Dr. Davin’s has worked extensively in the CC’s intensive functional restoration program for individuals with chronic noncancer pain. Her newest project includes leading the psychology intervention in a clinical transformation effort targeting individuals with back pain.

Sarah Rispinto, PhD is a second-year postdoctoral psychology fellow at the Cleveland Clinic. She earned her doctoral degree at Cleveland State University in Counseling Psychology and holds a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from John Carroll University. Dr. Rispinto has specialized training in chronic pain psychology with specific interests in the treatment of low back pain and fibromyalgia. She also has extended interests in the complex nature of how chronic pain affects work/career related issues. In addition, Dr. Rispinto provides psychological treatment of adults with a wide range of psychological disorders using evidencebased cognitive behavioral therapy.

Three Key Literary References:

  • IOM Committee on Advancing Pain Research CaE. Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research: Institute of Medicine; 2011. Darnall BD,
    Scheman J, Davin S, Burns JW, Murphy JL, Wilson AC, Kerns RD, Mackey SC.
  • Pain Psychology: A Global Needs Assessment and National Call to Action. Pain Med. 2016 Feb; 17(2):25063. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnv095. Epub 2016 Jan 23. PubMed PMID: 26803844; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4758272.
  • Amundson, G.J.G. & Wright, K.D. (2004). Biopsychosocial approaches to pain. In T. Hadjistavropoulos, & K.D. Craig (Eds.), Pain: Psychological perspectives (pp. 3557).
  • Malwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Gatchel, R.J., McGreary, D.D., McGreary, C.A., & Lippe, B. (2014). Interdisciplinary chronic pain management: Past, present, and future. American Psychologist, 69, 119130. doi: 10.1037/a0035514
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  • Campbell G, Bruno R, Lintzeris N, Cohen M, Nielsen S, Hall W, Larance B, Mattick RP, Blyth F, Farrell M, Degenhardt L. Defining problematic pharmaceutical opioid use among people prescribed opioids for chronic noncancer pain: do different measures identify the same patients? Pain. 2016 Mar 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26963848.


Embassy Suites Cleveland – Rockside
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd N, Independence, OH 44131
(216) 986-9900

Questions? Contact OPA at 614.224.0034.

The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists: OPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Disclaimers/Cancellation and Refund Policy: Attendees needing to cancel must do so in writing before 7 business days prior to the event and will be subject to a $30 service charge. ALL CANCELLATIONS WILL BE SUBJECTED TO THIS SERVICE CHARGE. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 8 days prior to the event. The planners and sponsors of this event are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information. However, they are not responsible for changes, additions or deletions to the services, but will work toward accommodating the needs of the attendees.

Conflict of Interest Statement: As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education as is consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Information regarding financial support, in-kind support or possible conflicts of interest will be included in promotional materials and can be accessed by contacting the Ohio Psychological Association Central Office. 
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Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers and Counselors:  The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to offer continuing education to counselors and social workers. The approval number is RCS070608.
Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop to all pre-registered participants who meet the criteria specified above.