Get Unstuck Treating Chronic Pain. Here's How!
Dr. Jennifer Steiner shares the benefits of using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) as an evidence-based psychotherapy to help manage chronic pain.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Pain
When/Where: This is a self-paced on-demand presentation, which you can take whenever and where ever you wish.
What: 5.5 hour Continuing Education (CE) Course
Recording Date: This course was recorded on 3/25/22
Description: This intermediate program will review the scholarly research on the use of ACT with a population experiencing chronic pain. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to apply the ACT model of emotional pain and suffering to the unique physical experience of chronic pain; specifically, how to conceptualize pain behaviors, avoidance of pain, and emotional experiences (i.e. depression, anxiety, and fear) from an ACT perspective. Special attention will be paid to the ways in which ACT approaches may need to be modified for the chronic pain population. The presentation will cover ways to adapt treatment for both individual and group formats. A focus will be placed on how to tailor specific ACT interventions for the chronic pain population, and participants in this workshop will learn these techniques first hand through participation multiple experiential exercises.
Learning Objectives. After attending this intermediate-level program in full, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the scholarly literature on the evidence of ACT for Chronic Pain
- Explain how to conceptualize pain-related dysfunction from an ACT perspective
- Create a case conceptualization for a [hypothetical] client using an ACT framework
- Apply knowledge of above concepts to inform both individual and group interventions
- Demonstrate at least 3 specific ACT exercises and describe how to use them with chronic pain populations
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- Brief review of the prevalence of chronic pain and psychological interventions for chronic pain and review of scholarly literature on ACT for chronic pain. We will begin a discussion of how to conceptualize chronic pain using ACT tenants and concepts
- Continuation of how to conceptualize chronic pain from an ACT perspective using both of ACT case conceptualization model with multiple case examples, and experiential activity
- Review of key ACT exercises/ interventions and illustration of how to modify ACT exercises for chronic pain population using case examples; this will include multiple experiential exercises to illustrate specific ACT interventions
- Discussion of how to apply ACT for chronic pain to a group setting with case/therapy group example; this will include multiple experiential exercises to illustrate specific ACT interventions
- Discussion of special considerations when applying ACT to chronic pain populations and medical settings
Equity & Inclusion Statement
This program will touch on ways that multiple aspects of identity including age, gender, race, and SES may impact one’s experience with chronic pain (specifically access to care, and the ways in which these factors may differently impact quality of life). We will discuss how social diversity factors and related experiences may then affect key ACT processes such as acceptance, values, and engagement on mindfulness.
Target Audience: This seminar is open to all Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists, Geriatric Care Managers and other interested mental health and senior care professionals.
This program is intended for those with an intermediate level of knowledge and experience related to this content.
About the presenter
Jennifer Steiner, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Jennifer Steiner is a board certified clinical health psychologist, founder of Beyond the Body Health Psychology Services, LLC, Co-Director of Center for Mental Health & Aging's Continuing Education Program, Adjunct Faculty at Emory School of Medicine, Board Member of the Georgia Psychology Association Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for Georgia Psychological Association, and Member of the Committee on Health Psychology and Integrated Practice.
Dr. Steiner is one of the first board-certified clinical health psychologists in the state of Georgia (certification received in 2018). Dr. Steiner received her PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in health psychology from Purdue University.
She has worked with over 1200 individuals with chronic pain over 10+ years. Dr. Steiner was previously employed as the primary pain psychologist for the Atlanta VA Healthcare System for 6+ years. Dr. Steiner has also published multiple peer reviewed articles on the impact of chronic pain on mental health, psychological correlates of chronic pain, and psychological interventions for those with chronic pain. Dr. Steiner's research and clinical practice focuses on chronic pain and interventions for chronic pain.
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How To Earn CE Credits
Participants will have their participation registered through Center for Mental Health & Aging. This program is available for continuing education (CE) credit after the following steps have been successfully completed:
Step 1: Watch 100% of the videos. Attendance is tracked via the online platform.
Step 2: Successfully pass the course post-test; a score of 75% or greater is passing. (You have a total of 3 attempts to pass the post-test)
Step 3: Complete the Course Program Evaluation & Attestation
Step 4: Download Your Certificate
Certificates of completion will be emailed immediately following submission of electronic survey and also available for download in the course platform. It's that simple!
What Do Students Have to Say?
“I found this presentation to provide a useful overview of important themes (e.g. "workability") and applications of ACT for the treatment of chronic pain while also providing specific tools/interventions that could be integrated into my current practice.”
"Loved the cadence of the presentation. Also, Dr. Steiner clearly took careful steps in choosing which material to cover."
"Great presentation! Loved the focus on underserved/marginalized groups. So needed in this field. Loved that it was not one random slide on "diversity" but that it was infused throughout!"
"I appreciate the assessment tools, homework exercises and hands-on options shared! Dr. Steiner did a great job with giving examples of how to use tools and exercises in both an individual and group setting."
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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs)
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- Financial: Dr. Jennifer Steiner is owner of Beyond the Body Health Psychology Services, LLC, Co-Director of Center for Mental Health & Aging's Continuing Education Program.
- Non-Financial: Dr. Jennifer Steiner is Adjunct Faculty at Emory School of Medicine, Board Member of the Georgia Psychology Association Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for Georgia Psychological Association, and Member of the Committee on Health Psychology and Integrated Practice.
Commercial Support: There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, content, or sponsor.
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