Effective Brief Pain Management for Older Adults

Presenter: Beth Darnall, PhD

What: 60 minute, On-Demand

Self-Paced, Non-interactive, Asynchronous Audio Podcast

CE Credits: 1 CE Credit for social workers, psychologists, therapists, certified care managers, and more (see below)

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Course Description

To treat pain best and at lowest risk, patients need accessible integrated treatment. Otherwise, key drivers of pain and analgesic needs remain untreated. Multi-session behavioral medicine treatment for pain may impart burdens to patients in terms of costs, co-pays, multiple clinic visits and associated time. “Empowered Relief” is an NIH-funded single-session (2-hour) evidence- based pain management intervention that may be received online by certified instructors. In this session Dr. Darnall will present empirical findings from four “Empowered Relief” studies, including a recent randomized trial that showed comparable benefits for single-session Empowered Relief as 16 hours cognitive behavioral therapy at 3 months after treatment. Empowered Relief is being delivered in chronic pain and surgical pathways in the U.S., in 12 countries and 6 languages. In 2021 Humana Neighborhood integrated Empowered Relief into their member education portfolio (Medicare and Medicaid members). This session will cover the science of empowered relief and how clinicians may offer patients access to home-based behavioral pain care, and how Empowered Relief may reduce pain care disparities. This session will inspire all clinicians, whether pain experts or pain novices, to consider how they may connect their clientele to treatment that may help them achieve empowered relief for acute and chronic pain. 

Educational Objectives

After attending this beginner-level program in full, participants will be able to:

  • Describe 3 barriers to psychological or behavioral medicine for pain management.
  • List 3 key outcomes for a single-session skills-based pain management intervention at 3 and 6 months post-treatment.
  • Describe how single-session online pain management has been applied to older adults for pain and symptom management. 

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 a beginner level of knowledge and experience related to this content.

Recording Date: This program was recorded on 12/14/22

Here's what you'll see inside the course

About the Presenter/Guest

Beth Darnall, PhD

Beth Darnall, PhD is Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine where she directs the Stanford Pain Relief Innovations Lab. Her team’s pain treatment research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Darnall has twice briefed the U.S. Congress and the FDA on the need for patient-centered pain care and opioid stewardship. She is a scientific member of the NIH Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, and served as a scientific member of the CDC Opioid Workgroup. She is Chief Science Advisor for AppliedVR and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Her work has been featured in outlets such as Scientific American, NPR Radio, BBC Radio, and Nature. She has authored five books for patients and clinicians, and is the creator of Empowered ReliefTM, a single-session evidence-based pain relief skills class that is available in 12 countries and 6 languages. In 2018 she spoke on the psychology of pain relief at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

Learn more about Beth Darnall, PhD, here:

Learn more about the Empowered Relief Program here

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: Attend 100% of the course. 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!

About the host

Regina Koepp, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Regina Koepp is a board certified clinical psychologist, clinical geropsychologist, founder of the Center for Mental Health & Aging.

Prior to founding the Center for Mental Health & Aging, Dr. Koepp was an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and former staff psychologist at the Atlanta VA Health Care System, where she provided direct patient care and consultation on the Geropsychiatry Outpatient Mental Health team for more than a decade.

Dr. Koepp earned her doctorate at the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences where she won the Richard W. Morrell Community Commitment Award.

Praise for the Podcast

We're Democratizing Education about Mental Health & Aging!

The podcast is free for ALL to listen. We want everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, to have access to this much needed information about the "Psychology of Aging". We see this as democratizing mental health education.

Only professionals wanting to earn CEUs will need to pay. Professionals, it is with your business that we can provide this education to everyone! So, thank you for being here and contributing to this important mission.

Continuing Education Approvals

Social Workers

Center for Mental Health & Aging, #1801, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Center for Mental Health & Aging maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 3/25/23-3/25/26. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.


Center for Mental Health & Aging is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Mental Health & Aging maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Center for Mental Health and Aging (CMHA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7230. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Center for Mental Health and Aging (CMHA) is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Care Managers

CMHA is approved by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) as a continuing education provider, #21-905CMHA. This activity approved for 1 CMC contact hour

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs)

Center for Mental Health & Aging is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. In many state licensing jurisdictions, APA approved continuing education programs qualify for LMFT CE credits. See what your state requires here.

National CE Credit Approvals For Live Webinar: Credits listed are for full attendance at the live webcast only. The CE certificate can be downloaded/printed after completing the webcast and passing the online post-test evaluation (75% passing score). NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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*Content and materials in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession’s standards.

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    Important Details

    Financial & Non-Financial Disclosures: Dr Beth Darnall is Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She is Chief Science Advisor for AppliedVR and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Creator of Empowered ReliefTM, which trains professionals via Stanford University's Continuing Education program. She reported serving as a consultant for Axial Health regarding the development of physician education materials on opioid prescribing and safety, receiving shares from the company, and that payments for consulting services were paid to Stanford University; serving on the advisory board for Clinical Pain Advisor, an online pain media outlet, and that compensation for her services was paid to Stanford University; receiving royalties from 2 books on patient self-help for opioid reduction and pain management for chronic pain.

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for Center for Mental Health & Aging

    Accessibility Requests: Center for Mental Health & Aging is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and will conduct all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. If participants have special needs, reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate them. Please contact [email protected]m with questions, concerns or to request special accommodations.

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