Scaling Behavioral Medicine for Pain Across the Continuum of Care: Clinical Innovations


This is a virtual event, accessible online. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


Nationally, multiple barriers prevent patients from accessing behavioral medicine for pain. For instance, few psychologists and mental health therapists are trained to treat pain (Darnall et al, Pain Psychology: A global needs assessment and national call to action. Pain Medicine. 2016; 17(2): 250-263), particularly in rural areas and in special populations. Broadly, U.S. healthcare clinicians and patients have poor access to behavioral pain treatments, thereby perpetuating mental and physical suffering due to under treatment. Brief and scalable behavioral treatments options are required to address the unmet needs of a population.

This workshop content will review the foundational role of psychology in the experience and treatment of pain, and the evidence for clinical innovations that rapidly scale access to skills-based behavioral pain care including: (1)  low-cost digital pain therapeutics, including eHealth and mHealth behavioral treatments and virtual reality treatments across care settings; and (2) an ultra-brief (single-session) behavioral pain intervention that may be integrated broadly into outpatient primary care, pain clinic, and community settings.

Learning Objectives
•    Describe the role of psychology in the experience and treatment of pain.
•    Describe two evidence-based digital treatments for adults with perioperative and chronic pain.
•    Discuss scientific results for ultra-brief behavioral pain medicine for chronic pain.
•    Acquire key pain management resources that may be integrated into any psychology practice.



Beth Darnall, PhD

Beth Darnall, PhD is Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine. She leads NIH and PCORI-funded clinical trials that broadly investigate behavioral medicine for acute and chronic pain, including a $9M multi-state trial on voluntary patient-centered prescription opioid reduction.

Her team develops and investigates pain treatments that are scalable, effective, and low burden to patients, families, clinicians, and healthcare systems. Her single-session skills-based intervention, Empowered ReliefTM, is available in two languages and five countries. She has authored 4 books and is on the Editorial Board for MedPage Today.

She has twice testified to the U.S. Congress on the opioid and pain crises, and to the U.S. FDA on opioid tapering iatrogenic harms. Her work has been featured in Scientific American, NPR Radio, BBC Radio, and Nature. In 2018 she spoke on the psychology of pain relief at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


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Continuing Education

1.0 CE
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Price: $65.00

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