The Role of Psychology in Addressing Pain and Related Opioid Dependence

Friday, June 28th, 9AM-4:45PM 

Virtual Workshop (Zoom), 6 CE Credits

See Program Brochure with Full Agenda

Presented by:

Ravi Prasad, Ph.D., Jennifer Kelly, Ph.D., ABPP, 

Daniel Bruns, Psy.D., FAPA. 

Moderated by Alexandra Pappas, Psy.D.  

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.

To address this crisis, APA is pleased to offer The Role of Psychology in Addressing Pain and Related Opioid Dependence to the Delaware Psychological Association. This video workshop provides information on the role of psychology in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of pain for psychologists practicing both inside and outside clinical health settings.

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

1.   Explain chronic non-cancer pain and its relationship to the opioid crisis. 

2.   Critique pain theories and biopsychosocial approaches to care. 

3.   Recognize the importance of patient and social factors.

4.   Demonstrate how to incorporate basic pain evaluation and evidence-based treatment into an existing practice. 

5.   Review billing and reimbursement. 

6.   Approach pain treatment with a focus on coping and function, rather than analgesia. 

7.   Identify when to refer to a pain specialist. 

8.   Discuss ethical considerations and future directions in the field.

Workshop Agenda

9AM-10:30AM: Unit 1 (1.5 hours/1.5 CEs)

·      Intro 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

10:30AM-10:40AM: 10 Minute Break

10:40AM-11:40AM: Unit 2 (1 hour/1 CE)

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


·      Q&A for Units 1-2


·      Break for Lunch

12:45PM-1:45PM: Unit 3 (1 hour/1 CE)

·      Pain Guidelines

·      Pain Assessment (Testing), Psychometrics, and Research on Outcome Variables

·      Billing (HBAI, Psych Codes, SBIRT)

1:45PM-3PM: Unit 4 (1.25 hours/1.25 CEs)

·      Pain Treatment (Behavioral Tools for Pain Management)

·      Additional Populations, Conditions, and Considerations

·      Telehealth and the Impact of a Pandemic

3PM-3:10PM: 10-minute break

3:10PM-4:25PM: Unit 5 (1.25 hours/1.25 CEs)

·      Need For All Psychologists to Understand Pain

·      Core Competencies to Be a Pain Psychologist

·      Case Histories Roundtable


·      Q&A for Units 3-5

Please take note:

“The Role of Psychology in Addressing Pain and Opioid Dependence,” 6 CE credits, issponsored by the Delaware Psychological Association. The Delaware Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Delaware Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 

Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors can receive continuing education from continuing education providers approved by APA. Because DPA is approved by APA to sponsor continuing education, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirement by attending DPA continuing education programs.

For further information, please visit the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors (

As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, DPA is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair his or her objectively, competence, or effectiveness. No conflicts of interest or commercial support have been identified for this workshop.