Pain is pain, right? Well, yes and no, . . . . pain is complex and personal and powerful for the care provider and the cared-for. The words we use, as healthcare providers, may limit or enhance our interest and ability to help patients with chronic pain. Likewise, the way our patients relate to pain may block their ability to connect with what and who matters in their lives and, in so doing, separate them from the fuel that could encourage small daily changes that promote health. Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) is a brief evidence-based intervention approach that suggests a conceptualization frame of approach-avoid in a context of daily living. In this workshop, participants will learn specific strategies for helping patients see more present-moment choice points in daily life, relate to on-going pain in a new frame, and make choices that promote more meaning in life.
- State a response to the prompt, Pain is . . . , that is informed by Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT).
- Name the 3 pillars of psychological flexibility.
- Describe one or more interventions to openness, awareness and engagement in patients suffering from chronic pain.
- Robinson, P. J. (2015). Contextual Behavioral Science: Primary Care. Current Opinions in Psychology, Elsevier.
- Robinson, P. J., & Bauman, D. (2017). Improving care for a primary care population: Persistent Pain as an example. In Maruish, M. E. (Ed), Handbook of Psychological Assessments in Primary Care Settings, Second Edition.
- Robinson, P. J., Bauman, D., & Beachy, B. (2016). Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors in Patients with Persistent Pain, Chapter 26. In Mechanick, J. & R. F. Kushner (Eds), Lifestyle Medicine-Manual for Clinical Practice, NY: Springer.
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- Strosahl, K. D., & Robinson, P. J. (2018). Adapting Empirically Supported Treatments in the Era of Integrated Care: A Roadmap for Success. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. DOI: 10.1111/cpsp.12246