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PEP035 Pain Assessment and Intervention From a Psychophysiological Perspective

–4 Hours Of CE Credit, Course Fee: $100

Presented by Richard A. Sherman, Ph.D.

Richard A. Sherman

Richard A. Sherman

M.S., Ph.D. (Program Director)

Course Concept and Description:

This talk is intended to provide an overview of psychophysiology as a powerful tool for assessment and of biofeedback along with kindred interventions such as relaxation training and CBT for many psychophysiologically based problems resulting in pain as the primary issue. Most of the techniques are within the scopes of practice of virtually all physiotherapists, psychologists, and psychotherapists.

The aim of the psychophysiological assessment is to produce information not available through other assessment approaches which provides highly specific information about physiological systems and responses causing and or sustaining pain problems. This information may be used to guide the choice of very specific, psychophysiologically based interventions which rectify the identified problem and, thus, relieve the pain.

The content of this 4 CE course is contained in four lectures which last about four hours in total. At the end of the class, you will need to take a brief exam and send in an evaluation of the course. The APA requires us to report each student’s profession so you will be asked to supply that information as well. You will receive a course completion certificate after we receive your exam and course evaluation.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between psychophysiology and biofeedback.
  2. Give at least two examples of unique information provided psychophysiological assessments not attainable in other ways.
  3. Summarize the psychophysiological processes underlying at least 3 pain based conditions commonly treated with biofeedback.
  4. Describe how typical biofeedback sessions are conducted including the coaching relationship.
  5. Summarize how biofeedback devices are used to apply at least two specific pain based interventions.
  6. List 4 lines of evidence showing that specific biofeedback based interventions are efficacious for pain related problems.

Accessibility:

Hearing impaired people can view the slides only as virtually all of the material presented in the lectures is typed onto the slides. Visually impaired people can concentrate on the verbal lectures as the slide material is repeated in the lecture accompanying each slide.

Accessing course materials:

Course materials will be sent to your email address through “Dropbox” after your payment for the course is processed. 

Schedule:

There is one year to complete the course. Just contact us at admin@behavmedfoundation.org or 800 530 6658 to get started.

CE Credit:

The Behavioral Medicine R&T Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The BMR&T Foundation maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

BCIA:

This course is accepted by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance for recertification continuing education.

Payment, Refund, Scholarship, and cancellation policies:  

Full payment for each course is required before access to the course is provided. Payment is by credit card though our web site’s secure ordering section or by check in US dollars made out to the Foundation and sent to the address below. Full refund will be made until students are given access to the course materials. After getting access to the course materials there is no refund at all as the Foundation has committed its resources to you and you have access to all of the course materials. A course would only be cancelled due to an extreme emergency on the part of the course instructor or the Foundation. In the highly unlikely event a course is cancelled, you would receive a full refund.

Course updates:

Updates to all courses are placed on the course web site as they are made. Students are informed when updates are available. 

Questions / further information?

Contact Dr. Richard Sherman (director of the psychophysiology CE and doctoral programs) at admin@behavmedfoundation.org or 1.253.380.0894.

Administrative Information

Conflict of Interest: Neither the Behavioral Medicine Research & Training Foundation, its staff, nor the course instructor have any conflict of interest involving materials presented in this course.

Student comments about the courses and instructors:

Students who wish to comment about the courses and instructors other than through the “end of course” evaluations may wish to use the Foundation’s account at the anonymous comment submission site Incogneato (www.incognea.to). When a student submits a comment to our account (https://ansr.me/VWv70on the site, there is no way for us to know who sent the comment unless the student provides an email. Students are always welcome to submit comments to this site. We take them very seriously.

Students who wish to make a formal complaint about a course or instructor can do so by following the Foundation’s grievance process which is detailed in the document by that name. Students can request the document from the program’s administrator by emailing admin@behavmedfourndation.org.