Psychology: Pain Assessment and Management

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About Course

Release Date: March 12, 2020
Expiration Date: March 12, 2025

The purpose of this basic-level course is to elaborate on the definition of pain and its perception, factors hampering pain management, assessment of a client for pain, and interventions to improve function in clients with pain. The goal is to provide evidence-based practices that the health professional can use when working with clients who have pain.

Social Workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits. 

Psychologists will receive 2 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives
  • Define the physiology and perception of pain.
  • Identify appropriate measures to assess pain.
  • Describe difficult-to-diagnose pain conditions.
  • Summarize the different mechanisms of pain relief, including considerations across the life span and pain management barriers.
  • Describe the interprofessional team approach to treating pain.
  • Identify preparatory, purposeful, and occupation-based interventions used with clients with pain.
  • Describe the role of mind/body techniques in managing pain.

About the Author

Kimberly A. Davis, OTD, MS, OTR/L, received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of New England in 1992 and practiced in inpatient mental health with a focus on working with those with substance use disorder until 2003. In 1998, she completed her master’s degree at the University of New Hampshire, and in 2005, her doctorate of occupational therapy (OTD) at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Beginning in 2003, she made the formal transition into academia at Husson University. She currently works with the homeless population, assisting them with gaining skills needed for a return to independent living. She also maintains a connection to clinical practice, providing rehabilitative services to clients with dementia. Dr. Davis is currently an associate professor in the masters of occupational therapy program at Husson University, Bangor, Maine.

Course Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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