A BEGINNER'S GUIDE
TO TREATING CHRONIC PAIN
Drs. Greg White and Dan Rubanowitz will use a conversational format to touch on issues especially relevant to MA level practitioners who are considering specialization in chronic pain or otherwise having substantial numbers of chronic pain patients. Issues include:
• What is chronic pain and some common presenting conditions
- Multiple levels of client issues involving identity, adaptation, existential/spiritual, families and relationships, sexuality, stigma, life-span development, legal and financial stressors, comorbid DSM disorders
- Multiple assessment and treatment options such as stress management, sleep management, medication monitoring, cognitive-behavioral tx, trauma therapies, mindfulness training, focused existential brief therapy, and others
- Professional issues including pain tx ethics, working as part of a team, navigating the medical world, necessary training, secondary trauma and burnout, dealing with payors, challenges to personal world-view
DR. GREG WHITE, PhD:
Dr. White, while Chair of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Auckland Medical School in the 1980s, spent three years in a day/week role on the Chronic Pain Management Ward of Auckland General Hospital learning the basics of assessment and treatment of chronic pain conditions and working with individuals, families, couples, and groups. As an Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he developed a Health Psychology specialization program for their B.A. Psychology with both academic content and field experience. While Chief of Psychology for Shasta County Mental Health he developed a pain management group. In a period of 8 years in full-time private practice his clientele was roughly 50% presenting with psychosomatic and chronic pain disorders requiring collaboration with professionals of many specialties including physiatrists, sleep specialists, dentists, neurologists, physical therapists, general practitioners, nurses, massage therapists, and clergy.
DR. DAN RUBANOWITZ, PhD:
Dr. Rubanowitz is a licensed clinical psychologist who has practiced in Redding since 1986. He is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, U.C. Davis School of Medicine, and in that capacity he serves as the Behavioral Science Faculty member for the Family Practice Residency Program at Mercy Medical Center. His duties include writing and implementing a curriculum for training Family Physicians in handling the mental health needs of their patients. Dr. Rubanowitz also has a private practice in which he offers general clinical psychology services, with a special emphasis on Medical Psychotherapy, Behavioral Medicine, and pain management.
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