ACT Webinars Season 5: Session 02

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with Kevin Vowles, PhD

Psychosocial treatments for chronic pain have amassed an impressive and progressive record of success. This episode explores ACT as one potential model that can aid in augmenting patient behavior that displays an open, accepting, and non-struggling response to pain, as this area perhaps differs most markedly from other approaches where a primary focus may be on better management of pain and distress. Vowles will teach you to guide clients through identifying important and meaningful areas of living to pursue with pain present, as this has the potential to naturally promote generalization and longevity of treatment gains. Based on emerging data from clinical trials, individuals with complex and potentially disabling pain can respond to that pain with acceptance and willingness, choose important areas of living that are of personal relevance, and take effective action to improve quality of life. These responses are possible when pain is low, but crucially also when pain is elevated or even at its maximum.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the relevance of the ACT model to chronic pain in terms of targeted treatment processes and treatment targets.
  2. Describe the state of the empirical evidence for psychosocial approaches to chronic pain, both regarding established findings and future directions.