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2021 IPA Fall Conference
Friday, October 08, 2021, 12:00 PM to Saturday, October 09, 2021, 12:00 PM CDT
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2021 IPA Fall Conference

The Role of Psychology in Addressing Pain and Related Opioid Dependence (6 CE)


Chronic pain affects approximately 20% of the U.S. adult population, or approximately 50 million individuals. Our nation's opioid epidemic has caused many patients, clinicians, and payors to seek nonpharmacologic options to assist with managing pain. Psychological interventions for chronic pain can reduce or eliminate the use of prescription opioids and improve patient functioning and recovery, and the U.S. Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force has recommended educating patients, clinicians, and the public about the role of psychological pain management interventions and expanding access to these services.

The Psychological Pain Management Training will help address this gap by building the nonpharmacological pain management workforce in Iowa. During the training, nationally recognized experts will provide participants with a strong understanding of the biopsychosocial nature of pain and the use of psychological and behavioral approaches to addressing chronic pain in adult populations.

About the Speakers

Ravi Prasad, PsyD is a licensed psychologist and currently Clinical Professor and Director of Behavioral Health in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. His clinical work focuses primarily on evaluation and treatment of individuals suffering from acute and chronic pain conditions. He is actively engaged in leadership activities at regional and national levels through which he has been involved with interprofessional core competency, curriculum, and program development; lobbying efforts to change policies related to psychological care; and translation of research innovations into clinical practice. Outside the realm of pain, he has an avid interest in clinician wellness and has led efforts to implement associated initiatives in healthcare settings.



Jennifer Kelly, PhD, ABPP is a Licensed Psychologist and is Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology. She is the Director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Kelly has expertise in treating disorders that involve the relationship between physical and emotional conditions. Within health psychology, she specializes in Pain Management. Dr. Kelly is the 2021 President of the American Psychological Association. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the newly formed Advocacy Coordinating Committee of the American Psychological Association Services, Inc. A past president of the Georgia Psychological Association, she has served as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator for 20 years. She is a recipient of APA’s State Leadership Award, Karl F. Heiser Advocacy Award, Legislative Award by the Georgia Psychological Association, and the APA Practice Organization’s Federal Advocacy Award.


Daniel Bruns, PsyD received his PsyD from the University of Northern Colorado. He has been a practicing health psychologist for 34 years, and specializes in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain. He is a senior clinical instructor for the University of Colorado Medical School, and has served as a technical expert for CMS. Dr. Bruns has been involved in the development of about 20 medical treatment guidelines. He is the coauthor of numerous articles and book chapters about chronic pain, and led a 15 year-long longitudinal study of 29 million patients testing the effects of the biopsychosocial model.




Event Details

6 CE Hours available


October 8, 2021 | 12pm - 4pm CST
October 9, 2021 | 10am - 12pm CST


Registration: Registration fees are:  

IPA Member: $150
IPA Lifetime Member: $90
IPA ECP Member: $90
IPA Retired Member: $60

IPS Student Member: $0
Non-Member: $210

Zoom: credentials will be emailed to registrants closer to the event.

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About This Workshop

Chronic pain affects more than 100 million US adults at a cost of over $500 billion dollars per year. Many individuals seeking psychological treatments may subsequently experience pain as a co-occurring disorder; however, both patients and their clinicians may not be aware of the how this can influence the primary presenting problem. The current workshop will provide information on the role of psychology in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of pain for psychologists practicing both inside and outside clinical health settings.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop familiarity with different theories of pain
  2. Understand the evolution of the opioid crisis
  3. List psychosocial variables associated with pain
  4. Describe the components of a pain clinical evaluation
  5. Identify the range of evidence-based psychological approaches to pain management
  6. Explain the role of interdisciplinary care in pain management
  7. Discuss the rationale for pain psychology competencies

Please complete the online registration process. Registration will close on October 7, 2021 at midnight.

Continuing Education

CE will be emailed to attendees who have completed the training evaluation.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

IPA will offer a full refund to registrants who cancel their registration 7 days prior to an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 7 days of the event, no refund will be offered.

Contact: Suzanne Hull, [email protected]


Social Hour: IPA will be hosting a Zoom social on Friday, October 8 from 6PM - 7pm CST.

IPA Award Ceremony: The IPA Award Ceremony will be held via Zoom on Saturday, October 9 from 12pm - 1pm CST.