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Chronic Pain Management: Treating the Client Who Always Hurts

  • 10/12/2018
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • The Omaha Bakery 608 South 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68114


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Chronic Pain Management: 

Treating the Client Who Always Hurts

Pain is the most common reason people see a physician, and yet alleviating pain is not always straightforward. Acute pain serves as a valuable alert for injuries, but chronic pain is often far more complex. At least 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and it is estimated that 1 in 3 will experience severe chronic pain at some point in life. People think of pain as a purely physical sensation, but by definition it also includes psychological and emotional factors. Additionally, chronic pain often leads to problems with depression, anxiety, and anger management. To treat chronic pain effectively and comprehensively, the emotional and psychological aspects must be addressed in addition to the physical component. The primary goal of cognitive-behavioral therapy for pain is to promote the adoption of an active problem-solving approach  to confronting the many challenges associated with the experience of chronic pain. Since those with chronic pain often report reduced activity levels and declines in social role functioning, CBT also focuses on promoting increased activity and productive functioning.  The strategies reviewed in this presentation allow a patient to shift from use of primarily pain-contingent behaviors and a perspective of helplessness with regard to their challenges, to use of value-driven behaviors that will help increase personal responsibility and improve self-efficacy.

Objectives for this presentation: 
  • 1.       The gate control model of pain (Wall and Melzack, 1965), and the importance of using the biopsychosocial model for chronic pain management.
  • 2.       The benefits of interdisciplinary pain management programs for patients who have chronic, nonmalignant pain and significant psychosocial dysfunction, and the Pain Management Program at Nebraska Medicine as the only local option for such treatment.
  • 3.       An empirically-based, time-limited CBT approach for therapists working with individuals with chronic pain who are unable or unwilling to participate in interdisciplinary pain management

Kim Vacek, Ph.D.

Dr. Vacek is a licensed psychologist at Nebraska Medicine. Currently Dr. Vacek's clinical experience is in the Pain Management Program where she provides individual and group therapy classes for adults and adolescents with chronic pain. Dr. Vacek also provides outpatient, individual therapy for adults living with a variety of physical and mental health issues. Dr. Vacek conducts risk assessments for patients seeking surgical pain devices. Dr. Vacek also provides supervision to providers in training through pre-doctoral psychology internship, postdoctoral psychology/neuropsychology fellowship, pain medicine fellowship, and marriage and family therapy internship. In the past, Dr. Vacek was a Bariatric Team Psychologist, a Transplant Team Psychologist, and a Trauma Team Liaison for Nebraska Medicine.

Lunch & Learn

October 12, 2018

The Omaha Bakery 608 South 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68114

Registration will be from 10:15am-10:30am

Lunch & Learn from 10:30am- 12:30pm

Lunch will be served around Noon.

This program meets the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice for 2 CEU

APPT Member Rate: $30

APPT Non-Member Rate: $40


APPT Member Rate: $30

APPT Non-Member Rate: $40

Webinar option Please sign up under the webinar option available. The webinar option will close on October 11th at 5pm.

Once your webinar registration is paid, and prior to the event, you will receive an email with an invitation and handouts. Please let Kristan at know if you have any questions.

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Cancellation Policy For APPT

Contact Kristan Kiger by 5pm on 10/9/18, you can receive a credit to be used for a future event or your membership dues.  Credits will not be given after 5pm on 10/9/18.


ADA Needs

We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs or concerns. Please contact Kristan Kiger at 402-370-6898 or ahead of the event.

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