Skills Training in Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents

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Length: 110 minutes

Session offered by Division 54. Pain is a part of every child's life experience. Unfortunately, for many children (approximately 25%), pain is chronic in nature, meaning that it persists or recurs. Chronic pain is often challenging to treat. Psychological treatment is considered a key component in the comprehensive management of children and adolescents with chronic pain. Specifically, cognitive-behavioral treatments (CBT) have now acquired a large evidence base, demonstrating excellent efficacy in treating children and adolescents with different chronic pain conditions. CBT is used to help children and their parents to learn ways of thinking and behaving to minimize pain and the negative effects of having chronic pain. In this skills building session, the presenters will focus on building skills in pain management for the pediatric psychologist who understands CBT principles but does not have specialized training in pain. The session will include instruction in methods for conducting a thorough psychosocial assessment, developing a treatment plan, and setting treatment goals with children and their parents. Building from the psychosocial assessment, training in three psychological techniques for chronic pain management will be presented. These techniques include relaxation training, parent interventions, and cognitive skills training. Case vignettes will be used to highlight principles in assessment and intervention with youth with chronic pain. Audience participation and discussion will be encouraged to enhance skills training.

Learning Objective 1
To increase understanding of the role of psychosocial assessment in developing a treatment plan for children and adolescents with chronic pain

Learning Objective 2
To augment skills in applying psychological techniques for pediatric chronic pain management

Learning Objective 3

Cindy Harbeck?Weber, PhD; Tonya Palermo, PhD; Gerard A. Banez, PhD;

Supplementary Materials

  • apa pain symposium combined slides