NEW and ONLY Available through September 30th, 2024!
The Nevada Psychological Association presents

The Role of Psychology in Addressing Pain and Related Opioid Dependence
Presented by Ravi Prasad, Psy.D., Jennifer Kelly, Ph.D., ABPP and Daniel Bruns, Psy.D.
6 Homestudy CE Credits


Approved for Nevada Psychologists, LCSWs and MFTs.

NPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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About the 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. This pre-recorded workshop provides information on the role of psychology in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of pain for psychologists practicing both inside and outside clinical health settings.

The Role of Psychology in Addressing Pain and Related Opioid Dependence pre-recorded workshop will help address this gap by building the nonpharmacological pain management workforce. During this on-demand training, nationally recognized experts 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. 

Registration Fees:
NPA Members: $125 
Student NPA Members: $0
Non-Members: $175 
Student Non-Members: $40 

Contents (5 separate modules)

Unit 1

  • Introduction to Pain and the Opioid Crisis
  • Biopsychosocial Model of Pain Part 1: Pain Theory and Biology
  • Biopsychosocial Model of Pain Part 2: Psychological Factors; the Initial Psych Interview; Psychologists
    Role on an Interdisciplinary Pain Team; More Adverse Childhood/Adult Experiences

Unit 2

  • Biopsychosocial Model of Pain Part 3: Social Factors; Cultural, Racial, and Health Care Disparities As It Relates to Pain

Unit 3

  • Pain Guidelines
  • Pain Assessment (Testing), Psychometrics and Research on Outcome Variables
  • Billing (HBAI, Psych Codes, SBIRT)

Unit 4

  • Pain Treatment (Behavioral Tools for Pain Management)
  • Additional Populations, Conditions, and Considerations
  • Telehealth and the Impact of a Pandemic

Unit 5

  • Need for All Psychologists to Understand Pain
  • Core Competencies to Be a Pain Psychologists
  • Case History Roundtable

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  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

About the Speakers

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 was the 2021 President of the American Psychological Association. She served as the co-chair of the 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. 

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.

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.


This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology.

General Information

Access to Webinar/Handout Materials

This is a 6-hour pre-recorded presentation for homestudy CE credit in five separate modules. Electronic copy of handout materials will be sent out by email to attendee after registration is completed along with link(s) to view pre-recorded live, virtual webinar.

Refunds & Grievance Policies

Participants may direct questions or complaints to NPA to 888-654-0050. 

Approval and CE Credit

Approved by Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners. Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 

NPA will issue certificates of completion. APA CE rules require that we only issue credits to those who watch the entire pre-recorded presentation and complete and pass an online posttest question form. The online posttest question form, required to complete for CE credit, will include posttest questions provided by the presenters. A passing grade of at least 75% is required to receive CE credit. If your tabulated score is under 75%, CE credit will not be given.


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There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program or its presenters.