Understanding and Treating Chronic Pain: Psychological and Behavioral Aspects of Pain

Akiko Okifuji, Ph.D.

11/17/2017 at 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Truckee Meadows Community College, Red Mountain 256
7000 Dandini Blvd
Reno, NV 89512

6 CE Credits


Approved for Nevada Psychologists and LCSWs. Approval pending: MFTs.
NPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

About this Workshop:

The main goal of this workshop is to help clinicians gain knowledge and skills essential to manage chronic pain. Chronic pain is one of the most common and disabling conditions in our society. It has been well understood that chronic pain is not a simple sensory dysfunction but it is a multifactorial and multi-symptom disorder. Various psychological factors are known to impact pain perceptions and quality of life in chronic pain patients. Psychological assessment and treatment should be an integrated part of chronic pain management. In this workshop, Dr. Okifuji will delineate the complexity of chronic pain and detail the psychological evaluation and treatment approaches.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:
1. Summarize the multifactorial nature of chronic pain.
2. Describe common co-morbidities and medication issues in chronic pain.
3. Discuss how psychological factors contributes to chronic pain.
4. Describe the essential components of psychological assessment of people with chronic pain.
5. Apply the psychological approaches to manage chronic pain.

About this Speaker:

okifuji-akiko-photoAkiko Okifuji, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, is Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah and attending psychologist at the University of Utah Pain Management Center, where she provides behavioral medicine services as part of the interdisciplinary pain care team. She is also a faculty member of the Pain Research Center at the University of Utah, where she conducts various pain related clinical research projects. Over the past twenty five years, she has published a number of journal articles and book chapters related to the psychological aspects of chronic pain management. Dr. Okifuji’s CV

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Fax to (888) 654-0050 (for credit card payment)
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General Information:

Handout Materials

A link to download handout materials electronically will be sent out by email to all registered attendees no later than Tuesday, November 14th, 2017. Printed handout materials are available upon request for a small fee. Requests should be submitted by email to our Executive Director, Wendi O’Connor at admin@nvpsychology.org no later than Monday, November 13th, 2017.

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at Truckee Meadows Community College, in Red Mountain 256, located at 7000 Dandini Blvd, Reno, NV 89512. CLICK HERE TO VIEW MAP. Ample free parking is available on-site.

Refunds & Grievance Policies

Participants may direct questions or complaints to NPA to 888-654-0050. An administrative fee of $30 will be charged for cancellation of registration. Please note, no refunds will be granted after 10/11/2016.


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 CE credits to those with documented attendance who attend the entire workshop. We monitor attendance strictly. Those arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving before the entire workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Additional Information

NPA will provide accommodations for person with special needs, when notified at the time of registration and at least one week prior to workshop. Please email us at ADMIN@NVPSYCHOLOGY.ORG

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

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