Beyond the Basics: Addressing Chronic Pain in Older Adults with Mental Health Concerns
Presenter: Ann Steffen, PhD, ABPP & Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, PhD, ABPP
Date: March 10, 2023, 12pm- 2pm CT
There are a number of health conditions experienced by middle-aged and older adults that lead to persistent pain. This webinar supports providers as they help aging patients manage chronic pain and engage in daily living that is consistent with personal values and life goals.This presentation directs practitioners to help aging individuals apply the gate control theory of pain to regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that increase pain perceptions and disrupt value-based living. These interventions are appropriate in both traditional psychotherapy and integrated primary care sessions. Recommended clinical strategies can help patients to remember and use these skills, with a focus on being responsive to the needs of culturally diverse older adults.
Explain the utility of the gate control theory of pain in clinical practice
Select 3 clinical strategies to support daily functioning for older adults with chronic pain
Identify resources for further professional development in chronic pain management.
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 6H79FG000600-01M001 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.