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Bruce Singer, Psy.D.
6 Hours 11 Minutes
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Apr 12, 2018
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Bruce F. Singer, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and nationally recognized expert on psychosocial treatments for chronic pain and substance use disorders. He was the founding director of the Chronic Pain and Recovery Center at Silver Hill Hospital, one of the most prestigious psychiatric hospitals in the United States. He maintains a private practice and consults internationally with treatment centers.
Dr. Singer sits on the Medical Advisory Board of the U.S. Pain Foundation and on the Board of Chronic Pain Anonymous where he is an outspoken advocate for helping individuals with chronic pain obtain effective treatment. An inspirational speaker known for his creativity and sense of humor, Dr. Singer has presented at Grand Rounds and pain and addiction conferences throughout the United States. He is the author of numerous professional articles on psychosocial treatments for chronic pain and substance abuse, and his guided meditations and educational videos are readily available on the web. He recently authored Black Duck Moments Every Day, a book of daily affirmations for people with chronic conditions as well as 99 Black Duck Moments, an eBook based on his original memes and videos.
Financial: Bruce Singer is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Bruce Singer is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the U.S. Pain Foundation.
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- Specify the difference between chronic pain and a complex chronic pain syndrome and how conventional treatments (including MAT, procedures, and surgery) often “make it worse.”
- Delineate the difference between physical pain and emotional suffering and how the 5 Big Negative Emotions magnify the pain experience as it relates to clinical practice.
- Establish the ability to conduct an effective biopsychosocial assessment of chronic pain and use pain scales to recalibrate pain levels and increase wellness in a clinical setting.
- Utilize cognitive restructuring to assist clients in creating “black duck moments” in session that will change their perspective on their pain experiences and motivate them to live more active and purposeful lives.
- Practice 3 ACT interventions to defuse the impact of chronic pain and increase client commitment to positive behavioral change for symptom management.
- Implement 4 mindfulness-based interventions to empower clients to manage their pain by going FAR.
- Integrate the power of gratitude into your practice to decrease pain and increase wellness to improve treatment outcomes.
- Develop the competency to guide a multidisciplinary approach to pain management that connects pain clients and families to resources beyond therapy to improve client level of functioning.
- The Chronic Pain Dilemma
- Pain and its impact on society
- Neurophysiology and psychology of pain
- Benefits and the risks of opioids
- Pain and the family
- Complex Chronic Pain
- The progression from acute to chronic pain (physical and emotional factors)
- Chronic pain syndrome and its constellation of symptoms
- Conventional treatments and why they fail
- Pain vs suffering: What are we really treating?
- The 5 big “negative” emotions that magnify pain
- The number one rule in pain management
- Strategies to un-attach pain from suffering
- The Interview
- Validation and the therapeutic alliance
- Collect a biopsychosocial history
- Co-occurring disorders and other risk factors
- The Battery
- Useful self-report measures
- Interpretation of results for case conceptualization
- Effective treatment planning
- The Chronic Pain Toolbox
- Best Practice Guidelines and treatment options
- APA Division 12 recommendations
- CDC and government recommendations
- Empathy and the power of the therapeutic alliance
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Unleash “black ducks” to eat up ANTs
- Harness the power of client’s own words
- Recalibrate Pain: a cognitive approach
- Why mindfulness is essential for the treatment of chronic pain
- 4 creative interventions to help clients see “What is NOT wrong with me”
- The FAR approach and how it resonates with clients
- Limitations of the psychotherapeutic approach
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive defusion and how to use it with clients
- The Values Compass and how to help clients find their True North
- Develop motivation and commitment
- Limitations of the psychotherapeutic approach
- The hidden power of gratefulness and its evidence for chronic pain
- 3 gratitude interventions that directly impact the pain experience
- More Tools You Can Use
- Include the family in treatment
- Effective sleep hygiene
- Multidisciplinary treatments: when and how to use them
- The T.E.M.P.L.E.S.S hand-out you can share with clients
- Patient advocate resources
- Recovery resources
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