Social Worker

Pain Issues in Mental Health Practice


   Credits
2 CE credit hours training
   Cost
$10.00
   Source
Robert A. Yourell
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Target audience and instructional level of this voice: intermediate

Course Description

This course reviews fundamental information on pain and pain management that is of value to clinical practice. It provides current information to enhance clinical responsiveness. Additionally, this training explores the personal, societal, and clinical issues in chronic pain and its treatment and key ideas regarding psychological techniques for altering the perception of pain.
Pain is a Widespread Problem

Pain is the primary reason for doctor visits. Over one of five doctor visits present with pain.

Over 76 million Americans have chronic pain, according to the American Pain Foundation. This organization has raised the alarm regarding under-treatment of pain.

Pain causes over $60 billion a year in lost productivity. It is costly to have chronic pain.

The majority of people with chronic pain have endured it for more than five years. Such a long duration leads to high levels of depression and frustration in pain sufferers.

Experts have estimated that 50% of the elderly approach the end of their days with inadequately treated pain.

Chronic pain can have many debilitating effects, including affecting workplace performance, family and social functioning, and even memory function. (University of Alberta, 2007)

Pain as a Personal Experience, Social Phenomenon, and Clinical Problem



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