Building Resilience to Chronic Pain and Distress through State of the Art Psychosocial Treatments

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Date and Time

Tuesday, 4 August 2020
08:30 – 12:30


G106 (RAI Amsterdam)


Additional Fee Required

Event/Session Summary

Building Resilience to Chronic Pain and Distress through State of the Art Psychosocial Treatments

Refresher Course

Chronic pain remains a challenge for patients and health care. The importance of psychosocial interventions to improve functioning and quality of life is today well established. However, there are an overwhelming number of different psychosocial interventions. Also, the mechanisms and active components in successful treatment are still unclear. 

To promote a theoretically and empirically consistent treatment approach, this session will illustrate how state-of-the-art psychosocial treatments can be used to enhance resilience to pain and distress among individuals for whom chronic pain is a lifelong and interfering condition. 

The session will integrate theory and science with practical clinical applications of empirically supported interventions. Specifically, and using clinical illustrations and exercises, we will show how to help individuals increase their motivation to consider behavioral changes (Jensen); the scientific and theoretical background on ‘how’ exposure treatment works as well as the key treatment principles (Vlaeyen and Glombiewski); how acceptance and change can be integrated in an ACT-based treatment to improve behavioral flexibility and valued living (Wicksell); and how family members (e.g., partners, parents) can be engaged in exposure-based treatment (Simons).

Speakers & Presentations

Mark Jensen, PhD (USA)
Why Change? Motivational Interviewing and Hypnotic Language to Promote Behavior Change

Johan Vlaeyen, PhD (Belgium) and Julia Glombiewski, PhD (Germany)
How Change? Exposure-Based Approaches to Promote Life Engagement

Rikard Wicksell, PhD (Sweden)
Change or Accept? Behavioral Flexibility to Achieve Valued Living

Laura Simons, PhD (USA)
Addressing the Context: Applying Exposure-Based Interventions with Partners and Parents


All rates listed in USD

 Registration Type

(By 18 March 2020) 

(19 March-15 July 2020) 

On Site
(After 15 July 2020)

 IASP Member

$249 $249 $299


$349 $349 $399

 IASP Trainee Member

$99 $99 $149

 Nonmember Trainee

$199 $199 $249

 IASP Member from a
 Developing Country*

$99 $99 $149

 Nonmember from a
 Developing Country*

$199 $199 $249

*The Developing Country rate is available to residents of countries with a gross national income of less than $15,000,
as defined by the World Bank.