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Living With and Beyond Your Pain: ACT in the treatment of Chronic Pain Pre-Conference workshop  –  JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D

October 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am - October 19, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

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Pain is a sensation, not a behaviour. Acceptance of the pain experience requires skills of exposure to  pain sensation , defusion from pain rules, and connection to values. The American Psychological Association has deemed ACT to have strong evidence as a treatment for chronic pain and ‘Living Beyond Your Pain’ to be the self help book that is evidence based. ACT is based on functional contextualism and based in a functional behaviorial analysis. The aim of this workshop is to offer participants the chance to both theoretically conceptualise patients with chronic pain as well as train in practical treatment methods. Following are the specific skills participants will learn:

  • How to do specific self compassion exercises used to start a session
  • How to do a specific pain exposure exercise
  • How to use playfulness to add stimulus function to relational frames of pain and increase willingness to investigate pain.
  • How to use delusion exercises for pain rules
  • How to apply the functional analysis using the ‘Life Line’
  • Practice using the concept of ‘values’ as a perspective and increase willingness to investigate pain.
  • How to understand and apply ‘Self as Context’ to aid implementation and maintenance of new skills in the natural environment.

Traditionally, persons with chronic pain and burn out are treated in expensive and intrusive multidisciplinary rehabilitation centers. This workshop shows an alternative ACT treatment model which is short term, and internet supported and shown to be significantly more effective and cheaper than multidisciplinary treatment.

The ACT treatment rests on a behavior analysis done on the floor in the form of the ‘ life line’ . This is a behavior sampling of 3 instances of experiential avoidance throughout life. ACT processes such as self as context, perspective taking, valuing, defusing, being present, committed action are all role played on this life life.




October 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am
October 19, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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