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Interdisciplinary Pain Management & Psychosocial Considerations for Evaluation and Treatment of Pain

Presented by Ravi Prasad, PhD

Presenter Bio

Dr. Ravi Prasad is a Clinical Professor and Director of Behavioral Health in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. His clinical work focuses on evaluation and treatment of individuals suffering from acute and chronic pain. He is engaged in leadership activities through which he is involved with interprofessional core competency, curriculum, and program development; lobbying efforts to change policies related to psychological care; and translation of research innovations into clinical practice.

Chronic pain is a burgeoning health issue in the United States. It is estimated to afflict over 20% of the population at a cost that exceeds $500 billion per year and has been linked with the evolution of the opioid crisis. The current workshop will delineate the role of psychological factors in the etiology, maintenance, and exacerbation of pain, provide an overview of evidence-based psychological treatments for pain, and highlight the essential function psychology plays in interdisciplinary pain management. The session will also give background information on the origins of the opioid crisis in the US, efforts to address it, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on overdose patterns.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the differences between acute and chronic pain etiology and treatment
  2. Explain factors that contributed to the evolution of the US opioid crisis
  3. Identify evidence-based behavioral treatments for pain

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.
Instructional Methodology
On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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