Pain Management Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide

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Chronic and persistent pain syndromes are as much behavioral andpsychological problems as physical or medical problems. Mentalhealth professionals involved in pain management must have athorough knowledge of the latest pain management techniques inorder to select the best methods and strategies for helping eachpatient cope with pain. Pain Management Psychotherapy is the mostup-to-date comprehensive guide available for the psychologicaltreatment of chronic pain. It addresses the behavioral, emotional,sensory-physiological, cognitive, and interpersonal aspects of painproblems and provides accessible technical knowledge that enablespractitioners to alleviate unnecessary pain and suffering. Based onsound research and theory and written by two leading practitioners,this book introduces a short-term therapy model for treatingchronic pain that integrates clinical techniques drawn fromcognitive therapy, hypnotherapy, behavior therapy, anddesensitization therapies. This remarkably thorough volume:
  • Supplies step-by-step treatment methods from initialconsultation through termination of pain treatment
  • Describes brief, solution-oriented pain treatment strategiesthat work in a managed care environment
  • Features assessment and outcome measurement instruments,checklists, worksheets, and clinical scripts
  • Demonstrates the latest therapeutic techniques, including eyemovement desensitization and reprocessing, therapeutic imagery,relaxation training, and self-hypnosis
  • Includes pain inventories, questionnaires, and other assessmenttools
This book is an indispensable guide for psychologists,psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental healthprofessionals who need fast, reliable methods for promoting painrelief. It is also an excellent text for undergraduate and graduatestudents in these and other disciplines, and a valuable referencefor insurers, physicians, and managed care providers.

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About the author (1998)

ARTHUR FREEMAN, EdD, ABPP, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Past President of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. He has published seventeen books and forty papers and chapters. He is coauthor of Cognitive Therapy of Suicidal Behavior and coeditor of the Comprehensive Casebook of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Freeman holds diplomates in clinical and behavioral psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

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