Pain Management Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide / Edition 1

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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.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Dennis C. Turk
This is a practical and informative text that will be of great use to psychologists and psychiatrists who treat people with chronic pain. It is one of the most, specific, helpful, and user friendly volumes on pain management.
Albert Ellis
A remarkable, comprehensive, and practical guide for pain management therapy. Everything you wanted to know about the cognitive-behavioral treatment of people with severe pain problems is exceptionally well presented in this book.
Richard S. Weiner
Pain Management Psychotherapy makes a strong contribution to the clinical literature. It provides a clear overview of the management of persistent pain and offers insight into the psychological and interpersonal nightmare experienced by pain patients. This important work will help therapists better understand and treat chronic debilitating pain.
Arnold A. Lazarus
An exceptional handbook. Clinicians will emerge knowing how to mitigate the suffering of people in pain.
C. David Tollison
A definitive and comprehensive text for assessing and treating patients suffering acute, subacute, or chronic pain. I heartily endorse and recommend this text to students and practitioners alike.
Dabney M. Ewin
Pain Management Psychotherapy has the best psychological techniques for the care of the chronic pain patient, which includes cognitive-behavioral, EMDR, and hypnosis therapy. This book should be in the library of every clinician who treats chronic pain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471157083
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/23/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Medical Necessity of Psychotherapy for PainManagement.


Assessment through Structured Interviews, Checklists, and PainRating Scales.

Assessing Disability, Pain Beliefs, Coping, andMaladjustment.

Treatment Planning.


A Cognitive-Behavioral Model of Pain and Suffering.

Implementing Cognitive Therapy for Pain Management.

Reprocessing Pain Beliefs and Stressful Experiences.

Behavior Therapy for Pain Management.


Hypno-Behavioral Pain Management Psychotherapy Strategies.

Inducing Hypnosis and Assessing Hypnotic Ability andResponsiveness.

Using the Hypnotic Ability and Response Profile (HARP)Strategically.





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