New Reading Course: Psychotherapy in Pain Management with Dr Robert Moss

A book summary of “Psychotherapy in Pain Management” and video interview with clinical neuropsychologist Dr Robert Moss


This course presents a brain-based model with the potential for explaining brain mechanisms involved with chronic pain and a discussion of psychological treatment targets that have received little to no attention. Following closely the content of his book on psychological pain management, Dr Robert Moss provides insight to pain management from the perspective of a practicing psychologist involved in pain treatment for many years. He introduces an applied treatment model based on brain theory, followed by a discussion of cortical pain processing based on previous research. He goes onto explain his brain model based on cerebral cortical columns and how this relates to the prior pain research. He also discusses in detail the applied Clinical Biopsychological Model (CBM) and how the model explains psychotherapy process variables and its relationship to current treatment approaches. This is both a theoretical and practical course for therapists interested in treating chronic pain.


Learning Objectives

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:

  • Develop a basic understanding of the Dimensional Systems Model (DSM) of learning and memory and how this applies to pain neurophysiology.
  • Explain how the DSM translates into the Clinical Biopsychological Model allowing psychotherapy integration.
  • Describe how the two sides of the brain are connected and interact with each other and subcortically, resulting in specific cognitive and emotional patterns and symptoms.
  • Identify the Clinical Biopsychological basis of two interpersonal relationship patterns, Givers vs. Takers, and how these patterns vary with regard to the socialization dominance continuum and common relationship issues.
  • Discuss the three primary sources (i.e., current factors, negative emotional memories, and loss issues) of negative mood states and anxiety/stress disorders, and use the model to explain how lack of perceived control and feeling personal inadequacy relate to detrimental negative emotional memories and psychotherapeutic treatments.
  • Apply the theoretical information related to the Clinical Biopsychological Model and the applied training materials to facilitate a brain-based approach to mental health assessment, conceptualization, and treatment.


Psychotherapy in Pain Management

Robert Moss on treating chronic pain

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