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CPA Webinar: Pain Management Psychology: Change the Focus-Change the Outcome
Thursday, October 06, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST
Category: CPA Webinar

CPA CE Webinar:

Pain Management Psychology: Change the Focus-Change the Outcome

Thursday, October  06, 2022

12:00PM - 1:00PM MT

Registration: 9/01/2022 - 10/06/2022
CPA Members: $35.00 
Non-Members: $70.00
CPA Student Members: $10.00
Non-Member Students: $20.00

*If you are a non-member student wanting to register, please reach out to [email protected] to receive a discount code

This is a fundraising event. 

All proceedings will go towards hiring a lobbyist to support the upcoming CO RxP legislation in 2023 


Description: Pain management continues to be a serious challenge to health providers. However, research has repeatedly shown the powerful impact of behavioral pain management on patient pain levels, functional abilities, medication usage, and overall quality of life. In this talk, we will review the research on psychological factors that impact the patient pain experience, provide an overview of the psychological pain interventions, discuss referral language that you can use to help your referral sources make a better patient referrals, and home-based strategies that patients can use to reduce their pain experience.

After the lecture, psychologists will be welcome to bring questions and their own patient experiences to the discussion.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available


Program LevelIntermediate

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe how emotions, thoughts, and behaviors impact the individual pain experience
  • List 4 professional interventions that psychologists can use to impact patient’s pain experience
  • Identify language/phrases that can influence the likelihood of patient follow through from a medical provider referral

SpeakerAmy Wachholtz, PhD, MDiv MS, ABPP

Dr. Amy Wachholtz is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Program Director of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. She is an Associate Professor in the Hematology Department at the CU Medical Center (Hematology Oncology Division), an affiliate faculty with the Addiction Treatment and Research Service in the Psychiatry Department of University of Colorado Medical School, adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a licensed clinical health psychologist.

Dr. Wachholtz graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University and a specialized graduate degree in Bioethics from a joint Harvard University and Boston University program. She continued her education to earn her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University where she had a dual specialization in Behavioral Medicine and Psychology of Religion. She completed her internship through fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center where she focused on medical psychology and pain management. She also recently completed a post-doctoral Master’s degree in Psychopharmacology. 

Her research and clinical interests focus on 1) the complexities of treating of co-morbid pain and opioid addiction in both acute pain and chronic pain situations and 2) the bio-psycho-social model for chronic pain disorders and palliative care. Her research encompasses bench to bedside methodology from psycho-physiological basic research to testing patient treatments and has resulted in over 100 publications and presentations. She enjoys teaching trainees of all levels in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. 


The Colorado Psychological Association (CPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.