The ABC’s of ACT: Utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain Syndrome
Created by Steven Hayes and his colleagues, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based therapeutic model that focuses on cognitive flexibility and behavioral change. The basic concepts of ACT will be introduced along with a review of the recent literature that supports its effectiveness for treating Individuals with chronic pain syndromes. ACT principles of “acceptance,” “cognitive defusion,” “values,” and “commitment” will be defined along with specific interventions that can be used to illustrate ACT concepts in a practical and pragmatic fashion.
Faculty: Bruce F. Singer, PsyD
This 1-hour CME activity is designed for all clinicians who treat chronic pain.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Discuss ACT as a therapy for chronic pain.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of ACT concepts including cognitive defusion, identifying values, and creating commitments.
- Demonstrate knowledge of three specific ACT interventions that can be used with patients or clients.
Bruce F. Singer, PsyD, is the founding program director of the Chronic Pain and Recovery Center at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut. Licensed as a psychologist in Connecticut, New York, and California, he earned his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and both his master’s and doctor of psychology degrees from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology in Los Angeles, California. He has authored a number of articles on mindfulness and ACT-based interventions for addiction and pain.
Staff and Content Validation Reviewer Disclosures
The staff involved with this activity and any content validation reviewers of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Planning Committee/Faculty Disclosure
Dr. Singer, reports that he has nothing to disclose.
Debra Nelson-Hogan, Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
Cathleen Coneghen, Assistant Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a health care provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
For questions regarding CME for this activity, you may reach the department of education at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For successful completion of this activity, please complete a pre-test; utilize the audio recordings synched with the presentation slides to review the content, providing answers to your questions as necessary; and complete a post-test and evaluation following the activity. You will then be prompted to print your certificate. This activity should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
This program is accredited for physicians, nurses, and psychologists. All other clinicians can submit the certificate of attendance upon completion of the program to their licensing boards for consideration of credit.
The American Academy of Pain Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Pain Management designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Pain Management is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15881 for 1 contact hour.
The American Academy of Pain Management is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Academy of Pain Management maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The Academy designates this activity for a maximum of 1 CE credit.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Document of Attendance
- 1.00 Nursing Credit