Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy for Chronic Pain
$200.00 – $500.00
This course will present the theory, rationale, and core principles of EAET; and teach its techniques through presentations, demonstrations, video recorded case examples, and experiential practice. The five class sessions will be led by a team including the developers of EAET and those who use it regularly in practice.
Many patients with primary chronic pain and “functional” somatic symptoms have histories of trauma or adversity, psychological conflicts, and relationship problems that trigger, exacerbate, or maintain their pain. Whereas behavioral pain management approaches do not address these problems, Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) was developed specifically to do so. EAET integrates emotion-focused therapy, intensive psychodynamic therapy, and exposure-based therapies with the latest models of pain psychology and neuroscience. EAET has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and improving functioning in numerous clinical trials and has demonstrated superiority to cognitive-behavioral therapy in two studies. Many clinicians using traditional pain management approaches (e.g., CBT, ACT, mindfulness-based therapies) have found that EAET addresses core issues in patients and can result in powerful changes in patients. EAET is listed as an evidence-based treatment in the 2019 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Pain Management Best Practices Inter-agency Task Force Report.
Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to:
- Identify limits of current pain management interventions
- Describe types of pain, including centralized/primary/nociplastic pain
- Explain the differences between adaptive and inhibitory emotions
- Apply the model of basic needs (agency, communion, self-compassion) to each patient
- Describe how emotional avoidance / suppression is linked to chronic pain
- Demonstrate how to elicit patient disclosure of difficult emotional experiences
- Recognize patient defenses against emotional processes
- Identify, access, and facilitate expression of adaptive emotions
- Prescribe homework and troubleshoot problems from a relational / emotional perspective
- Demonstrate the technique of experiencing-expressing-releasing
- Use the therapy relationship to help patients experience and express emotions
- Help patients change relationships in their daily lives
Mark A. Lumley, PhD
Howard Schubiner, MD
Planned additional instructors:
Shannon Woller, PsyD
Jolin Yamin, PhD
Brandon Yarns, MD, MPH
Course Schedule: Thursdays (March 2 through 30, 2023); from 2:00 to 5:00 pm Eastern Time
Format: Remote instruction via Zoom; sessions will be recorded for your later review, if you miss an in-person session.
Enrollment cap: 50 attendees
Cost: $500 professionals; $200 students/trainees (enrolled in a graduate program as a student or currently an intern, postdoctoral fellow, or resident)
Targeted audience: Clinicians in mental health or psychological pain care, particularly psychologists and social workers. Others (e.g., psychiatrists, counselors, nurses) are welcome, but approved CE is available ONLY for psychologists and social workers.
Continuing Education: 15 CE hours in total (Five 3-hour classes) only in-person/live training (not home-study) will receive CE hours.
Psychology CE: Wayne State University Department of Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Wayne State University Department of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please direct questions about continuing education to Dr. Mark Lumley at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Work CE: Wayne State University School of Social Work is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.