CE certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

Registration/Refund Policy:  Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only; all registrations at the door are $195.  No refunds will be offered for this program.

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Amanda W. Merchant, Ph.D., ABPP, is a boarded clinical and health psychologist in private practice in Lexington, Kentucky.  She is past-president of the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) and continues to serve as the Legislative Committee Chair for KPA.  She is a board member of the Kentucky Pain Society, and she is the vice-president of Bluegrass Health Psychology, Inc., where she specializes in pain, sleep, bariatrics, pre-surgical evaluations and anxiety.  The practice includes a health psychology training program for clinical psychology doctoral students.

The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  It is also approved by the Office of Professional Regulations to sponsor continuing education for licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSW).   Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC) may be able to receive continuing education credit for this workshop from the Board of Allied Mental Health.

CE Workshop:  June 7, 2019


Who Should Attend:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health care professionals, psychology students

Course Description

Effective treatment of individuals with chronic pain involves a multidisciplinary approach.  Psychologists have a key role in identifying and moderating psychosocial factors which influence the suffering and disability associated with chronic pain.  In addition, as opioid abuse has become a nationwide epidemic, psychologists have been increasing asked to assess for the psychological appropriateness for chronic opioid use and risk for misuse or abuse.  In this course, the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain will be explained, along with psychological assessment and intervention strategies for individuals suffering from chronic pain.  The role of chronic opioids and psychological risk assessment will also be reviewed.

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

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m.     Registration

9:00 a.m.      Program Begins

10:45 a.m.    Break

11:00 a.m.    Program continues

12:00 p.m.    Lunch

1:00 p.m.      Program Resumes

2:45 p.m.      Break

3:00 p.m.       Program Resumes

4:30 p.m.     Program ends

Psychological Assessment and Treatment of

Chronic Pain in the Midst of an Opioid Epidemic

Amanda W. Merchant, Ph.D., ABPP

Rutland Regional Medical Center



By attending this conference participants will be able to:

  1. Define and understand the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain.
  2.  Understand the role of mental health providers in the treatment of individuals with chronic pain.
  3. Identify psychological evidence-based treatment strategies for the management of chronic pain.
  4.  Identify psychosocial risk factors for chronic opioid medication misuse or abuse.
  5. Develop a psychological assessment method for determining appropriateness for chronic opioids