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Event Name:Moving Science into Practice
Description:Because of the changes in our daily life brought on by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the MPA Board has decided that in order to safeguard the health of the MPA membership the all-day seminar will take place on the Zoom, the online conferencing technology. Consequently, the April 24, 2020, Spring Convention program, entitled Moving Science into Practice, will be available on Zoom. Nevertheless, the day-long seminar will still feature two outstanding presenters to help clinicians apply new research and developments to practice. According to MPA Program Chair Chris Sterling, Psy.D., “This should be a fun and energizing day of learning, awards – and all shared with colleagues.” 

 A Zoom Meeting invitation will be sent to all registered attendees. I f you have already downloaded the Zoom platform before, you should be all set. If you have not loaded Zoom before, instruction to download the program will be in the invitation that you will receive. 
Event Date:4/24/2020
Event Time:8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Morning Session - 
8:15 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.           Zoom Platform will be open to log-into the meeting
8:40 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.           Opening remarks - Chris Sterling, Chair MPA Program Committee
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.           Chronic Pain: Treatment Challenges for Pain Psychology
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.           Multidimensional Drivers of Chronic Pain
9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.         Psychological Flexibility and Treatment Competence 
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.        Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.        Psychological Flexibility and Treatment Competence   
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.        Case Analyses: Group Exercise
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.        Wrap Up and Questions

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.        Break                
Afternoon Session - 
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.        Introduction to Current Health Care Landscape
                                          Ethics and Competence
                                          Evidence-Based Practice & Shared Decision Making
                                          Guidelines as Tools
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.        Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.        Guidelines, Continued
                                          Measurement-Based Care 
                                          Risk Management  
                                          What Does This All Mean?
4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.        Wrap Up Questions

The Program:
This presentation will provide a case conceptualization of the core competencies in the practice of pain psychology. The following areas will be covered: 1) the multidimensional biopsychosocial factors that contribute to the predisposition, onset, physical pattern, severity and impact, and maintenance of chronic pain, 2) how to sort through the various contributing factors to identify a conceptual map for collaborating with patients on a patient-centered treatment plan, and 3) picking treatment strategies to guide patients towards greater psychological flexibility when experiencing chronic pain.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain why psychologists and other behavioral health providers play an essential role in pain management
  • Describe the neurophysiological and psychophysiological foundations of pain, suffering and pain behaviors
  • Describe how psychological flexibility can help individuals experience either a reduction in pain or reduce the impact that chronic pain has on their life
  • Identify the core components of an integrated evidence-based approach to increasing psychological flexibility for patients experiencing chronic pain
  • Explain why coordination and integration of care is essential for the treatment of chronic pain
The Speaker:
J. Bruce Hillenberg, PhD, ABPP received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from West Virginia University in 1984. He is board-certified in clinical health psychology. For the past 36 years he has provided clinical services in several health systems, led program development and workflow innovation projects as an administrator, and conducted research in the areas of stress and pain management. His clinical interests include nonpharmacological pain management, depression and anxiety disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,  post-traumatic growth, coping with chronic health problems, and stress and burnout among healthcare providers. Dr. Hillenberg retired as Chief of Pain Management Services for Beaumont Health in June 2019.  He opened a part-time private practice in Bloomfied Hills, Michigan in July 2019.  Dr. Hillenberg is currently the President of the Midwest Pain Society and coordinating the Michigan Psychological Association Pain Psychology Subcommittee. In his personal space, Dr. Hillenberg enjoys his family, cooking and sharing food with friends, gardening, photography, reading, walking in the woods, studying Buddhist teachings, exercise and yoga.

The Program:
Clinical Practice Guidelines and Measurement-Based Care- What Does This Have to do with My Practice?
The reality of today’s health care environment places demands for both measuring care and providing “treatments that work.” Increasingly, providers and health systems are expected to provide evidence-based services but determining what is appropriate evidence and documenting that services are evidence-based is not straight forward, especially in the context of diverse populations, co-morbidities, family systems, and other exigencies. Clinical practice guidelines and routine outcome measurement are emerging as tools to help in this process but have limitations as well. Understanding what these are, how they intersect and when they are relevant to one’s practice is essential in today’s marketplace. This workshop will describe current APA initiatives and place them in the context of the changing healthcare landscape. Challenges and opportunities for psychologists will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
  • Summarize the current healthcare landscape, how it promotes evidence-based practice and measurement, and how they apply to your professional practice.
  • Describe the components of evidence-based practice and how they intersect in clinical decision making.
  • Identify various tools, such as clinical practice guidelines and data registries, that can support evidence-based practice.
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of clinical practice guidelines and implications for treating diverse populations.
  • Identify the functions of measurement-based care and implications for measuring care in different populations.
The Speaker:
Lynn Bufka, PhD, is Senior Director, Practice Research and Policy, at the American Psychological Association. The Practice Research and Policy Department focuses on the development and implementation of programs and policies related to expanding opportunities for professional psychology. Current areas of emphasis are the integration of psychology in the health care delivery system, clinical practice guideline development, outcomes measurement and gathering “real world” practitioner information. Dr. Bufka is an advocate for science to support practice and practice based evidence to inform research and policy. Dr. Bufka frequently serves as a media spokesperson for APA on these topics as well as clinical topics, stress, telepsychology and other policy matters relevant to professional practice. Prior to coming to APA, she was affiliated with Boston University and the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) (1996-2002), serving as Associate Director of the doctoral clinical training program and Director of Practica Training at CARD. Additionally, Dr. Bufka is a Maryland licensed psychologist and continues to provide treatment and clinical consultation on a limited basis. Dr. Bufka received her PhD in psychology from Boston University. She is a Fellow of APA’s Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology).

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