Training in the Biopsychosocial Model
to Enhance Coping Skills of
Individuals with Musculoskeletal Pain
Who Have Work-Related Injuries
Presenters: Traci Cipriano, JD, PhD
Arnold Holzman, PhD, ABPP
Robb Wright, OTRL
Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Trust
Friday March 8, 2019
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
(8:30 am Registration)
Gaylord Hospital, Chauncey Conference Center
$55 CPA Members, $75 non-members
3 CEU for Psychologists
Participants will be able to describe:
· Social and policy factors which have led to increased interest in, and implementation of, the biopsychosocial model, as well as the current strong demand for psychologiststrained in the treatment of pain. Short-term and longer-term goals for increased implementation of the biopsychosocial model and interdisciplinary care within the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation System via the existing treatment protocols, and beyond.
· The biopsychosocial model as applied to pain and recovery from injury, and how to apply this model clinically in the graduated manner specified in the Medical Protocols for Psychological Pain Assessment and Treatment .
· Assessment approaches, integration of pain management services with medical care, and brief treatment methods to enhance coping and enable workers to return to a higher level of functioning.
· Why psychological intervention in the treatment of pain and injury is important from a payor’s perspective.
Traci Cipriano, JD, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and former practicing attorney. She has been involved advocating for the promotion of the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain in the Connecticut Worker’s Compensation System for nearly 2 years. She is a member of the Connecticut Worker’s Compensation Commission’s Medical Advisory Panel, and has been working with the state medical society towards educating physicians, psychologists and insurers on the effectiveness and value of the biopsychosocial model for treating chronic pain, with the goal of promoting use of the existing chronic pain protocols as standard practice. She was invited to present at the Annual Connecticut Legal Conference in June 2018 on the biopsychosocial model, pain management and her advocacy work in this area. Dr. Cipriano has been involved in the promotion of interdisciplinary care for several years, including as a member of the CPA Healthcare Reform Task Force. Dr. Cipriano helped draft the APA Practice Organization’s integrated care policy, which was adopted by the APA Board of Directors in 2018. She also presents, provides workshops, and writes about issues related to the relationships among psychological health, physical health and well-being in the workplace.
Arnold Holzman, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist with a longstanding practice in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with chronic pain and injury. He has published in this field and has worked consultatively with many pain management physicians throughout the state. Dr. Holzman currently manages a small network of providers offering these services to a workers compensation company. Dr. Holzman also serves as the managing partner of Behavioral Health Consultants, LLC a mental health group practice and consulting organization. He has been working with the state medical society towards educating physicians, psychologists and insurers on the effectiveness and value of the biopsychosocial model for treating chronic pain.
Robb Wright, OTR/L, is a Return to Work Specialist/Managed Care Manager for the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Trust. Robb has been active in the Workers’ Compensation arena for over 25 years specific, caring for and functionally evaluating injured workers, assessing work place injury exposures and working to prevent work place injuries. Robb is also has expertise in ergonomics, safe work practice, the ADA/Reasonable Accommodation and other industry specific venues. Robb brings his many years of technical and practical expertise to assist Trust member’s with their return to work programs. Robb is a registered and State of Connecticut licensed Occupational Therapist. Robb received his education from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and a Certificate in Occupational Therapy. Robb has collaborated on the Occupational Therapy Interventions textbook specific to the chapter on ‘work,’ lectured nationally on the topic of Functional Capacity Evaluations and locally on given topics associated with Return To Work efforts.