TREATING CHRONIC PAIN:
Training in the Biopsychosocial Model of Treatment to
Enhance Coping Skills of Individuals with Chronic Pain
Who Have Work-Related Injuries
Traci Cipriano, JD, PhD
Arnold Holzman, Ph.D., ABPP
Stephen D. Sarfaty, Psy.D., ABPDC, FACPN, ABPP-CN
Friday, November 16, 2018
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Workers’ Compensation Trust Offices
47 Barnes Industrial Road South, Wallingford, CT
$55 CPA Members, $75 non-members
3 CEU for Psychologists
Participants will be able:
· Describe the origins, content and role of the Psychological Pain Assessment and Treatment Protocols that have recently been developed in the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation System, and efforts to increase implementation of these Protocols.
· Describe the biopsychosocial model as applied to chronic pain, and how to apply this model clinically in the graduated manner specified in the Protocols.
· Describe 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.
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., ABPPis 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.
Stephen D. Sarfaty, Psy.D., ABPDC, FACPN, ABPP-CN, is a licensed psychologist who performs forensic neuropsychological evaluations within the Connecticut Worker’s Compensation System. He is a member of the Connecticut Worker’s Compensation System’s Medical Advisory Panel. Dr. Sarfaty is a Diplomate with The American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology and The American Board of Professional Disability Consultants and a Fellow of the American College of Professional Neuropsychology. He was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Traumatic Brain Injury, and was a member of the charter Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Connecticut. He is the founder and Director of Comprehensive Neuropsychological Services, P.C., (CNS), in Cheshire, Connecticut, and a consulting neuropsychologist to a number of area hospitals and programs. He presents to many professional and public groups across Connecticut, around the country and internationally. He has contributed to the development of validity determination protocols for forensic neuropsychological examinations.