Course Overview

In Introduction to Pain Management, we will learn how to identify and care for people who may not be able to recognize or verbalize pain.

Below are five self-paced modules. Each Module discusses a different topic and there are knowledge checkpoints throughout the modules to help you assess your learning.

Part 1 Pain Management
Part 2 Using 5 senses helps identify pain in others
Part 3 Non-pharmacological approaches to managing pain
Part 4 Pharmacological approaches to managing pain
Part 5 Conveying and documenting information description for pain

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (1.5) MCBAP-S (0.0) Mi-CEC (1.5)
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Topics Covered

Defining Pain and Pain Management

In this course, participants will develop an understanding of how pain can be defined in their patients. Pain may take many forms, but this introduction to pain should provide the participants with the knowledge of how to speak about pain management clearly and concisely to their clients. 

Pain and Your Clients

This course will provide evidence-based strategies and tactics for using a behavioral health professional's own senses and intuition to sense pain in their clients. This course will also provide additional tactics for spotting pain in clients and how to communicate that effectively. 

Treating Pain

The later parts of this course provide an overview of non-pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical strategies for treating pain in clients. This will also include information on documenting and creating a treatment plan that best fits the client's individual needs and supports a successful recovery. 

Additional Considerations

Good practice starts with documentation and documenting daily and specifically can reduce medication misuse and keep your client from losing occupational functionality.


Course Objectives

  • Define "pain" and what that means for your clients.
  • Discuss evidence-based tools for measuring pain.

What People Are Saying

The module was very informing and gave good examples of situations and how to handle them with specific drills.

- Elissa J.