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Friday, November 13, 2020

GVPA 2020 Convention: Examining Pain through a Modern Lens

Theme: Examining Pain through a Modern Lens: Understanding and Treating Patients across the Lifespan

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm

Where: GVPA’s first virtual convention (details will be provided later)

The GVPA 2020 Convention will cover different perspectives on supporting and treating individuals with pain from a biopsychosocial perspective. The presenters will discuss theoretical and practical approaches to assessing and treating patients with pain. We hope you can join us for this day of learning and community building.

The target audience for this intermediate instructional level conference includes persons engaged in mental health research and delivery of medical and mental health services.

The program:

9:00 - 9:15 am - Introductions

9:15 - 10:15 am - KEYNOTE: Mark Jensen, PhD

Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management: New Evidence for an Old Treatment, (1 CE credit)

Mark Jensen, Ph.D., is a professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Jensen earned his Ph.D. at Arizona State University. As a clinician/scientist, Dr. Jensen has been developing and studying the efficacy of psychosocial pain treatments and facilitating national and international workshops on these treatment approaches over three decades. In his clinical work, he combines cognitive-behavioral, hypnotic and motivational approaches to help patients better manage chronic pain and its effects on their lives. His research program focuses on the development and evaluation of measures of pain, pain beliefs, and pain coping strategies, as well as on the development and evaluation of psychosocial pain interventions. His teaching activities focus on mentoring postdoctoral research fellows in the skills needed to develop a successful research career in rehabilitation science and the field of geriatric rehabilitation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List three positive “side effects” of hypnotic analgesia.
  2. Explain the role of hypnotic language – including the effects of “negative suggestions,” the word “try,” and “permissive” language – in promoting positive change.

10:15 - 10:30 am: Break

10:30 - 11:30 am - Laurence I. Sugarman, MD, FAAP, ABMH

Finding Meaning in Comfort (1 CE credit)

Laurence Irwin Sugarman, MD, FAAP, ABMH, is Research Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation in the College of Health Sciences and Technology at RIT; a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at the Easter Seals Diagnostic and Treatment Center; and Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Rochester. Over two decades of primary care pediatric practice Dr. Sugarman refined clinical biofeedback and hypnosis strategies that effectively increase resilience and coping skills for young people and families. He produced an internationally acclaimed video-documentary, Hypnosis in Pediatric Practice: Imaginative Medicine in Action and has authored 40 papers and book chapters. With Dr. William Wester, Dr. Sugarman has co-authored and co-edited the text, Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents, now in its second edition. His new book, coauthored with Julie Linden and Lee Brooks, is Changing Minds with Clinical Hypnosis: Narratives and discourse for a new health care paradigm. At RIT, his coursework and research advances integrative mind-body care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify at least three biopsychosocial aspects of pain experiences and how these aspects can guide clinicians in their efforts to help a person in care find comfort.
  2. Define and describe how Rossi’s four-stage “Novelty-Numinosum-Neurogenesis Effect” applies to clinical interactions for finding comfort.

11:30am - 12:00 pm - Q&A/Panel with Drs. Mark Jensen and Laurence Sugarman (0.5 CE credit)

12:00pm - 1:00 pm - Break for lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Douglas Guiffrida, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, ACS

A Mind/Body Counseling Approach to Healing Chronic Pain (1 CE credit)

Douglas Guiffrida is Professor, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, and Director of the Mind/Body Healing and Wellness Advanced Certificate Program at the University of Rochester’s Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. He also has a private counseling practice that focuses exclusively on helping clients heal from chronic pain. A former chronic pain sufferer himself, he now helps others using the same integrative mind/body approach that healed him. In addition to researching mind/body approaches to chronic pain, his research also focuses on the experiences of college students of color and the use of constructivist pedagogical practices in counselor training and supervision. He is the author of over 40 publications and his awards include the Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) “Publication of the Year Award” for his book titled Constructive Clinical Supervision.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe research that has explored the relationship between the mind and body in chronic pain.
  2. Identify theories that explain complex connections between the mind and the body, including connections to psychophysiological disorders and chronic pain.
  3. Outline psychological mind/body interventions for chronic pain.

2:00 - 2:15 pm - Break

2:15 - 3:15 pm - Craig W. Cypher, Psy.D., CMPC

Cultivating Growth: The Role of Sport Psychology in Injury Recovery in Athletes (1 CE credit)

Craig W. Cypher, Psy.D., is a Sport and Clinical/Licensed Psychologist and Certified Mental Performance Consultant®, as administered by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Dr. Cypher was trained under former United States Olympic Committee Psychologist and former Chicago Bears Sport Psychologist Gloria Balague, Ph.D. and AASP Certified Mental Performance Consultant Kate Hays, Ph.D. Dr. Cypher has over a decade of experience working as a psychologist with youth, high school, college, and professional athletes and their families. He is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he serves as a Sport Psychologist and Lead of the Mindset Training program for UR Medicine Fitness Science, a multidisciplinary program for holistic athlete development. Dr. Cypher is a member of the American Psychological Association's Division for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and is listed in the Sport Psychology Registry for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Dr. Cypher's expertise in sport psychology includes mental skills for elite performance, psychological aspects of injury recovery, and clinical issues for athlete populations. Dr. Cypher currently works with individual athletes, teams, and athletic organizations in the Rochester, NY area and throughout North America. His philosophy is that Sport Psychology services can help athletes and teams the optimal mindset for performance, including the key skills of focus, resilience, confidence, and teamwork.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the difference between performance enhancement and performance restoration in regards to psychological services for athletes.
  2. List the resources associated with growth and recovery in the context of sport-related injury as identified by the Theory of Sport Injury Related Growth.

3:15 - 3:30 pm - Concluding remarks

Ticket Prices

  • GVPA Member: $35.00
  • Non-GVPA Member: $45.00
  • Students: $25.00

Psychologists Only: Please add $25 for CE credits

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Attendees may request a refund/cancellation by contacting Cara Regan, Ph.D., GVPA Program Chair at or (585)721-6782 one week ahead of the program. GVPA does not provide commercial support to invited speakers and no conflict of interest exists with GVPA and program guests.

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

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