College of Health Sciences

West Chester University

Dr. Linda Adams, Dean
Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Innovations and Strategies in Pain Management

April 11-12, 2014

The 2014 Spring Health Conference will focus on "Innovations and Strategies in Pain Management." We are pleased to welcome Dr. David Patterson from the University of Washington School of Medicine, to kick off the conference with a keynote address that examines the "Power of the Brain Over Pain."  Dr. Patterson will discuss his extensive work in the area of chronic pain management and a "biopsychosocial" approach.  On Saturday morning, Dr. Patterson will dig deeper into the benefits of various treatment modalities in a four hour workshop.  After lunch, we will spend the afternoon in breakout sessions that explore each different approach in a more in depth manner. For the individual seeking pain management alternatives, or the clinician or counselor working with suffering patients, this conference promises to be packed with useful information and resources.

David Patterson



Dr. David Patterson, PhD, ABPP
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall

$5 Students | $10 General Admission
Tickets are available in Sturzebecker Health Sciences Room #205, online or at the door on Friday evening.

"The Power of the Brain Over Pain"

The keynote address will focus on how the neurophysiology of the brain can both create suffering and alleviate it. In very practical terms, Dr. Patterson will discuss how our habits can lead to chronic pain that often does not respond well to traditional medical approaches and the need to use a larger, biopsychosocial perspective when treating pain. He will include his experience with people able to tolerate an amazing amount of pain when the proper motivation is present, and a review his work with immersive virtual reality as an approach to bringing people through some of the most difficult acute pain imaginable. Finally, Dr. Patterson will talk about how some more Eastern concepts, such as mindfulness and acceptance, can be very powerful approaches to chronic pain management.

David Patterson, PhD, ABPP is a professor of psychology in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Surgery and Psychology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Patterson's current interests are in psychological approaches to reducing and managing pain, particularly through hypnosis, immersive virtual reality and Eastern concepts such as mindfulness and Zen Buddhism. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, chapters, monographs and book chapters, co-directed the bioethics committee in his hospital and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Since 1989, he has been funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct randomized controlled trials on treating burn pain and this line of funding continues to date.

Learn more about Dr. Patterson's research


Saturday, April 12 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 
WCU Graduate Business Center
$25 Students | $40 General Admission | $100 Professional (with CEs)
Includes Lunch


8:00 am - 12:00 pm   Workshop
"A Biopsychosocial Perspective to Pain Management"
David Patterson, PhD, ABPP
This four hour workshop will describe how successful chronic pain management involves not only traditional Western medicine, but a variety of different perspectives. Chronic pain often requires long term management and life style management rather than a "cure." To this end, Dr. Patterson will discuss how chronic pain can be assessed from a biopsychosocial perspective. He will then spend most of the workshop describing how elements of this model can be used in treatment. For example, a critical goal for people with chronic pain is to increase activity. Successful approaches to increasing activity often involve patients moving in safe, acceptable increments, as well as using Motivational Interviewing to engage them in new treatments. Other treatments that will be discussed include cognitive-behavior techniques, family therapy,
hypnosis, and mindfulness training. This workshop will provide a strong conceptual format for the variety of treatments that will be discussed in the afternoon programs.

1:15 – 2:45 pm 
“Western Medicine and Pain”

“Postural Misalignment as a Source of Pain”

David J. Stearne, PhD, ATC

Discussion will revolve around common postural misalignments and related muscle spasm and hypertonicity. Points of focus will include: neck pain and discomfort, shoulder impingement, lordosis / low back pain, and knee alignment-related conditions. An overview of flexibility and strengthening techniques will be provided.

"Therapeutic Interventions for Musculoskeletal Pain"

Rachel Lindsey, PhD, ATC

Simple and effective strategies for treating and preventing muscle and joint pain will be discussed. Strategies include modifications to movement patterns and the use of pain management tools. Take home realistic lifestyle modifications to treat and overcome chronic pain.

“The Role of Functional Foods”

Patricia Davidson, DCN, MS, RD, CDE

The term ‘superfood’ appears in every form of media today and has become a popular buzzword.There are numerous claims regarding the latest scientific evidence, encouraging the public to include these foods in their diets to prevent illness and aging. But what is fact or fiction to these recommendations?

"Safe Use of Pain Medication"

Cheryl Monturo, PhD, MBE, ACNP-BC

The treatment of pain and the use of medication to do so, is of concern to patients, families and healthcare providers. Some feel they should withstand the pain until severe and then take medications; others fear addiction. The speaker will address proper pain medication management through prescribing and usage, while debunking some common myths.


3:00 pm – 4:30  Break Out Sessions II, III
(offered concurrently)


“Tai Chi Arts - “The Energy of Mindfulness”
Mitch Goldfarb

With slow moving physical poses and relaxed breathing techniques, Tai Chi will help you focus and relieve your everyday stress and pain while building your energy.Tai Chi is a wonderful mind-body exercise of renewal for Spirit and energy that has the potential to be life changing. Harvard Medical Schoolstates thatTai Chi may well be called “medication in motion” because of all the health issues it can prevent and treat. Tai Chi is No. 2 in Harvard Medical School’s “Best Exercises You Can Ever Do.”

“Reiki–The Healing Touch”
Sandi Walz, PhD, RD, RMT

Give yourself a few minutes of well-deserved relaxation! Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, no-touch, and/or visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a person. It provides many of the same benefits as traditional massage therapy, such as reducing stress, stimulating the immune system, increasing energy, and relieving the pain and symptoms of health conditions. Clients remain fully clothed during a session. Reiki is a gentle and safe technique used by doctors, nurses, psychologists and other health professionals.

"Acupuncture: Evidence Based Pain Relief"
Margaret Sheehan L.Ac. and Greg DelCollo L.Ac., Chester County Herbs and Acupuncture

This presentation will discuss how current research demonstrates acupuncture as an effective treatment for 3 kinds of pain, as well as theories nf how it works for treating those three different types of pain from both a western biomedical perspective and an oriental medicine perspective.


“Catastrophizing or Coping: Personal Accountability When Dealing with Pain”
Jamie Robbins, PhD

Athletes are often told to play through pain, rub some dirt on it, or shake it off. Although this is not the most effective recommendation for individuals likely to exacerbate an injury, it may be useful for dealing with every day, unavoidable or psychological pain. The focus of the talk is to address the concepts of catastrophizing and coping, while providing practical suggestions for using your mind to minimize rather than magnify pain.

“Sharing a World of Pain: Learning to be Affected”

Don McCown, PhD

We have all shared the experience of holding the hand of a suffering loved one, or of having our hand held in our own suffering. We are moved and moving. We are affected immediately and over time. This talk will explore this phenomenon, which has accrued a substantial scientific/medical literature, viewing it through lenses of neurobiology, social psychology, ethics, aesthetics, and spirituality. Together, we will ask, how do we apply such knowledge within clinical relationships, and in our private lives?

"Hypnotic Language: Style and Suggestion for Comfort"

Ed Mackey, MSN, CRNA

This presentation will discuss language style and various types of suggestions that impact certain areas in the brain.Work by Mark Jensen MD has demonstrated significance in pain control for certain types of suggestio; these will be discussed.


CME: The College of Health Sciences at West chester University designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Each physician should claim only those creidts that he/she actually spent in the activity. The College of Health Sciences is accredited byt eh Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ACT 48: This Act 48 education activity is pending approval for 7 contact hours.

SOCIAL WORK: West Chester University's Undergraduate Social Work Department has been designated by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors (Section 47.36) as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education programs. This event is approved for 6 contact hours.

ATHLETIC TRAINING: WCU and the Department of Sports Medicine is recognized by the Board of Certification Inc., to offer continuing education for certified athletic trainers (Provider No. P455). This program has been approved for a maximum of 7 hours of CE. Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the CE activity.