August 2019 Third Wave Grand Rounds: Managing Chronic Pain Through Self-Help

August 2019 Third Wave Grand Rounds: Managing Chronic Pain Through Self-Help

Kimberly Sogge

Monday July 8, 2019

Ottawa River Psychology Group is please to present our Registered Psychologist clinical associate Dr. Marie-Eve Martel C.Psych. who will be teaching our August 2019 Third Wave Grand Rounds. Third Wave Grand Rounds are free professional development seminars offering health care professionals and other allies training on the latest clinical applications, research, and clinical skill in Third Wave Psychology.  To register for Dr. Martel’s webinar click here: Register here for August 2019 Third Wave Grand Rounds: Managing Chronic Pain Through Self Help

About Dr. Martel

Dr. Marie-Eve Martel C.Psych. obtained her Clinical Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). She is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario(certificate #6475) and she offers psychological services in both English and French at the Ottawa River Psychology Group. Dr. Martel is trained in acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has a special interest for chronic pain and has done extensive research with Dr. Frédérick Dionne (professor and peer-reviewed ACT trainer) on studies related to ACT for chronic pain. She is currently pursuing research for a Ph.D. thesis on self-administered ACT interventions for chronic pain, and is also involved with research projects related to pain and medical co-morbidities. 

August 2019 Third Wave Grand Rounds


Managing Chronic Pain Through Self-Help: A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Guided Self-Help Programs Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Education 


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (“ACT”) is an innovative approach considered effective in the treatment of chronic pain by the American Psychological Association. ACT distinguishes itself from more traditional approaches to pain through its focus on enhancing psychological flexibility to improve quality of life, rather than focusing on symptom reduction. In other words, instead of focusing on pain control strategies, ACT promotes greater acceptance and openness towards experiences as they are in the moment, as well as greater engagement towards values-based goals. Given evidence for the usefulness of ACT for chronic pain, there are increasing efforts to improve the accessibility of this type of treatment. In particular, self-administered programs based on ACT are promising because they offer a cost-effective option that can be widely accessed. This presentation will present results of a recent RCT evaluating the efficacy of two self-help ACT interventions (internet delivered and bibliotherapy), in comparison to an active control group receiving education on pain. 

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French version below: 

Titre : 

Gérer la douleur chronique par le web: évaluer l’efficacité d’un ERC basé sur la thérapie d’acceptation et d’engagement comparé à l’éducation

Description : 

La thérapie d’acceptation et d’engagement (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ou « ACT ») est une thérapie novatrice considérée efficace dans le traitement de la douleur chronique par l’American Psychological Association. L’ACT se distingue des approches plus traditionnelles à la douleur en se centrant sur l’augmentation de la flexibilité psychologique afin d’améliorer la qualité de vie plutôt que de mettre l’accent sur la réduction de symptômes. En d’autres mots, au lieu de se centrer sur des stratégies de contrôle de la douleur, l’ACT promouvoit l’acceptation et l’ouverture face aux expériences telles qu’elles sont dans le moment, ainsi qu’un plus grand engagement envers des actions valorisées par l’individu. Étant donné le nombre croissant d’études qui appuient l’efficacité de l’ACT pour la douleur chronique, il y a de plus en plus d’efforts pour améliorer l’accessibilité du traitement. En particulier, des programmes de traitement ACT autoadministrés (« self-help ») par le Web sont prometteurs car ils sont une option rentable et peuvent être largement accessibles. Cette présentation fera état des résultats d’un ERC évaluant l’efficacité d’interventions ACT par le web et sous forme de bibliothérapie, en comparaison à un groupe contrôle recevant de l’éducation sur la douleur. 


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