Pain Connection Live: Call Update

Pain Connection Live Call Update

INSTRUCTIONS & TOPIC  ** New Section **

Conference DIAL-IN NUMBER: (712) 432-0490
Participant Access code 171649#
After dialing in and entering the access code, we request a first name and state/country, or you can be silent.
It’s okay just to listen. If you wish to share you may join in.

Touch Tone Command explanations:
*4 Conference instructions
*6 Mute/Unmute during the call                     *3 Exit the call

Participation in the conference call is free. Standard long distance charges apply to the phone call. The conference calls are not taped.

Next Call: May 4, 2017 from 1:30 – 2:30pm EST;            Evening Call is May 11 from 7 – 8pm EST

Topic: Cognitive Defusion with Chronic Pain  Redefines thinking and experiencing as an ongoing behavioral process, not an outcome. Techniques are designed to demonstrate that thoughts are just thoughts and not necessarily realities (Blackledge, 2007).

Example: I am worthless.

It’s based from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Accept your reactions and be present
  • Choose a valued direction
  • Take action

ACT commonly employs six core principles to help clients develop psychological flexibility:[20]

  • Cognitive defusion: Learning methods to reduce the tendency to reify thoughts, images, emotions, and memories.

Reify: make (something abstract) more concrete or real.

  • Acceptance: Allowing thoughts to come and go without struggling with them.
  • Contact with the present moment: Awareness of the here and now, experienced with openness, interest, and receptiveness.
  • Observing the self: Accessing a transcendent sense of self, a continuity of consciousness which is unchanging.
  • Values: Discovering what is most important to oneself.[21]
  • Committed action: Setting goals according to values and carrying them out responsibly.

Reading Materials:

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) Paperback – November 1, 2005

by Steven C. Hayes (Author), Spencer Smith (Author)

In the calls, the leader often refers to a book written about pain management.  This book, Making the Invisible Visible, has valuable information for people with chronic pain, their families and providers.  It is an excellent resource for how to navigate the challenges of chronic pain. Order Making the Invisible Visible for $25 plus shipping.


The Pain Connection Live Conference Call is led by Gwenn Herman, LCSW-C (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and Founder and Executive Director of Pain Connection, a US Pain Foundation program.

Each Call will have a topic dealing with different ways of coping with chronic pain and developing new skills. Participants have the option to discuss the topic or remain silent. Breathing techniques and guided imagery will be taught in the last 15 minutes of each call.

Pain Connection Live is open to people with chronic pain, family members, significant others, health care professionals and concerned individuals. Please respect each person’s right to express their feelings.

If you haven’t already done so, you must register for each call in which you want to participate.  — Register Here

Afternoon calls are held on the first Thursday of the month from 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST.

Evening calls are held on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST.

For more information, email or call 800-910-2462.