Certification in Pain Management
The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Pain is not just a physical sensation. It is influenced by attitudes, beliefs, personality and social factors, and can affect emotional and mental wellbeing. Although two people may have the same pain condition, their experience of living with pain can be vastly different.Acute pain lasts for a short time and occurs following surgery or trauma or other condition. It acts as a warning to the body to seek help. Although it usually improves as the body heals, in some cases, it may not. Chronic pain lasts beyond the time expected for healing following surgery, trauma or other condition. It can also exist without a clear reason at all. Although chronic pain can be a symptom of other disease, it can also be a disease in its own right, characterised by changes within the central nervous system.
Pain management covers a number of methods to prevent, reduce, or stop pain sensations. These include the use of medications; physical methods such as ice and physical therapy; and psychological methods. The Academy's Certification in Pain Management focuses on an applicant's knowledge, experience, education and training with respect to psychological interventions. An applicant's resume should include relevant information in each of these areas and supporting documentation should be included with each application.
Members who achieve Certification in Pain Management may represent their credential as follows:
Christopher Tarran, Ph.D., C.P.M.
Certified in Pain Management
American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress in collaboration with the National Center for Crisis Management
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