Psychotherapy in Pain Management with Dr Robert Moss

A book summary of "Psychotherapy in Pain Management" and video interview with clinical neuropsychologist Dr Robert Moss

This course presents a brain-based model with the potential for explaining brain mechanisms involved with chronic pain and a discussion of psychological treatment targets that have received little to no attention. Following closely the content of his book on psychological pain management, Dr Robert Moss provides insight to pain management from the perspective of a practicing psychologist involved in pain treatment for many years. He introduces an applied treatment model based on brain theory, followed by a discussion of cortical pain processing based on previous research. He goes onto explain his brain model based on cerebral cortical columns and how this relates to the prior pain research. He also discusses in detail the applied Clinical Biopsychological Model (CBM) and how the model explains psychotherapy process variables and its relationship to current treatment approaches. This is both a theoretical and practical course for therapists interested in treating chronic pain.

Online only course:

This online only course is 7 hours of reading, video content, and questions. You have a full year from the time of purchase to complete the course.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to the course

    • Introduction

  • 2

    Part 1. Chronic Pain Neurophysiology and the Dimensional System Model

    • Chapter 2: Psychological Treatment with Chronic Pain Patients from a Seasoned Clinician’s Perspective

    • Chapter 3: An Introduction to the Clinical Biopsychological Model

    • Chapter 4: Pain perception and the brain

    • Chapter 5: Dimensional-Systems Model (DSM)

    • Chapter 6: The DSM and Pain Processing

  • 3

    Part 2. Psychotherapy Based on the CBM

    • Chapter 7: Summary Clinical Biopsychological Model

    • Chapter 8 Summary Interpersonal Relationship Behavior Patterns

    • Chapter 9: Summary Negative Emotional Memories

    • Chapter 10: Positive Emotional Memories

  • 4

    Part 3. CBM Treatment Manual

    • Chapter 11: Performing the Clinical Biopsychological Assessment

    • Chapter 12: Presenting the Conceptualization

    • Chapter 13: Imaginal Flooding and In Vivo Desensitization

    • Chapter 14: The Emotional Restructuring Session

    • Chapter 15: Interpersonal Relationship Behavior Patterns (Application)

    • Chapter 16: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Phobia Treatment

    • Chapter 17: Normal Emotional Reaction to Loss

    • Chapter 18: Addressing Complicated Bereavement or Unresolved Grief

    • Chapter 19: Reality Based Goals and Establishing Priorities

    • Chapter 20: Conclusions on the CBM

  • 5


    • Test Items for Psychotherapy in Pain Management

    • Certificate

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:

  • Develop a basic understanding of the Dimensional Systems Model (DSM) of learning and memory and how this applies to pain neurophysiology.

  • Explain how the DSM translates into the Clinical Biopsychological Model allowing psychotherapy integration.

  • Describe how the two sides of the brain are connected and interact with each other and subcortically, resulting in specific cognitive and emotional patterns and symptoms.

  • Identify the Clinical Biopsychological basis of two interpersonal relationship patterns, Givers vs. Takers, and how these patterns vary with regard to the socialization dominance continuum and common relationship issues.

  • Discuss the three primary sources (i.e., current factors, negative emotional memories, and loss issues) of negative mood states and anxiety/stress disorders, and use the model to explain how lack of perceived control and feeling personal inadequacy relate to detrimental negative emotional memories and psychotherapeutic treatments.

  • Apply the theoretical information related to the Clinical Biopsychological Model and the applied training materials to facilitate a brain-based approach to mental health assessment, conceptualization, and treatment.



Robert Moss

Robert Moss is a clinical neuropsychologist with North Mississippi Regional Pain Consultants. He has published 52 refereed articles in the areas of pain, psychotherapy, neuroscience, and neuropsychology, and is board-certified in clinical psychology and neuropsychology. He has worked with an inpatient comprehensive pain program and spent over 20 years in private practice during which time he treated work injury patients with chronic pain. He served for five years as the founding editor-in-chief of AIMS Neuroscience and 10 years as the behavioral science section editor for the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice. He is currently the co-editor of the Bulletin of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.