Utah Psychological Association


Upcoming events

    • June 21, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • LDS Hospital, Huntsman Education Center, 8th Av C Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84143

    The Utah Psychological Association 

    Non-pharmacological Interventions in Pain Management: Psychology's Answer to the Opioid Crisis

    Presented by Elena Eisman, EdD., ABPP

    Registration: 8:30 A.M.
    Presentation:  9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. 

    6.0 CE Hours


    Many changes and challenges are happening in the world of healthcare that both impact and provide great opportunities for psychologists. Many of these can be easily fit into existing practice models or some can lead to exciting new ways of delivering care. This workshop will first look at an overview of where healthcare is moving and how it might most impact psychologists. We then drill down into the fastest moving change maker, and look at the Forbes identified top 10 technologies that will be impacting healthcare and therefore psychological practice. We will review them and look at ways in which the impact will be felt on psychology. We will then look at the opportunities that might emerge for psychologists.

    In the afternoon, we will look at another driver of change and look at one of the great problems in healthcare currently, the opioid epidemic and how it leads to opportunities for psychologists in the area of pain management. Why is psychology particularly well suited to address this issue? How do we train a workforce rapidly to meet this need? How can it enhance your practice and the care you provide to your patients? What are the psychological factors that are at play in terms of how people experience pain? How does this promote the value of psychology in healthcare and to referral sources?

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will be able to explain value-based reimbursement as it pertains to healthcare
    • Participants will be able to identify the role psychology can play in the new models of care developed by CMS
    • Participants will understand the role of at least 3 new technological advances as they relate to psychological practice
    • Participants will be able to name 3 psychological principles involved in the experience of pain
    • Participants will be able to explain the upstream preventive function of non-pharmacological pain management on the development of SUD
    • Participants will be able to include appropriate evaluation of pain management issues in their patients

    Presenter Biography: 

    Elena J. Eisman, Ed.D., ABPP came to APA in 2014 as the Associate Executive Director for Governance Operations for the APA Practice Directorate and the APA Practice Organization, providing oversight on policy development and operations performed by governance groups under the umbrella of the Practice Directorate and the APA Practice Organization. She oversaw the Board of Professional Affairs and the Committee for Professional Practice and Standards, and on the APAPO side the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice. Dr. Eisman also worked with the APA and the APAPO Board of Directors, the Council of Representatives and the Council Leadership Team. In 2015 she was asked to direct the Center for Psychology and Health, an APA center of excellence that included the Office of Healthcare Financing and the Office of Integrated Healthcare, has as its mission to integrate and disseminate APA’s work in the broadly defined area of psychology’s contribution to health. She is the point person for the APA Opioid initiative. She continues in her role as Associate Executive Director for Governance Operations at APA, overseeing the staffing and transition of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice.

    Formerly, Dr. Eisman was the Executive Director / Director of Professional Affairs for the Massachusetts Psychological Association for over 20 years. In that capacity she worked extensively on psychology’s role in healthcare reform and served on state-wide commissions, committees and task forces. She chaired the Massachusetts Mental Health Coalition for 15 years. She held a faculty position at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and worked as a private practitioner for 20 years as well as Chief Psychologist in a Community Mental Health Clinic. She has written and presented in the areas of healthcare, professional policy, advocacy, and credentialing, and psychology education.

    She came to her APA staff role after a long history in APA governance, serving on the APA/APAPO Board of Directors from 2010-2013, and has chaired many APA Committees and Task forces including the Board of Professional Affairs, the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology, Committee of State Leaders, and the Policy and Planning Board. She also served on CAPP and represented the state of Massachusetts and Division 31 on the APA Council of Representatives. She is the recipient of the Carl Heiser Award for state advocacy, and the 2001 State Leadership Award. She holds ABPP diplomates (Board Certifications) in Clinical Psychology and in Family Psychology.

    Registration Rates:

    UPA Members

    • UPA Members on or before early Bird Deadline of June 14, 2019: $125
    • After Early Bird Deadline: $150


    • Non UPA Members on or before Early Bird Deadline of June 14, 2019: $225
    • After Early Bird Deadline: $250


    • Student members: $15
    • Non-member students: $45


    LDS Hospital
    Huntsman Education Center
    8th Av C St.
    Salt Lake City, UT 84143

    How to register:

    Online: visit www.utpsych.org

    Telephone: Call Teresa Bruce at 801-410-0337


    Mail check to
    Utah Psychological Association
    5442 South 900 East, Ste. 512
    Salt Lake City, UT  84117

    On-site: Day of event, registration begins at 8:30 AM

    Cancellations with full refund accepted one week prior to the event.

    Disability requests must be made 7 days in advance

    Not a member of UPA? Please consider joining. UPA has historically helped define the role of psychology in Utah and continues to play a strong role in making sure that psychologist have a voice in State legislation, licensing changes, and scope of practice. There are some very real challenges over the next several years that will require the support of as many psychologists as possible. Please visit www.utpsych.org or call (801) 410-0337 to join. 

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