Individuals with Pain and other Chronic Illnesses: An Acceptance- and Mindfulness-based Approach

Amanda Rhodes, Psy.D.

Recorded on February 8, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

1.5 CE Credits

$30/ MPA/MSPA Members $55/Non-Members

 In this workshop, you will learn about acceptance and commitment therapy for pain and chronic pain. You will gain an experiential understanding of the processes that influence psychological inflexibility and specific clinical interventions to increased flexibility, health, and well-being. The speaker will also briefly introduce the philosophical underpinnings to this acceptance- and mindfulness-based approach including functional contextualism and relational frame theory,

 After attending this workshop, attendees will be able to 

  • List and describe three of the ACT Core constructs
  • Demonstrate how to implement two ACT interventions to directly target avoidance or fusion in individuals with Pain and/or Chronic Illness



Amanda Rhodes, Psy.D. is a clinical health psychologist with expertise in Contextual Behavioral Science and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She serves as Member-at-Large for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), Co-founder and Member-at-Large of the ACBS Cancer SIG, and Chair of the ACBS Pain SIG Research Committee. She attended one of the only ACT-focused clinical psychology doctoral program in the US, Kean University, where her dissertation research investigated ACT, chronic pain, and opioid use. She later completed an ACT-based residency in Brattleboro, Vermont. Dr. Rhodes is currently finishing her second year of fellowship in the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute under Drs. Staci Martin and Pam Wolters. She implements and manages protocols related to mindfulness-based interventions, medication adherence, and late cognitive effects with children and adults with cancer and Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1). She is also currently developing an ACT-based intervention protocol for individuals with SCD and sleep disturbances. Further, Dr. Rhodes conducts neuropsychological testing and individual psychotherapy with medical patients at the NIH.