The role of mental health professionals in multidisciplinary pain rehabilitation programs

Cynthia O. Townsend, Barbara K. Bruce, W. Michael Hooten, Jeffrey D. Rome

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The traditional roles of psychologists and mental health therapists are challenged by the comprehensive treatment necessary for patients being treated in multidisciplinary pain rehabilitation programs (MPRPs). Mental health professionals within MPRPs provide direct clinical care but also guide the biopsychosocial model of pain management and cognitive-behavioral interventions for multiple disciplines. Illustrated by a case example of a patient who has complex chronic pain, this article discusses the biopsychosocial approach to pain treatment, structure of multidisciplinary care, major roles of mental health professionals in MPRPs, complexities of treating patients who have pain, and challenges in collaborating with multiple disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1433-1443
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006



  • Chronic pain
  • Multidisciplinary pain rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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