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When Emotional Pain Becomes Physical: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Pain, and the Role of Mood and Anxiety Disorders

About the Course:

Authors used a 10-year longitudinal design to examine the relationship between retrospectively reported specified events and painful medical conditions. The mediating and moderating roles of affective and anxiety disorders were also examined. They found pernicious effects of adverse childhood experiences across physical and mental health domains.

This course is based on the article, When Emotional Pain Becomes Physical: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Pain, and the Role of Mood and Anxiety Disorders created by Natalie J. Sachs-Ericsson, et al in 2017.

Publication Date:

2017

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Natalie J. Sachs-Ericsson, PhD.
Dr. Sachs-Ericsson's research focuses on psychiatric epidemiology in general population and elderly population samples: Psycho-social factors (e.g., poverty, early childhood experiences, interpersonal functioning, racism) that influence the onset and course of psychiatric disorders and health problems (in particular depression and dementia); Racial, ethnic and gender differences in protective and vulnerability factors that influence psychiatric disorders; depression and cognitive decline in racially diverse elderly populations; Childhood physical and sexual abuse and its affect on the psychological, social, and health functioning of adults.
 Julia L. Sheffler, PhD
Dr. Sheffler is a research faculty at Florida State University who research focuses on aging, Alzheimer’s disease, diet, interventions, health, emotion-regulation, psychopathology, cognitive decline, adverse childhood experiences and lifespan.
 Ian H. Stanley, PhD
Dr. Stanley's research and clinical work are focused on suicide prevention, with an emphasis on first responder populations. Additionally, he aims to understand how to enhance treatment engagement, adherence, and retention of individuals at elevated risk for suicide.

Course Creator

Barbara F. McMillan, LPC
Barbara McMillan, BA, MS, EdD, LPC has 35 years of experience as a therapist, clinical director, and administrator in mental health and substance abuse programs. She holds degrees in psychology and education, and has been a licensed professional counselor and supervising counselor for many years. After 18 years in various roles in private and public mental health settings, she became a full-time college psychology and sociology instructor.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate and above levels of knowledge. This course content is at the intermediate level.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize the relationship between adverse childhood events and chronic painful medical conditions.
  2. Differentiate between mediating and moderating factors regarding adverse events, mood and anxiety disorders, and chronic medical conditions.
  3. Discuss the relationship between ACEs and specific mental health conditions.
  4. Identify possible connections between the variables of interest.
  5. Identify strengths as well as limitations of the study.

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Course Number 102544
2.25 CE credit hours
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