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Scandinavian Journal of Pain

Official Journal of the Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain

Editor-in-Chief: Breivik, Harald

4 Issues per year

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Volume 4, Issue 4

Pain psychology specialist training 2012–2014

P. Soini / A. Valjakka / S. Tuurinkoski / M. Elomaa / T. Väänänen / V. Hägg
Published Online: 2013-10-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sjpain.2013.07.006



The training includes learning the practical skills related to the psychological examination, treatment and rehabilitation of pain patients. The completion of the training prepares for work in multiprofessional teams as a specialist in pain psychology. A joint project of the Finnish Association of the Study of Pain and the Psychology Institute since 2008.


Psychologists working in public, private or occupational health care, in rehabilitation or psychiatric clinics. The fourth training group of 20 psychologists started in the spring of 2012. More than 40 psychologists have already been trained in 1998-2010.

The structure and content of the training: Seminars

Eight seminars include 12 days of training on the topics of pain as a psychosocial phenomenon, psychological assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of pain patients, interaction and multiprofessional teamwork.

Tutorial groups

Eight tutorial meetings of 5 students and one tutor in each group gather together in different parts of Finland to discuss selected scientific articles, work on their professional identity as pain psychologists and receive supervision of clinical and diploma work.


Getting acquainted with scientific research reports on pain psychology and with vocational literature.

Diploma work

Written article or a short research report on a development project, experiment or a phenomenon related to pain psychology.

Optional studies

Giving a lecture or training on the topic of pain psychology to other professionals or patients, participating in a pain education organized by others, writing a report on a research, treatment or rehabilitation experiment or a book review to be published

About the article

Published Online: 2013-10-01

Published in Print: 2013-10-01

Citation Information: Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 256–256, ISSN (Online) 1877-8879, ISSN (Print) 1877-8860, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sjpain.2013.07.006.

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