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Misjudging Pain – November Webinar



Explore the ways in which patients experience judgement in their journey to “fix” their pain and how clinicians can use specific interventions to help patients cope and thrive.

This workshop will provide social workers who work in medical settings with insight into pain management from the side of therapists and mental health providers. We will explore what ways mental health providers can help patients who suffer from both acute and chronic pain and how pain can be misjudged by different providers in medical settings. We will pay special attention to the overlap of pain and addiction and the ways we can work to prevent substance misuse in this population.


About the Instructor:

Johnna Marcus, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Boston MA. She works at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA) in the Division of Advanced Heart Failure. Her previous work experience includes methadone clinics, inpatient psychiatry facilities and inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment centers. Her clinical interest areas include organ failure and psychosocial interventions, Motivational Interviewing, and CBT for addiction intervention. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) and has written articles for Social Work Today and The New Social Worker. 


  1. Define different types of pain and how this is relevant to clinical practice
  2. Describe the specific ways in which medical providers and therapists can better collaborate to treat patients in pain
  3. Apply knowledge of substance use disorders to patients who experience pain and especially chronic pain
  4. Describe ways in which patients experience judgement when in pain and what can specifically be done to fix this.

Course Outline


  • Introduction / About the instructor (10am-10:15)
  • What is pain and various types (10:15-10:45)
  • The medical model and pain: a challenging relationship? (10:45-10:55)
  • Substance use Disorder and Pain (10:55-11:15)
  • (Mis) managing pain: what goes wrong? How can SW address this; includes diversity and patient-centered care (11:15-11:45)
  • Why we need more SW presence in pain management (11:45-11:50)
  • Question and Answer (11:50-12pm)


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