Consuelo Flores, PsyD

What led you to become a psychologist? What is your educational background?

From a very young age, I developed an ease for comforting people who were in pain or suffering. My name literally means to console or provide solace and from the time I was born, that was my role. I was exposed to a significant amount of trauma and pain in my upbringing and observed that the individuals who made the most difference for my loved ones were mental health providers. I believed that psychologists and psychiatrists were heroes and I wanted to be one. I was infinitely curious about the human body, brain, and behavior and wanted to learn as much as I could about healing suffering. I’ve always enjoyed talking with people and hearing their stories and wherever I went, people opened up to me. Other than the brief time in childhood when I wanted to be Shirley Temple and wore my tap shoes to school every day, as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a psychologist or psychiatrist.

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A word from our President

Kimeron Hardin, PhD, ABPP

Hello everyone!

Part of my goal with the President’s Corner this year is to keep members informed about our current and upcoming events and projects. In this column, I have multiple exciting events and projects to share, which I plan to do at the end. Another goal for me is to share more about our mission and larger goals, and that’s where I want to start this piece.

AAPP began in 2010 organized by a few isolated mental health professionals who were working with clients living with chronic pain in the San Francisco Bay Area, most with very little direct training in pain medicine and varying levels of experience in the field. At the time there were no requirements for training in pain, and the few courses that did offer instruction were part of a larger and more general health psychology track. There were a handful of internship and postdoctoral experiences in pain, each turning out — at best — a few dozen clinicians with significant pain management knowledge. Also at the time there were increasing numbers of jobs for mental health professionals, primarily and even exclusively in pain management clinics or programs.   Read more…

The American Association of Pain Psychology (AAPP) is a national, multidisciplinary community of pain providers serving youth and adults living with chronic pain. AAPP was established in 2010 to provide a place for pain providers to educate, network, advocate, and share information regarding the practice and study of pain management. AAPP creates community, promotes and elevates pain education, and advocates for a biopsychosocial approach to pain medicine through advanced-level continuing education seminars, free online courses for AAPP Members, community gatherings, resource-sharing, and a public directory of multidisciplinary pain providers. AAPP is a dynamic organization that is constantly evolving to meet our members’ needs.

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