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CDC Opioid Guidelines 2022 & Buprenorphine Use Explained by Dr. Abhishek Gowda, MD

Date: Thursday June 13, 2024

Time:   6:00 – 7:30 pm PDT (Pacific time)

Fees: Free for AAPP member ($15 with CEs), $35 for non-AAPP members (CEs optional at no additional charge), Free for students.


Vika Gallich, PhD

What led you to become a psychologist?

I’ve always felt a pull between two contrasting forces: structure and intuition, rigidity and fluidity, business and psychology. My career journey began as a project accountant. With an AA degree in accounting as my foundation, I pursued an undergraduate degree in Integral Studies with a minor in psychology, deepening my interest in this field. While working as a project accountant, I earned my Master’s in Integral Psychology at the California Institute for Human Science (CIHS), where I gained insights into the holistic mind-body connection.

What is your educational background?

Following the completion of my master’s degree, which blended Eastern and Western therapies with modern therapeutic practices, I decided to transition careers. I then pursued my PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Health Psychology, at CIHS.

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A word from our President

Kimeron Hardin, PhD, ABPP

May just ended, yet I thought I’d take a moment to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month here in June. This is a reminder to take some time to check in with your body and mind and to make mental health awareness a regular part of your life not just one month a year.

Our organization was founded on a desire to provide excellent mental health care for people living with pain. We chose to do this by providing quality, advanced educational training in pain psychology for professionals to ensure that our clients receive the best treatment possible.

Today’s column, however, will be focused on self-care for our members. As many of you know, working as a healthcare provider can be exhausting. Beyond the physical demands of a busy practice, most of us use a lot of energy as we listen carefully, run through the diagnostic and therapy plan options, and establish and maintain rapport, sometimes with clients who were referred to us reluctantly and may not always be initially receptive to what we have to offer.

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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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