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Pain Management CE

Requirement

Licensees who renew on or after January 1, 2022 must complete one credit of continuing education related to the topic of pain management during each reporting period.  This is an ongoing requirement as of 2022.  Licensees may chose to satisfy this requirement by completing the one-hour web-based Pain Management Module provided by the Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC).  The curriculum is updated at least every two years, so it is acceptable to take this course for each reporting period.  However, you may not claim the course more than once within a single reporting period.

FAQs

Why are psychologists required to take Pain Management education?

The Oregon State Legislature created Oregon’s Pain Management Program in 1999 to raise awareness about pain management issues among healthcare providers, policy makers and the general public, and to improve access to resources.  Originally, seven hours of pain management-related CE was required only for new licensees.  The requirement was amended during the 2021 Legislative Session by House Bill 2078. Effective January 1, 2022, the CE requirement moved from a one-time requirement for new licensees to an ongoing one-credit requirement for all licensees.

Will the Pain Management CE be required in addition to the currently required forty hours?

No, qualifying Pain Management CE is included in the total.

How do I know if a particular course meets the requirements?

As with all CE requirements, the education must be a qualifying program type.  You must be able to reasonably relate the curriculum to your practice, the course must be presented by a qualified professional with expertise in the field, and you must obtain qualifying evidence of completion.

How do I prove that I have taken the Pain Management CE?

As with any other CE, licensees will attest to having completed the pain management CE as part of their renewal. Documentation must be retained, and provided to the Board if you are audited.

Where can I find Pain Management CE courses?

Pain management CE courses are offered by recognized mental health organizations. You may also check OPMC's list of training opportunities.