Mary Wells LCSW, Graduated from University of California Santa Cruz with her BA and California State University at Fresno with her Masters in Clinical Social Work.
Mary’s passion is to empower and support those living in pain. To that end, she created and delivered an intensive, multidisciplinary treatment program for Medicaid patients resulting in statistically significant improvements both pain levels and functioning. At Mosaic Medical, a Federally Qualified Health Center with 5 clinics in Central Oregon, she developed “Quality of Life”; a paced and sequenced individual or group program for patients living in pain. Currently at Mosaic, Mary trains behavioral health professionals, provides direct patient care, and delivers consultation with the patient’s medical team. In addition, she has an outpatient private practice known as Wellness Pain Care.
Mary loves to train Mental Health Professionals to be active on the pain treatment team in both medical and outpatient settings, and positively impact outcomes for their patients suffering with persistent pain. Curiosity and commitment keep her abreast of advancements in the field to continue to improve behavioral treatments for ongoing pain.
IIBHN 2020 Presentation(s):
Treating Persistent Pain; An Intensive Training for Mental Health Professionals
Pain Education for Mental Health Professionals and translation of current information to inform and empower patients.
- Describe basic pain processing concepts to yourself, your colleagues and clients.
- Explain why pain severity does not always equal tissue damage.
- Learn, and then communicate current pain concepts to patients/clients in a manner that creates a context of hope and invites behavioral activation to self-manage pain.
Mindfulness without Buddhism: Basic Attention Training.
- Learn, and then teach patients to moderate their central nervous system arousal levels using the cognitive and somatic tools presented.
- Integrate concepts of pain education, use of somatic tools, and values based actions to gradually support increases in functioning and improvement of patients’ Quality of Life.
- Deliver paced and sequenced treatments for best results.
Understanding Opiates- Mechanisms, Facilitated Tapers, Opiate Use Disorders and Medically Assisted Treatments.
- Identify and explain: Your mental health provider role in preventing and treating opiate misuse. Basic understanding of opiates, morphine equivalents, and medically assisted treatment, (MAT). Assess patient’s relationship to pain and medications.
- Identify opiate misuse and address this with patients.
- Empower patients before, during and after an opiate taper.
Ethics for Mental Health Providers Treating Persistent Pain Scope of practice, do’s and dont’s.
- Identify Ethical Considerations in Treating Persistent Pain. Scope of Practice.
- Researched and Culturally Sensitive Treatments.
- Aligning and balancing patient and medical team treatment goals.