What is a Pain Educator?

A pain educator is a healthcare professional who provides education about pain assessment, evaluation, and management through "curbside consults” within a clinical practice or via formal presentations and direct contact with other healthcare professionals and/or patients. Pain educators practice in a wide range of healthcare settings (eg, medical and dental practices, hospitals, free-standing surgical centers, rehabilitation services, hospice and palliative-care facilities, nursing homes, physical- and occupational-therapy practices, chiropractic offices, integrative medicine practices) and focus on transferring knowledge to and teaching others about pain.

If you devote a substantial portion of your time to keeping your clinical peers informed about key pain-related advances and developments, you’re serving as a pain educator, and the American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) is your organization. Consider joining us.

Some ASPE members will choose to pursue a path to certification, the Certified Pain Educator (CPE) credential; other members may not. In either case, the ASPE encourages all healthcare professionals who serve in this role to pursue life-long learning.

The Certified Pain Educator examination is administered year round and open to all qualified candidates.

Please note that the verification process for completed applications (containing all required documentation) will take up to 2 weeks.

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Gain recognition for your knowledge, experience, & expertise as a pain educator. The CPE exam is administered year round and open to all qualified candidates

New CPEs

Timothy Atkinson, PharmD, CPE
Scott Petersen, PA-C, CPE
Aimee Young, PharmD, BCPS, CPE

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