DescriptionAcross the nation, healthcare providers are taking another look at how to safely and effectively treat pain while also reducing the risks associated with opioids. It is estimated that 100 million people in the U.S. are living with chronic pain and that approximately 1/3 of these individuals are seeking medical treatment for their pain.
Pain management has typically not been a part of behavioral health practice but research and clinical practice are demonstrating that behavioral interventions are the most effective treatment for chronic pain. The CDC recently put out guidelines that highlight the opioid epidemic and its tragic consequences, along with recommendations for treating chronic pain. Behavioral treatment is the most effective treatment and should be tried prior to prescribing opioids.
More behavioral health providers with expertise in behavioral interventions for pain management are needed to combat the opioid epidemic. This interactive and cutting-edge training will provide participants with innovative and evidence-based tools and techniques to expand their clinical practice and treat chronic pain. Participants will gain the skills and confidence needed to provide practical and life-changing interventions to help individuals manage chronic pain and enjoy active, healthy and meaningful lives.
By registering for this program, you are granting permission for your contact information to be shared with Community Care of Western North Carolina, which is a collaborator on this continuing education event.
Behavioral health professionals including psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, and others interested in this topic.
- Define pain and its emotional aspects
- Describe and map out the chronic pain cycle
- List risks of opioid medications
- Utilize effective components of the cognitive-behavioral treatment of chronic pain
- Demonstrate mindful approaches for chronic pain
- Martha H. Teater, MA,LMFT,LCAS,LPC,NNC