20MH018 - MAHEC's Project ECHO®: Behavioral Health for Chronic Pain (5-Part Video Teleconference Series)

Dec 31–Oct 10, 2019 Closed Mental Health

20MH018 - MAHEC's Project ECHO®: Behavioral Health for Chronic Pain (5-Part Video Teleconference Series)


Project ECHO® is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. ECHO is led by an expert team that uses multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual learning sessions comprised of a short didactic followed by case presentations provided by participants.

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The objective for this ECHO is to increase competence in behavioral health interventions and to increase collaboration with medical professionals of behavioral health practitioners for managing clients with chronic pain.

Chronic Pain (CP) is at epidemic levels and has become the highest-cost condition in healthcare. Subsequently, there is now an opioid epidemic, and drug overdose is the leading cause of death from injury in the United States. This live video teleconferencing series explores evidence-based behavioral health interventions to increase a person’s ability to meet treatment goals, increase acceptance, handle adverse situations, reduce risks related to opioid use, and enhance functional ability despite their ongoing pain. This Chronic Pain ECHO is designed to provide behavioral health professionals with specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapies and mindfulness approaches. Participants will also explore strategies for increasing integration and communication with healthcare providers. Additionally, participants will increase their knowledge of individuals experiencing pain with or without co-occurring issues with chronic pain.

This ECHO video teleconferencing series, guided by experts, takes place over five weekly modules (one-hour each) and will cover topics such as:
  • Understanding Chronic Pain and Opioids
  • CBT for Chronic Pain
  • Integration Issues: Creating Collaboration and Communication Routes
  • Mindfulness Approaches for Chronic Pain
  • Common Co-occurring Issues with Chronic Pain

Dates of the series:

  • Module 1: Understanding Chronic Pain and Opioids, Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Module 2: CBT for Chronic Pain, Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Module 3: Integration Issues - Creating Collaboration and Communication Routes, Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Module 4: Common Co-occurring Issues with Chronic Pain, Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Module 5: Mindfulness Approaches for Chronic Pain, Thursday, October 10, 2019
Program Time 12:00pm-1:00pm - must log in at 11:45am for attendance

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By registering for this workshop, you are granting permission for your contact information to be shared with UNC Chapel Hill which is a collaborating partner of this continuing education activity.

Target Audience

Licensed Behavioral Health clinicians, especially in rural areas


  • To increase competence in behavioral health interventions and increase collaboration with medical professionals for clients with chronic pain


  • Eric M. Christian, MAEd, LCMHC, NCC
  • Donald R. Teater, MD, MPH
  • Martha H. Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC
  • Zach T. White, LCSW, LCAS, CCS


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