DescriptionProject 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.
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
• Impact of COVID on Healthcare Providers and Clients
• Integration Issues: Creating Collaboration and Communication Routes
• Mindfulness Approaches for Chronic Pain
• Common Co-occurring Issues with Chronic Pain
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Licensed Behavioral Health Clinicians, especially in rural areas
- To increase collaboration with medical professionals for clients with chronic pain
- To increase knowledge of 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
- To provide behavioral health professionals with specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapies and mindfulness approaches
- To examine strategies for increasing integration and communication with healthcare providers
- To increase knowledge of individuals experiencing pain with or without co-occurring issues with chronic pain
- To discuss how COVID has impacted healthcare professionals and client's stress and mental health
- Eric M. Christian, MAEd, LCMHC, NCC
- Carriedelle H. Fusco, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
- Donald R. Teater, MD, MPH
- Martha H. Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC
- Zach T. White, LCSW, LCAS, CCS