Chronic Pain Module 1: Foundations of Pain Treatment

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Chronic Pain Module 1: Foundations of Pain Treatment


Register now for this online self-guided course.

This module will include information about chronic pain that will help participants build understanding of the physical and emotional impact of pain. People who attend will develop awareness of what chronic pain is, and the role of central sensitization in maintaining ongoing discomfort. We will discuss the psychological component of pain and the link between pain and trauma. Participants will build tools to support people in special populations as they work through their pain. Learners will deepen their knowledge of opioids and the research evidence about their appropriate use and risks. We will also discuss an evidence-based approach to using medication to treat opioid use disorder.

Approximate time to complete the course: 2 hours
Learner content includes: video and corresponding course handouts
Participants have unlimited time to complete this course and access course materials.

MAHEC engages in evaluation activities to better understand the impact of our programs. By registering for this course, you agree that we may use your personal information in evaluative research regarding this program. Any reports published will be de-identified and reported in aggregate format.

Target Audience

Behavioral health and substance abuse professionals including psychologists, social workers, licensed clinical mental health counselors, substance abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists, peer support specialists, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists & assistants, physical therapists & assistants, and others interested in this topic.


By the end of this training, the participant should be able to:

  • Exhibit an understanding of chronic pain and recognize the role central sensitization has in maintaining ongoing discomfort
  • Summarize the role of psychology in maintaining chronic pain and discuss the link between pain and trauma
  • Cite appropriate opioid use and risks and evaluate the evidence-based approach to using medication to treat opioid use disorder


  • Martha H. Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC


Chronic Pain Module 1: Foundations of Pain Treatment

2/1 8:00 AM – 8:00 AM



Self-Reported Credit
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.200 CEU

The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this entire online continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 0.20 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.

2.000 Contact Hours

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Nurse Practitioners: This activity was designated for 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

2.000 NBCC Hours

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2.000 NCBPTE Contact Hours

Physical Therapy: MAHEC, as part of the NC AHEC system, is a NCBPTE-approved provider of continuing competence for activities directly related to physical therapy. NCBPTE: 2.0 contact hours.

2.000 NASW-NC

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2.000 CME for Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificate of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 2.00 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

2.000 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation: The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit Designation: MAHEC designates this online enduring activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Disclosure Statement: MAHEC adheres to the ACCME Standards regarding industry support to continuing medical education. Disclosure of faculty and commercial support relationships, if any, will be made known at the activity.

2.000 Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists

MAHEC is recognized by the North Carolina Psychology Board as an approved Provider of Category A Continuing Education for North Carolina Licensed Psychologists. Approved for 2.0 hours Category A.


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