Across 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 option 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.
Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LPC, LCAS has been in private practice in Waynesville, NC since 1990. She has worked in primary care settings, free clinics and medication-assisted treatment programs. She has provided hundreds of trainings in 45 states and internationally on topics such as evidence-based treatments for trauma, DSM-5, compassion fatigue and behavioral treatment of chronic pain. Martha has written over 175 articles in newspapers and magazines, including Psychotherapy Networker and Family Therapy Magazine. She is the coauthor (with John Ludgate) of Overcoming Compassion Fatigue: A Practical Resilience Workbook. She is also coauthor (with Don Teater) of a book on behavioral treatment of chronic pain, due for publication in the fall of 2017.
- 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.
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