Oct
17
Wed
2018 APNC Fall Conference @ Holiday Inn Resort
Oct 17 @ 8:00 am – Oct 19 @ 5:00 pm

Registration opens summer 2018

About APNC Conferences

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Addiction Professionals of North Carolina is a statewide organization dedicated to helping the individual, family, and community understand, prevent, and treat the disease of addiction. Our educational conferences, held each year in the fall and spring, are designed for Counselors, Prevention Specialists, Peer Support Specialists, DWI Assessors, Psychologists, Therapists, EAP consultants, Social Workers, Educators, Students, and others interested in the field. Our conference presenters include national and state leaders, researchers, practitioners, and trainers as we strive to provide state of the art educational opportunities to not only meet the certification needs of our professionals but to also provide opportunities to stay abreast of current trends, research, and practices.

Check the APNC website for emerging details and registration information

Oct
19
Fri
Southeastern Conference on Addiction and Behavioral Health @ Hilton Greenville
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Southeastern Conference on Addiction and Behavioral Health
Hilton Greenville, 45 West Orchard Park, Greenville, SC

Mark your calendars!

Plan to come and hear addictions and recovery specialists:

    • Brian Coon, MA, LCAS, CCS, MAC and Roy Smith, MD – Substance Addiction and Stages of Healing
    • Phillip McAbe, CSW, CAS – If Gay Means Happy, Why Am I Always Getting High
    • Michael Groat, PhD – An Evolutionary, Attachment-Informed Perspective on Recovery from Addiction
    • Leslie Hull-Kimball, LISW-CP, CSAT and Sarah McGuire, LISW-CP, CSAT, EMDR – The Tech-Sex Connection

Special evening event Thursday October 18, 2018 for all at no charge!

Do you have event related questions or need help with registration?

MAHEC Registration Team
 828-257-4475
Oct
21
Sun
Advanced Opioid Workshop: Transforming Practice to Save Lives @ MAHEC
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
ADVANCED OPIOID WORKSHOP
Transforming Practice To Save Lives
“Elevating the Role of the Pharmacist”
Four dynamic modules of content will be covered:
1) Pain Management Topics and Best Practices
2) Harm Reduction Topics and Service Concepts
3) Use of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) in practice
4) Fundamentals of Medication Assisted TreatmentNCAP Members $85 – click here for registration
Nonmembers $195 click here for registration
Take advantage of the member rate by joining NCAP NOW!
♦ 8 hours of LIVE Continuing Education
♦ Interactive & practical sessions designed to help pharmacists
implement new services and practices
♦ Toolkit of helpful resources and information
♦ Steps for integrating new services into existing workflow
♦ Access to an online networking community for attendees to
ask questions, share ideas, and experiences once the workshop is over
Attendees of this workshop are strongly encouraged as a prerequisite to view the short video series on six opioid-related topics (1.5 hours of CE) free of charge at https://www.ncpharmacists.org/content.asp?contentid=268
*THIS WORKSHOP WILL ALSO BE OFFERED AT THE NCAP CONVENTION
Oct
28
Sun
Advanced Opioid Workshop: Transforming Practice to Save Lives @ Campbell University
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
ADVANCED OPIOID WORKSHOP
Transforming Practice To Save Lives
“Elevating the Role of the Pharmacist”
Four dynamic modules of content will be covered:
1) Pain Management Topics and Best Practices
2) Harm Reduction Topics and Service Concepts
3) Use of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) in practice
4) Fundamentals of Medication Assisted TreatmentNCAP Members $85 – click here for registration
Nonmembers $195 click here for registration
Take advantage of the member rate by joining NCAP NOW!
♦ 8 hours of LIVE Continuing Education
♦ Interactive & practical sessions designed to help pharmacists
implement new services and practices
♦ Toolkit of helpful resources and information
♦ Steps for integrating new services into existing workflow
♦ Access to an online networking community for attendees to
ask questions, share ideas, and experiences once the workshop is over
Attendees of this workshop are strongly encouraged as a prerequisite to view the short video series on six opioid-related topics (1.5 hours of CE) free of charge at https://www.ncpharmacists.org/content.asp?contentid=268
*THIS WORKSHOP WILL ALSO BE OFFERED AT THE NCAP CONVENTION
Oct
30
Tue
Challenges for Nurses in Assessing and Managing Pain @ Charlotte AHEC, Bldg K
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:15 pm

An event for RNs, LPNs, and other health care professionals who are caring for patient with pain.

Pain assessment is crucial if pain management is to be effective. Nurses are in a unique position to assess pain as they have the most contact with patients. This program will provide information related to pain (Acute, Persistent/Chronic, and Oncologic pain). It will also provide an overview of proper pain assessment, pharmacological treatments of non-opioids and opioids for pain and general principles of analgesic use for treating pain patients.

The speaker for this event is Sherry McCulley-Hall, MSN, RN-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist
Sherry is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Veterans Integrative Pain Medicine Service at Charles George VA Medical Center. She has worked in the nursing field for over 36 years. Sherry received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Berea College and Masters of Science in Nursing with an area of study as an Adult Health Care Specialist at UNC Charlotte with a clinical concentration in Oncology Nursing. In 2012, Sherry worked collaboratively with 7 Pain Management Nurse Experts from the VA as well as the University of Wisconsin in the development of the Pain Resource Nurse Program targeting the Veteran Population. Sherry is credentialed by the ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Certified Nurse Pain Management provider.

Click here to be taken to registration. $99.00 – Pre-Registration Fee (before Oct. 16,2018). Breakfast and Lunch Provided.

 

Treating Pain Safely: Fewer Opioids and Better Results Controlled Substances Education for Prescribers @ MAHEC Mary C. Nesbitt Biltmore Campus, Pisgah Room
Oct 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Literature has shown that prescribers receive little education on the treatment of pain, resulting in less effective pain treatment with worse outcomes. Attendees will learn the evidence-based analysis of the relative effectiveness of medications and their side effects, recommendations on how to improve treatment of acute and chronic pain, and recognizing substance use/opioid use disorders. This program will include the three required topics outlined by the new CME requirement in 21 NCAC 32R .0101:

• Controlled substances prescribing practices
• Recognizing signs of the abuse or misuse of controlled substances
• Controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management

As of July 1, 2017 all physicians (other than residents), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, podiatrists, and dentists who prescribe controlled substances must satisfy the controlled-substance prescribing CE requirements as set forth by their licensing boards; requirements vary by discipline and board. Physicians must follow the CME requirement per 21 NCAC 32R .0101 and will turn in record of controlled substance CME when they renew licensure.

Objectives

  • Describe the impact of the opioid crisis
  • Identify the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute pain
  • Identify the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain
  • Discuss what to do with patients on opioids that fall outside the guidelines
Evidence-Based Narcotic Prescribing- Elizabeth City @ Eastern AHEC Education Center
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Prescription opioid pain medications are responsible for more deaths in North Carolina than heroin and cocaine combined. And, if current trends continue, unintentional poisoning deaths will surpass motor vehicle deaths as the leading cause of injury death in North Carolina. This presentation tackles the prescription drug challenges in practices outlining evidence-based narcotic prescribing and alternative therapy to chronic pain management.

Objectives
Upon completion of this knowledge-based program the participant should be able to
integrate into practice new developments in the following areas:
Tackling the Prescription Drug Problem in Your Practice: An Outline for
Evidence-Based Narcotic Prescribing
• Review the statistics for prescription drug use and overdose in the US
• Explain the psychological basis for drug seeking behaviors
• Provide an algorithm for appropriate safety based opiate prescribing
• Discuss some common opiate prescribing challenges in practice

Alternative Therapy for Chronic Pain Management
• Evaluate non-opiate pharmacologic agents for use in chronic pain
• Introduce clinical health psychology as viable treatment options
• Discuss effectiveness and indications for specialized interventions:
topical agents, physical medicine, mechanical interventions

Registration

Registration is only available online:
www.easternahec.net

Pre-registration is required to assure space in this program.
The fee for registrations received prior to October 18,
2018 is $20.00. For registrations received after October
18, 2018, the fee is $35.00. The registration fee includes
dinner

Click here for a program brochure

Nov
2
Fri
Substance Use Disorders: Fresh Perspectives @ Guilford Technical Community College Conference Center
Nov 2 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Overview
Accidental opioid overdose has reached epidemic levels and is a leading cause of death in the United States. In North Carolina opioid misuse is a very present and very real problem. During 1999-2016, opioid-related overdose fatalities increased by over 800% in our state, resulting in over 12,000 preventable deaths.

Registration fees vary depending on profession:

$110.00 Registration fee for all other health care providers
$145.00 Registration fee for MDs, DOs, and DDS
$125.00 Registration fee for NPs, PAs, and RNs

 

 

Nov
6
Tue
Providers’ Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, The “Half and Half” Course @ Northwest AHEC
Nov 6 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Opioid dependence is epidemic in the United States. While progress has been made in training providers, the gap in providing effective treatment of opioid use disorders continues to widen – moving beyond heroin addicted individuals to a much larger and diverse segment of the population. This increase in predominantly due to an alarming increase in addiction to prescription opioid analgesic medications.

Buprenorphine, the most recent addition to the pharmacotherapies available to treat opioid dependence, is novel among the opioid pharmacotherapies because of its partial agonist properties. It has been placed on Schedule III and is available by prescription from a physician’s office-based practice.

Recognizing the impact of this addiction, as well as learning how to treat opioid use disorders, are important steps in combating this ever growing medical problem. To obtain the waiver to prescribe, providers are required to take specialized training. PCSS-MAT uses the Half-and-Half format (first, 4.25 hours of face-to-face training with an instructor, followed by 3.75 hours of on-your-own training that must be completed along with a post test). This meets the training requirements for physicians; however, additional training is required for advanced practice providers.

The training focuses on the specifics of treating patients with opioid use disorders in office-based settings and clinical vignettes to help trainees think through “real life” experiences in opioid use disorders treatment. Once the waiver training is completed in full, participants will receive a CME certificate of attendance from AAAP.

Objectives:

  • Define the federal Drug Abuse Treatment Act (DATA) of 2000 and the subsequent revisions that list the criteria needed for Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)
  • List the criteria for establishing a diagnosis of opioid dependence.
  • Distinguish between spontaneous withdrawal and precipitated withdrawal and the appropriate methods of buprenorphine induction.
  • Describe and contrast the functions of full mu agonists, partial agonists and antagonists.
  • Explain the interplay between pain and addiction and how buprenorphine can be used to help stabilize these patients.
  • Describe the basic approach used in at least three different types of non-pharmacological treatments of opioid dependence.
  • Describe three symptoms of opioid withdrawal or intoxication that mimic symptoms of a psychiatric disorder.
  • Describe at least three factors to consider in determining if the patient is an appropriate candidate for office-based treatment with buprenorphine.
  • Describe at least three areas that should be covered in the rules and expectations communicated to patients during the patient assessment process.
  • List at least three situations in which patient information, with patient identity, can be shared under current laws protecting the patient’s confidentiality 42 CFR and HIPAA
  • Reduce and minimize buprenorphine misuse and diversion.
  • Describe the drug interactions of buprenorphine and pediatric exposures.

Click here for a brochure

Nov
8
Thu
2018 Pain Conference: An Interprofessional Approach to Pain Management @ Mountain Area Health Education Center, Blue Ridge Room
Nov 8 @ 7:45 am – Nov 9 @ 12:15 pm

As the opioid epidemic rages on, better approaches to the understanding and management of pain are needed by healthcare providers “in the trenches”. This annual, interprofessional conference has been expanded from one day to one and 1/2 days to allow more in-depth exploration of the neuroscience of pain and non-opioid approaches to better manage pain.

This educational activity is jointly provided with the Charles George VA Medical Center and co-sponsored by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Objectives

  • Explain pain neuroscience effectively to engage more active patient pain management participation
  • Integrate opioid alternatives into pain management routinely
  • Screen for opioid use disorder and strategize appropriate case management
  • Incorporate CBT, Whole Health Approaches and/or MBSR into pain management strategies

MAHEC Employees receive a registration discount