Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain: Evidence-Based Tools to Move from Hurt to Hope @ Mountain Area Health Education Center, Blue Ridge B
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:45 pm

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 treatment 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.

This event is FREE to MAHEC employees but registration is required

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The World of Emerging Drugs (Reduced Fee – Only $35!) @ Charlotte AHEC, Bldg K, Classroom 14
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:15 am

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Drugs and drug use is changing at a rapid pace. Trying to keep up with the newest trends and what is emerging can be difficult. This workshop will look at current and emerging trends of drugs (Opioids) as well as new ways some of the “old” substances are being used. We will be defining terms, talking about the drugs, effects, slang/street names, and how they are used. We will include over-the- counter drugs that are also being misused. We will also discuss and look at resources for trending drugs.

DeAn White, M.Ed, NCC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS


  • Define terms and slang
  • Identify trending drugs and how they are used
  • Become familiar with the effects of these drugs
  • Learn about resources for trending drugs

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Providers’ Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, The “Half and Half” Course @ Northwest AHEC, McCreary (Deacon) Tower
Jun 5 @ 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. #opioids


  • 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.

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An Interdisciplinary Approach to Best Practices in Opioid Prescription Management – Columbus County @ Vineland Station Historic Train Station
Jun 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for a FREE evening educational session focusing on the CDC update to opioid guidelines for chronic pain. Gain a better understanding of when opioid therapy is indicated and how to effectively determine if continued therapy is warranted.This training meets the prescribing CME requirement from the North Carolina Medical Board.

  • Describe the CDC’s update to opioid prescribing guidelines for chronic pain.
  • Identify indications for opioid therapy and how to effectively determine if continued therapy is successful/warranted.
  • Offer other methods (both non-pharmacologic and non-opioid pharmacologic) to effectively treat chronic pain.
  • Explain these guidelines as well as statewide initiatives to other healthcare providers and patients.
  • Utilize available tools and resources more effectively in order to assist patients at risk of excessive opioid use.

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Controlled Substance Prescribing: What Every Provider Needs to Know – Wilson @ Wilson Medical Center - A Duke LifePoint Hospital
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

These free CME panel sessions are designed for controlled substances prescribers to complete up to two hours of the required education in opioid prescribing.  A one hour online training is recommended before attending a live panel session. Together they fulfill the three hour requirement.

Topics include managing acute and chronic pain, identifying when patients are misusing opioids, and what to do about patients who have developed a substance use disorder. The Governor’s Institute has partnered with the North Carolina Medical Board to help bring these educational panel sessions to communities across the state.

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Controlled Substance Prescribing: What Every Provider Needs to Know – Wallace @ Mad Boar Restaurant & Pub
Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

According to NC DHHS and the CDC, North Carolina has experienced a 350% increase in drug overdose deaths since 1999 and was one of 19 states that saw statistically significant increase in drug overdose death rates from 2014 to 2015. Prescribing practices for opioids must change in order to address this epidemic.

Wake AHEC and the North Carolina Medical Board have partnered together to develop a webinar and panel sessions addressing the issue of prescription opioids. This blended learning activity will provide clinicians with best practices for effectively and appropriately treating pain, and ultimately, improving patient outcomes.

This educational activity combined with the recorded webinar under the same title are both being offered at no cost and will fulfill the controlled substances CME requirement for the North Carolina Medical Board.

These free CME panel sessions are designed for controlled substances prescribers to complete up to two hours of the required education in opioid prescribing. A one hour online training is recommended before attending a live panel session. Together they fulfill the three hour requirement.

Topics include managing acute and chronic pain, identifying when patients are misusing opioids, and what to do about patients who have developed a substance use disorder. The Governor’s Institute has partnered with the North Carolina Medical Board to help bring these educational panel sessions to communities across the state.

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Interventional Pain Management Workshop for Primary Care @ MAHEC Mary C. Nesbitt Biltmore Campus Simulation Center
Jun 8 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

MAHEC has designed this course to bolster your current skills in treating acute and chronic pain. Many patients leave their doctor’s office believing that there are no solutions for acute or chronic pain beyond prescription drugs and surgery. Despite the surprising lack of medical evidence to support the use of opioid medications to treat individuals with arthritis, lower back pain, nerve pain, and migraines, physicians continue to prescribe opioid medications as the primary treatment for pain.

When patients are prescribed opioids they bear the risk of developing unpleasant side effects including sedation, chronic constipation, addiction, and overdose leading to accidental death.

There are many overlooked and underutilized pain management techniques that offer immediate relief or provide longer-lasting results, that can be performed in a primary care setting. Osteopathic medicine treatments, trigger point injections, nerve blocks, sphenopalatine ganglion block, physical/occupational therapy and psychotherapy are just a few procedures providers could develop in their practice to ease their patients’ pain.

This skill based workshop will provide physicians with hands on training to confidently perform these procedures in their practice by skilled specialists. Utilizing these procedures can:

1. Provide immediate and long lasting pain relief to patients
2. Reduce the amount of opioid prescriptions that may increase side effects, addiction, overdose and death
3. Increase physician skills and patient satisfaction
4. Increase patient volume and billable revenue from office procedures

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Lunch and Learn: The Opioid Epidemic @ Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services
Jun 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Learn: The Opioid Epidemic

This workshop will be beneficial to mental health and human service practitioners, including psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance use professionals, therapists and clinicians and all others interested in this topic.

Guest Speaker:

Keshavpal Reddy, MD
Dr. Reddy graduated from Osmania Medical School, Hyderabad, India and completed his residency with Connecticut Valley Hospital, an affiliate of the Yale University Psychiatric Training Program. Dr. Reddy is board certified in both general psychiatry and addiction medicine. His expertise includes: mood and anxiety disorders, dementia, ADHD, schizophrenia, alcohol and drug treatment and related disorders. In addition, he has expertise in adolescent psychiatry with an emphasis on mood and behavior disorders. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Reddy is in private practice in Greensboro and also serves as medical director of psychiatry for Martinsville Memorial Hospital.

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Close Encounters of the Medical Kind: Conversations Related to Opioid Prescribing and Other Topics @ Carteret Health Care Meeting Rm 3- South Entrance
Jun 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This is a FREE event!
Providers will have the communication skills necessary to have difficult conversations related to pain management and other common “difficult conversations”.
Participants of this skills based program will have the opportunity to learn and practice effective interpersonal communication skills during emotionally charged encounters with standardized patients. Challenging topics such as opioid and stimulant prescribing, dementia and domestic violence will provide the backdrop for practicing essential communication skills.

  • Recognize effective interpersonal communication strategies for difficult conversations in the clinical setting
  • Examine communication skills during difficult conversations
  • Demonstrate appropriate techniques during emotionally charged conversations with patients or family members
  • Evaluate interactions based on scenarios with standardized patients

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Medication Assisted Treatment: Keeping Clients Alive Long Enough to Treat Them (REDUCED FEE – ONLY $35!) @ Charlotte AHEC, Bldg K, Classroom 17 & 18
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:15 pm

Speaker: DeAn White, M.Ed, NCC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) has long been a controversial subject. This subject is getting even more attention now that we are in the middle of a nationwide opioid crisis. This training will discuss medication assisted treatment; its pros and its cons. We will talk about the different medications and how they work. We will also talk about harm reduction, meeting clients where they are, and the medical model. We will also talk about what our fears are as counselors and medication assisted treatment.

Charlotte AHEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5096. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Charlotte AHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


  • Have an open dialogue about Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Understand how the medications work
  • Understand the pros and cons of Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Reduce the stigma around this option

Breakfast is provided for this event. Click here to be taken to registration