We are in the midst of a nationwide push to treat chronic pain, and address our out of control opioid prescribing. It’s estimated we have 100 million people in the US living with chronic pain. We can assume that at least 1/3 of the people we treat are dealing with this condition, yet most of us are ill prepared to address these issues with them. Opioids are almost never an appropriate treatment choice, and actually cause more problems in the end. There is a robust body of research evidence supporting this. The CDC recently published guidelines highlighting the opioid epidemic and its tragic consequences, along with making recommendations for the treatment of chronic pain. They specifically mention behavioral treatment the approach to try before opioids are prescribed. This means clinicians will need to be trained in the behavioral treatment of chronic pain. Awareness has never been so high. This is new information for prescribers, healthcare professionals, the therapy community and the general public. Word is just now getting out about the extent of the problem, and providers need to be on the cutting edge of best treatment practices. We are witnessing a devastating public health crisis that is ruining individual’s lives, tearing up families, and ripping through communities. It’s time we arm ourselves with the skills needed to offer people evidence-based behavioral interventions that will help them live healthy and productive lives.
Who should go: Mental health professionals, including psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, substance abuse counselors, healthcare professionals and others interested in this subject.
$30.00 Cancellation Fee. No refunds will be issued unless we are notified by 5pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. A $30 cancellation fee will be deducted from your registration fee if a refund is issued. Substitutes are encouraged.