New Supports in Chronic Pain: Peer Supports in the Medical Setting @ MAHEC Blue Ridge B
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Peer supports are quickly becoming a robust strategy for promoting overall health in hospitals and patient centered medical homes across the US. Peers Support Specialists can now serve on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic. This course will train peers, behavioral health, and medical providers in an integrated team-based model to provide valuable relief and assistance to those suffering from chronic pain and opioid addiction in health care settings.

Peer supports has been used in medical settings by the Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center for the past 10 years. Through this process, they are changing the culture of their hospitals to be recovery-oriented by the use of peer supports in various areas of the hospital. This course focuses on the work of the VA with peer supports services, the training used to prepare these peers for the medical services, the tools that are used to implement a whole health model and stories of patient outcomes contributed to peer support services. This course will show how peer support services in the medical setting can improve adherence to treatment recommendations, decrease stigma and labeling of individuals as their diagnosis, increase the quality of living, and improve overall health outcomes. This course will also describe the history of the VA with peers, local and national efforts using peers in a medical setting and showcasing how peers having been instrumental in the opioid epidemic on a local level by supporting individuals with chronic pain.

Target Audience

Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, care managers/coordinators, administrators, practice managers, mental health professionals (including substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists), peer support specialists, intellectual/developmental disability providers and other professionals interested in this subject.


  • Describe the development and benefits of using peer support services in the medical home and the current evidenced based models being used in medical settings
  • Identify the key whole health outcomes of using peer supports in the medical setting
  • Summarize the benefits and health outcomes associated with peer support specialists working with chronic pain and opioid use disorder

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Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain: Evidence-Based Tools to Move from Hurt to Hope @ Northwest AHEC McCreary Tower a part of the Wake Forest Football Complex
Jun 26 @ 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 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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Controlled Substance Prescribing: What Every Provider Needs to Know – Sanford @ Central Carolina Hospital
Jun 26 @ 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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Responding to the Opioid Epidemic: Guidance for Healthcare Providers – Johnston County @ Johnston Medical Mall
Jun 27 @ 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Enjoy an evening of dinner and networking!

This event is free but you must register to hold your spot.

Program Description:

• Overview and clinical application of current national and state guidelines and relate these guidelines to the NCMB criteria for identifying and auditing top prescribers

• Management of common pain syndromes without use or over-reliance on opioids and recognizing the range and value of non-opioid pain management strategies available to use individually and/or as part of multi-modal treatment approach • Intervening with opioid dependence/addiction and medication-assisted therapies

• Explore effective use of referral and co-management, including the role of working with pain specialists and pain psychologists, physical therapists and others

Guest speaker: 

Steven Prakken, MD, is the Chief of Medical Pain Service at Duke University. Dr. Prakken is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with a secondary Board Certification in Pain Management and is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association, and is a Board Member of the Pain Society of the Carolinas.

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Treating Pain Safer: Fewer Opioids and Better Results @ Catawba Valley Medical Center
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Physicians and nurses play a vital role in caring for the patient’s collaborative treatment plan related to their overall pain management goals. They also serve as a patient advocate when providing education for proper opioid use. However, studies have revealed a pain management knowledge gap among clinicians caring for patients who are receiving opioid analgesics. This gap includes patient assessment, pharmacologic management, use of adjuvant medications, risks of addiction, risks of respiratory depression, and disposal and storage of opioid analgesics.

This program is designed to assist clinicians in obtaining knowledge of opioids, with a concurrent and evidence-based presentation. All clinicians will also be provided with valuable information on current practice standards related to opioid prescribing, dispensing, and administration. Clinicians knowledge of, and attitudes about, opioid use can have a positive impact on the national opioid crisis.


Blake Fagan, MD, completed his undergraduate education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed medical school at Vanderbilt University SOM in 1998 before finishing his family medicine residency at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC in 2001. During that time, he has been the co-clinical director, assistant residency director, and the residency director. Currently he is the Chief Education Officer at MAHEC.


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Close Encounters of the Medical Kind: Conversations Related to Opioid Prescribing and Other Topics @ Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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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Proper Dental Opioid Prescribing: Morehead City, NC @ General Services Building
Jul 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Learn how to properly prescribe opioids to your dental patients.

Join Dr. Bill Claytor for a training on proper opioid prescribing at the General Services Building in Morehead City/Newport, NC. The event is from 6:00pm until 8:00pm with dinner and registration starting at 5:00pm.

Be sure to register to save your spot – seating is limited!

As a condition of dental license renewal for 2018, all licensees who have a current DEA registration MUST complete an annual CE course of at least one hour that shall include, but not be limited to, instruction on controlled substance prescribing practice and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management.

Jul 19 @ 8:15 am – 4:00 pm


More information to come. Please check back! 

The Opioid Crisis has reached a critical point. Providers in healthcare are faced with regulations and emerging new trends in best practices nearly every day. They are faced with the ethical dilemma of what is the best treatment approach for caring for their patients. This conference aims to address the ethical considerations of the Opioid Crisis and what providers can do to ensure that their patients are achieving the best possible outcomes.

Some of the topics we’ll cover are the ethics surrounding pregnancy, neonatal abstinence syndrome, infectious disease, and bias. North Carolina Attorney General, Josh Stein, will provide the Keynote Address and discuss the ethics of the North Carolina response to the Opioid Crisis. Stein has made combatting the opioid crisis a top priority. His office drafted the STOP Act to reduce the number of people who become addicted to opioids through smarter prescribing practices and the Synthetic Opioid Control Act to close loopholes in state criminal law concerning fentanyl. Both laws passed the General Assembly unanimously and were signed into law by the Governor.

Opioids and Stimulants: Addressing These Complex Cases​ @ Maggiano's Little Italy
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Charlotte, NC – Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 11am – 1pm 
Whether working in a mental health private practice or in a primary addiction treatment setting, clinical professionals of all types are encountering more and more patients using not only opioids, but stimulants as well. Opioids may dominate headlines, but professionals are seeing an increase in cocaine, meth, and other stimulant use. Some are even calling this a “twin epidemic.”
As mental health and addiction professionals work with their patients to understand the trauma and shame histories that often lead to addiction, a better understanding of this trend is essential. The National Conference on Addiction Disorders has organized a panel of experts to discuss this issue in your community. Join us for an informative discussion, come prepared with questions, and network with your peers over lunch.
Upon attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the impact of concurrent opioid and stimulant use
  • Discuss strategies for treating patients using both substances
  • Explore the impact of trauma and shame histories on particular substance use
  • Share considerations for making referrals to treatment
One hour of continuing education credit will be available.
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Southern Pain Society 32nd Annual Meeting: ‘Balanced Approaches to Acute and Chronic Pain’ @ Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm

19ME005 - Southern Pain Society 32nd Annual Meeting: 'Balanced Approaches to Acute and Chronic Pain'

The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Pain Society will explore the benefits, challenges and education involved in using a balance integrative approach to managing both acute and chronic pain and how these impact health care professionals.

The Southern Pain Society (SPS) was established in 1986 as a regional section of the American Pain Society and endorses and supports the mission
and goals of the American Pain Society. The Southern Pain Society’s missions are to serve people with pain by advancing research and treatment and to increase the knowledge and skill of the regional professional community. Visit www.southernpainsociety.org to join and take advantage of the
discounted registration fee.


  • Discuss the unintended consequences of the current CDC Opioid Guidelines
  • Explain advanced techniques in neuromodulation, surgical and procedural modalities for chronic pain
  • Identify at least two innovative therapies, medications and procedures for the treatment of acute and chronic pain
  • Explain how pain of a catastrophic injury can be effectively managed using an integrative approach through the continuum
  • Identify opiate prescribing deterrent formulations to reduce opioid dependence

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