The ASAM Pain & Addiction Essentials Online - Module 5: Treatment - Nonpharmacological Approaches
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The ASAM Pain & Addiction Essentials Online
Module 5: Treatment - Nonpharmacological Approaches
This 1-hour on-demand module will discuss options for nonpharmacological treatment of pain and addiction, including interventional treatments, behavioral therapy, physical and occupational therapy, digital apps, 12-step programs, and other non-pharmacological treatment options for patients. This is the fifth of six modules in The ASAM Pain & Addiction Essentials series.
Treating pain and addiction is a complex topic that many providers struggle to understand. This module will focus on nonpharmacological treatment options while the previous module, Module 4, focuses on pharmacological treatment options. Together, these two modules will provide guidance for practitioners to develop evidence-based treatment plans for patients with pain and addiction in alignment with the patient’s treatment goals, communicate with the patient about the treatment plan and manage and monitor patient progress effectively. Specifically, Module 4 will discuss nonpharmacological treatment of pain and addiction, including interventional treatments, behavioral therapy, physical and occupational therapy, digital apps, 12-step programs, and other non-pharmacological treatment options for patients.
This module is part of The ASAM Pain & Addiction Essentials, a series of 6 online modules that cover the foundations of pain and addiction including the science, stigma, screening and assessment, treatment, and interdisciplinary approaches. All modules can be taken together as a full 6-hour course or can be taken individually to fill learner knowledge gaps in pain and addiction topics.
Learners looking for more advanced topics in pain and addiction should register for the Applied Skills Workshop (intermediate level) or the Common Threads Course (advanced level), learn more here.
The target audience for this module includes: primary care physicians, fellows in training and residents, providers who are new to addiction medicine or are early in their career and other members of the care team who are looking for introductory topics on pain and addiction.
This session addresses the following ACGME Competencies: Patient Care and Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, and Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, and Systems-based Practice.
Upon completion, learners will be able to:
- Explain the rationale for developing a multimodal treatment plan to the treatment of pain and addiction, which incorporates non-pharmacological approaches.
- Explain how to use patient-centered communication techniques, such as those used in motivational interviewing, to support and sustain patient engagement and motivation in treatment.
- Explain how nonpharmacological interventions and therapies employed by behavioral health therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapy specialists as well as other kinds of interventions are effective and powerful components in the treatment of pain and addiction.
- Discuss considerations when making referrals to other specialists/providers for treating pain and addiction or promoting functional well-being.
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Donald R. Teater
Don Teater MD, MPH is a family physician who has worked in western North Carolina for the past 30 years. Since 2004 he has focused on the intersection of pain, opioids, and addiction. Don was the lead facilitator for the expert panel during the development of the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.
From 2013-2016, Don was the Medical Advisor at the National Safety Council leading their effort to reduce opioid abuse and overdose in the community and in the workplace. He continues to work with federal and state government organizations, medical organizations and nonprofits in addressing many aspects of the opioid epidemic.
While working on the public health aspects of the opioid epidemic, he sees patients one day a week treating opioid use disorder and chronic pain in Waynesville, NC by telemedicine. He also works one week each month as a pain and addiction specialist seeing Alaska Native patients with the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in Juneau, AK.
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Dr Rudolf is a physician board certified in addiction medicine, pain medicine, medical acupuncture and family medicine practicing at Swedish Pain Services in Seattle. The clinic integrates multidisciplinary pain care approaches in an effort to optimize patient functional outcomes and self-efficacy. He has also worked extensively in inpatient substance use disorder treatment settings and has published on the topic of opioid withdrawal management. He is the current Chair of the ASAM Pain and Addiction Committee, the immediate past president of the Washington Society of Addiction Medicine, and is a clinical associate professor at University of Washington.
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Kari is an occupational therapist and Pain Program manager with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Kari is passionate about empowering patients and providers through education and, in addition to her clinical practice, works with occupational therapy education programs and students to promote excellence in the next generation of therapy providers. Kari has clinical interests in rural health care, chronic pain management and hand therapy.
Kari earned a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy at Loma Linda University and doctorate in occupational therapy with a certificate in executive leadership at the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences.
Kari is passionate about bringing exceptional care to the residents of rural and remote communities. Kari has 30 years of clinical experience predominantly in rural health care settings as well as regulatory enforcement with the California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Division.
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Olivia Sinaiko, MA, is a behavioral health clinician with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in Juneau, AK. Olivia takes a trauma-informed, client-centered, and social justice-oriented approach to patient care, working with patients of all ages on a broad range of issues. A key focus in her work with clients is Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), a form of therapy designed for patients with chronic pain. She offers a six-week pain neuroscience education program for people with chronic pain, as well as individual PRT therapy.
Olivia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, with a B.A. in Philosophy. After earning a law degree from Yale Law School and completing a clerkship with the Alaska Supreme Court, she realized her true calling in supporting individuals, families, and communities as they navigate difficult transitions. Olivia returned to school for a master’s degree in counseling psychology from The Wright Institute.
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