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ABOUT THIS EVENT It’s estimated that 50 million adults in the United States have chronic daily pain and approximately 19.6 million of those adults are experiencing high impact chronic pain that interferes with daily life or work activities. Nation-wide the cost of chronic pain is estimated to be between $560-635 billion annually and our nation is facing an opioid crisis that, over the past two decades, has resulted in an unprecedented wave of overdose deaths associated with prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids. Multidisciplinary and biopsychosocial pain management has long been the gold standard for the treatment of care, yet most allied behavioral health professionals are not trained in evidence-based interventions for chronic pain. This 90-minute workshop will utilize the shared knowledge of the University of Washington Center for Pain Relief’s multidisciplinary team to provide education and training on evidence-based interventions to support those in chronic pain. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Slides painTRAINER - a free online tool for learning to manage pain TEDxAdelaide - Lorimer Moseley - Why Things Hurt Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition) by Jon Kabat-Zinn Palouse Mindfulness - a free online self directed MBSR course FACILITATORS Kaitlin Touza, PhD Kaitlin Touza is a pain psychologist and acting assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Center for Pain Relief. She provides evidence-based individual and group intervention, including CBT, ACT, EAET, and PRT.  She also provides consultation to a broad population in the Pacific Northwest region and Alaska through UW’s TelePain program. Kaitlin is fellowship trained at Stanford in clinical pain psychology and is committed to multidisciplinary care and education in pain management. She is passionate about educational outreach and program development for patients, family members, and healthcare providers, with the goal of improving access to specialized multidisciplinary pain management in rural and underserved populations. She believes in a patient-centered, evidence-based, and biopsychosocial approach to intervention, program development, and assessment.   Bethany Pester, PhD Bethany Pester is a pain psychologist and acting assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Center for Pain Relief. Her patient-centered approach incorporates evidence-based psychological treatments for chronic pain, such as CBT, ACT, EAET, and PRT, while partnering with each patient to understand their unique needs and tailor treatment accordingly. Bethany has collaborated with research teams at UW/Seattle Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical System, Medical University of South Carolina, and academic medical centers across Michigan to study biopsychosocial approaches to understand, treat, and prevent acute and chronic pain. She is passionate about advancing research to better understand these complex conditions and translate discoveries into effective personalized treatments for children, adolescents, and adults.   Eric Wanzel, MSW, LICSW Eric Wanzel is a masters-level therapist at the University of Washington’s Center for Pain Relief.  Eric has a special interest in the intersections between chronic pain and PTSD and provides evidence-based interventions to this population including CBT, ACT, PRT, CPT, PE, and WET.  He received his foundational training at the State University of New York and specialized training with the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute Australasia (i.e. noigroup) in pain neuroscience education and graded motor imagery.  Eric strives to provide whole person and multidisciplinary healthcare to underserved populations in addition to educational outreach and training for healthcare providers.   Elisabeth Powelson, MD, MSc Elisabeth Powelson is trained in anesthesia and pain medicine and treats patients at the University of Washington’s Center for Pain Relief and Harborview Medical Center. Additionally, she is an acting assistant professor in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and a T32 Research Fellow at the Pediatric and Sleep Innovations Lab.  She has a special interest in post-traumatic pain, PTSD, and pain in older adults. She believes that pain treatment requires a comprehensive multimodal approach and focuses on a partnership with her patients to improve their overall wellness and improve their quality of life.  Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement ​
Published: May 24, 2024
ABOUT THIS RESOURCE How do we show up for our patients, clients, and community as healthcare providers living with chronic pain? Ahmad Bennett, MA, MHP, LMFTA, will share his lessons learned navigating chronic healthcare issues while serving others. Ahmad will explore how to balance caring for ourselves and others. We will address: Working while unhealthy and impacts to care Provider physical and mental health Who's in your corner to provide professional/personal supports Professional boundaries: working to live or living to work?   ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Presentation slides Crossroads Family Therapy Website   FACILITATOR   Ahmad Bennett, MA, LMFTA, MHP Ahmad Bennett is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and certified Mental Health Professional for Washington State. Ahmad completed his internship with Valley Cities Behavioral Health. After graduation he began working with Seattle Counseling Services until their closure, he then entered private practice and founded Crossroads Family Therapy PLLC. in 2022. He graduated from Antioch University Seattle with his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. He focuses on providing individual, couple, and family therapy for communities of color, first responders, and veterans. Ahmad is also an adjunct instructor at Antioch University Seattle and teaches a Sexuality & Healthy Relationships course. Ahmad is a medically retired Navy veteran and has worked in veteran-focused social services for over a decade, including working at Lake Washington Institute of Technology for five years as their Veteran Coordinator. Ahmad specialized in housing insecurity, employment services, and veteran transition services.   Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement
Published: September 15, 2023
Recording of the event The Connection Between Migraines and Mental Health in the Black Community, originally held on June 1, 2023.   Presentation Slides
Published: June 15, 2023
**April's Workshop Wednesday was held on a Monday (4/18/22) due to schedule availability on behalf of the trainer.**  Event Description Access slide deck by clicking DOWNLOAD above CLICK HERE to watch the recording The stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on almost everyone; it has been particularly challenging for people who have battled COVID, and now have lingering symptoms,   a condition is known as long COVID.       While we do not currently fully understand the nature or impact of long COVID, initial research has been able to identify nine core symptoms of long COVID that include both physical and mental symptoms. The nine core symptoms are: breathing difficulties, fatigue, chest/throat pain, headache; abdominal symptoms, muscle pain; other pain; cognitive symptoms (notably, “brain fog”), and anxiety/depression.       Join Dr. Andrew McLean for training on this timely issue. Topics covered will include an overview of the current situation, what researchers and leading mental health professionals are reporting from the field, and suggestions for successful strategies that have helped individuals and communities deal with the mental health aspects of long-COVID. Trainer Dr. Andrew McLean, MD, MPH                     Technical Trainer, Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Clinical Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences   Dr. McLean is also a hospital surveyor for The Joint Commission. He previously was the Medical Director of the ND Department of Human Services. Dr. McLean has served on a number of clinical, administrative, and regulatory boards including medical licensing and professional health programs. He has lectured internationally on pertinent behavioral and public health issues. Dr. McLean has a particular interest in individual and community resilience and collaborative care.  
Published: April 18, 2022
ABOUT THIS RESOURCE Individuals often believe that their pain is unchangeable and that leads to poor self-efficacy and conflict in treatment. New understanding about pain is beginning to shift pain care itself. Evidence indicates that patient and clinician knowledge of pain science can move those receiving services toward self-care and supports a more positive conversation about opioid tapers as well. This presentation will explore the use of Oregon State tools and resources for clinician and patient pain education to develop a biopsychosocial-oriented pain care treatment plan. The Oregon Pain Guidance toolkit has videos, written material and shared decision making tools that allow clients and patients to pace their own learning and care plan based on their readiness to change.   The tools can be used in self-study, or guided by anyone on the care team and can create a consistent message that decreases the burden on each team member.    Come learn a bit more about pain science and use of  state tools to easily share the information with your clients or peers. These tools are  based on principles of trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing and strive to be more inclusive of diversity. Hosted by the Northwest MHTTC in partnership with the Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Presentation slides Clinician module for Oregon Pain Management Commission Patient pain toolkit   FACILITATORS Nora Stern, PT, MS PT Nora Stern is a pain educator and physical therapist with 30+ years of experience in complex pain. Nora is director of Know About Pain Consultation and Educational Products and is chair of the Oregon State Pain Management Commission. With Know About Pain, Nora provides consultation and develops pain education content for inpatient and outpatient care, with a current emphasis on the acute care arena. With OPMC, she was a primary author of the popular “Changing the Conversation about Pain” module, and authored portions of the new pain toolkit for Oregon Pain Guidance. During 25 years of work at Providence Health and Services, she developed pain education innovation for the primary care continuum in her role as pain educator for Providence Oregon, and guided the Persistent Pain team within Providence Oregon Rehab Services as the Pain Program lead. Nora was an initial developer of the Providence Comprehensive Pain Services clinic, using cost-effective group treatment to serve Medicaid and Medicare, as well as conventional fee-for-service care. Nora is committed to improving clinical understanding of pain across disciplines and to helping the public to rethink pain. Michelle Marikos Michelle Marikos is a Certified Peer Support Specialist that has lived with chronic pain since 2003; she attended the Mayo Clinic’s Pain Rehabilitation Clinic (PRC) in 2012. Though the PRC program she was able to taper off of high dose opioids and benzodiazepines. Michelle then became an Oregon Pain Guidance (OPG) Steering Committee member in the Fall of 2012, worked on the Southern Oregon Pain Conference planning team 2014-2017, and became a Certified Peer Support Specialist (PSS) in May, 2013. She started and ran a Chronic Pain Support Group that was hosted at the YMCA and at Jackson County Health and Human Services, including working as a PSS at Pain Resiliency Program from 2013-2014. Additionally, Michelle is certified and worked as a Living Well educator. She has served as an Oregon Pain Guidance media campaign advisor and participant in a media campaign that won an EMMY. Michelle has also participated in Jackson Care Connects (JCC) Performance Improvement Project (PIP) call center support video, advised on the Stay Safe Oregon Campaign, participated in HealtInsight’s Medicare and chronic pain video series, and met with and worked with various public officials, including Greg Walden, U.S. Representative for Oregon, and Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator for Oregon.
Published: May 11, 2021
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