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2-Day: Treating Pain: Effective Interventions to Move People from Hurt to Hope

Monday, December 9, 2019 - Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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Course Description:

Do you have clients who describe their chronic pain like, “My back is KILLING me” or, “I just want my life back”? They want a life that isn’t controlled by pain … before it limited their activity, interfered with their sleep, and promoted the use, possibly overuse, of medications. We are witnessing a devastating public health crisis that is ruining individual’s lives, tearing up families, and ripping through communities, yet most of us are ill-prepared to address this with skill and expertise. We need to arm ourselves with the tools needed to offer our clients evidence-based interventions that will help them live healthy and productive lives.

Attend this interactive and cutting-edge training featuring Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC, and Don Teater, MD, MPH, and learn creative tools and techniques to transform your practice. Their unique perspective comes from understanding the medical aspects of pain management and applying behavioral health interventions that will help clients move from hurt to hope.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn powerful mindfulness interventions and motivational interviewing techniques to move your clients toward behavior change. Master four pain-changing CBT tools and gain a better understanding of the medical aspects of pain management. You will leave with the skills and confidence you need to provide practical and life changing help to move people out of chronic pain and into active, healthy, and meaningful lives.

  1. Describe how the emotional aspect of client’s pain can be more problematic than the physical aspect.
  2. Explain the importance of early intervention in the pain cycle and its clinical implications.
  3. Identify the most common pain complaints as related to clinical treatment.
  4. Specify the differences in risks of opioid medication use in men, women and the elderly and the related treatment implications.
  5. Assess the psychological, physical, social, and behavioral factors that contribute to chronic pain and articulate their treatment implications.
  6. Implement motivational interviewing techniques to motivate clients towards behavior change.
  7. Examine and counter maladaptive myths about pain to improve client level of functioning.
  8. Summarize the CDC recommendations for the treatment of chronic pain and communicate how that impacts clinical treatment.
  9. Utilize mindfulness-based strategies to decrease symptoms of chronic pain in clients.
  10. Distinguish how different types of pain require different treatment approaches
  11. Implement CBT tools to change people’s thought about their discomfort.
  12. Identify effective, evidence-based medical treatments to improve quality of life.

Impact of Pain
  • Defining pain
  • Acute vs. chronic
  • Chronic pain onset
    • Physical
    • Emotional aspects
    • Cognitive
  • Central sensitization
  • How pain changes the brain
  • Chronic pain cycle
    • Psychological
    • Physical
  • Emotions and pain
  • ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study
    • Trauma link with chronic pain
  • Suffering
Special Populations
  • Military
  • Children
  • Women
  • People in poverty
  • Elderly
Medical Considerations
  • Medical system approaches that contribute to pain
  • Marijuana
  • Pharmacology of opioids
    • Scope of the problem
    • The “painkiller” myth
    • Our endogenous opioid system: Endorphins
    • How opioids work
    • Brain changes
    • Opioids and central sensitization
    • Naloxone uses & risks
    • Opioids, depression and suicide
  • Medication-assisted recovery
    • Methadone uses & risks
    • Tapering how & why
    • Need for behavioral health support
    • Buprenorphine for chronic pain
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
Handling Acute Pain
  • Pre-op assessment
  • Pre-op counseling
  • Reframing acute pain
  • Mindfulness interventions
  • CBT for acute pain
  • Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS)
  • Acute to chronic pain
    • What causes it
    • How to prevent it
  • Pain experience factors
    • Psychological
    • Behavioral
    • Social
    • Physical
  • 5 E’s of pain interview
  • Self-report measures
Treatment Options: Medication vs. Invasive vs. Non-invasive
  • CDC guidelines
    • Positive and negative impact
    • How to manage treatment
  • Collaboration of the multi-disciplinary team
    • Prescribers
    • Physical therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Behavioral health professionals
    • Nursing
    • Dietary professionals
  • Non-invasive approaches
  • Invasive approaches
  • Other non-medication options
10-Session Treatment Model
  • 1. Assessment
    • Diagnosing opioid use disorder
    • Self-report measures
    • Pain Catastrophizing Scale
    • Motivational interviewing techniques
  • 2. Goal Setting
    • Functional
    • Behavioral
    • SMART goals
  • 3 & 4. CBT Tools
    • ABC worksheet
    • Thought distortions
    • De-catastrophizing
    • Automatic negative thoughts
  • 5 & 6. Mindfulness Interventions
    • Breathing
    • Imagery
    • Yoga
    • Progressive muscle relaxation
    • Meditation
    • Body scan
  • 7. Increasing Activity level
    • Time-based pacing
  • 8. Pleasant Activity Scheduling
    • Adapting activities to enhance pleasure
  • 9. Sleep Hygiene
    • Addressing the strong connection with sleep & pain
  • 10. Relaxation and Stress Management
    • Stress and pain similarities in the body
    • Intentional relaxation
Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants


Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC, is a Diplomate with the Academy for Cognitive Therapy and is a practicing cognitive-behavioral therapist. She has maintained a private practice for over 27 years and has worked in primary care settings, free clinics, and medication-assisted treatment programs. Martha is a Red Cross disaster mental health manager and has been on many national disaster deployments where she provides support to traumatized people. She is also involved with the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces to develop programs to support military and veteran families.

She has provided trainings in the United States and internationally on topics such as evidence-based treatments for trauma, DSM-5®, compassion fatigue, and behavioral treatment of chronic pain. A prolific writer, Martha has published over 175 articles in newspapers and magazines, including Psychotherapy Networker and Family Therapy Magazine. Martha is the co-author (with John Ludgate) of Overcoming Compassion Fatigue: A Practical Resilience Workbook (PESI, 2014) and (with Don Teater) Treating Chronic Pain: Pill-Free Approaches to Move People from Hurt to Hope (PESI, 2017).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Martha Teater maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Martha Teater is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


Don Teater, MD, MPH, is a family physician who has worked in western North Carolina since 1988. Dr. Teater works with people who have addiction and mental health disorders and is a national expert in the areas of pain, addiction, and opioids. He has several years’ experience working with the (CDC) Centers for Disease Control, the National Safety Council, and many other state and federal agencies and community organizations focusing on the opioid epidemic. Dr. Teater is a published author and co-authored the book Treating Chronic Pain: Pill-Free Approaches to Move People for Hurt to Hope (PESI, 2017) with Martha Teater.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Don Teater is the owner of Teater Health Solutions. He has an employment relationship with Meridian Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Teater receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Don Teater has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Hawaii Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors: This course has been reviewed and approved by the Hawaii Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division for 12.5 hours of continuing education FOR Certified Substance Abuse Counselors (CSAC).

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Marriage & Family Therapists
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Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
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Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
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Social Workers (NASW)
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