Pain Management is a Key Battleground in the 21st Century Opioid Epidemic
A history of mental illness and/or substance abuse are high risk factors for opioid addiction, so the clients we see in our practices every day are more susceptible to the dangerous trap of opioid dependency. With reports of opioid related addictions and deaths on the rise, doctors and their patients are actively searching for alternative ways to manage pain. Due to our training in the assessment and treatment of mental illnesses and addictions, behavioral health professionals are uniquely poised to battle opioid addiction by helping clients learn to manage their chronic pain without pills. However, many of us feel that we don’t have the training or current information to face the very real challenges of treating clients who are experiencing chronic pain.
With over 30 years of practical experience in the treatment of physical pain, Dr. Robert Umlauf prepares you for effective practice with clients who are at risk of, or already in, the trap of opioid addiction. He will help you expand your assessment abilities to include the neurophysiological, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral factors involved in the development of chronic pain syndrome. You will learn to use specific self-regulation and behavioral activation skills that can help any client manage pain better. Dr. Umlauf will also present new medical research, alternative medicines, the impact of diet and nutrition, and effective evidence-based treatments. He employs highly interactive, hands-on experiences in teaching multidisciplinary approaches to pain management.
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Robert Umlauf, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist with advanced board certification in rehabilitation psychology. He has over 30 years of direct clinical experience working with clients with chronic pain and has also worked in a wide variety of medical/rehabilitation settings. In addition, Dr. Umlauf has experience working with people who have addictions and is passionate about teaching skills to people living with chronic pain so they can avoid the trap of opiate abuse.
Dr. Umlauf is in private practice and consultation, with a specialty in health/wellness, pain management, and lifestyle adaptation to maximize well-being. He has been on the faculty at the University of Washington, University of California San Diego, and Georgetown University, and has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles, professional presentations, workshops, and book chapters. Dr. Umlauf earned his MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his BS in psychology from the University of Washington.
Financial: Robert Umlauf is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Robert Umlauf has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Describe the common history and physical findings that often predispose clients to a chronic pain syndrome
Identify common neurophysiological factors in the experience of pain and pain behaviors and their clinical implications
Examine the major types of psychopathology and differential diagnoses in pain populations
Differentiate between pseudo-addiction and true addiction, as it relates to clients with pain
Apply clinical internvetion techniques that help clients reduce pain and suffering
Discover highly effective non-drug or alternative treatments that have evidence-based support for treating pain in clients
CHRONIC PAIN: NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL FACTORS, EXPERIENCES, AND PAIN BEHAVIORS
How time from onset and type of pain play a role
Pain Egg and nociception
Psychophysiology of pain as a PERCEPTION
Smoke Alarm metaphor: acute vs. chronic pain
Autonomic systems and power of retraining
Pain vs. Suffering
Historical predictors of developing chronic pain syndromes
OPIATE USE IN THE USA
Pain Clinic History and shift towards increase in opiate prescribing
What influences the drive toward increased prescribing?
CDC Guidelines on opioid prescribing
Opiate overdose deaths and addiction
Screening tools for opiate abuse potential
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT IN PAIN POPULATIONS INCLUDING DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSES: LIMITS AND CONCERNS
Use of tests and their limits
Intake interview components
Primary Care coordination: strategy for collaboration with other professionals
Tools to assess and treat mental processes that exacerbate pain
INTERVENTIONS: TALK THERAPY IS NOT ENOUGH- PAIN PATIENTS NEED SKILLS
Manage mood and set goals by adapting:
Educate: “Harm Alarm” retrain perceptions
Self-regulation: including mindfulness
Biofeedback: simple techniques ANYONE can use
Cognitive reframes for Pain Management
PACE: including behavioral monitor and tracking scales for self-regulation
Motivational Interviewing: adaptations for chronic pain treatment
Heal the past: Sarno’s model
Apps for Pain Management
Recent medical advances in pain treatment
Psychotropics and antidepressants
SNRI’s: first line
Low-dose TCA’s and sleep: be careful!
Avoid the Benzo’s!
Nutrition, Diet and Supplements: evidence-based suggestions
Acupuncture: NIH consensus conference data
Provider skill is a major factor in outcomes
MRI data and common pathways for healing
Physical Therapy, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Manipulation therapies
Massage, Deep Tissue therapies
Other modalities: Rolfing, Craniosacral, Myofascial Release, Dry needle, etc.
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