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Digital Seminar

Opioids and Chronic Pain

The opioid epidemic is spilling into consulting rooms as more therapists encounter clients overusing these dangerous medicines to treat their chronic pain. Although behavioral interventions are the treatment of choice for pain, prescriptions for opioids—the least effective and riskiest treatment option—continue to rise.

Led by a therapist and a physician, this workshop recording digs into the epidemic, and the mindfulness and CBT approaches that bring dramatic improvements to people with pain.  


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Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LPC, LCAS, NCC |  Don Teater, MD, MPH
1 Hour 53 Minutes
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Mar 23, 2018
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD.



Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LPC, LCAS, NCC Related seminars and products

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LPC, LCAS, NCC, leads workshops in DSM-5, trauma, and disaster mental health. She’s the coauthor of Overcoming Compassion Fatigue, and with Don Teater, Treating Chronic Pain: Pill-Free Approaches to Move People from Hurt to Hope.

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 Related seminars and products

Don Teater, MD, MPH, owner of Teater Health Solutions and a family physician, is focused on opioid misuse and overdose, and trains physicians across the country to properly treat pain.

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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  1. Discover what’s behind the opioid misuse/chronic pain link and how to reduce your clients’ reliance on opioids
  2. Discover how to better understand and address clients’ fears and feelings by recognizing the intersecting neurophysiology of pain and opioid misuse
  3. Discover how to help clients use cutting-edge, evidence-based tools to treat chronic pain, like modifying thought distortions, decatastrophizing, imagery and breathing



  • Opioid Facts
  • Opioid Increase
  • 3 Key Concepts


  • Types of Pain
  • Pain Pathways
  • Central Sensitization
  • Radio Frequency Denervation
  • Opioid Withdrawal Pain


  • What is an Opioid?
  • Dopamine & Opioid Receptors
  • The “Dorothy Reaction”


  • Prescription Opioid Use & Abuse
  • Chronic Pain on Opioids vs. Opioid Use Disorder with Pain

Opioids & Acute Pain

  • Definition of Acute Pain
  • Efficacy of Pain Medications for Acute Pain

Opioids & Chronic Pain

  • Definition of Chronic Pain
  • Central Sensitization Inventory
  • Treatment of Chronic Pain
  • Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain

  • CBT for Chronic Pain

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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