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2020 PCSS Archived Webinars - CME

Release Date: August 4, 2020
Valid Through: December 31, 2022
Format: Didactic, PowerPoint (1-hour)

The faculty will describe practical whole-person treatment approaches that clinicians can incorporate into their practices to help manage pain, address patient fears, and minimize withdrawal or discomfort during opioid tapers. Addressing clinician frustration during opioid tapering will also be discussed. Practical strategies for expanding the treatment team to deliver whole-person multimodal care to the extent possible will be offered. “Prescribing” behavioral strategies for pain reduction and managing distress when tapering will be reviewed, along with the language needed to encourage collaboration. The faculty will illustrate how clinicians can prepare for, address, and move forward from setbacks that might occur when deprescribing opioids.


Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD
CBT for Chronic Pain Master Trainer,
Department of Veterans Affairs
Pain Psychology Manager,
James A Haley Veterans Hospital
Associate Professor,
University of South Florida Health
Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida
Jeannie A. Sperry, PhD, LP, ABPP
Pain Psychology Consultant
Former Co-chair,
Division of Addictions, Transplant, and Pain,
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology,
Mayo Clinic
Assistant Professor,
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Rochester, Minnesota
Learning Objectives:
After participating in this activity, participants will be better able to:
  1. Apply whole-person treatment strategies during clinical interactions to help minimize pain and psychological distress when opioid deprescribing
  2. Describe tools for providers to help empower patients to apply pain self-management skills
  3. Design a plan to manage setbacks during opioid deprescribing
This webinar builds on Navigating the Challenges in an Era of Opioid Deprescribing—view this 2019 webinar recording in the AAPM Education center to learn how to identify patients who might benefit from opioid deprescribing and move them toward psychological and emotional readiness to engage in a taper trial.

Target Audience:
This activity was developed to meet the needs of Clinicians treating patients in pain.

The overarching goal of PCSS is to offer evidence-based trainings on the safe and effective prescribing of opioid medications in the treatment of pain and/or opioid addiction.

Our focus is to reach providers and/or providers-in-training from diverse healthcare professions including physicians, nurses, dentists, physician assistants, pharmacists, and program administrators.

Login, post-tests, and evaluations are required components of participation.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.