Free Webinar: Better Pain Control with Fewer Opioids
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When: Monday, September 16, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM PST
Where: Online
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Pain, opioids, and addiction all affect the same areas of the brain. This webinar will discuss these issues and explain how our over-prescribing of opioids has led to more pain and addiction in America. With a better understanding of pain, medical providers can treat pain more effectively with better outcomes and fewer complications.


Join our FREE webinar, "Better Pain Control with Fewer Opioids", on September 16, 2019 at 12 PM PST with Opioid Conference speaker, Don Teater.

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This training is ideal for Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) CHC medical and behavioral health providers. 


This webinar is in  presented in partnership with Sea Mar Community Health Centers and Washington Association for Community Health.




In the Better Pain Control with Fewer Opioids” participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Identify the relative effectiveness of common oral pain medications.
  2. Identify common side effects of available pain medications.
  3. Understand the public health effects and costs of opioid prescriptions for acute and chronic pain.
  4. Identify the 4 main mechanisms of pain and their impact on acute and chronic pain.
  5. Understand how the use of opioids for acute and chronic pain commonly result in worse outcomes including the development of opioid use disorder.
  6. Identify the optimal treatment options for both acute and chronic pain including behavioral health interventions




History and public health issues

Understanding pain

  • Acute vs. chronic
  • Types
    • Nociceptive
    • Neuropathic
    • Central sensitization
    • Opioid withdrawal


  • The purpose of our endorphin/opioid system
  • Opioid effects and side effects


  • The role of prescribed opioids in causing addiction
  • Medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder (brief mention)

Treating acute pain

  • Effectiveness of current medications 
  • Non-medication treatment

Treating chronic pain

  • Explain pain to your patients
  • Stages of pain and the sick role 
  • Behavioral health involvement
  • The role of medications in chronic pain

Upcoming training opportunities




Speaker Highlights


This webinar will be led by national expert Dr. Don Teater. 

Don has worked as Medical Advisor at the National Safety Council addressing the national epidemic of opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose; and he was lead facilitator for the expert panel discussion during the development of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016.  


Don recently co-authored their workbook: Treating Chronic Pain: Pill Free Approaches to Move People from Hurt To Hope.

Continuing Education


In support of helping health center staff, clinicians and behavioral health providers pursue professional development, NWRPCA trainings are a consistent source of continuing education units (CEU).


Delivery Method: Online
Prerequisites: None 
Advance Preparation: Training material will be posted on NWRPCA learning vault 1-2 weeks prior to the conference. Access to, including supporting documents, can be found here:


This training will offer 1.0 CME, CNE, and NASW credits.


CEU certificates are accessed online. Conference attendees will be sent an email after the conference with instructions on how to process your CEU online. You will be responsible for completing the process online and printing your certificate.



Date & Location



Monday, September 16, 2019







Training Fees


Register for the FREE webinar today!


Interested in learning more? 


Join us on November 15-16, 2019 for our Responding to the Opioid Epidemic: Leveraging Care Integration in the Health Center Setting training in Seattle, WA. 


This two day training targets primary care providers, mental health clinicians, and substance use disorder counselors to address the whole spectrum of care around opioids. This will include best practices for the treatment of pain, managing patients on chronic opioid therapy, and treating opioid use disorder in the health center setting. 


This integrated practice training will have two breakout tracks geared towards primary care and behavioral health. View the agenda now!



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