NEW Honoring Invisible Messengers: The Ethical Case for Integrating Pain Management into Clinic

Dates:November 8, 2019
Meets:F from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Instructor:Susan Westgate, MBA, LCSW-C
Fee: $65.00Fee Breakdown

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According to a seminal report prepared by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the annual national economic costs associated with chronic pain is estimated to be $560-635 billion. Providers attempting to respond to this growing clinical crisis consistently come up short with effective interventions for complex pain despite its prevalence and despite the parallel growth of the opioid epidemic. There is a profound deficit of empirically-based, best practices for pain management, and much of this deficit is driven by stigma and archaic conceptualizations of pain. Furthermore, pain as a phenomenon is fundamentally medicalized and subject to a myriad of provider-based biases – both of which are major drivers of ineffective and disparate care. Additionally, there is a lack of attention to the innumerable ways that individuals assign value and meaning to their lived experience of being in pain. This training aims to ethically frame the need to listen to individuals reporting pain through highlighting the human costs resulting from ineffective treatment; the connection between chronic pain and early complex trauma; and through providing research-informed strategies to engage with patient populations that have been failed by medical institutions.