Pain Management is a key battleground the 21st Century Opioid Epidemic
A history of mental illness and/or substance abuse is an established risk factor for opioid addiction; the clients we see in our practices every day are already susceptible to the 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 to learn to manage their chronic pain without pills. However, many of us feel that we don’t have enough 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 pain, Dr. Robert Umlauf can help you prepare for effective practice with clients who are at risk of or already in the trap of opioid addiction. He will lead you into a deeper expansion of skills you may already possess to assess 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. And you will leave with the ability to immediately apply these skills in your practice. Dr. Umlauf will also present a wealth of information about new medical research, alternative medicines, and the effects of diet and nutrition along with evidence to support treatments that are effective. Dr. Umlauf employs highly interactive, hands-on experiences in teaching multidisciplinary approaches to pain management.
- Describe the common history and physical findings that often predispose someone to a chronic pain syndrome.
- Identify common neurophysiological factors in the experience of pain and pain behaviors.
- Define the 3 major categories of pain and differential diagnoses in pain populations.
- List 5 or 6 specific techniques that help clients reduce pain and suffering.
- Describe 4 non-drug or alternative treatments that have evidence-based support for treating pain.
- Define specific recommendations for Diet & supplement support, as it relates to persons with pain.
Please see the course outline on our website.
About the Speaker:
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 working in Primary Care at the Veteran’s Health administration in Nashville and maintains a private practice and consultation service, 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.
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