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Treating Pain & Addiction

Treating Pain & Addiction

Optimizing management of chronic pain and addiction in primary care

During this live virtual training course, the learner will gain skills and knowledge in leveraging psychosocial and non-pharmaceutical interventions with the use of multi-disciplinary teams to improve chronic pain outcomes. The attendee will receive an overview of pain mechanisms, biopsychosocial interventions, team-based care options, substance use disorder and opioid weaning strategies.

At the conclusion of this training course, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the variable clinical presentations of chronic pain.
  • Describe evidence-based therapies for the treatment of chronic pain.
  • Design a patient-specific opioid tapering strategy, including pre-planning and response to side effects and opioid withdrawal symptoms.
  • Participate in patient-centered crucial conversations related to an opioid taper that supports patient engagement throughout the process.
  • Apply clinically appropriate next steps for patients unable to proceed with a taper, including patients who have a co-occurring substance use disorder that has not previously been identified.
  • Explore the impact of the patient – provider relationship on effective communications and approaches to pain management.


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Training Times:
8:00 am – 12:30 pm


The course is intended for primary care providers, advanced practice providers, nurses, social workers, medical assistants, pharmacists and other clinical and non-clinical practice staff.


Daniel Clauw, MD

University of Michigan: Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine & Psychiatry; Director of Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, Ann Arbor, MI

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Glenn Dregansky, DO

Western Michigan University: Program Director for WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Kalamazoo, MI

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Eric Lake, MA, LLP, CADC

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Services: Psychologist, Pain Rehabilitation Program, Grand Rapids, MI

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Eva Quirion, FNP PhD

St. Joseph Healthcare: Nurse practitioner specializing in the treatment of pain and substance use disorder, Bangor, MA

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Philip Baty, MD

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital: Chronic Pain Center, Family Medicine, Grand Rapids, MI

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FREE for members; FREE for non-members

Provided through a grant from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Continuing Education Credits

Providers & Nurses

This training will meet the continuing education requirements for pain and symptom management in the state of Michigan for medical license renewals and the LARA training requirements for providers prescribing opioids and other controlled substances.
Providers & Nurses:
The AAFP has reviewed Treating Pain and Addiction, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 02/09/2024 to 02/07/2025.

Providers should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

# of credits available:  up to 3.75

AMA/AAFP Equivalency:
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.
Note: Nurses can use CME credits toward re-licensure.
Michigan Board of Nursing Continuing Education Requirements Details

Social Workers

This course is approved by the NASW-Michigan.

Approval Code: 011824-00

Contact Hours Approved:  3.5 for attending the entire session.

Full continuing education credits are achieved by the successful participation and completion of the entire live training course and all required post-tests and evaluations.

Submit continuing education credit questions to Sue Vos at 616.292.5774 or

Training Materials & Course Preparation

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What are attendees say about the training?

  • “It’s a game changer” – Physician
  • “I strongly encourage all providers, primary care, specialists and care managers take this course ASAP!” – Physician
  • “I learned so much about the complexities of chronic pain conditions and how to better manage my patients with chronic pain.” – Care Manager

Training Results

  • 37% improvement in confidence to effectively manage chronic pain patients.
  • 68% felt more comfortable in managing or treating their chronic pain patients.

Training Materials

If you have already registered for this training, please click here to view the course preparation and training materials.