APhA Pain Institute 2019: Cultivating an Empathetic and Holistic Approach to Pain

This event will occur on Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm in Seattle, WA.

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More than 2 million Americans have become addicted to prescription painkillers. Guiding these patients toward the path to recovery—as well as preventing addiction rates from growing—requires substantial effort, especially given the stigma surrounding addiction. But addiction is a disease, not a behavior. And it’s a disease pharmacists can help fight.

 The APhA Pain Institute 2019 explores the pharmacist’s role in managing pain and addressing addiction in a patient centered approach. Unlike any previous offering, Pain Institute 2019 emphasizes soft skills and strategies to address difficult conversations. From recommending holistic approaches to pain management to cultivating an empathetic mindset, the education pharmacists receive here will equip them to provide effective care for chronic pain patients in a community setting.


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Registration Information

  • Pre-registration is required. The registration fee is $349 for APhA members and $399 for non-members.
  • Lunch voucher (choose your own lunch venue in downtown Seattle)

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    .All registration cancellations must be in writing to the APhA InfoCenter. Cancellations received by February 21, 2019, will be refunded less a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after February 21, 2019. Ticketed event fees are non-refundable except when an event is canceled by APhA.

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). The following program is approved for 7.5 contact hours of CPE credit (.075 CEUs). 

To obtain CPE credit for any of the program’s sessions, Learners must pre-register online, participate in the session(s), complete the evaluation for each session, and claim credit for each. An attendance code and further instructions will be provided during each session. In order to complete the online activity evaluation form, participants will need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password. Participants need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript. 

*The deadline to claim credit for attending the live sessions is April 21, 2019.*

Learning Level: 2

Activity Type: Application-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists


APhA Pain Institute: Cultivating an Empathetic and Holistic Approach to Pain 2019 is a live continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


Speaker disclosures will be provided during the presentation of each session. 

APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, please visit the APhA website at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures.

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, PharmD, BCACP, MBA, Associate Director of Content Development at the American Pharmacists Association.

ACPE Universal Activity Numbers (coming soon)

Live Sessions

Substance Abuse Disorder and Pain Management: How Pharmacists Can Help

  1. Define the following terms: physical dependence, tolerance, active addiction, recovery, and substance use disorder.
  2. Demonstrate strategies to treat opioid use disorder while concurrently managing pain.
  3. List tools that assist providers in assessing pain levels in patients who are recovering from addiction and explain how the information from these tools can be utilized when selecting an appropriate analgesic regimen.
  4. Identify methods that support appropriate pain management for patients in recovery from addiction, including opioid treatment agreements, urine testing, and opioid regimen selection.
  5. Describe strategies to expand access to naloxone for patients who use opioids to manage pain.

Sick of Shame: Preventing Unhealthy Guilt in Patients With Addiction

  1. Distinguish among the following terms: healthy shame, unhealthy shame, guilt, and stigma.
  2. Explain how feelings related to shame can impact the treatment of addiction and the recovery process.
  3. Describe how pharmacists can use the principles of healthy and unhealthy shame in assisting patients who are in recovery or struggling with the disease of addiction.

Addiction Dos and Don’ts in Community Settings

  1. Identify contributing factors to difficult conversations and detect barriers to care.
  2. Discuss cultural factors and health disparities related to addiction, particularly in vulnerable populations.
  3. Characterize ways to help patients recognize influences of “drug culture” and myths surrounding substance use disorder as well as ways to assist them in responding to stigma and cultivating a culture of recovery.
  4. Demonstrate motivational interviewing techniques to help navigate difficult conversations with patients, health care providers, and the public.

The Experts Debate: Controversial Topics in Pain Management 

  1. Explain findings from available data regarding the efficacy of limited opioid prescribing for preventing misuse and abuse.
  2. Discuss the evidence regarding the efficacy of dispensing naloxone with every opioid prescription.
  3. Describe the utility of treatment algorithms in the management of pain.
  4. Explain the findings from available data regarding the efficacy of medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids for pain management.
  5. Describe the efficacy of prescription drug monitoring programs for decreasing overdose deaths associated with diversion.

Think Outside the Pillbox: Creative Options for Chronic Pain

  1. Discuss best practice pearls for chronic pain management in a busy practice setting.
  2. Discuss alternative therapies for pain management, such as nonopioid analgesics and adjuvants, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. 

Keeping It Fresh: Navigating the World of Pain Management Resources

  1. Discuss effective strategies for developing and maintaining awareness of new developments that support effective pain management. 
  2. Identify pain management organizations and support groups that develop resources relevant to pharmacists.
  3. Discuss how to implement available resources that support effective treatment of pain management and addiction in various practice settings.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.

*For more information, contact Pat Szybist at pszybist@aphanet.org.