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Managing Pain During Serious Illness

Community-Based Palliative Care Training for Michiganders


Do you know an adult who struggles to manage the pain and stress of a serious health problem? Would you like to learn more about how you can help them find a good quality of life?

Managing Pain During Serious Illness
is a collection of 3 on-demand CME/CE webinars for interdisciplinary health care professionals and community leaders, such as clergy, educators, and public health workers. Participants will develop an awareness of common challenges faced by individuals with serious illnesses, their families and their care teams.

CEU accredation for physicians and social workers. 1 credit hour per webinar.

This webinar series is supported by a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and aims to develop a statewide network of community champions in palliative care.

  • The Psychosocial Model of Pain and Non Pharmacological Treatments
    James Gerhart, PhD, Central Michigan University
  • Supporting Pain Management with Occupational Therapy
    Lydia Royeen Ph.D., OTR/L, Texas Woman’s University, and Stephanie McCammon MS, OTR/L, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Managing Acute Pain and Distress at End of Life
    Sean O’Mahony MB BCh BAO, MS, FAAHPM
Speakers' slides will be available to participants.
View Course trailer
Health Care Professionals and Rates:
Physicians Free
Advanced Practice Providers Free
Nurses Free
Psychologists Free
Social Workers Free
Chaplains and Clergy Free
EMT/Paramedics Free
Community Members Free
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify psychosocial factors that exacerbate pain
  • Consider strategies for assessing psychosocial responses to pain
  • Analyze the impacts of non-pharmacological treatments on pain and pain-related function
  • Identify the role of occupational therapy in supporting engagement in functional activities
  • Assess the impact of incorporating acceptance and mindfulness-based strategies in addressing pain
  • Consider psychosocial changes at the end of life that complicate pain management
  • Discuss strategies for identifying pain in patients with altered mental status
  • Summarize strategies for engaging lay caregivers in the management of chronic pain in home-based hospice care.

For more information, please contact the Course Director
James Gerhart, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Central Michigan University

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