Opioids and Chronic Pain
The opioid epidemic is spilling into consulting rooms as more therapists encounter clients overusing these dangerous medicines to treat their chronic pain. Although behavioral interventions are the treatment of choice for pain, prescriptions for opioids—the least effective and riskiest treatment option—continue to rise.
Led by a therapist and a physician, this workshop recording digs into the epidemic, and the mindfulness and CBT approaches that bring dramatic improvements to people with pain.
Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC, is a Diplomate with the Academy for Cognitive Therapy and is a practicing cognitive-behavioral therapist. She has maintained a private practice since 1990 and has worked in primary care settings, free clinics, and medication-assisted treatment programs. Martha is a Red Cross disaster mental health manager and has been on many national disaster deployments where she provides support to traumatized people. She is also involved with the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces to develop programs to support military and veteran families.
She has provided trainings in the United States and internationally on topics such as evidence-based treatments for trauma, DSM-5®, compassion fatigue, and behavioral treatment of chronic pain. A prolific writer, Martha has published over 175 articles in newspapers and magazines, including Psychotherapy Networker and Family Therapy Magazine. Martha is the co-author (with John Ludgate) of Overcoming Compassion Fatigue: A Practical Resilience Workbook (PESI, 2014) and (with Don Teater) Treating Chronic Pain: Pill-Free Approaches to Move People from Hurt to Hope (PESI, 2017).
Financial: Martha Teater maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Martha Teater is a member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy.
Don Teater, MD, MPH, owner of Teater Health Solutions and a family physician, is focused on opioid misuse and overdose, and trains physicians across the country to properly treat pain.
Financial: Don Teater is the owner of Teater Health Solutions. He has an employment relationship with Meridian Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Teater receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Don Teater has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.