Washington State Health Advocacy Association (WASHAA)

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Conscious Living & Dying: Health Advocacy at End of Life

Program: Conscious Living & Dying: Health Advocacy at End of Life, WASHAA 6th Annual Conference

Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Date: Fri, October 5, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT
Approval date: September 4, 2018 (Expiration date: September 3, 2019)

Approved Program Content: 4.5 CE

WASHAA Update (Robin Shapiro) .5 CE

  1. Understand how WASHAA can help support the development of advocacy practice
  2. Identify new WA-specific resources for advocates and patients
  3. Learn about trends in patient inquiries, reflecting patient interests in patient and health advocacy

BCPA Competencies: 6C; 6E; 6F

The WA State Dementia Directive (Barak Gaster) 1 CE

  1. Understand the stages of dementia and how that can affect decision-making
  2. Learn about the new Dementia Directive for WA state and how it is different from the regular Health Directive
  3. Identify communications strategies to help patients and families plan effectively in the face of a dementia diagnosis or recognized symptoms

BCPA Competencies: 2D; 2I; 2J; 3B; 3E; 4A; 4B; 4I; 5A; 5F; 6C

Companion to the Dying (Laurie Riepe) 1 CE

  1. Learn how to witness, deeply listen, and assist the dying and their families to help them through the discovery process that the death process affords
  2. Recognize how to practice self-awareness techniques, so that their language and actions do not inhibit the dying person’s ability to process what is possible in death
  3. Identify and manage fears, even when expected to be in a position of authority (through their helper/advocate role)
  4. Understand the Death with Dignity Law and pros/cons of this option

BCPA Competencies: 2D; 2E; 2I

Demystifying End of Life Options (Panel Discussion: Moderator is Beth Droppert; Panelists Include: Stephanie Mehl, Hope Drucker, Greg Malone) 1 CE

  1. Understand the factual qualifications and considerations the dying need to know to qualify and effectively use end of life options, including hospice, palliative care
  2. Increase familiarity with specific patient needs along the stages of dying
  3. Improve understanding of decisions that should be provided and how to discuss them with the dying and family members

BCPA Competencies: 2D; 2I; 2J; 3B; 3E; 4A; 4B; 4I; 5A; 5F; 6C

The Hello Game (Interactive Small Group Activity, Overall Moderator Beth Droppert) 1 CE

  1. Identify and address clinically relevant topics related to advanced care planning
  2. Learn to easily discuss difficult conversation issues, regardless of demographic or culturally diverse audiences
  3. Improve confidence in having end-of-life conversations with peers and patients

BCPA Competencies: 3A; 3E; 3I

WASHAA 7th Annual Conference: Understanding Pain and Healing

Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Date: Fri, October 17, 2019

Approval Statement: WASHAA 7th Annual Conference, “Understanding Pain & Healing” is approved for 6.0 CEs by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA).

Approval Date: October 17, 2019-October 16, 2020 (Expiration Date)

Bridging the Pain – Healing through Empathy (Dora Gyamati, BS) .5 CEU

  • Evoke empathy and understanding toward people who suffer pain
  • Identify how emotions, mind, and culture can change perception of pain.
  • Learn how to practice awareness of the whole person to effectively support someone in pain better.

BCPA Competencies: 3A, 3F, 3I

What Is Pain: Why Is it Difficult for Everyone? (David Tauben, MD) 1 CEU

  • Understand the neurobiological, psychological, and social mechanisms involved in the experience of pain
  • Describe modern assessment strategies for comprehensive pain diagnosis
  • Identify individual and system barriers and myths leading to ineffective doctor-patient communication about pain

BCPA Competencies: 3E, 3F, 4A, 4E, 5A

Managing Pain During the Opioid Overdose Crisis (Steven Stanos, DO)  1 CEU

  • Understand the dual public health challenges of the opioid overdose epidemic and high prevalence of poorly controlled chronic pain.
  • Be familiar with non-pharmacologic strategies to help decrease and manage chronic pain including cognitive behavioral therapy, physical and occupational therapy, relaxation training, and mind-body interventions like Tai Chi.
  • Understand recent state and federal initiatives to improve the management of pain and opioid addiction
  • Identify different types of pain include pain from nerve injury, joint damage, and central changes in the nervous system like fibromyalgia.

BCPA Competencies: 1E, 2D, 2F, 2H, 2I

Navigating the Language of Pain  (Sharna Prasad DPT)  1 CEU

  • Participants will be able to identify the value of metaphors used by their clients.
  • Participant will be able to determine which word to explore in their client’s narrative that will give them an insight to their story.
  • Apprise and assess role of the language of pain in learning and future behaviors.

BCPA Competencies: 2D, 2G, 3A, 3B

The Leading Edge of Health Advocacy: WASHAA and National Efforts  (Robin Shapiro) .5 CEU

  • Understand how WASHAA can help support development of advocacy practice
  • Identify new WA-specific and National resources for advocates and patients
  • Learn about trends in patient inquiries, reflecting patient interests in patient and health advocacy

BCPA Competencies: 6C; 6E; 6F

Integrative Strategies to Address Pain and Healing (Steve Overman)  1 CEU

  • To describe what Integrated Care means
  • To understand the importance in balancing active and passive therapies
  • Experience and recognize components of mind-body connection exercises
  • Identify benefits of movement and healing
  • Learn some of the early research about the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis appears to affect pain

BCPA Competencies:  2D, 2F, 3E, 5A

Creating A Safe Haven Workshop (David Hanscom) 1 CEU

  • Delineate the neurochemical nature of anxiety
  • Understand the underpinnings of why mental pain is considered a bigger problem than physical pain – anxiety is the pain
  • Present practical tools to regulate your body’s chemistry – end result is feeling safe
  • Practice techniques in small groups
  • Understand the importance of learning to enjoy treating chronic pain

BCPA Competencies: 3A; 3E; 3I, 5A

Presenter Bios:

Dora Gyamati, BS

Dora is an ERYT and the owner of Spira Power Yoga® studio. She is the inventor of M3B Method®; a mindfulness-based philosophy and training methodology, the backbone of Spira Power Yoga®. Dora’s European heritage and education in both the sciences and in the humanities created a unique style. This style blends Eastern and Western theological, literary and scientific traditions that are reflected in both her yoga teaching and mindfulness lectures.

Dora is also the CEO and the Director at Spira Mindful Wellness.™ a subsidiary of Spira Power Yoga. With over 15 years of experience, Dora has developed multiple lectures on stress management, resilience, meditation, and interpersonal awareness. Weaving, Eastern and Western Philosophy, psychology, yoga, and neuroscience.

Dora Gyarmati founded Spira Power Yoga in West Seattle’s Admiral Neighborhood in 2011 and expanded to Issaquah at the beginning of 2019. Inspired by the benefits of mindfulness practice in the Spira community, Dora decided to expand outside of the yoga studio walls.  In 2018 Dora spun off a sister company to Spira Power Yoga, Spira Mindful Wellness, which specializes in creating unique lecture series on stress management, resilience training, to fit your community.

She fell in love with yoga, but quickly realized that it needed to be “updated” to keep it safe anatomically, and to meet the lifestyle needs of people in the 21st century. Over the years, Dora developed her own methodology: M3B Method®.   Mindful Movement Meditation and Breathing is the fruit of 15 years of studying yoga, philosophy, anatomy, neuroscience and mindfulness.  Dora has a BA in Art History and a BS in Neurobiology from the University of California San Diego.  She worked in immunology research prior to her business and yoga career.

David Tauben, MD

David Tauben, M.D., FACP is Chief of the University of Washington Division of Pain Medicine, jointly appointed Clinical Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, and the Hughes M & Katherine G Blake Endowed Professor.  He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Tauben is also UW Director of Medical Student Education in Pain Medicine and leads UW TelePain, an innovative tele-video-conferencing program delivering pain and addiction management educational consultative support to Pacific Northwest primary care providers.  He is principal investigator for the UW’s NIH Pain Consortium Center of Excellence for Pain Education, and a recently elected Board member of the American Pain Society.  Dr. Tauben was a member of the NIH National Pain Strategy task force on Pain Education, founding and continuing member of the State of Washington Agency Medical Directors panel of clinician experts developing opioid prescription guidelines for chronic pain. He was a peer reviewer for 2018 AHRQ report on Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain.  Dr. Tauben is an expert for US Centers for Disease Control clinical outreach activities supporting education and implementation of effective and safe opioids prescribing practices for management of acute and chronic pain.

Steven Stanos, DO

Steven P. Stanos, DO currently serves as Medical Director of Swedish Health System Pain Medicine and Services in Seattle, Washington and leads Swedish’s comprehensive pain center, Swedish Pain Services. The center provides interventional pain management, medical management, addiction treatment, and comprehensive interdisciplinary pain services.  Prior to joining Swedish, he served as medical director of the Center for Pain Management at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) from 2002-2014. At RIC, he was an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Medical School Feinberg School of Medicine and co-chair of the multidisciplinary pain fellowship.

He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine and by the American Board of Anesthesia.

Dr. Stanos is a Past President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Stanos served as a panel member on the Service Delivery and Reimbursement work group for the National Pain Strategy and as invited consultant for the CDC Opioid Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. He currently serves on the American Medical Association (AMA) Opioid Task Force.  Dr. Stanos’ work includes ongoing educational initiatives for primary care, pain medicine, and physical medicine specialists around the United States and abroad. Dr. Stanos has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters related to pain management. Steven has been involved in the development and publication of treatment guidelines related to rehabilitation approaches for chronic pain and low back pain conditions and serves on the editorial board for the journal Pain Medicine.  A Mayday Foundation Advocacy fellow in 2013, his advocacy continues to focus on increasing awareness and access for interdisciplinary bio psychosocially-based pain care for patients suffering with chronic pain. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, regional print and television news on topics related to pain medicine and rehabilitation.

Sharna Prasad DPT

Sharna Prasad has been a PT for 32 yrs. She has a personal chronic pain experience. She works at Lebanon Community Hospital. She is the Co-founder of MMAPS (a PT run persistent pain group Movement, mindfulness and pain science)  She is currently working with a grant to raise awareness, of Opioid abuse, Pain and Healthy Self-care, in High Schools of Corvallis. She is also organizing the 2nd Oregon Pain Summit in Lebanon in Jan 2020.

Robin Shapiro

Robin believes that health care advocacy in the near future will be a common skill that people develop to help have the best outcome possible. Robin has worked in health care-related public relations, public affairs, crisis management, marketing and advocacy work since 1988. She founded Health Advocacy Strategies and co-founded Health Perspectives Group LLC, an award-winning family of healthcare engagement and technology companies.  It is through her work helping patients communicate their health care stories, goals and wishes that led her to co-found Allied Health Advocates in 2008, the first independent health advocacy company for patients wanting to hire a private advocate.  Her visionary approach to engaging people in their health care led her to create companies, programs and a not-for-profit organization to ultimately support the idea of helping people with medical navigation and decision-making. Robin previously led health-related programs at Immunex Corporation and Ogilvy & Mather Public Affairs.   She currently is the Board Chair of the Washington State Health Advocacy Association (WASHAA). She also serves on the Seattle University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Board.  Robin holds two bachelor degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Service:

  • Co-Author of the Annual Health & Patient Advocate Survey 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Developer and Presenter for a variety of health advocacy related talks, including: The ABCs of an Effective Doctor Visit; Patient No More!; the Volunteer Health Advocate Training Program.
  • Safe & Sound in the Hospital Educator for Campaign Zero
  • Seattle University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Board Member
  • International Women’s Forum (WA Forum), Member, VP Programs and 2021 Conference Behind the Scenes Chair
  • Eldergrow Board Member, a company that sells large-format mobile gardens to nursing and assisted living facilities to help residents with cognition and mental health.

Steve Overman, MD, MPH

Dr. Steve Overman is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at University of Washington, Senior Adviser to KenSci, Inc., consultant to SEARHC (SE AK Regional Health Consortium), author and speaker. He practiced rheumatology over 35 years and was the founding member of The Seattle Arthritis Clinic (TSAC). He helped organized the Arthritis Resource Center and the Center for Comprehensive Care, which along with TSAC, were all integrated care programs. As medical director for Network Health Plan, Northwest Hospital Musculoskeletal Program and then QualisHealth, he focused on improving complex musculoskeletal care value. With patients he filmed a Discovery Channel Mystery Diagnosis program, co-authored a book, You Don’t LOOK Sick! Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness, and twice teamed up to cycle the Oregon Coast for the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Steve’s public health interests have led him to volunteer internationally in China, India, Nepal, Honduras, and Peru and locally with the Arthritis Foundation, International District and NeighborCare Community Clinics.

Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB, BCB-HRV

As a licensed naturopathic physician and professor at Bastyr University for over two decades, Dr. Lichtenstein helps people embody the lives they want to live. He supervises the Mind-Body Medicine and Chronic Pain Clinics at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and his clinical and teaching focus is on developing psycho-emotional-spiritual health while dealing with chronic, life-challenging illnesses. His approach to care was shaped by his research experience of providing over 500 guided meditations to hospice patients.

Garth Terry, MD, PhD

Garth Terry, MD, PhD, is Acting Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Washington School of Medicine, and a Physician/Research Associate at VA Puget Sound. His doctoral dissertation focused on development and validation on of a positron emission tomography radiotracer for imaging cannabinoid CB1 receptors in human brain. Dr. Terry continues to research novel medications and neuroimaging techniques for neuropsychiatric disorders and educates healthcare providers and the public on topics related to cannabis.

David Hanscom, MD

Dr. David Hanscom is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex spine problems. Much of his practice is devoted to performing surgery on patients with failed spine surgeries. He practices at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA.  He has published a book, Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain that is the basis of the structured program for both mental and physical pain. His website is www.backincontrol.com. His new book, “Do You Really Spine Surgery – Advice from a Surgeon” will be released this fall.

Training: His medical degree is from Loma Linda University in 1979.  His orthopedic training was done at the University of Hawaii. He has been performing complex spinal surgery since 1986. Structured Spine Care: Around 2001 he began to share his own stress management tools with his patients that were in pain but had no indications for surgery. By 2006 a structured spine treatment protocol evolved. It was named the DOC project (Direct your Own Care).

Second Opinion: When, Why and How to Obtain One

Second Opinion: When, Why and How to Obtain One

Online webinar
Approval date: March 13, 2019 (Expiration date: April 3, 2020)
Approved Program Content: 1 CE

Course Description: Recognize when to seek a 2nd opinion, explain the steps needed to obtain one, discuss approaches to identifying the right 2nd opinion provider(s), and identify ways to use the 2nd opinion for better care.

Presenter bio: Io Dolka, MS is passionate about helping people obtain an accurate diagnosis and manage their complex conditions. Her drive can be traced back to her own decade-long medical struggles, going from health to bed-ridden sickness and back. A pioneer in the advocacy industry, she is the Founder and Chief Care Advocate of GreyZone, LLC., co-founder and past Executive Director of WASHAA, and an active member of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Patient Engagement Committee.

Learning objectives/ How webinar relates to Competencies and Best Practices for BCPA

  1. Recognize when to seek a 2nd opinion: BCPA Competencies 2A; 2F; 2G; 5C; 5G
  2. Explain the steps needed to obtain one: BCPA Competencies 3B; 3H; 3I
  3. Discuss approaches to identifying the right 2nd opinion provider(s): BCPA Competencies 2B; 4B; 4E; 4K; 5C
  4. Identify ways to use the 2nd opinion for better care: BCPA Competencies 2F; 2G; 3B; 3H; 4B; 4E
Financial Toxicity

Approval Statement: WASHAA Webinar Financial Toxicity is approved for 1.0 CEs by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA).

Approval Date:           November 19, 2019-November 18, 2020 (Expiration Date)

Program Overview:

  1. In 2017 out-of-pocket healthcare spending grew by 8.5 percent year-over-year, the fastest increase since 2014.
  2. Over the last three years, spending increased by an average annual rate of 5.8 percent.
  3. Dana Hutson, CEO of Cancer Champions, LLC and Board Certified Patient Advocate, shares her passion for helping people feel prepared, and confident in navigating an increasingly complex healthcare system.

During the presentation:

How to mitigate the “Financial Toxicity” of Innovative medicine? Dana will provide practical tips and resources to mitigate the effects of higher out of pocket healthcare costs.

Highlights of the presentation include:

  • Understanding what is driving costs
  • Identifying the risk factors
  • Practical tips and resources to reduce the financial stress induced by higher out of pocket medical costs

Dana Hutson is Founder of Cancer Champions, LLC helping individuals and families gain clarity in the confusion of a cancer diagnosis.  She compassionately consults, educates and facilitates for individuals and their loved ones as they navigate a complicated healthcare system empowering them to make life-altering decisions with confidence.  Prior to founding Cancer Champions Dana amassed a wealth of oncology expertise over a 25-year career within the BioPharma industry.

She combines her unique knowledge of the healthcare system with her compassion for people experiencing a disruptive diagnosis to provide private medical navigation and educational seminars.

Dana is a CampaignZERO, families for patient safety, community educator, immediate Past- President of the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater DC and serves on the boards of Sahasara Deepika Foundation for Education and Sa

Meets BCPA Competencies and Ethical Standards

Understanding what is driving costs

2. Empowerment, Autonomy, Rights and Equity (a,f, i.)

Identifying the risk factors

4. Healthcare Access, Finance, and Management (a,b,d,e,f,g,k,l)

Practical tips and resources to reduce the financial stress induced by higher out of pocket medical costs

5. Medical Knowledge and the Healthcare System (d)

 

What is Pain: Why is it Difficult for Everyone

Online: On-Demand (Coming soon)

Approval Statement: What Is Pain: Why Is it Difficult for Everyone? is approved for 1.0 CEs by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Approval code #18033.1

Approval Date: October 21, 2019-October 20, 2020 (Expiration Date)

  • Understand the neurobiological, psychological, and social mechanisms involved in the experience of pain
  • Describe modern assessment strategies for comprehensive pain diagnosis
  • Identify individual and system barriers and myths leading to ineffective doctor-patient communication about pain

BCPA Competencies: 3E, 3F, 4A, 4E, 5A

David Tauben, MD FACP is Chief of the University of Washington Division of Pain Medicine, jointly appointed Clinical Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, and the Hughes M & Katherine G Blake Endowed Professor.  He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Tauben is also UW Director of Medical Student Education in Pain Medicine and leads UW TelePain, an innovative tele-video-conferencing program delivering pain and addiction management educational consultative support to Pacific Northwest primary care providers.  He is principal investigator for the UW’s NIH Pain Consortium Center of Excellence for Pain Education, and a recently elected Board member of the American Pain Society.  Dr. Tauben was a member of the NIH National Pain Strategy task force on Pain Education, founding and continuing member of the State of Washington Agency Medical Directors panel of clinician experts developing opioid prescription guidelines for chronic pain. He was a peer reviewer for 2018 AHRQ report on Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain.  Dr. Tauben is an expert for US Centers for Disease Control clinical outreach activities supporting education and implementation of effective and safe opioids prescribing practices for management of acute and chronic pain.

Managing Pain During the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Online: On-Demand (Coming soon)

Approval Statement: Managing Pain During the Opioid Overdose Crisis is approved for 1.0 CEs by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Approval code #18033.2

Approval Date: October 21, 2019-October 20, 2020 (Expiration Date)

  • Understand the dual public health challenges of the opioid overdose epidemic and high prevalence of poorly controlled chronic pain.
  • Be familiar with non-pharmacologic strategies to help decrease and manage chronic pain including cognitive behavioral therapy, physical and occupational therapy, relaxation training, and mind-body interventions like Tai Chi.
  • Understand recent state and federal initiatives to improve the management of pain and opioid addiction 
  • Identify different types of pain include pain from nerve injury, joint damage, and central changes in the nervous system like fibromyalgia. 

BCPA Competencies: 1E, 2D, 2F, 2H, 2I

Steven Stanos, DO currently serves as Medical Director of Swedish Health System Pain Medicine and Services in Seattle, Washington and leads Swedish’s comprehensive pain center, Swedish Pain Services. The center provides interventional pain management, medical management, addiction treatment, and comprehensive interdisciplinary pain services.  Prior to joining Swedish, he served as medical director of the Center for Pain Management at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) from 2002-2014. At RIC, he was an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Medical School Feinberg School of Medicine and co-chair of the multidisciplinary pain fellowship.

He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine and by the American Board of Anesthesia.

Dr. Stanos is a Past President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Stanos served as a panel member on the Service Delivery and Reimbursement work group for the National Pain Strategy and as invited consultant for the CDC Opioid Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. He currently serves on the American Medical Association (AMA) Opioid Task Force.  Dr. Stanos’ work includes ongoing educational initiatives for primary care, pain medicine, and physical medicine specialists around the United States and abroad. Dr. Stanos has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters related to pain management. Steven has been involved in the development and publication of treatment guidelines related to rehabilitation approaches for chronic pain and low back pain conditions and serves on the editorial board for the journal Pain Medicine.  A Mayday Foundation Advocacy fellow in 2013, his advocacy continues to focus on increasing awareness and access for interdisciplinary bio psychosocially-based pain care for patients suffering with chronic pain. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, regional print and television news on topics related to pain medicine and rehabilitation.

Navigating the Language of Pain

Online: On-Demand (Coming soon)

Approval Statement: Navigating the Language of Pain  is approved for 1.0 CEs by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Approval code #18033.3

Approval Date: October 21, 2019-October 20, 2020 (Expiration Date)

  • Participants will be able to identify the value of metaphors used by their clients.
  • Participant will be able to determine which word to explore in their client’s narrative that will give them an insight to their story.
  • Apprise and assess role of the language of pain in learning and future behaviors.

BCPA Competencies: 2D, 2G, 3A, 3B

Sharna Prasad DPT has been a PT for 32 yrs. She has a personal chronic pain experience. She works at Lebanon Community Hospital. She is the Co-founder of MMAPS (a PT run persistent pain group Movement, mindfulness and pain science)  She is currently working with a grant to raise awareness, of Opioid abuse, Pain and Healthy Self-care, in High Schools of Corvallis. She is also organizing the 2nd Oregon Pain Summit in Lebanon in Jan 2020.

Integrative Strategies to Address Pain and Healing

Online: On-Demand (Coming soon)

Approval Statement: Integrative Strategies to Address Pain and Healing is approved for 1.0 CEs by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Approval code #18033.4

Approval Date: October 21, 2019-October 20, 2020 (Expiration Date)

  • To describe what Integrated Care means
  • To understand the importance in balancing active and passive therapies
  • Experience and recognize components of mind-body connection exercises
  • Identify benefits of movement and healing
  • Learn some of the early research about the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis appears to affect pain

BCPA Competencies:  2D, 2F, 3E, 5A

Steve Overman, MD, MPH is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at University of Washington, Senior Adviser to KenSci, Inc., consultant to SEARHC (SE AK Regional Health Consortium), author and speaker. He practiced rheumatology over 35 years and was the founding member of The Seattle Arthritis Clinic (TSAC). He helped organized the Arthritis Resource Center and the Center for Comprehensive Care, which along with TSAC, were all integrated care programs. As medical director for Network Health Plan, Northwest Hospital Musculoskeletal Program and then QualisHealth, he focused on improving complex musculoskeletal care value. With patients he filmed a Discovery Channel Mystery Diagnosis program, co-authored a book, You Don’t LOOK Sick! Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness, and twice teamed up to cycle the Oregon Coast for the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Steve’s public health interests have led him to volunteer internationally in China, India, Nepal, Honduras, and Peru and locally with the Arthritis Foundation, International District and NeighborCare Community Clinics.

Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB, BCB-HRV-As a licensed naturopathic physician and professor at Bastyr University for over two decades, Dr. Lichtenstein helps people embody the lives they want to live. He supervises the Mind-Body Medicine and Chronic Pain Clinics at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and his clinical and teaching focus is on developing psycho-emotional-spiritual health while dealing with chronic, life-challenging illnesses. His approach to care was shaped by his research experience of providing over 500 guided meditations to hospice patients.

Garth Terry, MD, PhD is Acting Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Washington School of Medicine, and a Physician/Research Associate at VA Puget Sound. His doctoral dissertation focused on development and validation on of a positron emission tomography radiotracer for imaging cannabinoid CB1 receptors in human brain. Dr. Terry continues to research novel medications and neuroimaging techniques for neuropsychiatric disorders and educates healthcare providers and the public on topics related to cannabis.

Creating a Safe Haven Workshop

Online: On-Demand (Coming soon)

Approval Statement: Creating A Safe Haven Workshop is approved for 1.0 CEs by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Approval code #18033.5

Approval Date: October 21, 2019-October 20, 2020 (Expiration Date)

  • Delineate the neurochemical nature of anxiety
  • Understand the underpinnings of why mental pain is considered a bigger problem than physical pain – anxiety is the pain
  • Present practical tools to regulate your body’s chemistry – end result is feeling safe
  • Practice techniques in small groups
  • Understand the importance of learning to enjoy treating chronic pain

BCPA Competencies: 3A; 3E; 3I, 5A

David Hanscom, MD is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex spine problems. Much of his practice is devoted to performing surgery on patients with failed spine surgeries. He practices at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA.  He has published a book, Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain that is the basis of the structured program for both mental and physical pain. His website is www.backincontrol.com. His new book, “Do You Really Spine Surgery – Advice from a Surgeon” will be released this fall.

Training-his medical degree is from Loma Linda University in 1979.  His orthopedic training was done at the University of Hawaii. He has been performing complex spinal surgery since 1986.

Structured Spine Care-Around 2001 he began to share his own stress management tools with his patients that were in pain but had no indications for surgery. By 2006 a structured spine treatment protocol evolved. It was named the DOC project (Direct your Own Care).

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