Feb. 2, 2011
The first Pain Management, Prescription Medication and Drug Addiction Workshop for professionals is planned at Shawnee State University in March with Ed Hughes, MPS, LICDC, executive director of The Counseling Center and Maggie Selby, RN, MSN, CHPN, senior instructor in SSU's Nursing program.
The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25 at SSU's Sodexo Ballroom in the University Center.
The objectives are for participants to be able to understand and discuss the basic concepts of addiction, drug abuse, effective pain management, barriers to pain management and treatment options for people who are addicted to prescription medications.
"Many health care professionals are hesitant to give pain medications in an area where there is a lot of prescription drug abuse," Selby said. "What we're trying to do is teach a research-based approach to pain management."
During the workshop, Hughes will discuss addictions and myths of addiction; the progression of addiction both physiological and psychosocial; changing relationships, rescue, denial, triangulation; responses of loved ones to addiction; and understanding the recovery process.
Selby will discuss the basic concepts of effective pain management, chronic and acute pain, the MS pain intensity scale, treating pain, myths of pain management, the WHO Pain Management Drug Pyramid and multiple approaches; and a profile of clients whose pain is not managed, among other things.
Hughes and Selby will talk about case studies; evidence-based treatment options for clients addicted to prescription medications and pain management for recovering individuals.
The general registration fee is $55, ONA members' fee is $35, and students' fee is $10. Nurses, social workers, counselors, chemical dependency counselors and nursing home administrators can receive 6.5 continuing education credits through OUCOM at Ohio University, Athens. Pick up the registration forms at SSU's Massie Hall, Room B-52.
To register, several options are available: in person Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Massie Hall, Room B-52; by phone at (740) 351-3274 or (866) 672-8778 with a credit card; by mail at Shawnee State University, 940 Second St., Portsmouth, OH 45662 or send the completed registration form by fax at (740) 351-3598.
For more information, e-mail SSU's University Outreach Services Director Ginnie Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop is sponsored by the Southern Ohio Nurses' Association, District 15, Comfort Care Partners, The Counseling Center, Shawnee State University, the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine Area Health Education Center and CHEAO.