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Training Opportunities

Ongoing Training

  1. Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids: An Online Training Series for Healthcare Providers Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

    The CDC developed an 8-part training series for Health Care Providers on Prescribing Opioids to support implementation of CDC’s 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov .

    Part 1: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Recommendations from the CDC Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov . The module presents an overview of the CDC Guideline, explains the rationale for the Guideline’s creation, highlights key recommendations and describes the benefits of implementing the Guideline.

    Part 2: Treating Chronic Pain without Opioids Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov . The module presents providers with various options for managing chronic pain, giving them the tools they need to identify appropriate nonopioid medications and nonpharmacologic treatments and facilitate a patient-centered approach.

    Part 3: Communication With PatientsExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov . Providers will learn communication strategies they can use when treating chronic pain, including motivational interviewing.

    Part 4: Reducing the Risks of OpioidsExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov . Learn the best risk mitigation strategies and when to employ them when prescribing an opioid.

    Part 5: Assessing and Addressing an Opioid Use DisorderExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov . Learn methods for assessing and addressing a suspected opioid use disorder.

    Upcoming modules:

    • Deciding Whether to Prescribe
    • Dosing and Titration of Opioids: How Much, How Long, and How and When to Stop?
    • Implementing the CDC Guideline
    • Opioid Use and Pregnancy
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Acute Pain

    This series will help health care providers apply CDC’s prescribing recommendations in the clinical settings through interactive patient scenarios, videos, knowledge checks, tips, and resources.

  2. The IHS Heroin, Opioid and Pain Efforts Committee released the IHS Essential Training on Pain and Addiction Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  opportunity as an on-demand web-based course. This course was first presented in February 2015 in response to the growing epidemic of mortality associated with opiate overdoses both nationally and within Indian Country. In July 2016, Special General Memorandum (SGM) 2016-05: Mandatory Training for Federal Prescribers of Controlled Substance Medications established IHS policy requiring all IHS Federal prescribers, contractors (that spend 50 percent or more of their clinical time under contract with the Federal Government), clinical residents and trainees to successfully complete this course. As of December 2016, 96% of this identified group had completed training. The release of this enduring content version of the training will allow newer prescribers the opportunity to complete the required training within 6 months of employment as required by IHS policy.

    The IHS Heroin, Opioid and Pain Efforts Committee released the IHS Refresher Training on Pain and AddictionExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  in early 2018 as an On-Demand Course for those prescribers who are due for renewing their training. The course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and is available on-demand with Continuing Medical Education Credits.
  3. The Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  is a national training and mentoring project developing in response to the prescription opioid overdose epidemic.

Past Training

  1. IHS Clinical Rounds presents "Trauma Informed Care On-Demand Webinar Series: Integrating Historical Trauma and Trauma Informed Care in Behavioral Health and Healthcare Settings." This on-demand course consists of edited recordings of this live webinar series held in 2017. The training begins with a two-hour overview for all audiences, followed by four 3-Part series designed for specific audiences. To fully benefit from this educational series, it is recommended to start with the overview presentation. This series is presented by Jeanne Bereiter, MD, and Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, PhD, LCSW. For more information regarding the training and continuing eduction, please see the training announcement flyer. [PDF - 206 KB]
  2. IHS Clinical Rounds presented "Best Practices Pain Management and Safe Opioid Prescribing in Indian Country, for Non-prescribing Clinicians" on May 10, 2018. This 90-minute webinar was presented by Joanna Katzman, MD, Paul Romo, MD, and George Comerci, MD on May 10, 2018. Watch the AdobeConnect Recording Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  or download the webinar presentation. [PDF - 1.2 MB]