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Training Opportunities

Upcoming Training

"Improving Opioid Prescribing: The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and Considerations for Dentistry" is available on February 14, 2018. Please visit the event page to register Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  for the one-hour webinar.

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.

    Upcoming modules:

    • Deciding Whether to Prescribe
    • Dosing and Titration of Opioids: How Much, How Long, and How and When to Stop?
    • Reducing the Risks of Opioids
    • Assessing and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder
    • Implementing the CDC Guideline

    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.

    NOTE: Approval for Continuing Education for the on-demand course is pending. This should not delay required prescribers who need to do so from taking the course immediately to comply with IHS policy.
  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.