Course Overview



This course will be held again on
June 15 - 19, 2020.

Information contained in this site is for the 2019 program.
Information for the 2020 program not yet available.

Updates and Practice Recommendations to

Optimize the Assessment and Treatment of Pain

Headache, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathic, Myofascial, Cancer, Abdominal, Pelvic, Musculoskeletal, Spinal Pain

Relieving pain is one of the most challenging, yet important responsibilities in the practice of medicine. Whether we are addressing spinal, fibromyalgia, headache, abdominal, neuropathic, musculoskeletal or cancer pain, achieving optimal outcomes requires up-to-date treatment approaches.

In the past year alone, there have been significant changes in how we address pain related to these conditions. This program, Evaluating and Treating Pain, expediently and effectively ensures you are current with these changes and can incorporate them into practice to better assess pain complaints and develop an optimal course of action to relieve patient suffering. 

The evidence-based recommendations provided in this program cover:

  • Medications
  • Injection Therapies
  • Implantables
  • Acupuncture
  • Meditation
  • Surgery
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Interventional Techniques
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine


Highlights of the 2019 program include:

  • Updates on the evaluation and treatment of pain: spinal, neuropathic, cancer, musculoskeletal, visceral, headache, fibromyalgia
  • State-of-the-art approaches to opioids:
    • How to recognize addiction
    • Alternatives to opioids
    • Weaning patients off of opioids
    • Patient selection
    • Dosing
    • Legal guidance for prescribing
  • Medical marijuana in clinical practice
  • Risk stratification, screening, and addiction psychopharmacology
  • Advances in pharmacologic treatments, injection therapies, and implanted devices
  • When and how to utilize acupuncture, mind/body interventions, and other complementary and alternative medicine techniques
  • Guidance for combining treatment options to assure adequate pain control
  • Techniques to improve examination and evaluation of the patient in pain: neurologic, musculoskeletal, psychosocial
  • Advances in complementary and alternative approaches to pain medicine
  • Interventional techniques for cancer patients
  • Measuring outcomes
  • Treating back pain: pathophysiology, imaging, interventional techniques, surgical management


  • Disabled or deceiving? Best practices for disability evaluations
  • Resolving difficult encounters with patients
  • The best methods to deal with patients when discontinuing opioids

Monday - Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
(Light refreshments provided)

Acupuncture Workshop - Monday evening, June 24
When, Why and How to Utilize Acupuncture for Pain Control and to Enhance Patients’ Physical and Psychological Well-Being
Lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and practice 

In this workshop, participants learn how to leverage acupuncture to optimize pain control. You will learn how to:

  • Incorporate acupuncture as a treatment modality
  • Enhance patients’ physical and psychological well-being
  • Integrate modern medical science and acupuncture diagnostics and therapeutics to improve patient care and patient satisfaction

Botulinum Toxin Injections and Nerve Blocks for the Treatment of Headache Disorders - Tuesday evening, June 25
Lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and practice

This workshop will guide you in how to perform these pain relief techniques specifically to alleviate craniofacial pain. You will learn:

  • The pharmacology of botulinum toxin injections
  • The advantages and side effects of botulinum toxin injections
  • How to use botulinum toxin to treat headache facial pain disorders
  • How to use other cranial peripheral nerve blocks for pain relief

Meditation Workshop - Wednesday evening, June 26
How to Introduce, Monitor and Assess Meditation as an Intervention for Relief of Chronic Pain
Lectures, guided demonstrations, and practice

This workshop offers clinicians a practical, engaging education experience, where you can learn about:

  • Meditation as a mind/body intervention for pain management
  • The biological and psychological mechanisms through which meditation relieves chronic pain
  • When, where and how meditation is being incorporated into mainstream practice
  • The form of meditation known as Relaxation Response, and get a template for teaching this technique to your patients
  • Methods of monitoring and assessing patients’ progress

Interactive Workshop: Conducting Difficult Conversations with Pain Patients - Thursday evening, June 27
Evidence-based strategies, guided demonstrations, and practice

  • Troubleshoot the frequently occurring themes and range of difficult conversations you currently conduct with pain patients
  • Get guidance and hone your skills for more effective communication with pain patients
  • Incorporate evidence-based strategies for difficult conversations into your daily practice
  • Take care of oneself during and in the aftermath of difficult conversations