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Free AAPM/PCSS Webinar on Optimizing Deprescribing July 9 at 6 pm CT

When navigating guidelines, pain care providers can often feel frustrated during opioid deprescribing. Led by Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD and Jeannie A. Sperry, PhD LP ABPP, this free webinar, "Minimizing Distress During Deprescribing: Tools for Optimizing Outcomes," will discuss how you can help manage pain, address patient fears, and minimize withdrawal or discomfort during opioid tapers.  


The faculty will describe practical whole-person treatment approaches that clinicians can incorporate into their practices to help manage pain, address patient fears, and minimize withdrawal or discomfort during opioid tapers. Addressing clinician frustration during opioid tapering will also be discussed. Practical strategies for expanding the treatment team to deliver whole-person multimodal care to the extent possible will be offered. "Prescribing" behavioral strategies for pain reduction and managing distress when tapering will be reviewed, along with the language needed to encourage collaboration. The faculty will illustrate how clinicians can prepare for, address, and move forward from setbacks that might occur when deprescribing opioids.

Educational Objectives 

  • Apply whole-person treatment strategies during clinical interactions to help minimize pain and psychological distress when opioid deprescribing
  • Describe tools for providers to help empower patients to apply pain self-management skills
  • Design a plan to manage setbacks during opioid deprescribing.

Presented with 

PCSS is a program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created in response to the opioid overdose epidemic to train primary care providers in the evidence-based prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and treatment of chronic pain.


Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD
Dr. Jennifer L. Murphy is a pain psychologist with expertise in developing and implementing nonpharmacological treatments for chronic pain across healthcare systems.

Jeannie A. Sperry, PhD LP ABPP
Dr. Jeannie A. Sperry is a Clinical Health Psychologist and Pain Psychology Consultant. Her career has been in academic medicine settings, providing patient care and training health care providers in the interdisciplinary care of chronic pain, opioid use reduction, and prevention of pain-related disability.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of AAPM or the Department of Health and Human ServicesÍž nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Content shared in this webinar is for informational purposes only.

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