2018 Palliative Care Institute Spring Conference "Holistic Pain Management: Promising Alternatives to the Opioids"

Photo of doctor holding a sign that says Pain Relief
Speakers and Workshops address multiple promising alternatives in the management of pain and anxiety associated with serious illness and end-of-life, including complementary and experimental interventions such as mindfulness, current research on psilocybins, cognitive behavioral therapies, neurological re-patterning and the challenges of supporting patients in rural settings. 6.0 hours of CMEs available.

Some of our terrific speakers!! 

Lucille Marchand, MD - University of Washington, Professor and Section Chief of Palliative Care in the Department of Family Medicine, and Director of the UW Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program  

  • Complex Pain Management Requires an Integrative Approach
  • Having Healing Conversations


​Ardith Doorenbos, PhD - University of Washington, Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

  • Non-pharmacological pain strategies in palliative care and Telehealth delivery in rural areas.
  • Facing a World of Hurt: Cultural considerations in pain and palliative care


Pippa Breakspear, MEd, CDP - Private Practice, Recovery Support Services, Bellingham Washington

  • Junkies Like Me: From Pain to Addiction


Steve Morris, PhD - Specialist in Integral Health, Bellingham, Washington

  • Stress Busters – Hands on Techniques for Reducing Pain and Achieving Coherence


 Erica Rayner-Horn, MA - Private Practice in Psychotherapy specializing in mindfulness as a tool for managing physical and emotional pain and distress, Seattle, Washington

  • Finding Peace In Every Moment : The Power Of Mindfulness In Relieving Pain And Anxiety
  • Bringing Mindfulness Home


T. Cody Swift, MA - Private Practice in Psychotherapy and Counseling, Santa Barbara, CA 

  • Mindfulness and Meditation to Alleviate Physical and Psychological Pain
  • Deepening Understandings of the Practice of Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Future Clinical Indications


Learning Objectives 

After this education, learners should be able to:

  1. Differentiate the complex components of pain
  2. Distinguish between nociceptive and neuropathic pain
  3. Outline challenges associated with conventional approaches to pain management
  4. Describe multiple integrative approaches to pain management
  5. Identify strategies for developing integrative pain management systems in rural environments.


Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Washington State Medical Association through the joint providership of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Western Washington University. PeaceHealth St. Joseph is accredited by the WSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


PeaceHealth St. Joseph designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 6 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

Accreditation Equivalency Statement: Category 1 CME credits generally are accepted on a 1:1 equivalence by nursing, social work and other health related licensing authorities.


I’m Marie Eaton, and I’m the Director for the Palliative Care Institute at Western. Feel free to call me at 360.671.6371 or via email at marie.eaton@wwu.edu if you have any questions or comments.  WWU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact me.

Friday, May 11, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration ends 05/09/18
Standard (general - No CME): $80
Standard (student - No CME): $50
Standard (general - with 6.0 CME hours): $110
Standard (student - with 6.0 CME hours): $75 

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