Opioid Tapering Guidance and Whole Health Strategies for Pain Management (On-demand webinar)

2 modules

Course Length
90 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

12 Oct 2021



Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on January 29, 2018.

Training Overview

In order to address the opioid misuse crisis, public health needs examples of prevention strategies at multiple levels from opioid tapering to bio-psycho-social-spiritual approaches to manage chronic pain.

This webinar will describe ways to assist in determining if an opioid taper is appropriate for a given patient, in performing the taper, and in incorporating whole health strategies into a new care plan. Additionally, we will discuss the creation process and outcomes of the Empower Veterans Program developed at the Atlanta VA which engages an interdisciplinary team to deliver an integrated, intensive, self-care training program for restoration from chronic pain.

The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact emoryphtc@emory.edu.

About the Trainers

Dr. Cantrell graduated from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 Residency at the Atlanta VA. In 2003, Heidi began working as an ambulatory care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Pain Management. Heidi started her current position in Academic Detailing in March 2016.

Dr. Saenger is a clinician, teacher and system re-designer. He has taught evidence-based primary care, major depression care, and chronic pain management. For the last seven years, Dr. Saenger has led inter-professional teams for health system opioid safety at Grady Health System and the Atlanta VA. He is a national speaker regarding improved chronic pain management safety and care. In 2014, Dr. Saenger completed an advanced fellowship in quality improvement and system redesign with the VA National Quality Scholars Program. For the Southeastern VHA Region, Dr. Saenger is the Physician Lead for Pain Management and faculty for IHI/Samueli Institute’s Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe cases when opioid taper would be appropriate
  • Explain ways to design and implement an opioid taper strategy
  • Describe domains affected by chronic pain in distinction to acute pain any client presenting with chronic pain
  • Note common co-morbid conditions which must be addressed for 
  • Make a case for various non-pharmacological options for chronic pain: Bridging Therapies and/or Active Self-Care Training


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

Opioid Tapering Guidance and Whole Health Strategies for Pain Management (On-demand webinar)
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