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Crafting a Chronic Pain Management Curriculum for the Forensic Inpatient Psychiatric Population

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Crafting a Chronic Pain Management Curriculum for the Forensic Inpatient Psychiatric Population

Self Paced
$15 ($10 for OTAC Members)
1 Contact Hour

This course is created by the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado.

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact us at Info@AspireOT.us
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Participants will learn more about the state of chronic pain management with the inpatient psych population, in the context of a large state hospital dedicated to inpatient psychiatric treatment. We will discuss some of the challenges that this particular populations faces, both the people themselves and the challenges an OT must overcome to create an effective treatment plan given restrictions of setting, safety and of course, serious mental illness. We will answer such questions as 1) How to you distill complex pain neuroscience education into subject matter that is appropriate for a range of Allen cognitive levels? 2) how do you effectively manage delusions/hallucinations while still providing affirming, evidence based care? 3) what unique challenge are present in the inpatient forensic psychiatric population, and how do we work around these? 4) how was the curriculum structured, and why was it based on a series of the senses? 5) what does successful integration look like for this population?

Additionally, if granted the proper time slot, participants will have a change to engage in some of the treatments and games used for this curriculum. Yoga was heavily incorporated as a heavily evidence based tool to manage chronic pain, as were games that explored the use of each sense and ultimately overall successfully integrated chronic pain management concepts for our patients.

Target Audience: Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, occupational therapy students

Presented by: Katy Owens, OTR/L
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Learning objectives
After completion of this occupational therapy continuing education course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify challenges in targeting chronic pain management in people living with serious mental illness.
  • Identify and understand OTs unique role in chronic pain management, for people with SMI and beyond
  • Describe one or two treatment strategies you can incorporate with your next patient experiencing chronic pain.
Instructor bio
Katy Owens, OTR/L
OTAC Guest Instructor

Katy is a new graduate from CSU's Occupational Therapy program, where she earned the distinction of Outstanding Grad for the College of Health and Human Services. In her time at CSU, she pursued a specialty in pain science, completing a capstone that discussed the role of occupational therapy in chronic pain management. During a fieldwork assignment at the Utah State Hospital, she was able to capitalize on this knowledge and curate a 12 session curriculum that seeks to teach people with serios mental illness how to manage chronic pain.

Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Complete payment or OTAC membership log in for course enrollment
  • View the video(s) for the full duration
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 70% or greater
Please note that no credit or certificate will be issued unless all criteria is met.  Partial credit will not be issued.  
cancellation policy
Live Courses and Webinars
Learner cancellations: In the event that the learner requests to cancel or is unable to attend a course, a refund for the total paid for the course will be granted if Aspire OT is notified via email at info@aspireot.us within 10 business days prior to date of the scheduled course, minus a non-refundable registration fee of 25% of registration price.  If the learner provides notification of cancellation less then 10 business days prior to the scheduled course, the learner will be offered the opportunity to attend the same webinar on an alternate date or enrollment in the recorded on-demand version of that webinar, instead of a refund.  

No refunds will be issued after a course has been attended for more than 30 minutes.  Partial credit will not be issued.  

Provider cancellations: 
In the event of inclement weather or other event resulting in the inability for a live course to be provided within the scheduled time, learners will be offered an alternate date or a full refund for registration paid.
On-Demand web Courses 
Web courses will remain available to learners for 1 year. No refunds will be available for web courses that have been attended or viewed for greater than 30 minutes. In the event of a refund, the learner will be unenrolled in the course immediately upon issuance of a refund. No refunds will be issued for any course in which a certificate has been issued.  

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This occupational therapy continuing education course is being offered as part of Aspire OT's State Association Partnership Program.