I just returned from Palm Beach Florida where I presented at the Moment of Change Interventionist Conference. This year I collaborated with Valley Forge Medical Center (VFMC)—our first Addiction-Free Pain Management® Center of Excellence. I was joined by Nancy Kompass, the Clinical Director at VFMC to present a workshop titled Successfully Intervening on Chronic Pain & Coexisting Disorders.
In June Valley Forge Medical Center’s (VFMC) Breakthrough Chronic Pain Management (CPM) Program became the first fully certified Addiction-Free Pain Management® (APM) Center of Excellence (COE) through Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead and the Gorski-CENAPS ® Corporation. One of the areas required for APM™ COE programs is to collect pre and post treatment data. Together we have pulled together some interesting outcome data that Nancy and I also presented to our workshop participants.
There are three areas we highlighted for review:
(1) Dr. Grinstead’s Ascending versus Descending pain symptom instrument
(2) The American Academy of Pain Management’s Pain Outcome Profile (POP) instrument
(3) An example of three of VFMC’s patient pre and post medications. All three areas showed significant improvement.
Many of the interventionists approached us at the workshop or at the VFMC Sponsor Booth and told us they wished they know about us earlier because they have been attempting to intervene on this population—people with chronic pain and coexisting disorders including addiction—and weren’t sure where to send them. Now they know.
I will be posting more about this conference and Valley Forge Medical Center’s Breakthrough Chronic Pain Management Program in the next few days along with some photos. To learn more about the type of chronic pain management treatment VFMC provides please check out my article The Need for Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Management that you can download for free on our Article page.
If you would like to see my upcoming trainings and especially to learn about my 20 hour (three days) Addiction-Free Pain Management® Certification Training on December 7-9, 2009 in Sacramento California designed to teach treatment strategies for people living with chronic pain and coexisting disorders including disorders including addiction please Click Here and scroll down to the December 7-9, 2009 for the description and how to sign up.
You can learn more about the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System at our website www.addiction-free.com. If you are working with people undergoing chronic pain management and want to learn how to develop a plan for managing their chronic pain and coexisting psychological disorders; including depression, addiction and other coexisting psychological disorders effectively; please consider my book Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders: Using the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. To purchase this book please Click Here.
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