Interprofessional opioid education opportunities available for rural health care teams

May 28, 2020

Washington State University (WSU) Health Sciences invites health care teams in rural Washington communities to participate in a two-hour interprofessional training opportunity to improve management of patients with chronic pain and diagnosed with, or at risk for developing, opioid use disorder. The virtual simulation case-based training helps teams work together and improve their use of telehealth to address complex patient needs and manage risks associated with opioid use. This interprofessional training is offered online at a mutually agreeable time, but if preferred, the training can also be scheduled in-person at a later date. Participants receive 2 free CME’s for completing the training.

To address provider well-being, including compassion fatigue, burnout and isolation, the WSU team is also implementing a virtual Balint support group to offer peer consultation for rural Washington primary care providers. The virtual Balint support group, facilitated by internationally recognized Balint expert Dr. Janet Walker, is free and will provide one CME for every session attended. These groups will meet for eight sessions at a frequency agreed upon by the group (could be weekly, biweekly or monthly), with an option to continue longer if the group wishes.

To schedule a training for your team/health care setting and/or participate in a Balint group, please contact or For more information visit


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