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CDC/ADA opioid webinar July 17 to spotlight ‘motivational interviewing’

July 01, 2019

By David Burger

A free Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ADA webinar will inform dental providers about how to apply what is called “motivational interviewing” in regard to dealing with the opioid crisis.

Pain and Patient Expectations: Using Motivational Interviewing to Promote Best Practices will stream July 17 from 2-3 p.m. Eastern time.

The presenters are:
• Dr. Brett Kessler is past president of the Colorado Dental Association and member of the ADA Dental Well-Being Advisory Committee. Dr. Kessler serves as vice chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs and was selected by the 14th District as its representative to the ADA Board of Trustees. His term begins in September.
• Sharon Tsay, M.D., is a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She joined CDC in 2016, and in 2019 Dr. Tsay joined the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, working on the Opioid Overdose Health Systems Team. In this role, she works on implementing and evaluating efforts around safe opioid prescribing in health care systems, as well as linkage to treatment for opioid use disorder.

Dr. Kessler
The program will explore the state of the opioid crisis in the U.S.; evidence-based recommendations for prescribing opioids; and how motivational interviewing can be used to educate patients, align expectations and steer encounters towards best practices in order to provide safe and effective care.
The webinar’s learning objectives include:
• Discussing the basic principles of motivational interviewing in the patient encounter.
• Applying motivational interviewing principles to dental practice.
• Understanding situations that may arise in patient encounters related to pain in dental practice through case examples.

One hour of continuing education credit is available to all participants who remain connected for at least 45 minutes.

Register online here.