Palliative Care Spring Conference

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Settlemyer Hall, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

SAVE THE DATE - May 11.    Click on the Registration link below!

The Palliative Care Institute is offering a day-long conference on Holistic Pain Management: Alternatives to the Opioids.  Over the day we will explore multiple approaches to pain management, including complementary and experimental interventions.  We have a terrific line up of speakers!!  And CMEs available - see below.

Lucille Marchand, MD  - University of Washington, Professor and section chief of palliative care in the Department of Family Medicine, and director of the UW Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program

  • Complex Pain Management Requires an Integrative Approach
  • Having Healing Conversations


Adrith Doorenbos, PhD - University of Washington, Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

  • Non-pharmacological pain strategies in palliative care and Telehealth delivery in rural areas.
  • Facing a World of Hurt: Cultural considerations in pain and palliative care


Pippa Breakspear, MEd, CDP - Private Practice, Recovery Support Services, Bellingham Washington

  • Junkies Like Me: From Pain to Addiction


Steve Morris, PhD - Specialist in Integral Health, Bellingham, Washington

  • Stress Busters – Hands on Techniques for Reducing Pain and Achieving Coherence


Erica Rayner-Horn, MA - Private Practice in Psychotherapy specializing in mindfulness as a tool for managing physical and emotional pain and distress, Seattle, Washington

  • Finding Peace In Every Moment : The Power Of Mindfulness In Relieving Pain And Anxiety
  • Bringing Mindfulness Home


T. Cody Swift, MA  - Private Practice in Psychotherapy and Counseling, Santa Cruz, CA.  Researcher at Johns Hopkins Universit

  • Psilocybin for the Treatment of Cancer-Related Emotional Distress
  • Deepening Understandings of the Practice of Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Future Clinical Indications in Palliative Care

Learning Objectives

After this education, learners should be able to:

  1. Differentiate the complex components of pain
  2. Distinguish between nociceptive and neuropathic pain
  3. Outline challenges associated with conventional approaches to pain management
  4. Describe multiple integrative approaches to pain management
  5. Identify strategies for developing integrative pain management systems in rural environments.

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Washington State Medical Association through the joint providership of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Western Washington University. PeaceHealth St. Joseph is accredited by the WSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 6 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

Accreditation Equivalency Statement: Category 1 CME credits generally are accepted on a 1:1 equivalence by nursing, social work and other health related licensing authorities.

Early Bird Registration is open until April 12, 2018.  Because of a generous anonymous donor, scholarships to reduce the fees are available. Inquire at  If you have trouble with the on-line registration process, contact (360) 650-3353 for assistance.

General – No CME      $75

Student – No CME      $50

General – w/ CME      $100

Student – w/CME        $75