Whole Health for Pain and Suffering

About the Course

Whole Health for Pain and Suffering is a two-day course that provides education and skills-based practice on a Whole Health approach to pain and suffering using complementary and integrative therapies.  This course teaches evidence-informed, safe, and effective non-pharmaceutical approaches to pain care.  Participants learn how mind-body approaches and self-management can support coping and well-being for people with pain, including acupuncture, dietary supplements, and manual therapies.  Clinician self-care, burnout prevention, and enhancing resilience are also emphasized. Four-hour Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) training is also provided on day 3 of the course as an elective hands-on training to any eligible clinician who completes the first two days of the course (for eligibility questions, clinicians must contact their state boards and/or VA facility to determine scope of practice). 

The curriculum was developed through a collaborate effort by Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation, University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine faculty, OPCC&CT, VA clinicians, and other subject matter experts.  The course is delivered by doctors from the University of Wisconsin – Integrative Medicine and VA faculty (National Education Champions).

Credit hours are available (ACCME, ACCME-NP, ACPE, APA, ANCC, ASWB, CDR, CA-BRN, ACHE, and NYSED SW) for this course. To complement onsite learning, there are also extensive online resources such as overviews and tools, which cover best practices for more than 30 medical conditions from a Whole Health perspective. There are also free online courses through TMS and several videos that illustrate the Whole Health approach on the OPCC&CT website.

This course has been delivered at 9 large centralized trainings from FY16-FY18, and will spread to 21 additional facilities in FY19.  Nearly 1,000 clinicians have completed this offering, providing data for extensive evaluation to prove the efficacy of the Whole Health approach, and continued their learning through monthly Whole Health Clinical Community of Practice Calls.

For more information on course schedule and faculty, refer to the full brochure.

Whole Health face-to-face courses are only available to VA employees. To learn more about how to apply Whole Health in your practice, review the Passport to Whole Health and implementation overviews. If you are a VA employee interested in participating in a Whole Health course, refer to the OPCC&CT Intranet and SharePoint Education Hub at the bottom of this page.

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Course Manual