Pain Management and Substance Use Disorder Pearls for the General Practitioner

Newton, MA US
November 15, 2023

The aim of this education event is to demystify chronic pain and addiction treatment for the general practitioner with a Newton Wellesley Hospital (NWH)-specific, interactive, and informative session tailored to interested NWH staff attendees. Through collaboration and up-to-date education, our NWH team can learn how to best care for our patients.

This FREE 4-hour CME symposium will: 1) provide a personalized approach for NWH staff on principles in pain and addiction care; 2) fulfill required hours for DEA license renewal; 3) encourage open discussion and collaboration as well as practical pain management and substance use treatment tools for the provider to use in their daily practice.

This event is made possible by the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Community Collaborative Fund.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for a maximum of 40 interested outpatient general practitioners across all disciplines including physicians, advance practice providers, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. List best practices in opioid prescribing for chronic pain.
  2. Define the pharmacology and principles of medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD).
  3. Describe team-based behavioral, and cutting edge strategies for managing chronic pain.
  4. Demonstrate motivational interviewing techniques for pain and substance use disorder management.
  5. Recognize bias, stigma, and barriers to pain and addiction care.
  6. Cite interprofessional resources in the community and MGB system for patients with pain or substance use.

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Mass General Brigham

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.75 AAPA Category I CME
  • 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.75 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 3.75 Participation
  • 3.75 Continuing Education (CE) for Psychologists
  • 3.75 Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/15/2023 - 12:00pm EST
Event ends: 
11/15/2023 - 4:00pm EST
12:00pmUp-to-Date Best Practices in Pain Care and Safe Opioid Prescribing PrinciplesAntje Barreveld, MD; Elyse Rosenberg, PhD; Joshua Smith, PsyD
1:00Community-Based Substance Use Treatment and Prevention: A Primer for the General Practitioner | Catharina Armstrong, MD, MPH; Angela Zaydon, LICSW; Hallie Delorey
2:00Pain, Addiction, and the Brain:  Overview of the Mind-Body Axis and Behavioral Approaches to Pain and Substance Use Care | TBD
3:00Pearls for Co-Managing Pain and Addiction:  The Patient and Team-Based Perspective | Antje Barreveld, MD; Catharina Armstrong, MD, MPH
3:55Closing Remarks


NWH Ambulatory Care Center, Main Conference Room
159 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459
United States

Antje Barreveld, MD - Course Director

Medical Director of the Pain Management Services and co-Founder and Director of Education and Outreach for the Substance Use Services (SUS). She is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and an Anesthesiologist with Commonwealth Anesthesia Associates at Newton-Wellesley Hospital since 2012. Dr. Barreveld is also a Clinical Researcher at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.

Catharina Armstrong, MD, MPH

Associate Director of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Substance Use Services. Dr. Armstrong graduated from University College Dublin School of Medicine. She completed Internal Medicine residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Armstrong was awarded a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard Medical School in 2014. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Addiction Medicine and is an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Hallie Delorey

Hallie is a Recovery Coach. She joined the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Substance Use Services in December 2019. She is a certified recovery coach, certified drug and alcohol counselor as well as a certified interventionist. She currently sees patients individually in the SUS clinic, runs a recovery group, as well as completes consults for the Newton-Wellesley emergency department and inpatient units. Hallie has over 30 years of recovery and has worked in the field of substance use disorder treatment in various capacities, including holding positions at Mclean Hospital, Gosnold Treatment Center and a therapeutic boarding school. She has conducted interventions all over the world. Her experience as a person in long-term recovery brings a unique type of support and understanding for those seeking help with their addiction.

Elyse Rosenberg, PhD

Pain Psychologist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Tufts University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Rochester Medical Center and post-doctoral fellowship in consultation/liaison psychiatry at the Institute of Living/Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Joshua Smith, PsyD

Received his Doctorate in clinical psychology from Suffolk University and a master’s in public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Over the course of his career he has worked in a variety of treatment settings including adult inpatient for severe and persistent mental illness, community mental health, general outpatient treatment, and within academic and school settings. He has worked with chronic illness throughout his career and transitioned to working in behavioral medicine and chronic pain in 2018 at the Arnold-Warfield Pain Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He joined the professional staff at Newton-Wellesley hospital in 2021, and has a particular focus on the psychophysiology of pain and chronic illness.

Angela Zaydon, LICSW

Program Manager and Clinical Social Worker for Newton-Wellesley Hospital's department of Substance Use Services. She graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Simmons College with a Masters in Social Work. Angela has worked in the field of addiction treatment since 2010; she has held several positions at both McLean Hospital and Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. She has extensive skills in substance use disorder management and treatment, knowledge of medical management therapy for opioid and alcohol use disorder, harm reduction and crisis intervention. 

In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Mass General Brigham designates this activity for 3.75 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


3.75 Continuing Education (CE) credits are awarded.

Physician Assistants
Mass General Brigham has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 3.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Social Workers
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Mass General Brigham is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Mass General Brigham maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 3.75 continuing education credit.

Available Credit

  • 3.75 AAPA Category I CME
  • 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.75 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 3.75 Participation
  • 3.75 Continuing Education (CE) for Psychologists
  • 3.75 Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers


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