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There will be two opportunities this Thursday for medical professionals and social workers to learn more about opioid addiction and treatment.

A class called Tools for Treatment will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., which is a training that has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers-Alaska Chapter. It counts as six social work clock hours in Substance Abuse Training. Martha Teater, a licensed clinical addictions specialist, will lead the training.

The theme of the day-long event is “overcoming compassion fatigue and behavioral treatment of chronic pain.” From 9 a.m. to noon, it will address alternative ways to treat pain. From 1-4 p.m., it will include ways to stay energized in a draining profession such as social work.

It takes place at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in the Andrew Hope Building and will include a catered lunch. The event is aimed at social workers.

In the evening, a training titled “Understanding Opioids, Pain and Addiction” will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. Family Physician Dr. Don Teater will lead the activity, which the American Academy of Family Physicians has approved for two prescribed credits. The event caters to prescription providers.

Registration is $20 for each event and is open at The Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), JAHMI Health and Wellness, and the Alaska Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention are putting on the events.

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