Pain and Symptom Management

Live Interactive Webinar 
Instructor: Terry Altilio, LCSW, APHSW-C 
Level: Intermediate
CEs: 3 CEs are available
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers working in palliative care.
Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction: Live interactive webinar with discussion. Instructor will use lecture, large group discussion and clinical case discussion. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion. Login information will be emailed to all program participants a week before the fall and spring sessions.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software.

This course explores psychosocial-spiritual components of pain assessment and management, focusing on interventions for patients and families. The overview infuses cultural, policy and ethical components which inform the pervasive inequities well documented in the management of pain. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the biopsychosocial-spiritual aspects of multidimensional assessment that inform interventions to enhance management of pain and mitigate suffering
  2. Develop familiarity with the policy, legal and regulatory issues that infuse pain management and inform advocacy
  3. Integrate ethical principles as a framework for the shared mandate to advocate for management of pain in those populations most often under treated for pain  


1:45 - 3:20 p.m. ET

  • Definitions of pain and suffering
  • Barriers to pain and symptom management
    • Ethical mandates
    • Populations at risk for under-treatment
    • Disparities and bias
  • Multidimensional aspects of pain

3:20 - 3:30 p.m. ET: Break

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. ET

  • Pain and symptom assessment
  • Pain, medications and substance use disorder
    • Structuring for safety
  • Serving as a system advocate
  • Interventions
Terry Altilio smiles at the camera wearing a black top.

Terry Altilio, LCSW

Professional Education Instructor
Terry Altilio is a palliative social work consultant with over three decades of direct practice experience in palliative care, most recently in the Division of…
Completion Requirements for Live Interactive Webinars

Live, interactive webinars are synchronous, virtual courses held in a Zoom meeting. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the training. Participant attendance is tracked through Zoom. To earn CE credit, participants must also complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Receiving CEs is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?
Upon completing the webinar evaluation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of webinar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records.