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Attend IPTA's Monthly Open House Event! The #THIRDTHURSDAY of Every Month!

When: Thursday, October 19th
Networking begins at 5:30 pm, Programs starts at 6:15 pm
Where: IPTA Chapter Office
905 N. Main Street
Naperville, Illinois  60563
United States
Presenter: Erin K. Jackson, JD, MA
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff
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#THIRDTHURSDAY: #ChoosePT, Physical Therapy & Opioids


We invite you to join us from 5:30 - 8 pm on Thursday, October 19th  as Erin K. Jackson, JD, MA shares her knowledge and expertise on "#ChoosePT, Physical Therapy & Opioids".

This presentation suggests that the “opioid epidemic” is a byproduct of America’s pain epidemic.  Bridging the gap between a provider’s clinical work and the patient’s battle with pain, this presentation addresses the often-ambiguous obligations imposed upon providers who engage with those who hurt.  The presentation will explore the societal and environmental circumstances that have created today’s pain population. It will further address pain patients’ discomfort with the panicked labeling of increased opioid use as an “epidemic,” fearing that their access to needed medications is at risk. 

This presentation will explore three primary topics: (1) a brief overview of a physical therapist’s responsibilities surrounding a patient’s opioid usage, (2) a pain patient’s fears about losing access to opioids, and (3) the implementation of clinical practices that are both sensitive to pain patients’ fears and ethically sound. 

This presentation will rely upon the APTA’s #ChoosePT campaign to emphasize the components of a respectful, nonjudgmental patient-clinician conversation about opioids and pain.  By better understanding the patient’s perspective on pain, which the speaker will share from her personal experience as a chronic pain patient, participants will become more mindful of both their responsibilities to patients, but also of the words they use in conversations with patients in pain.


What to expect: 

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

  • Appreciate the value of patient-provider communication in assuring quality across the profession and in facilitating effective pain management.

  • Learn to discuss a patient’s medication usage and to employ a holistic treatment approach that is responsive to that individual patient’s experience.

  • Be able to recognize ethical and legal dilemmas which present concurrent with opioid usage and will learn how to respond to those situations in a practical, respectful, and efficient manner.

  • Learn to identify the parameters of their scope of practice as it relates to opioid use, and to then create practice-wide policies for treating patients who are also receiving opioid therapy.



About the Speaker

Erin K. Jackson, JD, MA Erin is a Chicago healthcare attorney with Jackson LLP, where she focuses on medical practice start-up and compliance. Through her work, she collaborates with providers to improve the patient-centeredness of their practices. Erin is a legal contributing writer at Massage and Fitness Magazine and has authored several academic articles about the intersection of the law and women’s health.

Erin is an experienced and engaging speaker and attorney who merges her personal battle with pelvic pain with inspiring policy solutions for women’s health, pain, and the patient’s healthcare experience. As president of Inspire SantéTM – a nonprofit with over 14,000 monthly global web visitors – she empowers women to advocate for their own health. Erin suffered excruciating pelvic pain for over 10 years, but through sheer force of will, she survived, graduated first in her law school class, and now fights to ensure that other women have a clearer road to recovery. She has spoken at venues across the country to break down taboos, advocate for patients’ voices, and empower women.



Can't attend in person?

This presentation will be available live at the Chapter Office or virtually via Zoom. If attending virtually, please indicate when you RSVP. 

You will have to download the free zoom platform to your PC, MAC, iOS, or Android to utilize its capabilities. Plan to sign in at 6:00 pm and enter your name when prompted.

Follow the directions below and be ready for the program to begin at 6:15pm.

You will have to download the free zoom platform to your PC, MAC, iOS, or Android to utilize its capabilities. 

Topic: #THIRDTHURSDAY: #Choose PT, Physical Therapy & Opioids
Time: Oct 19, 2017 6:15 PM Central Standard Time (US and Canada)

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    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 463 413 1429


We would love to see you! Come and join us at the Chapter Office in Naperville for a night of networking, professional development, and discussions with other physical therapy professionals.
Reserve your spot today!

Parking is available along Main St. (East of the building)

Remember, anyone is invited to attend #THIRDTHURSDAY events — members, colleagues, and students — so invite your friends!


Note to Nonmembers:  The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association, click here to join!


Effective beginning 2016, the IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).

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