The Bridge: A Comprehensive Headache Education Program

Attend a seminar featuring didactic presentations and two workshops. Current pathophysiologic models will be addressed. Hear acute and preventive treatment strategies for adult and pediatric populations along with appropriate patient selection, administration (timing and route), and potential medication misuse and/or overuse concerns. Learn how to address comorbid medical complaints in appropriate medication selection and monitoring.

The American Headache Society® (AHS) Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant (NP/PA) Special Interest Group developed this educational offering for Primary Care Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. This comprehensive overview of migraine is delivered by Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant members of AHS.

ACCREDITATION: 5.5 contact/CE hours will be awarded to those that attend the entire seminar (partial credit is not available) and complete the required evaluations. Certificates will be offered by ACCME, ANCC and AANP, with acceptance of pertinent content by ACNM, AAPA and NAPNAP.


Sunday, July 22  
11:00 am – 11:30 am Diagnosing Headache in Adults and Pediatrics Patients
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Risk Factors, Clinical Course, and Barriers to Care in Adults and Pediatric Patients
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Session – Pathophysiology
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Acute Treatment Strategies in Adults and Pediatric Patients
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Preventive Treatment Strategies in Adults and Pediatric Patients
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Beverage Break (complimentary)
  Afternoon workshops will be illustrated with case-based approach, include demonstrations, and provide resources for providers and patients.
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm Use of Procedures: Nerve Blocks, Nerve Stimulators, and OnabotulinumtoxinA
  Workshop will highlight the role of nerve blocks, stimulators, and OnabotulinumtoxinA in the treatment of migraine and chronic migraine. The workshop will include a didactic session coupled with hands-on training.
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm  Beverage Break (complimentary)
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Behavioral and Non-pharmacological Strategies in Complex Headache Patients: Post-traumatic Headache, Medication Overuse, Complex Comorbid Illness, and Childhood Disability
  Workshop will review strategies for optimizing medical communication, enhancing patient adherence and self-efficacy, and creating tailored comprehensive treatment plans, including empirically supported behavioral approaches.

Carol A. Barch, MN, FNP-BC; Lead Advanced Practice Provider, Headache and Facial Pain Program, Department of Neurology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics; Stanford CA

Lynda J. Krasenbaum, MSN, ANP-BC; Associate Director, New York Headache Center; New York NY

Theresa Mallick-Searle, RN, MS, ANP-BC; Nurse Practitioner, Pain Management, Stanford Health Care; Stanford CA and Independent Contractor, Medical Expert Witness on Pain Management and Treatment; Stanford CA

Maureen Moriarty, DNP, ANP-BC, FAHS; Nurse Practitioner, Peripheral Nerve Institute, Georgetown University; Washington DC

Kimberly Oas, MSN, FNP; Assistant Director, Advance Practice Providers, Peter J. O’Donnell Brain Institute, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Dallas TX