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What is the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program?  

Developed by McGill University and Memorial University in Newfoundland in collaboration with Stanford University in California, the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a 6-week workshop that helps people who are experiencing a wide range of chronic pain conditions. Practical tools and information are shared to help develop coping skills, building participants confidence and motivation to better manage their symptoms and the daily tasks of living with chronic pain. The workshop does not conflict with other programs or treatment and is designed to enhance regular treatment. No referral is needed. 

Who should attend the workshop?

Adults experiencing chronic pain such as:

  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Chronic pain syndrome 
  •  Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Muscular pain from Multiple Sclerosis
  • Post trauma pain from motor vehicle accidents and falls        
  • Post-surgical pain that last beyond 6 months        
  • Post stroke pain         
  • Persistent headaches        
  • Diabetes and neuropathy        
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease        
  • Neuropathic pain and neuralgias 

Family members, friends and/or caregivers are welcome to attend.

What does it cost to attend?

FREE to all! Participants receive a Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain book and Moving Easy Program audio file.

How long is the workshop?

Participant’s meet once a week for 2.5 hours over 6 weeks.

Who leads the workshop?

The workshop is led by two trained volunteer leaders, who are often living with chronic pain themselves or caring for someone with chronic pain.

What Happens in a Workshop?

Participants are encouraged to take an active role by setting weekly goals and share about progress in meeting the goals.

Participants learn how to     

  • Deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep        
  • Exercise to maintain and improve strength, flexibility and endurance         
  • Make healthy food choices        
  • Communicate with your health care team and family members        
  • Pace activity and rest        
  • Evaluate  treatments