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Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

What is the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program?
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a six-week workshop that helps people with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. It gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with chronic pain.
To download an overview of the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, click here.
To view a webinar on the CPSMP featuring Dr. Sandra LeFort (November 2014), click here.
Who can attend?
Adults experiencing:
  • Chronic musculoskeletal pain (such as chronic neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.)
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Chronic regional pain syndromes
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months
  • Neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma)
  • Neuralgias (such as post herpetic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Post-stroke or central pain
  • Persistent headache
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Diabetes and who have neuropathy
  • Severe muscular pain due to conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis

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

What does it cost to attend?
It is FREE to participants, and participants receive for free the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain course book and the Moving Easy Program CD. All participants must pre-register for a workshop. We suggest participants attend all six sessions if possible. The more sessions attended, the more benefit!

What happens in the workshop?
Workshop groups meet once a week for 2½ hours, over six weeks. There are ten to sixteen participants in each workshop. In the workshop, you will learn how to:
  • use techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep;
  • exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance;
  • use of medications;
  • communication skills;
  • healthy eating;
  • pacing activity and rest; and
  • how to evaluate new treatments.
Participants take an active role in the workshop. They set individual goals each week and work to accomplish their goals throughout the following week. Participants are asked to share their goals and progress with the group.

Who leads the workshops?
The workshop is led by two leaders who have taken special training. The leaders are volunteers, many living with chronic pain themselves.
Who developed the program?
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a licensed program developed and researched by Memorial University in conjunction with Stanford University. It follows a standardized format that is proven to help people learn to better manage the symptoms of chronic pain. It is considered a best practice program in self-management.
What participants are saying about the program
I have just completed the course and I wanted to let you know that it was a great success; all of us participants were very pleased and would highly recommend it to others. A very warm thank you to the leaders for all their efforts and patience.
How do I get involved?
Click here to find a workshop in your area.