Chronic Pain Self Management Program

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Put Life Back In Your Life!

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is a program for people living with ongoing, chronic pain. The program is designed to help participants gain the confidence needed to cope with chronic pain in their daily lives. This program is co-sponsored by South Shore Health and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. It is offered at no cost to the participants.

Who should attend?

Are you 19 years or older? If you have chronic pain from headaches, neurological conditions, fibromyalgia, long-term back/neck pain, or past injures, this program can help you take charge of your life!

The program is available to individuals affected by chronic pain including the patient, family and close friends, and caregivers of those living with chronic pain.

What are the benefits for patients?

You will learn:

  •  Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.
  •  Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance.
  •  Appropriate use of medications.
  •  Effective ways to communicate with family, friends, and health care professionals.
  •  Healthy eating.
  •  Effective ways to deal with stress.

There is also great emphasis on three key life skills:

1. Action planning
2. Problem solving
3. Decision making

Who leads the groups?

All workshops are run by a pair of certified trained Leaders; one is a health care person and the other is a community citizen who has chronic pain or cares for someone with chronic pain.

What training do leaders have?

The leaders have a four-day training program. The trained leaders follow a Leaders Manual each time they facilitate the Program. The course developers at Stanford University have scripted the course for content as well as the interactions of the Leaders with the workshop participants.

Does the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program replace the education given by doctors and other health care providers?

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program does not replace existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and pain-specific education. The Program is especially helpful for people with chronic disease as it gives them the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.

How was the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program developed?

The Division of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at Stanford University received a research grant to develop and evaluate, through a randomized controlled trial, a community-based, self-management program that assists people with chronic illness. This program, in Nova Scotia, is now being delivered provincially and is known as the "Your Way to Wellness Program". The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a disease specific program derived from the research that produced the Stanford Chronic Disease Self Management Program. It is monitored by and accredited under the same license from Stanford University.

The program is FREE! Pre-Registration is required.

You can print a copy of the registration form, program brochure and/or post card here.

For more information contact:

Marianne Beaton, Team Coordinator
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To register please contact:

Janet Johanson, Secretary II
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(902) 634-7388



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