Information for Attendees

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a FREE, 6-week two-hour workshop that helps participants, and their support person, deal with the ongoing issues associated with chronic pain. Participants that attend the workshop will receive a free copy of the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain book, and a CD, The Moving Easy Program.

 Workshop participants will learn about:

  • Strategies to overcome problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep
  • About exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, endurance and pacing activity with rest
  • Appropriate use of medications and evaluating new treatments
  • Communication skills
  • The importance of good nutrition in pain management

Information for Hosts

Target Population

  • People who have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain
  • Family members, friends, and caregivers of adults with chronic pain

Program Length

  • 6 total sessions
  • 1 day each week
  • 2-hour sessions

Cost Estimates

  • License fee (3-year multi-program license) ($1,000)*
  • Books & CD ($35)
  • Flip Charts ($35)
*License fee covered by Texas A&M EBP in the nine county RHP 17 region

Other Requirements

  • 8-10 people
  • Books, CDs
  • Flip Charts
  • Tables and chairs
  • Participant workbooks

Program Components

Structured, interactive group learning focused on individuals suffering from chronic pain.

  • Coping strategies: Action planning & feedback, behavior modeling, problem-solving techniques, decision-making
  • Self-management of symptoms: Stress management, healthy eating, sleep/fatigue management, medication management, exercise, communication with health providers, pain management

Program Outcomes

Participants:

  • More vitality or energy
  • Less pain
  • Less dependence on others
  • Improved mental health
  • More involved in everyday activities
  • More satisfied with their lives