About the Class
Chronic pain is manageable. Learn ways to make small changes that will have big impact on your life. Learn how our brains processes pain and how our thoughts and emotions can influence that process. Classes are taught in small group settings by two facilitators, one of which has chronic pain. Get support and encouragement from group interactions. And make connections with people in class so you can stay in touch if you want. Caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend.
During this 6-week program you will:
- Learn how decision making and problem-solving skills can help you adjust & adapt
- Understand why nutrition and physical activity effect to your overall pain management
- Practice skills like open communication and distraction techniques.
- Learn breathing exercises and ways to deal with difficult emotions.
Classes are offered by many organizations throughout the state and in a variety of ways to meet your scheduling needs:
Live Virtual- classes meet weekly on virtual platforms (Webex, Zoom, GoogleMeet, etc..) for around 2 hours for information sharing, discussion and material review. You will need access to a device with a webcam in order to participate in these classes. Prior to the first week of class there will be an "informational session" where an overview of the program will be presented, connectivity issues will be addressed and discussion on how to get class materials. These classes are live and will not be recorded.
Live Telephonic/Telephone Only - classes are taught in a semi-self-guided format. Materials provided will guide you through assignments and class will meet weekly with a facilitator for 1 hour over conference call. These classes are a great option for those who do not have access to a device with a webcam or time constraints are an issue.
In-person - taught at various locations statewide. Classes meet for 2 1/2 hours for information sharing, discussion and material review. Due to COVID-19 all in-person classes are on hold until further notice.