Welcome to My Tool Box (Stanford Program)
My Tool Box (Stanford Program) is a free 6-week program for individuals living with chronic disease(s) and their loved ones. The program is designed to teach people the skills they need to live well with chronic health conditions such as Asthma and Chronic Lung Diseases, Cancer, Kidney Disease, Heart disease, Stroke and multiple Neurological conditions including MS, Autoimmune disorders, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Chronic Pain, and Diabetes. These fun, practical and interactive workshops emphasize coping strategies and practical skills such as:
Managing your symptoms
Techniques for reducing stress
Dealing with difficult emotions - Fear, Anger, Frustration, and Depression
Exercise and Nutrition routines
Learning and practicing relaxation techniques - Breathing
Managing medication use
Communicating effectively with your health care team and loved ones
Managing pain and fatigue
Getting a good night's sleep
Making informed treatment decisions
Making an action plan
Currently we offer two versions of the workshop:
- The original Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (one or multiple conditions that may or may not involve chronic pain)
- As well as a variant called the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (one or multiple conditions where management of chronic pain becomes the focus)
My Tool Box is the MUHC's award-winning Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and the only Stanford-licensed CDSMP program on the island of Montreal.
- My Tool Box was developed at Stanford University to help people with chronic diseases and is now offered in 23+ languages throughout the world.
- Trained volunteers who have chronic diseases facilitate the workshops for others.
- More than two decades of research shows that My Tool Box can make a real difference.
- People who complete the workshops feel less fatigue and pain, and have fewer emergency room visits and hospital stays.
- Many find they have more energy, less depression and anxiety, better coping strategies, and feel greater confidence when communicating with health care professionals.
To register or for more information, please contact:
Michelle Poulin, Program Coordinator
Telephone: (514) 934-1934 ext. 71585
Fax: (514) 934-4413
Dr. Deborah Radcliffe-Branch, Program Director
Telephone: (514) 934-1934 ext. 71584
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