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About My Tool Box

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.

About My Tool Box's Chronic Pain Self-Management Program


Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is offered by My Tool Box in partnership with L'Association québécoise de la douleur chronique

My Tool Box is proud to deliver the official Stanford-certified Chronic Pain Self-Management Program in the MUHC's territory. We are also a proud partner with the AQDC, which is licensed to deliver this program elsewhere across the province.

Chronic pain can cause severe stress and upset to individuals and their families, changing the way they live on a day to day basis. This evidence-based workshop provides information and coping strategies to help people take control, better manage their pain, work more effectively with health care providers, and improve their quality of life. 

The workshops are led by two trained and certified lay leaders. The workshop is delivered in groups of 10-12 participants, once a week for 2 ½ hours, for six consecutive weeks. Participants receive the, “Chronic Pain Self-Management Program Workbook” and the “Moving Easy Program” CD which provides a set of easy to follow exercises which can be done in the comfort of your own home.  

There is no cost to attend, and excellent reference materials are available. The program is intended for adults experiencing a wide range of chronic pain conditions. Conditions appropriate for this workshop might include musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, whiplash injury, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, chronic pelvic pain, post-surgical pain lasting longer than 6 months, neuropathic pain, neuralgias, post-stroke or central pain, persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel, and severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.



  • 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. 


Workshops are held at our offices downtown as well as in many suburbs on the island of Montreal in the MUHC's territory depending on demand from our community partners (i.e. West Island).

The next session of My Tool Box, in English or in French, has been suspended for an indefinite period of time.
Dates and times for the next session will be added. Click on the course calendar below for more information: 

Next Workshops

**When you register, please indicate which workshop is of interest to you.


To register or for more information, please contact:

Program Coordinator
Telephone: 514-934-1934 ext 71585


Dr. Deborah Radcliffe-Branch, Director
Telephone: 514-934-1934 ext 71584