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Workshop Introduction

 

 

Worksop BlocksWorkshops are facilitated by trained and certified volunteers living with a chronic illness(s) themselves.

Workshops are held once a week for six consecutive weeks, and last two and a half hours.

This MUHC program is a structured course and every week different material is presented.

Each class has 10 to 12 participants.

Family members or health professionals caring for persons with chronic health conditions are also welcome to contact the Coordinator to discuss participation.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP)

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 2.5 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.

The program covers the following topics:

·       Debunking Myths about Chronic Pain

·       The differences between Acute and Chronic Pain

·       Understanding the Pain & Symptom Cycle

·       Physical Activity & Exercise

·       Pacing: Balancing Activity and Rest

·       Better Breathing and Muscle Relaxation

·       Dealing with difficult Emotions

·       Problem Solving

·       Fatigue and Sleep Management

·       Guided Imagery, Visualization, Distraction

·       Communication Skills

·       Working with your Health Care System

·       Healthy Eating

·       Depression and Positive Thinking

·       Medications for Chronic Pain

·       Making Informed treatment Decisions

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is an evidence-based workshop that provides information and coping strategies to help people take control, better manage their conditions, work more effectively with health care providers, and improve their quality of life.

Workshops are facilitated by two trained and certified leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves. The workshop is delivered in to groups of 10-12 participants, once a week for 2.5 hours, for six consecutive weeks. Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th Canadian Edition.

There is no cost to attend, and excellent reference materials are available. The program is intended for adults experiencing a wide range of chronic conditions. Conditions appropriate for this workshop might include Asthma and Chronic Lung Diseases, Cancer, Kidney Disease, Heart disease, Stroke and multiple Neurological conditions including MS, Autoimmune disorders, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Diabetes.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

The program covers the following topics:

·       How to locate reliable resources

·       Understanding and managing common symptoms

·       Techniques to deal with depression, frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation

·       Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance

·       Appropriate use of medications

·       Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health Professionals

·       Healthy eating and weight management

·       Managing your Medications

·       Sleep

·       Decision making , including treatment decisions

·       How to evaluate new treatments

·       Planning for the future

 

The next sessions of My Tool Box, in both English and French, have been suspended for an indefinite period of time. Please check the website periodically for dates, times and locations of future workshops.

Click on the link below: 

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To register or for more information, please contact:
 

Program Coordinator
Telephone: 514-934-1934 ext 71585
Email: mytoolbox.mni@mcgill.ca

Or

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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