Living Healthy Southern Tier

Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP)

Workshops are highly participatory. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Each participant is guided to tailor the workshop content to their own needs.

Formats

  • Small group workshop offered either face-to-face or virtually for 2 1/2 hours once a week for six weeks
  • Small group workshop specifically for the workplace, offered either face-to-face or virtually, 1 hour twice a week for six weeks
  • Mailed Tool Kit of materials with or without 6 weekly scripted 45-60-minute minute small group (3-5 people) phone calls
  • Asynchronous 6-week internet program Better Choices Better Health available in the North America through Canary Peers and in Europe from Vively.

Participants

People with any physical or mental chronic condition or multiple chronic conditions

  • 12-16 participants per face-to-face workshop
  • 8-12 participants per virtual workshop
  • 3-5 participants per Tool Kit with scripted phone calls workshop

Workshop Leaders

  • 2 trained Leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic condition themselves, for both in person and virtual workshops
  • 1 trained Leader for Tool Kit with small group phone calls workshops
  • Must be trained by SMRC-certified Master Trainers

Workshop Topics

Techniques to deal with symptoms of chronic conditions, such as fatigue, pain, sleeplessness, shortness of breath, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear, and frustration
Physicians, registered dietitians, occupational and physical therapists, and other health professionals have reviewed all workshop materials. Workshop was last updated in 2020.

Topics include:

  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • Falls prevention
  • Healthy eating
  • Better breathing techniques
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • Working more effectively with health care providers
  • Communicating with friends and family
  • Communicating with oneself
  • Communicating with the health care system
  • Action-planning, problem-solving, decision-making

Participant Materials

See the bibliography for articles about the Chronic Disease Self-Management and Tomando control de su salud programs.

The CDSMP is considered an evidence-based program by the Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Disease Control Arthritis Branch.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP)

Workshops are highly participatory. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Each participant is guided to tailor the workshop content to their own needs.

Formats

  • Small group workshop offered either face-to-face or virtually for 2 1/2 hours once a week for six weeks
  • Mailed Tool Kit of materials with or without 6 weekly scripted 45-60-minute minute small group (3-5 people) phone calls

Participants

People with chronic pain conditions, such as back pain, arthritis, headaches

  • 12-16 participants per face-to-face workshop
  • 8-12 participants per virtual workshop
  • 3-5 participants per Tool Kit with scripted phone calls workshop

Workshop Leaders

  • 2 trained Leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic pain themselves for both in-person and virtual workshops
  • 1 trained Leader for Tool Kit with small group phone calls workshops
  • Must be trained by SMRC-certified Master Trainers

Workshop Topics

Techniques to deal with symptoms of chronic pain conditions, such as fatigue, sleeplessness, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear, and frustration, with emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques for managing pain.

Pain physicians, registered dietitians, occupational and physical therapists, and other health professionals have reviewed all workshop materials. Workshop was last updated in 2021.

Topics include:

  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • Balancing activity with rest
  • Tools for overcoming worst-case thinking
  • How our minds affect pain and how we can use our minds to lessen pain
  • Negative emotions
  • Healthy eating
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • Working more effectively with health care providers
  • Communicating with friends and family
  • Communicating with the health care system
  • Communicating with oneself
  • Action-planning, problem-solving, decision-making

Participant Materials

For articles about the Chronic Pain Self-Management program see the bibliography.

The CPSMP program is approved for Title IIID funding under the Older American’s Act and for Funding from the CDC Arthritis Branch.

Mailed Tool Kits

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SMRC has developed mailed Tool Kits which can be used on their own or with a 6-week workshop with weekly conference calls facilitated by a trained Leader. These modes of delivery were developed as alternative methods to make self-management education available to those who cannot or do not wish to attend an in-person or online workshop.

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