Free workshops to help manage pain and find support.

By taking a self-management approach to your chronic pain, you can greatly improve your quality of life. Learning techniques and other behavioural approaches to manage your pain can have equal or better outcomes than clinical interventions.

Free self-management workshops

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a workshop given for two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centres, churches, libraries and hospitals. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health care professionals living with chronic pain themselves.

What to expect

  • Share how your chronic pain affects you in your daily life
  • Learn a number of self-management strategies
  • Find mutual support from peers
  • Make realistic goals and achieve them
  • Build confidence in your ability to manage your health and maintain an active and fulfilling life

Workshop topics

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as stress and tension, anger, frustration, depression, fatigue and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Appropriate use of pain medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Pacing activity and rest
  • How to evaluate new treatments

Self-management workshop

Register today to attend a free chronic pain self-management workshop.

Online chronic pain video series

If you’re unable to attend in-person workshops, there are online self-management videos available through Alberta Health Services: Chronic pain lecture series.

Peer support groups

Connecting to peers with similar experiences can be a tremendous support in your journey. Peer support groups:

  • Assist with finding and navigating health care and community resources
  • Share personal stories of managing chronic pain: fears, barriers, struggles, coping strategies
  • Listen and provide a supportive presence
  • Decrease isolation and foster social support