The WBPCN offers a three-week course called the
Chronic Pain Self-Management Program which was originally developed in Stanford University.
Research on this program has shown that participants are able to reduce their experience of pain, feel more vitality in their daily lives, reduce their dependence on others, and improve their mental health and resilience. It has been shown to reduce chronic pain by 20-40%.
There is a $15 fee for the materials provided in the course, which include a workbook and a resource book.
This program has been developed for people who have been diagnosed with Chronic Pain; conditions which might be appropriate for this program include:
Chronic musculo-skeletal pain (neck, shoulder, back injuries, etc.)
Persistent headaches or migraines
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Diabetic Neuropathy (nerve damage due to Diabetes)
Repetitive strain injury
Chronic regional pain syndromes
Chronic pelvic pain
Post-surgical pain lasting longer than six months
What is Chronic Pain?
Dealing with Difficult Emotions
Fatique & Sleep
Using Your Mind to Manage Symptoms
Exercise & Chronic Pain
If you are not yet a patient of the WBPCN, you will need to be referred by your local Family Physician.
If you have previously been referred to the WBPCN for another program, this program is available to you through our 'inter-program referral policy' - you are welcome to discuss it during your next visit with one of our clinicians, and they will arrange to have you enrolled in the course.
Contact the PCN for more details.