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Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP)

CPSMP is FREE and open to individuals living with chronic pain, their caregivers and significant others.

The workshop content doesn't focus on a specific disease or reason behind the chronic pain; rather it explores and teaches skills and techniques applicable for use while living with chronic pain. And, as participants discover, the pain isn't what brings folks together, it is the impact of the pain and the similarity of that impact on the lives of participants that brings everyone together.

The workshop is given in 2.5 hour sessions, once a week, for six weeks in community settings like senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. The workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, who have a chronic condition or are acting as caregivers to someone with a chronic condition.

Classes are highly participative. Mutual support and success build confidence in participants' ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Ready to find a workshop near you? Great! Check out our offerings for Chronic Pain Self-Management Program workshops being offered. Can't find a workshop near you? Still have questions? Don't hesitate to contact us to share your interest in the program and we will work to get one scheduled in your area soon. You can call us TOLL FREE at 855.662.6448, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Interested in Becoming a Group Leader?

​Group leaders are the heart of self-management education workshops. There are no requirements to become a group leader. Research shows that the way the workshop is taught is as important, if not more important, than the subject matter that is taught. In other words, when using the Stanford model - which gives structure and support - participants usually make good decisions about their health. Over the course of the six week workshop, participants have opportunities to learn a little, try things out, get feedback and then build on what they have learned. It's amazing what people can do in six weeks!

We have found that the majority of our group leaders fall in one of two categories:

  • Volunteer Group Leaders We welcome volunteer group leaders who have a passion for the program. Often, these leaders were once participants in a workshop themselves!
  • Professional Group Leaders Group leaders who serve in a professional role within their organization are our most common group leaders. Oftentimes they may serve as a registered nurse, diabetes educator, nurse assistant, registered dietician, etc. We have also had organizations train front office staff, billings associates, etc. As long as a group leader feels comfortable presenting in front of a group of participants, we can train them in the Stanford model!

Kansas Self-Management Education offers several opportunities to become a group leader throughout each year. Training is provided free of charge. Once trained, group leaders are supplied all workshop related materials. This includes books and cds for every participant, paper charts needed for workshops, dry erase markers, cd player, etc. Group leaders are expected to adhere to program fidelity and data collection expectations. Group leaders must attend all four days of leader training to become certified. To continue certification, leaders must facilitate one workshop every 12 months. Failure to facilitate a workshop will result in termination of certification.

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