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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
"Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" Workshop Topics & Guidelines for Participation

 

GENERAL CHRONIC DISEASE WORKSHOP TOPICS:

Session 1
  • Differences between acute and chronic conditions
  • Using the mind for symptom management
  • Making Action Plans

Session 2

  • Difficult Emotions
  • Intro to Physical Activity

Session 3

  • Better Breathing
  • Muscle Relaxation
  • Pain and Fatigue Management
  • Endurance Exercise

Session 4

  • Healthy Eating
  • Future Plans for Health Care
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving

Session 5

  • Medications
  • Making Treatment Decisions
  • Depression Management
  • Positive Thinking
  • Guided Imagery

Session 6

  • Working with your health care professional and the health care system
  • Looking back and planning for the future

CHRONIC PAIN WORKSHOP TOPICS:

Session 1
  • Overview of self-management
  • Debunking myths
  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • Making Action Plans (All sessions) 

Session 2

  • Feedback/problem solving
  • Fitness/exercise
  • Pacing Activity and Rest
  • Using your Mind to manage symptoms

Session 3

  • Feedback/problem solving
  • Using your Mind to manage symptoms
  • Difficult Emotions
  • Fatigue/sleep 

Session 4

  • Communication
  • Healthy Eating

Session 5

  • Using your mind to manage symptoms
  • Medication
  • Depression

Session 6

  • Using your mind to manage symtoms
  • Communication
  • Making treatment decisions
  • Working with your health professional
  • Future Plans


GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE "LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS" WORKSHOP

“Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” is a FREE six-week workshop (six sessions, once a week, 2½ hours each session).  The workshop helps people with chronic health conditions to better manage their symptoms and daily life. 

All participants must pre-register for the workshop.  We recommend that you attend all six sessions, or as many as possible.  The more sessions attended, the more benefit!

During this workshop, you are responsible for taking care of your own needs.  You may leave the room at any time, stand up, stretch, or tend to your needs.  In general, the workshop is considered to be safe for people with chronic conditions.

GUIDELINES

  • Come to every session
  • Be respectful of others and their ideas
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Give any new activities at least a two-week trial
  • Make and complete a weekly action plan
  • Call your buddy weekly
  • Turn off your cell phones/pagers

Participants must be able to set goals and function in a group setting.  For example, the program would not be appropriate for someone with memory impairment, or for someone who would be disruptive in a group.  However, caregivers, family members or friends can benefit from learning self-management skills to help support others and take care of themselves.   

All workshop participants receive the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions reference book for free.  The Program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and is part of the provincial strategy to prevent and manage chronic diseases.