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Chronic Pain Group Meetings

UW Health health psychologists offer the following groups for people with chronic pain:

Learn about our group leaders:

Pain Management and Coping Group: Research Park

 

 

Group participants talk about how the group helped them development pain management skills.

In a safe and supportive environment, group members can learn to develop strategies and skills that are beneficial for coping with the challenges of chronic pain. A variety of topics will be addressed including: 
  • Relaxation skills
  • Theories of pain
  • Stress management
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Making healthy adjustments to health changes
  • Developing adaptive thinking patterns
  • Addressing relationship changes
  • Improving quality-of-life
Details:
  • Dates: Mondays; Sept. 15–Nov. 3, 2014; 1-2:30pm
  • Notes: Be sure to check your health insurance policy to see if the cost of the support group is covered.
  • Location: Research Park Clinic, 621 Science Dr, Madison
  • Registration: To sign up for the group, please contact Michele Johnson at (608) 890-6464. For more information and to schedule a prescreening interview, please contact Dr. Singles at (608) 265-6527 or Dr. Mirgain at (608) 890-9476.

 

Lifestyle Skills for Chronic Pain

 

This five-part series presents skills and interventions helpful in managing a chronic pain problem:
  1. Understanding the Mechanisms of Chronic Pain: This session will provide health education on distinguishing between the types of pain and how it operates in your system.
  2. Setting Effective Goals for Pain Rehabilitation: This session will coach you in creating effective goals, so that you can measure your progress in your pain rehabilitation. Well-defined goals can help you effectively communicate with your physician about your treatment plan.
  3. Fundamentals of Activity Pacing: This session will give you the tools to change habits that get in the way of keeping up with your day-to-day activities. You will learn a strategy on how to get tasks done more effectively.
  4. Radical Acceptance - A Method of Redesigning Your Life: This session will provide you with a pathway to better accept living with a chronic pain condition.
  5. Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy: This session will introduce a mindfulness approach to managing your chronic pain. Learning how to be present as a method of identifying tension or problematic thoughts associated with a pain problem has been proven to improve coping with chronic pain. 
Details:
  • Dates: Group meets Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Sessions can be taken in any order.
  • Location: UW Health East Clinic, 5249 East Terrace Dr., Madison
  • Registration: To sign up for this series, or for additional information, please call (608) 265-1257.

Headache Management and Coping Group

 

In a safe and supportive environment, group members can learn to develop strategies and skills that are beneficial for coping with the challenges of headache pain.
 
Details:
  • Dates: Thursdays; April 3-24, 2014; 3-4:30pm
  • Notes: Be sure to check your health insurance policy to see if the cost of the support group is covered.
  • Location: UW Health East Clinic, 5249 East Terrace Dr., Madison
  • Registration: To sign up for the group, please contact Michele Johnson at (608) 890-6464. 

Skills for a Happy Heart

 

In a safe and supportive environment, group members can learn to make healthy adjustments to reduce risk for further cardiac disease and enhance the quality of their lives. A variety of skills will be taught including: 

  • Understanding psychological risk factors that contribute to heart disease
  • Recognizing social risk factors and behaviors that contribute to heart disease
  • Managing stress at home and at work
  • Developing relaxation skills and bringing more mindful awareness into one’s life
  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as hostility, depression, anxiety, worry 
  • Addressing loneliness and isolation and ways to reconnect with people
  • Developing adaptive thinking patterns
Details:
  • Dates: Mondays; April 28-May 19, 2014, 4-5pm
  • Notes: Be sure to check your health insurance policy to see if the cost of the support group is covered.
  • Location: Research Park Clinic, 621 Science Dr, Madison
  • Registration: To sign up for the group, please contact Michele Johnson at (608) 890-6464.