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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:

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; Jan. 15-Feb. 5, 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. 

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) 890-6464.

Mind Body Medicine Group

 

In a safe and supportive environment, this eight-week group teaches skills to manage stress and physical symptoms associated with illness, pain or stress-related medical conditions. By understanding the mind-body connection, group members will learn how to gain greater control of their health and to improve their well-being.

 

Goals for the group include:

  • Understand the stress-symptom cycle
  • Learn and incorporate a variety of relaxation techniques into daily life
  • Strengthen motivation to implement healthy lifestyle practices
  • Identify and change unhelpful thinking patterns
  • Improve communication in relationships
  • Foster social support networks

This group would benefit anyone who:

  • Is interested in improving their health and reducing stress
  • Has medical problems triggered by or complicated by stress
  • Is interested in developing mind-body skills to complement their medical treatment

Details

  • Dates: Thursdays, September 4-October 23, 2014, 2:30-4:30pm
  • Location:UW Health East Clinic, 5249 East Terrace Dr., Madison
  • Group Leaders: Norann Richard, PhD, and Shilagh Mirgain, PhD
  • Cost: Covered by many health insurance programs 
  • Information: For more information and to schedule a pre-screening interview, contact Michele Johnson at (608) 890-6464.

 

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

Pain Management and Coping Group: Research Park

 

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; January 26-March 16, 2015; 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. 

 

Positive Emotions: Creating Resiliency with a Chronic Pain Problem

 

In a safe and supportive environment, group members will learn:

  • The power of using positive emotions to assist with pain coping
  • How to make the decision for more positive emotions
  • How to grieve the past in order to embrace the present
  • Activities that can help you reclaim your joy, hopefulness, gratitude and happiness

Details

  • Dates: September 8-October 13, 2014, 3:30-5pm
  • Cost: Covered by many health insurance programs
  • Location: Research Park Clinic, 621 Science Dr., Madison
  • Leaders: Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, and Janice Singles, PsyD
  • Information: For more information, 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: Tuesdays; October 28-November 18, 2014, 11am-noon
  • 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.