Chronic Pain Self Management Program

This program varies by location

HALIFAX AND HANTS PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

The Pain Self-Management Program (PSMP) can help anyone who is ready to take an active part in learning strategies to improve their quality of life and learn non-medicinal ways of managing long-term pain.

The PSMP philosophy recognizes that pain affects the whole person (body, mind and spirit). It builds on concepts from psychology, physiotherapy and occupational therapy to introduce strategies that can help people living with long-term pain make positive change possible.

You can benefit from the program if you are eager to: learn more about yourself, learn non-medicinal ways of managing long-term pain, and learn how thoughts, emotions and behaviour can impact your pain.  

You must be willing and open to exploring current pain science and new possibilities in pain management, as well as challenging old attitudes and beliefs. Throughout the group program you will take an active part in learning strategies to improve your quality of life and developing a new plan for living more successfully with long-term pain.

During the sessions, the facilitators present material on by blending lecture, discussion from group participants, and hands-on learning experiences.

Halifax PSMP format: This is a 12-session group program of 8 to12 people with long-term pain. The program runs year-round in both morning and afternoon time slots.
Morning groups: 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 3 days/week for 4 weeks
Afternoon groups: 
Wednesday and Friday: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 2 days/week for 6 weeks

Hants PSMP format: This is a 5-session group program of 8 to12 people with long-term pain. The program runs about 3 times/year in the afternoons.
Monday to Friday: 1 to 4 p.m. once a week for 5 weeks

SOUTH SHORE CHRONIC PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is a a free 3 hour workshop series, held one afternoon a week for 6 weeks for people living with ongoing, chronic pain. The program is designed to help participants gain the confidence needed to cope with chronic pain in their daily lives. This program is co-sponsored by Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

The program is for adults 19 years of age or older who suffer chronic pain from headaches, neurological conditions, fibromyalgia, long-term back/neck pain, or past injures.

The program is available to all individuals affected by chronic pain including the patient, family and close friends, and caregivers of those living with chronic pain.

WESTERN KINGS MEMORIAL HEALTH CENTRE CHRONIC PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The Chronic Pain Management program provides assessment, education and self- management support for people living with chronic pain. 

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Contact information

HALIFAX PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Dickson Building, level 4
Room 4008, Pain Management Unit (4G)
Tel: 902-473-5471
Fax: 902-473-2148
Hours
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
DIRECTIONS

HANTS PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Hants Community Hospital
Tel: 902-792-2142
Fax: 902-798-9704
Hours
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
DIRECTIONS

SOUTH SHORE CHRONIC PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
To register please contact:
Janet Johanson, Secretary II
Tel:902-634-7388
Janet.Johanson@nshealth.ca

WESTERN KINGS MEMORIAL HEALTH CENTRE CHRONIC PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Western Kings Memorial Health Centre
Tel: 902 538-7102
Hours
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
DIRECTIONS

How do I sign up?

HALIFAX AND HANTS PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

You can refer yourself or you can be referred by a health care provider. In either case, you must call to schedule an assessment interview before you can start the program. Your readiness and suitability for the program will be assessed to determine the best way to meet your needs. Please note that there may be a wait for your assessment interview.

To schedule an assessment interview please call:
  • Halifax PSMP 902-473-5471
  • Hants PSMP 902-792-2142

SOUTH SHORE CHRONIC PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The program is free.  Pre-Registration with THIS FORM (.pdf) is required.

WESTERN KINGS MEMORIAL HEALTH CENTRE CHRONIC PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
To attend the Chronic Pain Management program please have your physician call or send a referral to the attention of Leah White at Western Kings Memorial Health Centre at 902 538-7102

What will happen in the program?

SOUTH SHORE CHRONIC PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
You will learn:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance.
  • Appropriate use of medications.
  • Effective ways to communicate with family, friends, and health care professionals.
  • Healthy eating.
  • Effective ways to deal with stress.

There is also great emphasis on three key life skills:

1. Action planning
2. Problem solving
3. Decision making

All workshops are run by a pair of certified trained Leaders; one is a health care person and the other is a community citizen who has chronic pain or cares for someone with chronic pain.

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program does not replace existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and pain-specific education. The Program is especially helpful for people with chronic disease as it gives them the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.

Documents and Forms

SOUTH SHORE CHRONIC PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - Chronic Pain Self Management Program Registration Form (.pdf)

HALIFAX/DARTMOUTH/HANTS PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - Program Referral Form (.pdf)

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