The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a community program to help people live successfully with chronic pain. It is led by two trained leaders who complete a four-day training workshop and is delivered in communities to groups of 10-16 persons, once a week for 2 ½ hours, for six consecutive weeks. Participants receive a book which accompanies this program and includes the “Moving Easy Program” CD which provides a set of easy to follow exercises that can be done in the comfort of your own home.

This program was designed for persons experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain, whiplash injuries, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, chronic pelvic pain, post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months, neuropathic pain, or neuralgias, and post stroke or central pain. It may also be appropriate for those with conditions such as persistent headache, Crohn’s Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, people with diabetes who have neuropathy, and for individuals who have severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program provides knowledge and information; teaches skills that give greater confidence in the ability to manage chronic pain, and helps people improve their quality of life.

The Program covers the following topics:

  • What is pain?
  • Getting a good night’s sleep
  • Understanding the pain and symptom cycle
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Pacing and planning
  • Making decisions
  • Better breathing & relaxation body scan
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Fatigue and sleep management
  • Stress and guided imagery relaxation
  • Working with health care team
  • Medications for chronic pain
  • Depression and positive thinking
  • Evaluating treatments
  • Weight Management

Participants can self-refer and there is no cost to attend the following. Registration is required. Contact UVic Centre on Aging at 1-866-902-3767 or by email to to register or for more information click here

People can now register online.  However, you are encouraged to phone UVic Centre on Aging at the number provided and can register this way as well.


Days: Friday

Dates: May 3, 2019

Sessions: 6

Times: 12:00 noon to 3:00 P.M.

There is no charge for this program

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About the University of Victoria Centre on Aging – Lander Office

The University of Victoria – Centre on Aging is a multidisciplinary research centre to advance knowledge in the field of aging based on the twin standards of scientific rigor and applied relevance. The overall goals are to contribute to improving the health and quality of life with an increasingly diverse population of older adults, and to assist their families, health care providers, and governments in meeting the challenges and potentials of an aging society.
In 2002 the Ladner satellite office was established in Delta, BC. A major focus of activity of the Ladner Office is recruiting and training volunteers to deliver self-management programs and training health care professionals to use self-management support strategies when interacting with patients.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program Evaluation Studies

Two evaluation studies have been conducted and found that people who took the program had positive changes 3 months later which lasted for 12 months, and that the program reduced the costs of chronic pain.

What participants say about the program

  • A well presented and informative workshop of value to those suffering from chronic pain; family members …obtain information on assisting their loved ones
  • I have learned different ways to handle my pain. Some things I had not thought of in the past necessarily and just learned different ways how to handle my pain, the different emotions that can arise from feeling the pain and so that helps me personally and professionally