People in Pain Network


Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I join one of your pain self-managment group?

Check on the website to determine the groups location, day and time of the group you are interesting in attending. Register for the group you wish to attend and you will receive an email reminder five days and two days before the meeting.

What happens at a pain self-management group?

  • Guidelines - group guidelines are provided.
  • Check-in - typically in the past month what has worked for you.
  • Education topic - Healthcare provider, video, presentation to the group on a subject relating to the needs of the group, often based on the Canadian Pain ToolKit a copy of which is available on our website. < "href http://www.",Click Here For Your Pain ToolKit (free).,
  • We suggest our leaders provide a couple of meetings during the year where open discussion about pain is encouraged.
  • Discussion on the topic
  • Check-out - how do you see using the information from today topic over the next month.
  • 5 to 10 meditation, relaxation session
  • Group members choose the educational topics that meet their needs, based on the Canadian Pain ToolKit. We ask this question at least once a year, if the group is dynamic this could occur more frequently.

Your first meeting

At your first meeting you will be asked for your contact information this includes:

  • first name
  • last name
  • address
  • postal code
  • email address
  • phone number
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    If I miss a meeting how does it affect the process?

    Not a problem as this is a self-management program each person moves along at their pace.

    Is there a cost to attend a pain self-management group?

    No. Our meetings are free.

    Can a bring along a support person?

    We recommend that you bring your support person with you to meetings.

    Our meetings

    Meetings are:

  • Once a month
  • Two hours in length, during the meeting you can sit, stand, walk around, lay down or whatever makes you comfortable.
  • We send out email reminders ahead of each meeting.
  • We encourage you to bring a support person someone who helps you with your daily activities with you.
  • It's not mandatory however the option is there should you want to.
  • We encourage pain self-management.
  • We discourage sitting around and complaining about one's pain.
  • There is no cost to attend our meetings.
  • You can also attend any of our groups.
  • For example in a location where we have more than one group you can also attend the other meeting.
  • Our group leaders

    Our leaders are all people with persistent pain so a real understanding of what you're facing. Trained in meeting facilitation, Brief Action Planning, SMART goal setting.

    Our board

    Our board is made up of 80% people with persistent pain. Ensuring our pain self-management group members are provided with a safe environment to:

  • Encouraging growth.
  • Education.
  • Opportunities to have social activities.
  • A place to share your struggles and successes.
  • A place to help build your new normal.
  • Opioid guidelines

    Pain BC has met with the College of Physicians and Surgeons BC (CPSBC) to discuss the impact of the new Standards and Guidelines for people living with pain and their families, as well as the concerns of those physicians who have approached us since the changes on 1 June 2016. Our representatives felt that the College was receptive to the concerns raised, and we anticipate that the College will issue a public statement soon to clarify the intention of the Standards and Guidelines and, potentially, to announce some amendments.If these new standards have affected your health care or your health Pain BC have provided an information page and contact information. We encourage you to let the College of Physicians and Surgeons BC (CPSBC) know how the new guidelines are affecting you.

    Please click here to visit Pain BC Opioid Information Page.

    Is this similar to a six week course?

    No, a Pain Self-Managment Group Meeting is not a time-limited course. It is an on-going (monthly meetings) educational opportunity for people with persistent (chronic) pain to learn how to rebuild their life and successfully manage the pain. The group will help you to find ways:

  • Greater understanding how to manage your pain
  • Benefits of practicing mindfulness techniques in pain management
  • Brief Action Planning techniques
  • Reduce your isolation
  • Increase your activities levels
  • Help you to communicate with your medical team, family, and friends etc
  • Are the monthly group meetings part of a clinic?

    The group will help you to find ways: greater understanding how to manage your pain benefits of practicing mindfulness techniques in pain management Brief Action Planning techniques reduce your isolation increase your activities levels help you to communicate with your medical team, family, and friends etc

    Do I need a referral to attend a group meeting?

    ​The People in Pain Network of peer-led pain self-management educational groups are not a medical clinic. To attend one of our groups you do not need a medical referral or have to wait many months to attend, all you need is the desire to make changes in your life.

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