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Register for U.S. Pain Foundation’s Chronic Pain Support Group Leaders Training

Build your practice by registering for U.S. Pain Foundation’s chronic pain support group leaders training and receive Making the Invisible Visible: Chronic Pain Manual for Health Care Providers, written by Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW and Mary French, RN, MSW, LCSW-C, who both have chronic pain. Take an active role in changing how people with chronic pain and conditions are treated.
The next chronic pain support group training will be held virtually via Zoom meetings over a four-week period from October 25 through November 17. The training sessions will be each Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern. The dates are: October 25 and 27, November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17. Apply at
    Over 50 million Americans have chronic pain, and this number does not include veterans and children. People with chronic pain are stigmatized by healthcare professionals, are not believed and are under treated—especially people of color, women, migrants and the under-insured. Most people with chronic pain develop depression and anxiety, which can lead to suicide if left untreated.
Training objectives are to empower the leaders so they can teach group members to utilize their own internal healing abilities, understand the psychosocial stages of pain and grief, learn the Pain Connection group model, incorporate complementary health approaches, learn to develop a Treatment Tree Plan and a Flare-Up and Relapse Plan. Participants will take away tools and skills including: cognitive reframing, acupressure, chakra meditation, breathing techniques, meditation, guided imagery and more.
Pain Connection leaders facilitate 16 state Chronic Pain Support Groups (CPSG) per month. There are also five national CPSGs each month that clients/patients can utilize via Zoom, without leaving home. The calls last between one and one-and-a-half hours, with the last 15 minutes saved for breathing and guided imagery techniques. These groups are free. Register at
There are 10 specialized groups: Basic Training for Veterans with Chronic Pain; LGBTQ+ communities; caregivers/partners; Spanish speaking family group; Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC); The Writing Room; Teen Pain Warriors; Functional Nutrition; The Reading Room; and Overseas Military/Vets.

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