Through Pain Connection, U.S. Pain Foundation offers a network of support groups across the country. These support groups are led by people with pain who have received special training from Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, Pain Connection’s Clinical Director, and Cindy Steinberg, U.S. Pain’s National Director of Policy and Advocacy.

We are always looking to expand support groups to even more locations.

Are you the leader we’ve been looking for?

We would like to invite you to a support group leader training Sept. 21 & 22 (during Pain Awareness Month!) in Newark, NJ, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport.

At the training, you will learn how to:

  • Successfully launch a local support group in your state
  • Lead productive but compassionate discussions
  • Recognize and understand the psychosocial impact of pain
  • Empower your group members to utilize their own internal healing abilities
  • Share helpful strategies like mindfulness and self-massage

Scholarships are available for U.S. Pain volunteers!

If you are not a U.S. Pain Foundation volunteer and would like to attend, the cost of the training is $375. If you are a U.S. Pain Foundation volunteer and have been signed up for at least three months, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship that covers:

  • the cost of the training
  • hotel accommodations
  • four meals
  • a $400 travel stipend

All other expenses are your responsibility. Please note the following eligibility requirements for applying and attending:

If accepted, you agree to lead monthly support group meeting in your state, with support and guidance from Pain Connection.

If accepted, to confirm your commitment and hold your space, you agree to provide a $50, non-refundable deposit.

How to apply

To apply for the scholarship, fill out this form and submit via email at or via fax at 800-910-6951 by July 31.

Space is limited and only a select number of volunteers will be chosen at this time. If selected, you will receive an email or phone call from Gwenn.  If you are not selected, future opportunities will be available.

We hope you can join us and help expand our offerings of hope and healing for people with pain!