Treating chronic pain is complex and affects people physically, emotionally, cognitively, socially, and environmentally.

That’s why Pain Connection, a program of U.S. Pain Foundation, is offering “Filling the gaps in pain care,” a multidisciplinary program designed to help people with chronic pain and their families manage and cope with chronic pain more effectively.

The eight-week program will take place at Harmony Hospice: 1200 N. El Dorado Place, Ste B-200, Tucson, Arizona, on Thursdays from 1 to 4 pm, from May 7 to June 25, 2020. (Please note new dates, moved ahead from original winter dates.)

The program will include both didactic and experiential skill-building modules, with an emphasis on participants utilizing their own internal healing abilities. The program is paced for people with pain, which means many breaks are included. Participants are also welcome to bring whatever makes them feel comfortable, such as: ice/heat packs, pillows, mats, etc.

What you’ll learn

Participants will receive a one-on-one assessment before the program begins. During the program, participants will learn about:

  • Treatment planning and tools for communicating with providers
  • Vital self-care skills
  • Coping with the emotional effects of pain, and the stages of grief related to serious health issues
  • Mind-body strategies for reducing stress and in turn, reducing pain
  • Improving interactions with family and friends

Complementary and alternative approaches, including mindfulness-based meditation, guided imagery, nutrition/herbs, gentle movement, acupuncture, acupressure, reiki, massage (cranial-sacral), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) for pain/trauma, gentle restorative yoga, YEN, and aromatherapy

Why you should attend

There are a number of reasons to attend this special program.

  • Caring, licensed clinicians, many who have personal experience with chronic pain
  • Small groups to increase individual attention and support
  • Significant others are included in the program
  • Outcome criteria is measured and impact is assessed for pain intensity, physical and emotional functioning
  • Cost-effective program that can complement and enhance other treatment

Costs and registration

The cost of attending is $400, which includes the individual assessment, eight group sessions, “Making the Invisible Visible” manual, and mindfulness meditation and guided imagery CDs.

Registration and an interview are required. Some insurance companies do reimburse for this group. Pain Connection does not take insurance, but will provide you with a receipt to give to your insurance company.

To set up an interview, contact gwenn@painconnection.org or call 800-910-0664.