Herman leading a training session.

On Feb. 25 and 26, U.S. Pain Foundation and Pain Connection held “Training of Chronic Pain Support Group Leaders: A 21st Century Model for Chronic Pain” in Tucson, AZ. The training was led by U.S. Pain directors Gwenn Herman, Pain Connection clinical director, and Cindy Steinberg, U.S. Pain national director of policy and advocacy.

Seven trainees underwent the intensive course on how to lead a chronic pain support group. “The training was developed to take participants through a process of receiving a foundation of knowledge and incorporating the knowledge into practical applications,” said Herman. “Different modalities that lower pain levels were taught so leaders could learn, and then teach these modalities to their group members.”

Monthly supervisory conference calls will be held for these new leaders to continue the learning process. With the goal of expanding direct-service programs, U.S. Pain is focusing its efforts on ensuring the pain community has access to top-notch support group resources.

“We recognize the importance of connecting with other individuals enduring similar experiences,” says Paul Gileno, founder and president of U.S. Pain Foundation. “Part of our mission is to have U.S. Pain-sponsored support groups nationwide. That is why the organization is investing in providing support group leaders the necessary tools to empower and help pain warriors.”

To learn more about the expanding of this program, how to join a support group, or become a future leader, contact [email protected].

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