Pain Connection continues its interactive series, “Building Your Toolbox,” this Tuesday, July 7 at 7:30 pm ET. The meeting will focus on acupressure with Lisa Marie Price. In private practice in Chinese Medicine for 25 years, Lisa Marie Price is a national board-certified acupuncturist (NCCAOM) and received her master’s degree in Acupuncture at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute. For eight years, Price served as faculty and Dean of Students at the Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, but now devotes herself full-time to her patients. As a founding member of U.S. Pain’s National Coalition for Chronic Pain Providers and Professionals, Price advocates both locally and nationally for improved services and treatment options for chronic pain patients.

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To provide more support and tips for self-management during the pandemic, Pain Connection has launched an interactive series, “Building Your Toolbox,” held the first Tuesday of the month. Each meeting in the series focuses on discussing a different pain modality with an expert. With the current health crisis, fear and stress seem to be at an all-time high, especially for pain warriors. We would like to encourage our pain warriors to create a toolbox of treatment modalities that can help you thrive all the time, not just during the pandemic.

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Mindfull

By: Mia Maysack

How are we able to go about pursuing or even simply believing in the concept of wellness, while attempting to cope with the opposite of being well?

At a physical therapy appointment a few years back, I met with a provider who used to experience debilitating pain himself after an accident. He’d since become pain-free and had a certain arrogance, as if he’d cracked the code, so I looked forward to working together.

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In our recent survey, when asked “What resources would be most helpful to you right now,” a majority of you responded that you need help handling the added stress and anxiety of COVID-19.

With that in mind, we’d like to share details about an upcoming Zoom webinar: “Finding balance during crisis: Tools from a pain psychologist” on Monday, May 4, at 7 pm ET, with pain psychologist Shamin Ladhani, PsyD.

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A total of 25 individuals gathered Feb. 29 and March 1 in San Diego, CA, for Pain Connection’s seventh chronic pain support group leaders training.

The majority of the attendees were people with chronic pain, but several caregivers and licensed mental health professionals were also in attendance. Participants go on to start local support groups; presently, as a result of the trainings, Pain Connection offers 19 in-person groups and five monthly call-in groups.

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Pain Connection, a program of the U.S. Pain Foundation, has announced that its next training for chronic pain support group leaders will be held Feb. 29 and March 1 in San Diego, CA. The trainings are led by Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, Clinical Director of Pain Connection, and Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy for U.S. Pain Foundation.

Currently, Pain Connection offers 19 in-person support groups and five monthly support group calls. Each of these offerings is led by an individual who attended a weekend training and learned about Pain Connection’s evidence-based support group model.

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Pain Connection, U.S. Pain Foundation’s network of support groups, has added two in-person support groups: one in Iowa and the other in Maine.

The Iowa group will have its first meeting on Dec. 19. It will be led by LaSheila Yates, who attended Pain Connection’s most recent chronic pain support group training this September.

The Maine group is a longstanding group run by Ernie Merritt, which will now be associated with U.S. Pain Foundation. The next meeting will be Nov. 7.

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U.S. Pain Foundation’s network of peer support groups, Pain Connection, hosted its sixth chronic pain support group training the weekend of Sept. 20 to 22 in Newark, NJ. The trainings follow an evidence-based, patient-centered curriculum and are led by Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, Pain Connection Clinical Director, and Cindy Steinberg, U.S. Pain’s National Director of Policy and Advocacy.

This was the largest training yet, with a total of 20 attendees.

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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.

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Finding community support is essential to living with chronic pain. With that in mind, Pain Connection, a program of U.S. Pain Foundation, continues to expand its in-person and conference call support group offerings nationwide.

Along with three existing monthly “Pain Connection Live” support group calls, there will now be a morning call on the third Thursday of each month from 10-11 am EST. The first call will be May 16. Existing calls are held on one evening, one afternoon, and one Saturday each month. To learn more or register for a Pain Connection Live call, click here.

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