DIAGNOSIS: Chronic Pain

TREATMENT: Psychoeducation and Self-management Group Therapy for Chronic Pain


  • Basic premise: Self-management and psychoeducation groups help provide patients with an understanding of cognitive and behavioral strategies to maximize function and reduce pain as well as how to build support systems, modify responsibilities, manage emotions, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and using resources. The educational process typically includes social, cognitive, and behavioral theories that target aspects such as improved confidence, acceptance of limitations, and cultivating more positivity. These types of groups are typically run by a psychologist in a clinical setting or on an interdisciplinary team. The group dynamic is utilized for role modeling and to encourage problem solving.


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