Workshop Leaders are dedicated community volunteers who empower people to better manage their chronic conditions and to live a healthy life. Leaders typically have first-hand experience with a chronic condition themselves. They apply and model self-management skills in their own lives.
Leaders may be lay people or health care professionals. Regardless, they act as peers when leading the workshop, not as health experts. Two Volunteer Peer Leaders always work together to deliver the workshops.Why Become a Volunteer Peer Leader
The North West Self-Management Program offers three types of “Healthy Change” workshops:
- Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
- Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)
- Cancer Thriving and Surviving
In the CDSMP workshop, you will cover these topics over six sessions:
|Session 1 Differences between acute and chronic conditions Using the mind for symptom management Making Action Plans
|Session 2 Difficult emotions Intro to physical activity
|Session 3 Better Breathing Muscle Relaxation Pain and Fatigue Management Endurance Exercise
|Session 4 Healthy Eating Future Plans for Health Care Communication Problem Solving
|Session 5 Medications Making Treatment Decisions Depression Management Positive Thinking Guided Imagery
|Session 6 Working with your health care professional Working with the health care system Looking back and planning for the future
Introducing: Diabetes Self-Management Program
The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) is a workshop for people with type 2 diabetes. It teaches the skills needed for day-to-day management of diabetes, and related symptoms, so individuals can better “Live a Healthy Life” with diabetes and other chronic health conditions.
This new program from Stanford (2008) is based on the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, but includes additional topics specific to Diabetes management. Research studies have indicated that participants completing this workshop have been successful in lowering their A1C levels as well as decreasing their diabetes-related symptoms.
* The diabetes self-management workshop is still focused on self-management skills and meant to supplement existing diabetes education pieces.
In the DSMP Workshop you will cover these topics over six sessions:
|Session 1 Self-managing diabetes Making an action plan (all sessions) Monitoring (all sessions) Nutrition/healthy eating
|Session 2 Feedback/problem solving Preventing low blood sugar
|Session 3 Preventing complications Fitness exercise Stress management Relaxation techniques
|Session 4 Difficult emotions Monitoring blood sugar
|Session 5 Depression Positive Thinking Communication Medications
|Session 6 Working with your health care professional Working with the health care system Sick days Skin and foot care Future plans
In the Cancer Thriving and Surviving Workshop you will cover these topics over six sessions:
|Session 1 The Mind-Body Connection Fatigue Management and Getting Help Making Action Plans
|Session 2 Feedback and Problem-Solving Dealing with Difficult Emotions Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Regaining Fitness During and After Cancer Treatment
|Session 3 Managing Pain Living with Uncertainty Making Decisions Future Plans for Health Care
|Session 4 Cancer and Changes to Your Body Healthy Eating Communication Skills Problem-Solving
|Session 5 Endurance Exercise Making Decisions about Treatment and Complementary Therapies Weight Management Dealing with Depression Positive Thinking
|Session 6 Cancer and Relationships Guided Imagery Working with Your Health Care Professional and Health Care Organization Looking Back and Planning for the Future