Practicing Mindfulness to Manage Chronic Pain
OSC is the first organization within the United States to offer the group Mindfulness Based Chronic Pain ManagementTM program. The 13-week program meets weekly with each session lasting two hours. Cal Robinson, PsyD will be facilitating this program once per quarter at OSC, with the next one beginning on September 18, 2018.
Registration deadline is September 4.
Sessions will be Tuesday evenings from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the 2nd Floor Waiting Room at OSC, 250 Nat Turner Blvd, Newport News, VA. Click here to read testimonials and poems written by program participants.
Most people living with chronic pain deal with both physical and emotional hurdles. This program moves gently to accommodate the sensitivities of those suffering with chronic pain. The training program provides the tools to more effectively manage the narratives of their lives. We methodically introduce patients to the mind-body connection and how it applies to their own stories and personal landscapes moving forward.
Cost: $125 per person for supplemental materials (Cash, Check, Visa, M/C, Discover accepted). Sessions are covered by medical insurance; Co-Pay varies with insurance carrier. If you would like to know exactly what your out-of-pocket cost will be, call your insurer’s Member Services division and give them the CPT code 96153 or 90853. For those individuals who pay out-of-pocket, OSC is offering a discounted rate of $56 per class, for a total of $728 for all 13 sessions (plus the $125 supply fee).
If you have any questions, feel free to email us.
If you have already filled out the registration form and need to reach the payment site, you can click here. You will need your OSC account number, which can be found on any statement. If you do not have it or are not a current OSC patient, simply use “11111” for your account number and we will make sure it gets placed on your account.
If you are not a current OSC patient, we do not require your insurance card ahead of time. Please bring your insurance card and photo ID with you to the first session.
If you are unable to participate in the session that begins in September, another session will begin in Winter, 2019. Email us if you would like to receive program announcements.
Research findings show that Mindfulness Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) can greatly benefit patients’ quality of life. The initial work of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center has evolved with the work of Jackie Gardner-Nix, MB.BS, PhD, MRCP(UK), Medical Director and founder of the NeuroNova Centre for Mindfulness Based Chronic Pain Management. Gardner-Nix is also associate professor at the University of Toronto and a practicing pain physician who has introduced MBCPM™ throughout Canada. She has given many presentations on chronic pain management internationally, and has researched outcomes showing effectiveness of the MBCPMTM courses in pain sufferers for pain and stress.
The program meets weekly in group format, with workbook and supplemental materials, lasting for approximately two hours for each session. Meaningful homework is also part of the process. Involvement in the program is based on curiosity and willingness to approach chronic pain.
There are three modules:
Module 1: Learning about Mindfulness and Meditation Practice
Classes 1-4 train participants in Mindfulness and meditation, with a focus on Mindful living and what it is, through exercises and practice outside of formal meditation. The goal of the first module is to allow participants to become more resilient toward challenges that will come later in the course, as well as in life. Class 5 shows the major effect of stress on many parts of the body/mind, making the connection between stress and the body/mind. This class forms a bridge to the middle part of the course.
Module 2: Self Care and Compassion
Classes 6 to 9 train participants in how to better care for themselves and thereby increases their resilience. By learning how they have been regarding the broken parts of themselves in a way which often shuns or deplores those parts, the focus is placed on nurturing self and working with parts of self which they may have been avoiding, deploring or treating without compassion.
Module 3: Working on Behaviors and Self Awareness in Relationships with Others and With Self
Classes 10 to 13 focus on how participants interact with others, especially toxic others, and how that undermines their health. They may also understand that they too can be toxic to others as their pain experience has a ripple effect on those around them. Art or other creative work allows them increased insight into situations and past experiences which affect their experience of emotional and physical pain as well as their healing. The creative work done by the participants in this module often increases insight into their concepts of self.
Class Size: The program is geared to accommodate between 15 to 20 participants. Formal meditation practice will be practiced during the sessions. Participants will be encouraged to assume whatever position they find comfortable for such practice. Adequate space and comfortable seating will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to participate in small groups for various activities during the sessions.
Our summer sessions were a great success. Read some of our Patient Success Stories, Poems & Art from the program here.