CPI hold many meetings and events nationwide. So why not come along and join in at one of our events this year.
CPI regularly hold nationwide meetings and events. These vary from information meetings, guest speaker events, awareness campaigns and self-management meetings. Speakers include Pain Management Consultants / Specialists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists. Meeting dates are scheduled quarterly see details below.
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What to Expect
Our SMS meetings are designed to provide you with the tools to self manage and better understand your condition. For full details of what these meetings see above/link to relevant section.
Meetings range from an Introduction to Self-Management which is designed to give attendees an understanding of what is involved and to arm them with tools to implement the strategies to more advanced sessions. Topics generally discussed at the Introductory meeting include:
- Understanding Chronic Pain & how it differs from other pain
- Understanding the role of Healthcare Professionals
- Understanding all available options – Medicines/Medical Devices/CBT/TM etc.
- Pacing skills
- Practical relaxation / improving sleep
We then hold follow on meetings which we review self management strategies in more detail. We encourage participants to attempt to build techniques into their daily routine and review to ascertain if they have made any progress. We also identify topics/areas that participants would like to focus on and look at those areas that they may have had trouble implementing. There is no point in attending a more advanced session if attendees are having difficulties in implementing these strategies. Therefore attendees can repeat these meetings/sessions as often as they need.
Finally when attendees are ready to progress our Self-Management facilitator along with the group identifies three or four areas to concentrate on e.g. pacing skills, dealing with negative thinking, guilt, sleep, relaxation techniques, improving communication, coping mechanisms, building resilience etc., etc.
Regional Information and Support Meetings
CPI run Support Meetings where we invite distinguished speakers to address our members regarding current topics/issues of interest. Speakers have included Pain Consultants / Specialists from around Ireland, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists. Future meetings will be listed above.