Exhibitors
Exhibitor Organization:
Self-Management BC - University of Victoria

Address:
4907 Chisholm Street
Delta, B.C.
V4N 0T8

Toll Free: 1-866-902-3767

Website:
www.selfmanagementbc.ca

Booth:
Penticton Trade & Convention Centre (16)
Organization Description:
The University of Victoria's Self-Management Programs are FREE, evidence-based education workshops offered throughout British Columbia for adults experiencing chronic pain, chronic conditions or mental health issues. Self-Management Programs offered are: Chronic Disease, Online Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Cancer: Thriving and Surviving and Health Coaching. Participants learn how to: Understand and manage their health symptoms; make healthier eating choices; become more active; communicate effectively with health care providers; manage difficult emotions; and set realistic goals and problem-solve. Participants demonstrate significant improvements in: exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with health care providers, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and social/role activity limitations.

The format involves groups of between 10 and 16 people meeting once a week over six-consecutive weeks, 2.5 hours per week. Participants are provided with a FREE resource book, "Living a Healthy Life with Pain” or “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions”, depending on the workshop. Workshops are facilitated by pairs of trained volunteer leaders, many living with chronic conditions themselves. Workshops are designed to enhance regular medical treatment and patient education.

Self-Management Programs were developed and evaluated at Stanford University and have been implemented in 26 countries. Over 30,000 British Columbians have taken a Self-Management Program.

Self-Management Programs are supported by the BC Ministry of Health and in May 2012 was named a leading practice program by the Health Council of Canada.

For more information and to register for Self-Management Programs in your area, or to become a volunteer leader/coach: call 1-866-902-3767 Toll Free, email selfmgmt@uvic.ca, or go to the website, www.selfmanagementbc.ca.