I recently attended a training to be certified to teach the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management program. I have been wanting to teach this class for several years. I was excited to learn that I would not only get to attend the training, but that I had an opportunity to attend at no cost and that it was being held in my hometown. Normally the course is held at Stanford and it was going to cost the hospital around $1500 to send me. What a blessing!
The training was much more valuable than I expected. I learned the practical aspect of how to teach the class. I also learned what a powerful tool this could be to help others become better self-managers. It all revolves around giving people the tools they need and empowering them to take charge of their own lives.
Throughout the training we not only learned how to be instructors, but we also learned the same things a participant in the class will learn. We were expected to participate and set action plans. We reported our progress and encouraged each other and helped each other identify barriers and come up with new solutions. We left the class with a certificate and with motivation to become better self-managers ourselves.
The subjects covered in the Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions class are 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, 6) decision making, and, 7) how to evaluate new treatments.If you are dealing with a chronic condition or if you care for someone with a chronic condition, I recommend you look for a class near you. Check with your local Public Health Department for more information. If you are in the Red Bluff, CA area you can call 1-888 – 628-1948 for more information on class dates and times.