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Workshops

For clients' convenience, The Donley Center offers a variety of workshops to help with recovery. They include

A brief description of each workshop follows, along with information on dates and times of workshops, as well as how to register.

Please call the Donley Center at (401) 243-1200 with any questions you may have regarding these Workshops.

 

Pain Management Workshop
Joanne Fowler, PhD

Ways of undertaking chores, tasks and activities that may have worked well prior to a work injury may not be as effective when challenged by the experience of pain. For example, maybe one is accustomed to doing a task to completion. Now when attempting to complete washing the dishes, mowing or raking the lawn, or vacuuming the house, the injured person may find that they end up suffering from pain for days and cannot undertake any tasks. Patients suffering from pain may be in a vicious cycle of overexerting themselves and then paying the price with days of incapacity.


A Man in Pain
 

The skills and techniques learned in this workshop will help break this vicious cycle. A person recovering from injury can become more active and involved in their life again by reducing pain and the distress of having a pain problem.

The Donley Center staff psychologists have strategies that are effective in helping an injured worker manage their pain. It is possible to train one's system not to feel the pain as much as when beginning to recover from injury. This will provide the freedom to be more functional despite the experience of pain.

This workshop will enable an understanding of what chronic pain is. More importantly, it will help one learn how to undertake tasks in a way that will not aggravate one's pain experience. In addition, the patient will learn strategies that studies have shown will reduce the pain experience, such as relaxation techniques.

What each individual does about their pain may be as helpful as anything that is done to or for them. The patient is truly part of their own solution. By participating in this workshop, a client can get more out of their ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation program.

This workshop is offered as two sessions of 1½ hours each on Mondays from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The workshop is also offered in Spanish and will be separately scheduled. Patients should contact their Patient Care Coordinator/Case Manager to sign up.



A Woman under Stress

Stress Management Workshop
Joanne Fowler, PhD

Injured workers face a significant amount of stress, including financial problems, frustration over the inability to undertake activities the same as before the injury and changes in relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. Unmanaged stress can lead to feelings of tension, anxiety, and depression. When feeling emotionally distressed, a person's physical muscles tense up. In turn, one then feels an increase in their experience of pain. Increased pain leads to decreased capacity to do things, which then causes increased distress.


The Stress Management Workshop aims to help a client break this cycle by changing their reactions to stress, so that they:

  • Feel more relaxed
  • Interact with others in more effective ways
  • Are better able to manage crisis situations including pain flare-ups
  • Are better able to deal with negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, sadness

No one is able to entirely eliminate stress. However, managed stress makes people more productive and positive. If one fails to resolve the problem, they end up feeling distressed and unproductive.

Specifically, the goals of the workshop are to help clients use adaptive coping strategies such as:

  • Eliminating or modifying the source of stress through problem-solving
  • Changing one's attitude or view of a situation by trying to look at it in a new light
  • Changing one's physical reaction to a stressful situation by implementing a relaxation response

This workshop is offered as two sessions of 1½ hours each on Fridays from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Patients should contact their Patient Care Coordinator/Case Manager to sign up.



 
RI Department of Labor and Training
Dr. John E. Donley Rehabilitation Center
249 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, RI 02906


Phone: (401) 243-1200
Fax (401) 222-3887
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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