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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Joanne Fowler, PhD
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.
Management Workshop aims to help a client break this cycle by changing
their reactions to stress, so that they:
with others in more effective ways
better able to manage crisis situations including pain flare-ups
better able to deal with negative emotions such as anger, anxiety,
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.
the goals of the workshop are to help clients use adaptive coping strategies
or modifying the source of stress through problem-solving
one's attitude or view of a situation by trying to look at it in a
one's physical reaction to a stressful situation by implementing a
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.