Employee & Community Health

Chronic pain? New therapy group may be for you

11/1/2018 by Dr. Craig Sawchuk

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If you're looking for a different approach to managing your chronic pain, the new group therapy program from Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) may be for you. IBH offers the program to Employee and Community Health (ECH) patients, which will cover a variety of pain management strategies, including education, value-based goal-setting, time-based activity pacing, through challenging, relaxation training and difficult-day planning. 

Here are the details for the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain Management Group:

  • Each group meets for six weeks; sessions are 90 minutes. 
  • Sessions are held every Monday from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Participants meet on the first floor of the Baldwin Clinic. 
  • Groups will run throughout the year, starting in early October. 

The CBT for Chronic Pain Group isn't designed to replace any existing medical or behavioral treatments for pain management or as a requirement for receiving pain medication prescriptions. 

To be eligible for the therapy group, you must be: 

  • An adult, age 18 and older, who has been experiencing pain for six months or longer
  • Willing and able to follow through on homework assignments
  • Able to interact in a respectful manner with others in a group setting
  • Committed to attending all scheduled group sessions

If you're interested in the CBT for Chronic Pain Group, please talk with your primary care provider for a referral. 

Dr. Craig Sawchuk is a clinical psychologist in Employee and Community Health's (ECH) Division of Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH). He is the co-chair of IBH and co-chair of professionalism within the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester.