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Pain Connection Invites You to Attend Our First Art Show and Silent Auction

On Sunday, May 7, 2006, 5-7:30 PM, at The Dennis & Phillip Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. Hillary Howard will Emcee this event. Members, their families and friends will be exhibiting and selling their work including paintings, photography, jewelry, woodwork, pottery, and handicrafts. There will also be a viewing the museum's collection. Also included in the show: piano music by Jeff Binkes, food, beverages and Silent Auction. Funds raised will benefit Pain Connection.

Artists interested in showing and selling their work please contact the office by April 1.

Membership Drive

Pain Connection celebrates 7th Anniversary in August !!

We Need You to help raise money for our existing and developing programs! Most government agencies, foundations and donors lack the knowledge about chronic pain. We Need You! All recipients who use/have used our services and professionals please help us now by joining with a $40 annual membership. Pain Connection is an all volunteer agency. Help us help you! Join up now!

Community Outreach & Education

The Governor's Conference On Vital Aging II May 2nd, Baltimore Convention Center. Pain Connection has been invited and Gwenn Herman, Director, will present a seminar on "Making the Invisible Visible- Treating Chronic Pain."

Mission Statement

There are seventy five million Americans suffering from chronic pain who are not receiving the treatment they need. Many fall between the cracks in their own private health insurance, workman's compensation, and disability benefits. Others are helpless because of a lack of insurance.

Pain Connection® is a 501(c)(3) not for profit human health service agency that provides monthly support groups, information and referrals, community outreach and education, website and newsletter. Pain Connection plans to establish an outreach center which will provide counseling, support groups and seminars, 24 hour hotline, library with Internet access, training program, case management, advocacy, and transportation for people suffering from chronic pain. These services will improve the quality of life, offer a chance for rehabilitation, decrease the sense of isolation this population experiences and enable the chronic pain sufferer to take control of his/her condition and treatment and maintain independence.



Winter/Spring 2006


Eileen Zagone has joined our Board of Directors and brings her expertise to help our organization. Ms. Zagone is a professional massage therapist and talented artist.

Phase Foundation Grant

The Phase Foundation has awarded Pain Connection $3,000 to support their efforts to improve the quality of life of chronic pain sufferers, their families and the community. We are honored to have been selected.

Mental Health Services: Supervision and Specialized Therapy Group

Pain Connection is now offering supervision to mental health professionals interested in working with chronic pain clients. Pain Connection has been collaborating with a local pain management clinic, Pain and Rehabilitation Medicine, in providing therapeutic services to an ongoing chronic pain therapy group. Some of the topics discussed are: self management of pain, relationships, depression and anxiety, the healing process and redefining what is normal. Relaxation techniques, guided imagery and meditation are also being taught. The group is being led by Pain Management Specialists/Clinical Social Workers, Gwenn Herman and Mona Mendelson. The group meets at 7830 Old Georgetown Road, Suite C-15, Bethesda, MD 20814. For more information on signing up for the group or if your agency would like to start a group contact: Gwenn Herman, LCSW-C,DCSW, 301-231-0008 or Mona Mendelson, LCSW-C, 240-354-6704.

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12320 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852

For Information call:
fax: 800-910-6951
Check our Website: painconnection.org

Executive Director and Founder
Gwenn Herman, LCSW-C,DCSW

Board of Directors
Gwenn Herman, LCSW-C, DCSW, President
Ellen Weiss, Vice-President
Geoffrey Manifold, Secretary/Treasurer
Malcolm Herman, Director
Eileen Zagone, Director

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